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Harper Government Announces Most Fuel-Efficient Vehicles for 2013

Feb 14 2013 12:00AM

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OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 02/14/13 -- Mike Wallace, Member of Parliament for Burlington, on behalf of the Honourable Joe Oliver, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, today announced recipients of the 2013 ecoENERGY for Vehicles Awards at the Canadian International AutoShow. These awards recognize the most fuel-efficient new vehicles sold in Canada in 10 different classes. Mr. Wallace also released the Government's 2013 Fuel Consumption Guide, which helps Canadians make fuel efficient choices when deciding to purchase a vehicle.

"Innovative technology that was once only found on engineering drawing boards is now in your local dealership showroom, making energy-efficient cars and trucks a greater reality for Canadians." said Mr. Wallace. "Our Government is pleased to highlight this year's award recipients, who demonstrate how innovation is transforming an industry while helping Canadians lower their fuel costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions."

The Most Fuel-Efficient Vehicles for Model Year 2013:

-- Two-Seater: smart fortwo electric drive-- Subcompact: Mitsubishi i-MiEV-- Compact: Ford Focus Electric-- Mid-Size: Nissan LEAF™-- Full-Size: Tesla Model S-- Station Wagon: Toyota Prius v-- Pickup Truck: Toyota Tacoma-- Special Purpose: Mazda CX-5-- Minivan: Mazda5-- Large Van: Ford Transit Connect Van



For the first time, battery electric vehicles were significantly represented among the vehicles recognized; showing that innovation in the auto sector continues to evolve.

Transportation is one of the largest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions in Canada, and personal vehicles account for over half of this energy use. The Harper Government has invested $195 million in the ecoENERGY Initiatives, supporting its commitment to reduce Canada's total greenhouse gas emissions by 17 percent from 2005 levels by 2020. As part of this initiative, the ecoENERGY for Vehicles Program provides Canadians and Canada's commercial fleet sector with decision-making tools for buying and operating their vehicles to reduce fuel consumption.

The 2013 Fuel Consumption Guide lists fuel consumption information for new cars and light-duty trucks sold in Canada and will be available at most new vehicle dealerships, motor vehicle licence agencies, participating Canadian Automobile Association offices and participating credit union offices across Canada.

"As part of the Harper Government's on-going commitment to help Canadians save money, I'm pleased to announce that the 2013 Fuel Consumption Guide is now available," said Mr. Wallace. "This guide helps Canadians make informed decisions on which fuel-efficient model best suits their needs, when purchasing a new vehicle."

Fuel consumption ratings for all 2013 model year vehicles are also available on Natural Resources Canada's website at vehicles.nrcan.gc.ca.

Consumers can use NRCan's online Fuel Consumption Ratings tool to compare the fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions of new cars and light-duty trucks sold in Canada. This tool allows Canadians to conveniently search for vehicles by class, make, transmission or fuel type and can display the results sorted by model, fuel efficiency or carbon dioxide emissions.

The following media backgrounder is available at

The 2013 ecoENERGY for Vehicles Awards

NRCan's news releases and backgrounders are available at www.nrcan.gc.ca/media.



Contacts:
Media may contact:
David Provencher
Press Secretary
Office of Canada's Minister of Natural Resources
613-996-2007

Media Relations
Natural Resources Canada, Ottawa
613-992-4447

The general public may contact:
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