Following the lead of the U.S., Canada has chosen to employ a fuel economy regulation program for the first time ever, and the numbers are virtually identical to ours. The differences between the two countries' programs are so minute that you could essentially say Canada copied our new Corporate Average Fuel Economy guidelines that require automakers to achieve a fleet average fuel economy of around 35 mpg by 2016. Prior to this, Canada had some emissions guidelines, but didn't require compliance from automakers.

The guidelines for Canada's new emissions standard require automakers operating in that country achieve a CAFE number of 35.5 mpg by 2016. Starting in 2011, vehicles will also have to meet stringent greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) ratings, failure of which will result in monetary penalties. The GHG requirements will become more stringent as time passes. Sound familiar?

OK, so Canada's new requirements are practically identical to our new U.S. regulations, and that's great because automakers will only have one standard to meet across both countries. Well, maybe. It's not yet known if Quebec and British Columbia will adopt the new Canadian standards or regulate vehicle emissions on their own. Regardless, the new Canadian emissions standards will for the most part allow automakers to make one vehicle that can be sold in both countries with no emissions-related modifications needed. Now, if we could just get a few more countries onboard, those European cars we've been longing for could make their way stateside some day.

[Source: Times Colonist]

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