The U.S. government will roll out revised emission standards for automakers in the weeks to come, and in the process, it could change corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards with it. However, Chevrolet went on the record to declare any changes at the federal level won’t deter the brand from its goals.
Motor Trend reported on Wednesday that Chevy will stick to its strategy of developing more efficient cars and trucks. The comments came directly from Steve Majoros, head of cars and crossovers at Chevrolet. He told reporters, “The commitments that we’ve made and the statements that we’ve made about our future portfolio remain.”
He added he and brand are proud of the fuel economy and emission accomplishments achieved thus far. They include advanced start/stop systems, diesel powertrains and lightweight materials to bring vehicle weights down.
“We have a number of things in place to make sure that we continue on that journey, and nothing’s going to change fundamentally from that,” Majoros said.
The comments may seem a tad ironic considering General Motors lobbied for relaxed emission regulations last year. However, GM specifically asked for two changes: credits for stop/start systems and a rule declaring emissions from electricity plants will no longer count against electric vehicles. GM never lobbied directly for the ability to build less efficient vehicles.