WASHINGTON -- It's a new year, but the auto industry isn't popping many corks.
Oct. 1 marks the official start of the model year, and the date often brings with it a fresh round of government requirements. This year is no exception.
For 2006, the biggest change is the first phase of a regulation requiring tire-pressure monitoring systems in cars and light trucks up to 10,000 pounds gross vehicle weight. Other measures taking effect for the 2006 model year are:
The industry, for the most part, did not oppose the requirements. It has known for months or years that they were coming. Changes in vehicles were made when production of 2006 models began. Still, it is more regulation to deal with.
Says Gloria Bergquist, vice president of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers: "The bar is always being raised higher by government, and industry raises the bar itself through voluntary initiatives."