GM facilities in Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin will host town hall meetings today to focus attention – in the words of the company – “on the devastating effect proposed increases in fuel economy regulations would have on the American auto industry”.

The meetings will be held at the Pontiac Assembly Center, Janesville Van Assembly Plant and Toledo Powertrain Transmission Plant.

“The fuel economy increase being considered by the U.S. Senate would eliminate our nation’s most popular family vehicles and wipe out more than 100,000 auto-related jobs,” said Guy Briggs, GM vice president and general manager, Vehicle Manufacturing.

The proposed Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) regulations would set a combined fuel economy standard for all passenger vehicles-cars and light trucks-at 35 miles per gallon. The current standard is 27.5 miles per gallon for cars and 20.7 mpg for SUVs, pickups and minivans (MPVs).

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