Canada lags other countries in the availability of fuel efficient vehicles



    New Pollution Probe report shows consumers enjoy more choice of fuel
    efficient vehicles where stringent fuel efficiency standards exist

    TORONTO, Dec. 5 /CNW/ - Pollution Probe released a new report today
titled, "A Global Survey of Highly Fuel Efficient, Low Greenhouse Gas Emitting
Vehicles" that reveals consumers who live in Europe and Japan - jurisdictions
that have tough vehicle fuel efficiency standards - enjoy a wider range of
choice than consumers who are shopping for new fuel efficient vehicles in
Canada. Survey results show that of the more than 200 highly fuel efficient,
low greenhouse-gas emitting vehicle models surveyed in this report, only 15
are available in North America - and seven of these are designed to run on
non-conventional fuels.
    European and Japanese consumers enjoy an abundant choice of vehicles
engineered to produce fewer greenhouse gas emissions because they burn less
fuel per kilometer driven. Europe and Japan implemented fuel efficiency and
greenhouse gas emissions standards years ago to deal with climate change.
Consumers in these regions are now enjoying the benefits of fuel savings,
while consumers in Canada and the US struggle with rising fuel prices.
    "Other countries around the world have introduced strong vehicle
standards to curb greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global climate
change and protect their economies from rising fuel prices," said Ken Ogilvie,
Executive Director of Pollution Probe. "The question is whether Canada will
choose to introduce fuel efficiency standards that are world-class. Canada has
a choice - it can either be a leader or a laggard in its efforts to reduce
greenhouse gas emissions from transportation," Ogilvie added.
    In Canada, approximately 25 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions come
from the transportation sector, half of which are from personal vehicles
(e.g., passenger cars, minivans, pickup trucks, SUVs). The Government of
Canada has committed to implement fuel consumption regulations for new
vehicles sold in Canada, beginning with the 2011 model year. Pollution Probe
has called for the new standards to be world-class and benchmarked against
leading jurisdictions around the world.
    "What is frustrating is that European consumers have access to vehicles
in all shapes and sizes, incorporating a range of technologies that get better
mileage than most vehicles sold in Canada," said Bob Oliver, Pollution Probe's
Director of Transportation.
    The new report examines the state of vehicle fuel efficiency and
greenhouse gas emissions performance in major auto jurisdictions around the
world. In jurisdictions with stringent standards and higher fuel prices,
automakers compete for customers by providing a wider range of models from
which to choose.
    To download pdf version of the report, click
www.pollutionprobe.org/Publications/Air.htm





For further information:

For further information: Bob Oliver, Director, Transportation Program,
(416) 926-1907 x237; Ken Ogilvie, Executive Director, (416) 926-1907 x231

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