Obama Snaps Up 17,600 Fuel-Efficient US Cars

Government will buy thousands of fuel-efficient cars
By Gabriel Winant,  Newser User
Posted Apr 10, 2009 7:56 AM CDT
Ford Chief Executive Officer Alan Mulally arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008, in a new Ford Fusion Hybrid, a car Ford says will best the fuel consumption of the Toyota Camry...   (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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(Newser) – President Obama announced yesterday that the government plans to buy up 17,600 American-made hybrid and fuel-efficient cars for the federal fleet, reports the Washington Post. In addition to being a way to get some more money to the automakers, the plan will boost the efficiency of the government fleet by at least 10%, saving 1.3 million gallons of gas a year. "On the big scale," though, says an analyst, "no, that's not going to change anyone's bottom line."

GM’s Chevy Malibu, Saturn Aura, and Ford’s Hybrid Fusion should be at the top of the list, says the Detroit Free Press.