New Fuel-Economy Stickers Debut For 2013 Vehicles Car buyers will soon see a new window sticker detailing each vehicle's fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions. The government unveiled the stickers Wednesday after the auto industry fended off a proposal supported by environmental groups to rate vehicles based an A-F letter grade.
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New Fuel-Economy Stickers Debut For 2013 Vehicles

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New Fuel-Economy Stickers Debut For 2013 Vehicles

New Fuel-Economy Stickers Debut For 2013 Vehicles

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Car buyers will soon see a new window sticker detailing each vehicle's fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions. The government unveiled the stickers Wednesday after the auto industry fended off a proposal supported by environmental groups to rate vehicles based an A-F letter grade.

RENEE MONTAGNE, Host:

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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