ecoAUTO Rebate Program application form now available



    OTTAWA, Oct. 1 /CNW Telbec/ - Canadians who bought eligible vehicles
starting on March 20, 2007 can now apply for rebates under the ecoAUTO Rebate
Program. Canada's New Government today released the application form for the
program, which offers Canadians rebates from $1,000 to $2,000 on the purchase
of new fuel-efficient vehicles. Transport Canada and Service Canada are
partnering to deliver the program.
    The application form is available on the Internet at
www.ecoaction.gc.ca/ecoauto, at vehicle dealers, by calling the ecoAUTO toll
free number at 1-866-506-6804, or by visiting any Service Canada Centre to
download and print the form. Canadians simply need to fill out the
easy-to-complete application, include appropriate documents for validation,
and mail it to the address on the form. A cheque will be sent if the
application is complete and successful.
    "The ecoAUTO Rebate Program helps Canadians to help the environment by
buying more fuel-efficient vehicles," said the Honourable Lawrence Cannon,
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities. "Canadian drivers are
looking to lower their fuel bills. The ecoAUTO Rebate Program gives them a
good way to do it, and save money on the price of a car."
    Model year 2006 and 2007 vehicles qualifying for the rebate include some
hybrid electric vehicles and highly energy-efficient vehicles. The list of
eligible vehicles, currently posted on the Transport Canada website, includes:

    
      - new cars with a combined fuel consumption of 6.5 L/100km or less;
      - new sport utility vehicles and other light duty vehicles with a
        combined fuel consumption of 8.3 L/100km or less; and
      - new flexible-fuel vehicles with a combined E85 fuel consumption
        rating of 13.0 L/100km or less.

    The list of eligible 2008 vehicles will be posted on the Transport Canada
website in the coming weeks.
    The two-year ecoAUTO Rebate Program supports the Government of Canada's
ecoTRANSPORT Strategy, which is aimed at:

      - improving the health of Canadians and the environment by reducing the
        environmental impacts of transportation;
      - securing Canada's future prosperity and competitiveness by making
        critical transportation infrastructure sustainable, both economically
        and environmentally; and
      - promoting an efficient transportation system that supports choice and
        the high quality of life that Canadians expect.

    Canada's New Government committed over $4.5 billion in Budget 2007 to
environmental initiatives. With the ecoAUTO Rebate Program, the federal
government is aiming to increase consumer purchases of more fuel-efficient
vehicles before new, mandatory fuel-efficiency standards take effect for model
year 2011.
    For more information on this program, please visit
www.ecoaction.gc.ca/ecoauto.

    A backgrounder on the ecoAUTO Rebate Program is attached.


                                 Backgrounder
                                 ------------
                                 ------------

                           ecoAUTO REBATE PROGRAM
                           ----------------------

    As part of Canada's New Government's plan to protect the environment, the
ecoAUTO Rebate Program encourages Canadians to buy or lease fuel-efficient
vehicles. How? It offers rebates from $1000 to $2000, to people who buy or
enter a long-term lease (12 months or more) for a fuel-efficient vehicle, as
of March 20, 2007.
    The two-year ecoAUTO Rebate Program offers performance-based rebates on
new light duty vehicles.

    What vehicles get rebates?

    The list of eligible vehicles is established by Transport Canada and
includes:

      - new cars with a combined fuel consumption of 6.5 L/100km or less;
      - new sport utility vehicles and other light duty vehicles with a
        combined fuel consumption of 8.3 L/100km or less; and
      - new flexible-fuel vehicles with a combined E85 fuel consumption
        rating of 13.0 L/100km or less.

    A number of Canadian provinces also offer incentive programs on advanced
technology and fuel-efficient vehicles, and drivers could benefit from both
programs.
    To find out more about provincial incentive programs, visit the
appropriate provincial government website.

    How to get a rebate:

    To receive your ecoAUTO rebate, you must:

      - obtain a copy of the form at www.ecoaction.gc.ca/ecoauto, at vehicle
        dealers, by calling the ecoAUTO toll free number at 1-866-506-6804,
        or by visiting any Service Canada Centre to download and print the
        form;
      - fill out the application and mail it to the address on the form;
      - provide a photocopy of your sales or long-term lease (12 months or
        more) agreement, along with the Vehicle Identification Number; and
      - provide proof of provincial vehicle registration.

