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Harper Government Continues to Put Consumers First

Improved Vehicle Fuel Consumption Ratings and Labels Will Give Consumers Best Available Information When Purchasing New Vehicles

TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 02/21/14 -- Natural Resources Canada

The Honourable Joe Oliver, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, today announced that the Government of Canada is introducing new fuel consumption ratings for cars and light trucks. The new ratings take into account everyday driving experiences - realities like cold weather and air conditioner use. Beginning with the 2015 model year, the updated test methodology will help Canadians buy the most fuel-efficient vehicle that fits their lifestyle - saving them money in the process.

In addition, an updated, more informative label will appear starting on model year 2016 vehicles to provide more accurate fuel consumption information. These labels will include additional information such as the fuel consumption of other models in the same vehicle class and CO2 emissions. The label will be tailored to address new, emerging technologies such as battery electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. We will continue working with the auto manufacturers to implement the new label.

Minister Oliver also announced the publication of the list of the most fuel-efficient vehicles for 2014 and the launch of the 2014 Fuel Consumption Guide, which includes a searchable database so consumers can easily compare the fuel consumption of different vehicles. The list of the most fuel-efficient vehicles and the guide are available on the department's website, www.nrcan.gc.ca

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--  The updated testing will better account for consumers' typical driving
    conditions and styles, such as using the vehicle's air conditioner, cold
    weather driving and driving at higher speeds, with rapid acceleration
    and braking.

--  The fuel consumption label for 2015 will provide consumers with enhanced
    information to help them reduce their fuel costs and environmental
    impact.

--  Labels for 2015 vehicles, using the new test methodology, will be marked
    to indicate that the labels reflect the new fuel consumption ratings.


Quotes

"Canadians want fuel consumption ratings that reflect their everyday driving experience. Our government is standing up for consumers by offering families information they can use to pick the right car for them - and save money in the process."

Joe Oliver, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources

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