"That's the direction Toyota is already going," said Toyota Vice President Jim Colon. "Whatever goal they establish, Toyota will be prepared."
Speaking at the Washington auto show, Colon said the administration is “engaged” and that its intention to formalize the rules by the summer of 2012 is "exciting."
Colon's comments conflict with the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, which includes Toyota, Detroit's Big 3 automakers, Volkswagen and seven other companies. Last October, the Alliance commented on the U.S. administration's plan, saying that it was “based on very preliminary and incomplete data at this point, and inevitably will change.”
Toyota spokeswoman Martha Voss seemed to echo that earlier statement. She said the company is not endorsing the 62 mpg figure just yet. She said Toyota considers it too early to pinpoint an exact number until more studies are complete.