    For more information:

      - Questions and Answers:
        www.tc.gc.ca/programs/environment/ecotransport/ecoAUTO-QandAs.htm
      - Contact Transport Canada at: Toll-free: 1-866-506-6804
        TTY: 1-800-465-7735


                     2007 MODEL YEAR ecoAUTO ELIGIBILITY
                     -----------------------------------

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    Make and Model         Specifications                        Rebate
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Ford Escape HEV        2.3 L, 4 cylinder                     $2000
                           Continuously Variable Transmission
                           CFCR = 6.6 L/100 km
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Honda Civic Hybrid     1.3 L, 4 cylinder                     $2000
                           Continuously Variable Transmission
                           CFCR = 4.5 L/100 km
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Toyota Prius           1.5 L, 4 cylinder                     $2000
                           Continuously Variable Transmission
                           CFCR = 4.1 L/100 km
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Ford Escape HEV        4X4 2.3 L, 4 cylinder                 $1500
                           Continuously Variable Transmission
                           CFCR = 7.4 L/100 km
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Nissan Altima Hybrid   2.5 L, 4 cylinder                     $1500
                           Continuously Variable Transmission
                           CFCR = 5.8 L/100 km
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Toyota Camry Hybrid    2.4 L, 4 cylinder                     $1500
                           Continuously Variable Transmission
                           CFCR = 5.7 L/100 km
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Jeep Compass           2.4 L, 4 cylinder                     $1000
                           5-Speed Manual CFCR
                          = 8.2 L/100 km
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Jeep Compass           2.0 L, 4 cylinder                     $1000
                           Continuously Variable Transmission
                           CFCR = 8.3 L/100 km
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Jeep Patriot           2.4 L, 4 cylinder                     $1000
                           5-Speed Manual
                           CFCR = 8.2 L/100 km
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Jeep Patriot           2.0 L, 4 cylinder                     $1000
                           Continuously Variable Transmission
                           CFCR = 8.3 L/100 km
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Lexus RX 400H          3.3 L, 6 cylinder                     $1000
                           Continuously Variable Transmission
                           CFCR = 7.9 L/100 km
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Mini Cooper            1.6 L, 4 cylinder                     $1000
                           6-speed Manual
                           CFCR = 6.5 L/100 km
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Saturn VUE Hybrid      2.4 L, 4 cylinder                     $1000
                           4-Speed Automatic
                           CFCR = 7.9 L/100 km
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Toyota Corolla         1.8 L, 4 cylinder                     $1000
                           5-Speed Manual
                           CFCR = 6.3 L/100 km
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Toyota Highlander      3.3 L, 6 cylinder                     $1000
    Hybrid 4X4             Continuously Variable Transmission
                           CFCR = 7.9 L/100 km
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Toyota Yaris           1.5 L, 4 cylinder                     $1000
                           5-Speed Manual
                           CFCR = 6.3 L/100 km
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Toyota Yaris           1.5 L, 4 cylinder                     $1000
                           4-Speed Automatic
                           CFCR = 6.4 L/100 km
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------



            2007 MODEL YEAR FLEX-FUEL VEHICLE ecoAUTO ELIGIBILITY
            -----------------------------------------------------

    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Make and Model         Specifications                        Rebate
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Chevrolet Impala FFV   3.5 L, 6 cylinder                     $1000
                           4-speed Automatic
                           CFCR (E-85) =
                           12.3 L/100 km

    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Chevrolet Monte        3.5 L, 6 cylinder                     $1000
    Carlo FFV              4-speed Automatic
                           CFCR (E-85) =
                           12.3 L/100 km
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Chrysler Sebring       2.7 L, 6 cylinder                     $1000
    FFV                    4-speed Automatic
                           CFCR (E-85)
                          = 13.0 L/100 km
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Chrysler Sebring       2.7 L, 6 cylinder                     $1000
    FFV                    4-speed Automatic with Manual Mode
                           CFCR (E-85)
                          = 13.0 L/100 km

