CAFE increasingly limits consumers' options for vehicle utility functions such as towing for recreation, SUVOA also noted.
Light trucks could face the same fate if unrealistic fuel economy mandates are adopted, SUVOA said.
Contact: Kelly Indrieri, SUVOA
, phone 877-447-8862, website http://www.suvoa.com.
DeFore and his partner Jason Vines, who works out of Stratacomm's Detroit office, were perfectly positioned to bring SUVOA into the spotlight last summer.
Anticipating charges that SUVOA is just another "astroturf" organization--a business-backed fake grassroots group, designed to give the illusion of popular support to corporate-friendly positions--Vines and DeFore decreed when they took over that the group would accept no corporate funding, and would ban automakers from being members--though not from advertising on SUVOA's Web site, which bears a prominent picture of a Ford Explorer.
According to SUVOA, such a regulation could potentially have "dire consequences," as the organization claims that "there is no technological fix for reducing CO2 other than burning less fuel." SUVOA maintained that a requirement to increase fuel economy would then lead automakers to implement vehicle "downweighting" and "downsizing," noting that a 2001 National Academy of Sciences report on automotive fuel economy regulation confirmed that such measures during the 1970s and early 1980s "likely resulted in an additional 1,300 to 2,600 deaths in 1993."
Additionally, SUVOA claimed that fuel economy increases could potentially lead to "serious tradeoffs in performance and utility that clearly have been rejected by the public," as well as "staggering sticker shock because of expensive technologies and materials."