Ford Motor Co.(F.N), attacking complaints about gas-guzzling sport utility vehicles, said Thursday it will raise the average fuel economy on its hot-selling SUVs by 25 percent by 2005. Ford Chief Executive Officer Jac Nasser announced the program in a speech in Washington, where Congress is considering regulations to raise the fleet average fuel economy of light trucks to 27.5 miles per gallon, the mark required for car fleets, from 20.7 mpg. The better mileage will come from a variety of areas, including new generations of engines, more use of lightweight materials such as composites, and improved aerodynamics.
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