Major automakers back compromise on U.S. vehicle emissions rules, urge deal

 Major automakers back compromise on U.S. vehicle emissions rules, urge deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A group of major automakers on Thursday backed a compromise on vehicle emissions aimed at heading off a confrontation between California and the Trump administration over requirements through 2026.

In a letter to California Governor Gavin Newsom on Thursday signed by more than a dozen major automakers including General Motors Co, Toyota Motor Co and Volkswagen AG, the companies urged a compromise "midway" between the Obama era standards that require about 5% annual decreases and the Trump administration's proposal that would freeze vehicle emissions requirements at 2020 levels through 2026.

In a separate letter to President Donald Trump, they urged "both the federal government and California to resume discussions and to remain open to regulatory adjustments."

(Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Bill Berkrot)

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Updated Date: Jun 07, 2019 04:05:13 IST