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US sees gap between trends in car sales and regulatory demands

As petrol prices fall, what is selling are big trucks, SUVs and high-performance luxury cars

A Smart Electric Drive Coupe on display at the international car show in Detroit. The US EPA expects carmakers to shift 2 per cent of their fleets to electric vehicles to comply with regulations.


CAR industry executives see nothing but blue skies in the US market, especially compared with troubled Western European economies or slumping emerging markets.

There is just one, increasingly vexing problem: The vehicles that American consumers will pay a premium to own are