Japan praised President Barack Obama’s new rules to push green vehicles and transform the U.S. auto industry — a shift that likely puts Japan’s manufacturers at an advantage. Obama announced rules this week that would bring new cars and trucks sold in the United States by 2016 to an average of 35.5 miles per gallon (15 kilometers per liter), about 10 mpg (4.2 kpl) more than today’s standards.
Toyota Motor Corp., the maker of the Prius hybrid, which gets 48 miles per gallon in U.S. city driving, gave Obama “high praise” for promoting technology to boost mileage and fight global warming. And now it appears as though they’re going to be rewarded for it, which I think is great.
The Big 2.5 in Detroit should take a long look at what Toyota is doing. By being forward-thinking and responsive to the world population’s desire to be greener, the carmaker is in the right place at the right time. Anyone who stills thinks fossil fuel-only gas guzzlers are the only way to go also probably insists that global warming is a myth. Wake up! The time for cars that don’t pollute the environment is long overdue and Toyota is one of the carmakers leading the way.
Any benefit Toyota gets from being greener is well-deserved. Both Toyota and Obama, as well as any other car manufacturers making earth-friendly transportation, should get high praise.