June 5, 2006

Canada’s auto industry reduces smog-forming emissions

Toronto, Ontario – New cars and light trucks sold in Canada significantly outperform the requirements set by Environment Canada in its On-Road Vehicle and Engine Emissions Regulations of December 2002, reports the Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers’ Association (CVMA). The association refers to Environment Canada’s report, Fleet Average NOx Emission Performance of 2004 Light-Duty Vehicles, Light-Duty Trucks and Medium-Duty Passenger Vehicles, released June 1, 2006.

“The accelerated roll-out of advanced emissions control technology reinforces the industry’s commitment to clean air,” says Mark Nantais, President of CVMA. “The latest emissions controls are so effective that over 99 per cent 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.”

The CVMA adds that each year, the new passenger vehicle fleet makes up approximately eight per cent of all vehicles on the road; as the new technology continues to be introduced and sold, the effect of vehicles on air quality will be even further reduced.

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