    -------------------------------------------------------------------------



                     2006 MODEL YEAR ecoAUTO ELIGIBILITY
                     -----------------------------------

    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Make and Model         Specifications                        Rebate
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Toyota Prius           1.5 L, 4 cylinder                     $2000
                           Continuously Variable Transmission
                           CFCR = 4.1 L/100 km

    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Mercedes-Benz Smart    0.8 L, 3 cylinder                     $2000
    Fortwo CDI Coupe       6-speed Manual
    (Diesel)               CFCR = 4.2 L/100 km
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Mercedes-Benz Smart    0.8 L, 3 cylinder                     $2000
    Fortwo CDI Cabriolet   6-speed Manual
    (Diesel)               CFCR = 4.2 L/100 km
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Honda Civic Hybrid     1.3 L, 4 cylinder                     $2000
                           Continuously Variable Transmission
                           CFCR = 4.5 L/100 km
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Volkswagen New Beetle  1.9 L, 4 cylinder                     $2000
    TDI (Diesel)           5-speed Manual
                           CFCR = 5.5 L/100 km
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Volkswagen Golf TDI    1.9 L, 4 cylinder                     $2000
    (Diesel)               5-speed Manual
                           CFCR = 5.5 L/100 km
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Volkswagen Jetta TDI   1.9 L, 4 cylinder                     $1500
    (Diesel)               5-Speed Manual
                           CFCR = 5.9 L/100 km
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Volkswagen Jetta       1.9 L, 4 cylinder                     $1500
    Wagon TDI (Diesel)     5-speed Manual
                           CFCR = 5.9 L/100 km
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Volkswagen Jetta TDI   1.9 L, 4 cylinder                     $1500
    (Diesel)               6-speed Automatic with Manual Mode
                           CFCR = 6.0 L/100 km
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Volkswagen New Beetle  1.9 L, 4 cylinder                     $1500
    TDI (Diesel)           6-speed Automatic with Manual Mode
                           CFCR = 6.0 L/100 km
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Toyota Yaris           1.5 L, 4 cylinder                     $1000
                           5-speed Manual
                           CFCR = 6.3 L/100 km
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Toyota Corolla         1.8 L, 4 cylinder                     $1000
                           5-Speed Manual
                           CFCR = 6.3 L/100 km
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Volkswagen Jetta       1.9 L, 4 cylinder                     $1000
    Wagon TDI (Diesel)     5-speed Automatic with Manual Mode
                           CFCR = 6.4 L/100 km
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Volkswagen Golf TDI    1.9 L, 4 cylinder                     $1000
    (Diesel)               5-speed Automatic with Manual Mode
                           CFCR = 6.4 L/100 km
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Toyota Yaris           1.5 L, 4 cylinder                     $1000
                           4-Speed Automatic
                           CFCR = 6.5 L/100 km
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Ford Escape HEV        2.3 L, 4 cylinder                     $2000
                           Continuously Variable Transmission
                           CFCR = 6.8 L/100 km
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Ford Escape HEV        4X4 2.3 L, 4 cylinder                 $2000
                           Continuously Variable Transmission
                           CFCR = 7.3 L/100 km
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Lexus RX 400H 4X4      3.3 L, 6 cylinder                     $1500
                           Continuously Variable Transmission
                           CFCR = 7.8 L/100 km
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Toyota Highlander      3.3 L, 6 cylinder                     $1500
    Hybrid 4X4             Continuously Variable Transmission
                           CFCR = 7.8 L/100 km
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------

    CFCR - Combined Fuel Consumption Rating as submitted by each vehicle's
manufacturer to Transport Canada's Vehicle Fuel Efficiency Information System.
This value can be approximated by adding 55 per cent of the vehicle's city
fuel consumption rating to 45 per cent of the vehicle's highway fuel
consumption rating.
    (*)  Subject to dealer availability.
    (xx) Models may not be exactly as shown.

            2006 MODEL YEAR FLEX-FUEL VEHICLE ecoAUTO ELIGIBILITY
            -----------------------------------------------------

    There are no vehicles available in this category.

                                                                October 2007
    




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