“You know what I’d rather have them do — this will make my Republican friends puke — as gas is going to go down here now, we ought to just slap a 50-cent or a dollar tax on a gallon of gas,” Akerson said in an interview with The Detroit News. “People will start buying more Cruzes and they will start buying less Suburbans.”
Akerson’s remark has everything to do with the upcoming CAFE requirements starting in 2017 that will push gas mileage standards as high as 47 miles per gallon and even higher still to 62 miles per gallon by 2025. Such an increase will put a major strain on vehicle prices (and costs) — some estimates run as high as an additional $3,500 to $10,000 per vehicle — and would subsequently place more and more new vehicles out of reach for consumers, who would in turn purchase a more attainable used car instead.
We wonder how Akerson’s statement makes Suburban drivers feel. You know, the ones that actually need them. A Chevy Cruze doesn’t exactly seat a family of six, nor does it have the cargo capacity to carry the amount of groceries needed for six people — especially since the Cruze Hatchback currently remains unavailable to North American consumers.
Considering gas prices are hovering around the $4 per gallon mark, this might not have been the best time to say such a thing.
Source: The Detroit News