Really? Not 12 years of almost continuously rising gas prices?
The public made the choice with their purchase power what cars they wanted. I do not favor having the government limit what we can buy. Not all demands are the same. I made the choice a few years ago to buy a Taurus because of a need to make long trips and to haul my elderly parents around. Should the government tell me that I can only buy a Fiesta since the majority of my driving is around town? Part of the problem with gas prices today, is more to do with the lack of newer refineries with enough capacity to handle our needs. We are pushing existing refineries at peak capacity almost continuously. Any disruption at a single refinery, will drive prices up across the nation.
I am all for fuel efficient vehicles, but not at the expense of being able to afford it, or reliability. And if the market gets so contrained that you cannot find a vehicle suitable for a required task, then what good is it going to be. For example, the unrealistic requirements for pickups may force me to keep my 2001 with 200,000 miles much longer than I want. The only way we may see trucks meeting the goal, is if they get much smaller and go with turbo diesels. At $50,000 +, I am priced out of the truck market. That means I have to give up my boat and travel trailer because I will not be able to haul them safely.
When the first round of CAFE rules came around, we lost the ability to haul trailers with cars. It was no longe practical to build cars and station wagons with full frames and larger engines. So they replace the station wagons with truck based SUVs to meet the public demands and get around the rules.
I think the Ecoboost in the Mustang has great potential. I also think that a blend of the old Mustang styling cues with a new look has possibilities. Only when we see the final result will we be able to give it the thumbs up, or thumbs down. It is a must that the next Mustang have the Coyote engine as an option, and it have a unique identity. Euro-stangs should not get the V8, but will need handling that is first rate.