Canadian automotive manufacturers support aligning Canadian and U.S. vehicle emissions standards

While focused on offering vehicles that consumers are demanding, member companies of the Toronto-based Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers' Association (CVMA) are continuing efforts to increase fleet fuel economy and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCE) Canada Inc.; Ford Motor Company of Canada, Limited; and General Motors of Canada Company are stating the need to continue to align with a single national standard with the United States.

The convergence would benefit the highly integrated and long lead development nature of the automotive industry and echoes previous Canadian auto-maker agreements regarding the United States-Mexico-Canada agreement (USMCA).


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Before finalizing upcoming regulations, the Canadian government will conduct a detailed, data driven mid-term technical review on vehicle fleet GHG emissions. Per a recent statement, CVMA supports a fact-based review of the market with the goal of developing a standard that reflects the safety impacts of new vehicle technology and achieves year-over-year GHG improvements.

“Having worked so hard toward a new North American trade agreement that supports our highly integrated economies, Canada needs to ensure key national regulatory standards remain aligned with the United States so that the auto sector can deliver vehicles to Canadian consumers with continuing environmental improvements at affordable costs,” says CVMA president, Mark Nantais.

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 90 years. Collectively its members account for more than 50% of vehicles produced in Canada.


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