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Published on Tue, Aug 31, 2010
By: The LACar Editorial Staff
That is, WHERE'S THE 'F' for gas guzzlers? We like the U.S. government's new idea to include a grade from A to D for the fuel economy and emissions on the window label of a car. Our only question: Where's the F? Not surprisingly, the automakers aren't happy about the idea but we think it will be helpful for comparison purposes between different vehicles. We all know an A is better than a D, right? The proposed labels include a great amount of information. What do you think about the proposal? The Detroit News lays it out: "Vehicles would get an 'A+' to 'D grade, and the median grade would be a 'B-.' No vehicle would get a failing grade. To get an 'A,' a vehicle would have to average at least 59 miles per gallon; to avoid a 'D' a vehicle would have to average at least 14 mpg." The UK currently has a similar grading system, where vehicles are graded "A" through "F." Under the new system, electric vehicles like the Nissan Leaf will qualify for an "A+" rating and a plug-in hybrid will get an "A." If the "F" grade is good enough for Brits, we say do the same thing here. Ailis Aaron Wolf 40MPG.org