March 22, 2006

US mulls fuel standards for biggest vans, SUVs: WSJ

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Bush Administration is considering
imposing fuel economy standards on the biggest vans and
sport-utility vehicles, which could go into effect in 2011 and
put pressure on struggling domestic auto makers, the Wall
Street Journal said on Wednesday.

The standards would be the first for the largest SUVs and
vans -- those weighing between 8,500 and 10,000 pounds -- which
have been exempt from fuel standards that affect smaller
vehicles, the report said.

The Journal cited sources in the auto industry and
environmental groups that are monitoring the government's

But the White House plans to continue to exempt pickup
trucks, which constitute the vast majority of vehicles over
8,500 pounds, the Journal said.