21 Oct '12, 4pm

Verde-washing in Mexico: #Toyota Opposes Clean Car Standards

To many drivers, Toyota’s leadership in fuel-efficient hybrid sales puts them in the pole position for the greenest, most socially responsible car company. That’s why it comes as such a shock to learn from my colleague Rich Kassel about Toyota’s recent deeds south of the border. In a baffling turn of events, Toyota has been working on a secretive legal strategy to block new fuel efficiency and carbon pollution standards in Mexico, essentially the very same standards that they support here in the U.S. As described by my colleague Rich Kassel in his blog post , the new standards (“NOM-163”) would essentially just harmonize the Mexican standards with the U.S. standards that achieve 35 mpg by 2016. After all, don’t Mexican drivers deserve the same fuel-efficient, clean cars as their norteña neighbors? In the past, automakers have been rightly admonished for selling dirtier car...

Full article: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/rhwang/verde-washing_in...

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