Did car makers produce more fuel-efficient cars in response to the 1970s oil shortages? Or is fuel economy only recently becoming important?



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    In response to the 1973 oil shortage, the US Congress mandated a certain level of fuel efficiency. As a result, automobile manufacturers downsized their cars, and the more fuel-efficient front wheel drive engine started to predominate in new vehicles.

    That said, I think fuel economy is more critical today than it ever has been in the past, and a more widespread concern among the general public.

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