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Carmakers Say Trump Should Want a Deal to Boost U.S. Fuel Economy

  • Manufacturers’ trade group urges compromise with California
  • Most Americans -- even Republicans -- want higher standards
Robotic machines weld together the frames of sports utility vehicles (SUV) during production at the General Motors Co. (GM) assembly plant in Arlington, Texas, U.S., on Thursday, March 10, 2016. The U.S. Census Bureau is scheduled to release business inventories figures on March 15.
Photographer: Matthew Busch/Bloomberg

The automaker trade group that urged President Donald Trump to review tougher U.S. fuel economy rules now says the industry, federal government and state of California should all want to do a deal to increase standards because of public support.

Reaching an accord will entail compromise on how much the companies should need to increase fuel efficiency over time, Mitch Bainwol, president of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, said in an interview Tuesday. The group, whose members include General Motors Co., Volkswagen AG and Toyota Motor Corp., is calling for a three-way pact with the Trump administration and California, which has the toughest clean-air rules in the country.