Stabenow: Japan's Cash for Clunkers Program Excludes Too Many American Vehicles
Today, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow made the following statement regarding Japan's list of vehicles that qualify for its version of the "cash for clunkers program" (known in Japan as the Eco-Friendly Vehicle Purchase Program). Only a limited number of U.S. models qualify due to Japan's decision to use EPA "city" mileage ratings instead of EPA "combined city/highway" mileage ratings as the basis for determining eligibility. This announcement by Japan follows its decision last month to allow American automakers to participate in the program. Senator Stabenow was the Senate author of the CARS program known as "Cash for Clunkers".
"After months of stonewalling and preventing U.S. vehicles from being sold under its cash for clunkers program, Japan's decision to allow only a tiny number of U.S. models is unacceptable and threatens American jobs," said Stabenow. "This news is especially disappointing given Japan's announcement not even a month ago that it would allow U.S. automakers to participate in the program. I urge U.S. Trade Representative Kirk to take action against Japan if it fails to modify its eligibility rules to include more American automobiles."