New results from a bipartisan Civil Society Institute (CSI) survey reveal a growing U.S. demand for more fuel-efficient, foreign-made vehicle models. More than half of the vehicles identified by CSI are model lines designed and marketed abroad, but not in America.
The survey and analysis, released Dec. 1 and conducted by the Opinion Research Corp. for CSI, reportedly showed that 88 percent of respondents say that “consumers should be able to get the best of the more fuel-efficient vehicles that already are available in other countries.”
In addition, the survey shows that the desire for more fuel efficient vehicles tracks closely to consumer support for raising federal fuel economy standards. Four out of five Americans (79 percent) “want to see higher federal fuel efficiency standards,” according to the report.
Sixty-six percent of respondents “strongly agreed” that “if a car is made by a U.S. owned, controlled or affiliated automaker, it should be available for sale in the United States too -- not just overseas.”