Johne Buntin

John Buntin is a freelance writer based in Boston.

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Breakdown Lane

T he American automobile will soon change dramatically. The Ford Taurus of the future will be the same size as today's Taurus, deliver the same performance, and cost about as much, but it will have a new engine efficient enough to go from Washington to Miami on a single tank of fuel. Without great sacrifice, Americans will release less of the "greenhouse gases" that contribute to global warming and depend less on oil from volatile parts of the world. That, at least, is the vision of Vice President Al Gore. It is also the goal of an unusual alliance created in 1993 between the federal government and Detroit's Big Three automakers. Known as the Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles, the joint effort aims to help Detroit produce midsize sedans capable of getting 80 miles per gallon, starting sometime after 2004, an objective that Gore often likens to putting a man on the moon. He hopes the Partnership will not only help build a new generation of cars but also redefine federal...