New fuel efficiency standards in the U.S. are a driving force in requiring auto manufacturers to improve the miles per gallon for cars and light-duty trucks rolling off of the assembly lines in the next few years. By 2016, vehicles are required to reach 35.5 mpg and by 2025 that number should reach 54.5 mpg. Regulations for medium- and heavy-duty trucks will also require improved fuel efficiency and a reduction in carbon pollution for model years 2021-2027.

How will manufacturers achieve these more fuel efficient numbers? A number of ways including the use of hybrid engines, greater use of start and stop technology, more efficient air conditioning compressors and more electric power steering according to Susanna Gotsch of CCC Information Services.

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