Canadian Automobile Dealers Association Supports Framework for Proposed Federal Fuel Economy Regulation for 2011



    OTTAWA, March 7 /CNW Telbec/ - Canadian Automobile Dealers Association
(CADA) will be supporting the framework for Canada's First Motor Vehicle Fuel
Consumption Regulations that were announced by The Honourable Lawrence Cannon,
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities in January 2008. The
support was announced prior to the close of public comment on the proposed
regulations on March 15, 2008.
    "Auto Dealers are very supportive of the federal government move to
regulate the fuel consumption of new cars and light trucks, beginning with the
2011 model year," outlined Huw Williams, spokesperson for the national dealer
association. "A provincial patchwork of fuel economy regulations would be a
nightmare for dealers, manufacturers, and more importantly, consumers."
    The move toward tough new federal standards is in line with the
industry's Memorandum of Understanding commitment that already has Canadian
automobile manufacturers on track to reduce GHG's from light duty vehicles by
5.3 Mt in 2010.
    The United States Congress has set an ambitious target of 35 miles per
gallon - or 6.7 litres/100 kilometres - for the average fuel economy of
vehicles sold in 2020. This historic standard will be a stretch for the auto
industry to meet. CADA is therefore highlighting the need for Canada's plan to
harmonize with the dominant North American standard. Any disharmony would
mean:

    
    - Increased new vehicle costs for customers that will slow the uptake of
      new fuel efficient technologies that are good for the environment.
    - Limited vehicle choice - families, farmers and small businesses
    - Limited availability of commercially required vehicles - full size
      pickup trucks, vans
    - Shift to used vehicles or nearly new imports
    - Emissions increases from older vehicles
    - Overall reduced product offerings for the Canadian marketplace

    CADA continues to advocate for a broad policy approach that focuses on:

    - Appropriate fuel quality
    - Fuels pricing
    - Alternative fuels
    - More diverse fueling infrastructure
    - Government vehicle fleet leadership
    - Consumer education

    "Canadians already drive much more fuel efficient vehicles than the
Americans. Given the combination of our already more responsible choices and
tougher climate, we need an approach that is workable" added CADA President
and CEO Richard Gauthier.
    CADA also highlighted the need to get older vehicles off the road. "One
1987 model year vehicle creates 37 times the regulated emissions of a new
vehicle," stated Williams. "There are over 1 million pre 1987 vehicles on the
road and we need to move faster with the government's announced scrappage
program."

    The Canadian Automobile Dealers Association (CADA) is the national
association for franchised automobile dealerships that sell new cars and
trucks. Our 3,500 dealers represent a key sector of Canada's economy. Through
our dealers, we are represented in nearly every community and those dealers
collectively employ over 140,000 people across the country.
    




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For further information: Michael Powell, (613) 230-2079

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