Gem of the day

It goes without saying that sustainable mobility is one of the biggest challenges we're facing.

So how are the big three automakers in Detroit defining leadership now, in the aftermath of near bankruptcy and a saturated car market? (via NY Times):

Accepting new fuel economy standards they'll have until 2025 to live up to (an average of 54.5 MPG).

Right. Although, unsurprisingly, not everyone in the vortex of all things automobiles in the States is bought into that compliance-driven move:

“'I personally saw it as political engineering',” said Sean McAlinden, the Center for Automotive Research’s chief economist. He said that government agencies were setting fuel targets based on a 'mass of extrapolated exaggerations' about the gains that new technology could achieve."

Ironic, when you compare that quote to the stated mission of the Center for Automotive Research:

"The Center for Automotive Research is involved in the research of significant issues that relate to the future direction of the global automotive industry."

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