California ZEV Mandate Gets Chance to Become Rule of the Road

GM seen as taking major public relations hit for opposing clean car initiative

Published: 13-Aug-2003

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The nation's toughest auto emissions regulation may finally become a reality after three automakers said Tuesday they would drop lawsuits that have threatened a California clean-car rule.

General Motors Corp., DaimlerChrysler and Isuzu Motors said the latest incarnation of a policy that's been 13 years in the making convinced them to settle litigation with state air regulators, who agreed to drop appeals.

The settlement strengthens the possibility that automakers will be forced to build cleaner cars rather than continue fighting to weaken the emissions rules.



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