The auto industry is bracing for a push by Congress to order a drastic improvement in the fuel-economy of U. S. cars. Last year, a measure sponsored by Senator Richard Bryan (D-Nev.) had the votes to pass, but was shunted aside in the pre-election rush to adjournment. Now Bryan is getting ready to introduce a new version of the measure that would require carmakers to increase their corporate average fuel economy by 40% by 2001. With war in the Persian Gulf heightening concerns about America's dependence on imported oil, the bill looks like a good bet to pass this year.

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