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McCurdy to step down as head of Alliance auto lobby

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McCurdy to step down as head of Alliance auto lobby

Neil Roland

Automotive News -- December 13, 2010 - 6:20 pm ET

WASHINGTON -- Dave McCurdy, who as head of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers helped reach an historic agreement to tighten U.S. fuel-economy standards, is leaving the lobbying group.

The Alliance, which represents the Detroit 3, Toyota and eight other automakers, didn't say where McCurdy would be heading or who would replace him.

The Detroit News, citing two people briefed on the matter, reported today that McCurdy would become head of the American Gas Association.

“Nothing is confirmed so it is still speculation,” Alliance spokeswoman Gloria Berquist said in an e-mail. “No word on replacement.”

The Alliance has scheduled a news conference Wednesday at which McCurdy's plans will be announced, she said.

McCurdy, 60, has been with the Alliance since February 2007.

“I joined the industry to become an agent of change, and in my first year, the Alliance stepped up and supported higher fuel-economy standards and new child-safety legislation,” McCurdy said in a statement.

In 2007, the Alliance supported legislation that raised U.S. fuel-economy standards 40 percent by 2020.

When the Obama administration sought to accelerate this requirement by four years, McCurdy joined with the EPA, Transportation Department, governors and environmental leaders in reaching a compromise.

As part of a wide-ranging agreement that involved concessions on all sides, the Obama administration is now requiring automakers to increase fuel economy to 35.5 mpg by 2016 under a single national standard.

Read more: http://www.autonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20101213/OEM/101219945/1179#ixzz182XjUyLi

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