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Old 07-29-2008, 11:18 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Quebec City has Canada's most efficient vehicle fleet; Windsor Ontario is worst

A regional look at vehicle purchasing patterns of Canadians has shown that drivers in la belle province prefer fuel efficiency to a greater degree than just about anywhere else in the country.

Excluding pickups and commercial vehicles...

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Of the cities with the best fleet fuel efficiency, the top five are all in Quebec, where compact and sub-compact cars account for more than 70 per cent of all vehicle sales.

Quebec City consumers drive the most fuel efficient vehicles in Canada "by a wide margin," DesRosiers said. Their cars have an average fuel efficiency rating of 8.9 litres per 100 km (31.7 miles per gallon Imperial / 26.4 mpg US).
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The worst fleet distinction goes to Windsor, Ontario at 10.2 L/100 km (23.1 mpg US). Not really surprising, since it happens to be the heart of the "Big 3" auto manufacturing sector in Canada:

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Ken Lewenza, the presumptive president of the Canadian Auto Workers, defended Windsor's vehicle choices, saying its citizens are merely supporting their employers by buying their largest and most comfortable products.

"This shouldn't surprise anybody -- it's just about loyalty in Windsor and Essex County to the people who give you a pension," said Lewenza. "I feel good that people here are buying vehicles produced by Chrysler, Ford and General Motors.


"Obviously Quebec has no assembly capacity left, no jobs and no taxes from the automotive industry," he said, explaining why its citizens tend to buy foreign compacts rather than larger North American vehicles.

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Old 07-29-2008, 05:57 PM   #2 (permalink)
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not to mention Windsor being a suburb of Detroit.
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Now tell me why the belle province of Quebec does not alow fuel efficeint electric trucks on the road? Read the news re electric truck and that your sales are in the U S of A and elsewhere.

Bieng a Canuck from bc i hope that new legislation is introduced to make sales in Canada legit
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At first I was surprised a bit, but seeing how the biggest demographic group in Quebec city is white collar government employees nearing retirement, that kinda make sense.

But we just love small cars overall. Marketing probably has something to do with it, we get tons of ads for small cars and not so much for big pickups and suvs.

As for electric vehicles, it's coming. I know the Zenn is now allowed on Quebec's roads.
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Now tell me why the belle province of Quebec does not alow fuel efficeint electric trucks on the road?
A low speed electric truck is included in the pilot.

http://www.auto123.com/en/news/green...ec?artid=98459

Not certain about the BC made low speed truck - last I read it was held up by Transport Canada certification.

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