Association of International Automobile Manufacturers of Canada

Association of International Automobile Manufacturers of Canada

April 26, 2007 22:28 ET

International Automakers -

Part of the Greenhouse Gas and Clean Air Solution

Attention: Automotive Editor, Business/Financial Editor, Environment Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor, Transportation Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO PRESS RELEASE--(CCNMatthews - April 26, 2007) - "Our members recognize that the automotive industry has a role to play to in reducing greenhouse gas and smog-forming emissions," said David Adams, President of the Association of International Automobile Manufacturers of Canada in response to the release today of the federal government's action plan to reduce emissions. While the government's program is largely focused on major industrial sectors, which emit about half of Canada's greenhouse gas emissions, Minister Baird has made it clear that the government will regulate the fuel efficiency of cars and light trucks beginning in 2011.

"We are pleased that there is now a clear consultation and regulatory process that will be followed," added Adams. "The government has respected the fact that the automotive industry was the only sector to voluntarily propose to meet and exceed our Kyoto targets through an aggressive Memorandum of Understanding that will deliver a 5.3 million tonne reduction in greenhouse gases by 2010. There is also a clear understanding that Canada is part of an integrated North American automotive industry, and as such, Canada will be pursuing a harmonized solution with the United States towards a stringent, dominant North American standard."

The AIAMC member companies also expect that the government will take the appropriate steps to ensure that high quality fuels (gasoline, diesel and renewables) will be made available concurrently to support the regulation of motor vehicle fuel economy. "The automobile is a system," said Adams, "high quality fuels are essential for the introduction of advanced technologies that will allow us to further reduce emissions on new vehicles. As an added benefit clean fuels will assist in cleaning up the emissions from the more than 18 million light duty vehicles currently on our roads".

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, 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 Canada Inc. The association has a 28 year history in Canada and was incorporated in 1999.

/For further information: David C. Adams

Contact Information

  • David Adams, President, Association of International Automobile Manufacturers of Canada
    Primary Phone: 416-595-8251 ext. 22
    Secondary Phone: 416-333-2873