The final drafts are being completed of a series of studies on motor vehicle goals beyond 1980 by an interagency task force. The study was designed primarily to find ways to improve fuel efficiency of highway vehicles and to coordinate the efforts of all government regulatory agencies. To accomplish these goals, the task force proposed a wide range of vehicle changes. Objectives were blended with other automotive goals of improved safety, reduced emissions, greater quietness, and improved damageability. Most of NHTSA's goals (air bags, anti-lock brakes, soft-nose, 7 mph bumpers etc.) are recommended. It is expected that the future cars will be smaller, lighter and cheaper. The task force will feed data and various equations into a computer which is then expected to produce answers for the government on a wide range of questions such as those related to energy demand, retail costs, level of unemployment expected, sales volume etc. The task force report also contains a master chart listing the characteristics of 26 families of future cars which could be ordered and sold to the public. Each car family has one of five types of engines, one of 3 transmissions, one of three body structures, one of 3 catalysts, one of 4 levels of safety, plus 3 sizes of cars. Differences between the scientists on the task force and the auto manufacturers, as well as problems common to both parties are discussed.

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    Automotive Industries International

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    Radnor, PA  United States  19089
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  • Publication Date: 1976-2-15

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  • Accession Number: 00134013
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 23 1976 12:00AM