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Later this year, the Obama Administration plans to mandate that car and truck manufacturers produce vehicles that get 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025.

But a new study by the National Automobile Dealers Association says such a move would add $3,000 to the cost of a vehicle, thereby making 7 million low-income Americans unable to finance a new vehicle:

“The unintended consequences of the proposed fuel economy increases are clear,” said David Wagner, the primary author of the study and an analyst with the NADA Used Car Guide. “If the price of a vehicle goes up by the government estimate of almost $3,000, millions of people will no longer be able to finance a new vehicle.”

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