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OEMs Back Vehicle Emissions Compromise

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June 7, 2019—A group of major automakers on Thursday backed a compromise on vehicle emissions aimed at heading off a confrontation between California and the Trump administration over requirements through 2026, according to Reuters.

The automakers urged a compromise midway between the Obama era standards that require annual decreases of 5 percent in emissions and the Trump administration's proposal that would freeze vehicle emissions requirements at 2020 levels through 2026. 

The group comprises 17 major automakers including General Motors, Toyota, and Volkswagen.

Letters sent to President Trump were also signed by Daimler AG, Hyundai and Honda.  The companies said a final deal should “also include flexibilities that promote advanced technology for the sake of long-term environmental gains and U.S. global competitiveness.”

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