Economic Impact

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The Economic Impact of SUVs “The SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle) is one of the most popular types of vehicle to both own and drive. Last year, SUVs and minivans outsold conventional cars for the first time. However, the SUV is increasingly coming under attack for its fuel economy, emissions standards and safety record. Vehicle fuel efficiency across the US is now at its lowest level since 1980. However, former California governor Gray Davis signed legislation requiring the California Air Resources Board to develop regulations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from passenger vehicles. This includes SUVs. California accounts for 13 percent of the nation's auto market, so manufacturers of cars, SUVs and trucks are sure to comply with the …show more content…
When comparing the death rates in passenger vehicles with SUVs, cars are still safer than SUVs. New technology and redesign is helping to alleviate the death tolls. The death rate has gone down 30% in the past 10 years. Companies are gradually changing the SUV to make it safer. In 1999, federal SUV safety regulations require SUVs to meet the same requirements as cars. This includes dual front air bags and side impact standards. They also have roll over protection, anti-lock brakes, and traction control (CBS, 2007). Even with gas prices rising, it hasn’t affected sales of SUVs but the average fuel economy of vehicles

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