(WASHINGTON) -- Over the objections of the automotive industry, President Obama will announce the government's goal Friday for all cars and light-duty trucks to offer an estimated 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025.
This improved fuel efficiency would affect models built from 2017 through 2025, greatly boosting the initial target of 35.5 mpg by 2016.
White House spokesman Jay Carney said on Wednesday that this program will mean "significant cost savings for consumers at the pump, dramatically reduce oil consumption, cut pollution and create jobs."
The administration also hopes more fuel efficient vehicles will greatly reduce the nation's dependence on foreign oil sources.
Detroit automakers have complained that such a goal is not feasible since it would drive up the costs of making cars and light-duty trucks, with the added expenses having to be passed along to consumers.
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