President Barack Obama's automotive policies are coming together. The new national fuel economy standards announced last week mean that automakers know well in advance what they must achieve and when.
Putting Chrysler in a partnership with Fiat while allowing General Motors to import more cars and trucks from Asia ought to solve the problem of how to provide the small, fuel-efficient vehicles needed to meet the standards.
But Congress and the Obama administration still have to give the consumer an incentive to buy fuel efficiency by raising gasoline prices. Otherwise, the new national fuel economy standards will pit automakers against consumers.