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U.S. automakers want emission rules to be removed by Trump

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Leaders of 18 major automakers urged President Donald Trump to revisit a decision by the Obama administration to lock in vehicle fuel efficiency rules through 2025.

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In a letter viewed by Reuters, the chief executives of General Motors, Ford Motor, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, along with the top North American executives at Toyota Motor, Volkswagen, Honda Motor, Hyundai Motor, Nissan Motor and others urged Trump to reverse the decision, warning thousands of jobs could be at risk.

On January 13, the head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency finalized a determination that the landmark fuel efficiency rules instituted by then President Barack Obama should be locked in through 2025.

As part of a 2012 regulation, EPA had to decide by April 2018 whether to modify the 2022-2025 model year vehicle emission rules requiring average fleet-wide efficiency of more than 50 miles per gallon through a "midterm review."

The agency in November moved up the timetable for proposing automakers could meet the 2025 standards.

The auto CEO letter asked Trump to reopen the midterm review "without prejudging the outcome" and praised Trump's "personal focus on steps to strengthen the economy in the United States and your commitment to jobs in our sector."

In 2011, Obama announced an agreement with automakers to raise fuel efficiency standards to 54.5 miles per gallon.

This, the administration said, would save motorists $1.7 trillion in fuel costs over the life of the vehicles, but cost the auto industry about $200 billion over 13 years.

The EPA said in July that because Americans were buying fewer cars and more SUVs and trucks, it estimated the fleet will average 50.8 mpg to 52.6 mpg in 2025.

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