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Court Rejects SUV Fuel-Efficiency Loophole

A federal appeals court has rejected the Bush administration's fuel economy standard for light pickups, vans and SUVs and ordered the government to come up with a new, tougher one.

It turned down the SUV "loophole" that allows light trucks to get lower gas mileage than passenger cars, undercutting the Bush administration's argument that fuel economy should depend on each vehicle's size and weight.

Automakers say any change now would be disruptive, because they're already deep into designing vehicles based on the 2006 standard through model year 2011.


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