The New Math: 4 = 6 and 6 = 8

by Jim Kerr
The Chronicle Herald
July 25, 2012

Just like the new math taught in our school systems, there is new math used when selecting a vehicle.

It goes like this: 4=6 and 6=8. Fortunately this automotive math makes more sense that school math.

There are two things pushing this new automotive math. They are driver demand for performance and the U.S. Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFÉ) standards. Currently, the U.S. standards are 27.5 miles per gallon for passenger cars and 23.5 miles per gallon for trucks but these will be raised progressively from 2012 to 2016 till they reach a combined 37.5 miles per gallon.

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