In a move that would reverse the policies of the Reagan White House, the Bush administration is expected to announce stricter fuel efficiency rules for 1990 automobiles, The New York Times reported.

The Times reported in its editions Saturday that Transportation Secretary Samuel K. Skinner has decided that automakers should be required to attain an average fuel consumption of 27.5 miles per gallon in all cars they manufacture. The current standard is 26.5 miles per gallon.The Times said that should President Bush endorse Skinner's proposal as expected, the endorsement could send a message that the new administration is a strong advocate of preserving the environment.

Although the nation's automakers will not welcome the ruling, it is not expected to have immediate drastic repercussions in Detroit, the newspaper reported.