December 1, 2003

NRCan issues latest fuel use guide, names most efficient vehicles

OTTAWA, ONT-Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) last week issued its 2004 Fuel Consumption Guide for cars and light-duty trucks. The Guide provides estimates of annual fuel cost, fuel use and carbon dioxide emissions based on how much fuel each vehicle consumes travelling 20,000 kilometres, with a mix of 55% city and 45% highway driving. NRCan produces the Guide in collaboration with Transport Canada, the Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers' Association and the Association of International Automobile Manufacturers of Canada. At the same time, NRCan Minister Herb Dhaliwal named the winners of the 2004 EnerGuide Awards for the most fuel-efficient new vehicles sold in Canada. The annual awards, managed by NRCan's Office of Energy Efficiency, are presented to the manufacturers of the most fuel-efficient new vehicles in each of nine classes. Among the 2004 winners are: the Toyota Echo (subcompact); the Honda Civic Hybrid (compact); the Toyota Prius (mid-size); the Chevrolet Impala (full-size); the Pontiac Vibe and Toyota Corolla Matrix (co-winners, station wagon--gasoline); the Chrysler PT Cruiser (special purpose); the Ford Ranger and Mazda B2300 (co-winners, pickup truck); and the Chevrolet Venture, Oldsmobile Silhouette and Pontiac Montana (co-winners, van). The 2004 Fuel Consumption Guide may be requested by calling 1 800 387- 2000 or by writing to Energy Publications c/o DLS, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0S9. More information is available on NRCan's Web site,
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