TORONTO, April 13, 2012 /CNW/ - Member companies of the Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers' Association (CVMA), Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, and Navistar, support Environment Minister Kent's announcement today to fully align with the U.S. national regulations for new on-road heavy-duty vehicle and engine greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for 2014 and later model years. This aligned approach is the most effective approach to reduce new heavy-duty vehicle GHG emissions by clearly recognizing that the heavy-duty vehicle and engine industry is integrated on a North American basis. These aligned regulations would include all of the same emissions standards and test procedures as in the U.S. and would be regulated under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act.
The CVMA members build vehicles that cover the full spectrum of vehicles classes, from Classes 2b to 8, being contemplated under the proposed regulation. This approach is similar to that recently undertaken for the passenger automobile and light truck greenhouse gas regulation and provides for a common North American approach. Vehicle manufacturers are pleased that this will result in one national heavy-duty vehicle and engine GHG standard for Canada and the United States. Mr. Mark Nantais, President of the CVMA said that "this move to align heavy-duty vehicle and engine GHG emissions regulations with those of the U.S. allows for easier access to the latest advanced fuel efficient vehicle technologies, including alternate fuels such as liquefied natural gas. The economies of scale from this single market will provide cost effectiveness for the consumer and lead to more rapid fleet turnover with greater benefits to the environment".
The regulatory approach is also consistent with the action plans as developed by the Regulatory Cooperation Council under the Shared Vision for Perimeter Security and Economic Competitiveness between Canada and the United States, as announced in February 2011 by Prime Minister Harper and U.S. President Obama.
About the CVMA
The Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers' Association is the industry association that has represented Canada's leading manufacturers of light and heavy duty motor vehicles for more than 85 years. Its membership includes Chrysler Canada Inc.; Ford Motor Company of Canada, Limited; General Motors of Canada Limited; and Navistar Canada, Inc. Collectively its members account for 70% of vehicles produced in Canada, operate 5 vehicle assembly plants as well as engine and components plants, and have over 1,300 dealerships. 125,000 jobs are directly tied to vehicle assembly in Canada. Direct and indirect jobs associated with vehicle manufacturing are estimated at over 500,000 across Canada.
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Mark A. Nantais
Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers' Association