Mary Nichols is a joke! California is the “land of the SUV, and the Pickup.” Now that the state has quit “sweetening the pot” for Prius buyers with the ending of the “carpool lane stickers” for these clown cars, no one is buying them. Even here in California the “producers” still want a safe, comfortable car. When ( and if) we get to 54 mpg cars, they are going to be a drug on the market. SUVs are the byproduct of “mandating” the station wagon out of existence with the original CAFE standards.
Correct, and almost no one knows this fact.
CAFE killed the station wagon at a huge net loss of fuel economy.