The report card is out and it's a good one for Canada's Auto Industry. Environment Canada's Report: Fleet Average NOx Emission Performance of 2004 Light-Duty Vehicles, Light Duty Trucks and Medium Duty Passenger Vehicles released June 1st, 2006 confirms that the new cars and light trucks sold in Canada significantly outperformed the requirements set by Environment Canada in their On-Road Vehicle and Engine Emissions Regulations of December 2002. According to the Emission Projections Working Group, cars and light duty trucks represent less than 10% of Canadian smog forming emissions and are one of the only key sectors forecast to provide significant reductions in the future.
Mark Nantais, President of the Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers' Association stated that "the accelerated roll out of advanced emissions control technology reinforces the industry's commitment to clean air. The latest emissions controls are so effective that over 99% of all smog causing tailpipe emissions have been eliminated. In fact, this information clearly shows that Canadian cars, light trucks and medium duty passenger vehicles are only a small contributor to smog forming emissions and that the Canadian new vehicle fleet is significantly cleaner and ahead of schedule in meeting the very stringent requirements of Canada's emission regulations."
"I am encouraged by the fact that the regulation standards were exceeded", said Environment Minister Rona Ambrose. "These regulations are ensuring that cleaner vehicles are being introduced into the Canadian market to further reduce emissions. When combined with our low sulphur gasoline, diesel fuel regulations and our renewable fuels strategy, they will help protect the health of Canadians and the environment".
David Adams, President of the Association of International Automobile Manufacturers of Canada commented that "the very positive performance of the Canadian industry clearly demonstrates that Canada's harmonized approach with the US EPA Tier 2 regulation has provided Canadians with the world's latest and most advanced emission control technology at the lowest cost. Canadians deserve clean air and the auto industry is doing its part to make that happen."
Each year, the new passenger vehicle fleet makes up approximately 8% of all vehicles on the road. As this new technology continues to be introduced and sold in the market, the impact of vehicles on air quality will be even further reduced.
Together the CVMA and the AIAMC represent all of Canada's automobile manufacturers and distributors of light duty vehicles.
For further information please contact: Mark Nantais, President, Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers' Association - www.cvma.ca