New Fuel-Economy Stickers Debut For 2013 Vehicles
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NPR's Elizabeth Shogren reports.
ELIZABETH SHOGREN: David Friedman, from the Union of Concerned Scientists, says it will help a shopper select a car that saves fuel and money.
DAVID FRIEDMAN: Maybe it costs a couple hundred dollars more, but if I'm going to save a couple of thousand dollars on gasoline, even in just five years, it's pretty obvious that that's a really good choice to make.
SHOGREN: Environmental groups say the government would have sent a clearer message if the stickers included grades A through F based on how far a car goes on a gallon of gas. Friedman says the auto industry lobbied hard against those grades.
FRIEDMAN: It's really frustrating that the auto industry had that much influence on the process.
SHOGREN: Wade Newton from the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers says too tough a standard would hurt the auto industry.
WADE NEWTON: The idea of producing an automobile that the consumer can no longer afford serves no one well.
SHOGREN: Elizabeth Shogren, NPR News, Washington.
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