International Automakers Support Common Fuel Efficiency Standard

    TORONTO, Jan. 22 /CNW/ - David C. Adams, president of the association
representing international automobile manufacturers in Canada today outlined
the association's broad support for a North American fuel efficiency standard.
    "Each of our thirteen member companies support what we understand
Minister Cannon committed to last week - that being, working with the United
States to develop an environmentally ambitious and fully harmonized dominant
North American fuel efficiency standard for cars and light-duty trucks," said
Adams. "As the leaders in the integration of hybrid, diesel and other advanced
environmental technologies into vehicles, our members endorse a North American
approach to fuel economy/consumption regulation so that these and other
advanced technologies can be incorporated into the total North American fleet
at the lowest possible cost," he noted. "Any approach that would require
unique vehicle engineering for Canada would add unnecessary cost and
potentially decrease vehicle choice for Canadians," added Adams.
    "Although all 19 million light duty vehicles on the road contribute only
13% of Canada's total GHG emissions, not the 25% suggested by some recent
reports, the auto industry believes that just as we led all industries in
combating air pollution, we have a leadership role to play in addressing
GHG emissions and climate change," said Adams. "That leadership role began in
2005 with our industry's commitment to reduce GHG emissions by 5.3 million
tonnes by 2010."
    Mr. Adams emphasized that the quality of available fuels; gasoline,
diesel and renewable fuels needs to be improved and regulated in conjunction
with efforts to establish new fuel consumption standards. "The technology of
the vehicle can only be optimized with appropriate quality fuels" and "If we
want to get serious about reducing GHG emissions and help engines burn fuel
more efficiently, we need to improve the quality of the available fuel."

    The Association of International Automobile Manufacturers of Canada is
the national industry association representing the interests of thirteen
member companies engaged in the manufacture, importation, distribution and
servicing of light duty vehicles in Canada. AIAMC membership includes BMW
Canada Inc., Honda Canada Inc., Hyundai Auto Canada Corp., Kia Canada Inc.,
Mazda Canada Inc., Mercedes-Benz Canada Inc., Mitsubishi Motor Sales of
Canada, Inc., Nissan Canada Inc., Porsche Cars Canada Ltd., Subaru Canada,
Inc., Suzuki Canada Inc., Toyota Canada Inc., and Volkswagen Group Canada Inc.

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For further information: David C. Adams, President, (416) 595-8251 x22,

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