American Truck Dealers Support Fuel Economy Improvements, but Concerned about Higher Truck Prices

WASHINGTON (Oct. 25, 2010) - The following is a statement from Kyle Treadway, chairman of the American Truck Dealers (ATD) and owner of Kenworth Sales Company in Salt Lake City, Utah:

“Dealers support improving fuel economy for medium and heavy-duty trucks. However, today's fuel-economy proposal for model years 2014-18 is expected to add thousands of dollars to the cost per truck. We are concerned that this could price some buyers out of the market.

“To its credit, the Administration clearly is attempting to tailor its mandates to specific vehicle subclasses and to each manufacturer's unique production. Compliance flexibility will be essential to the national truck fuel efficiency program's success and its ability to prevent an unworkable patchwork of state-by-state mandates.

“These first-ever truck rules will govern how new medium and heavy-duty trucks are built for sale. If technologically feasible and economically practical, they should result in vehicles that commercial fleets, owner/operators and small businesses will want to buy, at prices they can afford. If not, truck dealers, their employees and the economy in general will suffer without environmental and national security benefits being achieved.”