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The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have begun the process of developing tougher fuel economy standards for model year 2017 through 2025 cars and trucks.

"We will continue to work with automakers, envrionmentalists and other stakeholders to encourage standards that reduce our addiction to foreign oil, save money for American drivers and clean up the air we breathe," says EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson.

The standards will "build on the success of the first phase of the national (fuel efficiency) program covering cars from model years 2012 through 2016," say government officials.

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