Former DaimlerChrysler Paid Record $30 Mil. MPG Fine in 2007
WASHINGTON - DaimlerChrysler AG paid a $30 million US fine last year, the most ever by an automaker, for failing to meet federal fuel-efficiency standards, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The penalty was assessed for DaimlerChrysler's imported fleet of passenger cars from the 2006 model year including its Mercedes and Crossfire brands, which failed to meet the corporate average fuel economy standard of 27.5 miles per gallon, NHTSA spokesman Eric Bolton said yesterday.
DaimlerChrysler, now known as Daimler AG, topped the record of $28 million set by Bayerische Motoren Werke AG in 2002. The US has collected $735 million in fines since 1985 from automakers whose fleets fail to meet car and light-truck mileage standards, now at 27.5 and 22.2 mile per gallon respectively.
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