Large, heavy vehicles remain popular in Canada
(NC)—Despite fuel costs, emission concerns and conservation awareness, Canadians are increasingly showing a preference for larger and heavier vehicles.
The latest Canadian Vehicle Survey delivers useful information related to on-road transportation activities and fuel consumption across the country. The survey is made available by Natural Resources Canada online at www.nrcan.gc.ca.
Overall, during the period 2000 to 2009, the number of light duty vehicles registered on the roads grew at an average of 1.9 per cent per year, reaching about 19.8 million vehicles in 2009. The number of vehicles per household increased from 1.43 to 1.47 for the same period.
Between 2000 and 2009, there was also a significant change in the composition of the light vehicle fleet. The share of the 'light truck' category (vans, sport utility vehicles [SUVs] and pickup trucks) increased substantially relative to the share of 'cars.' Most notably, the number of SUVs almost doubled and its share of the 'light vehicle fleet' increased from 6.9 per cent to 12.8 per cent. Meanwhile, the share of cars decreased from 60.5 per cent to 55.4 per cent.
Vehicle weight and engine power are important factors governing an automobile's fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions. We can all save money and decrease pollution by increasing our awareness of technology options and by selecting vehicles that meet our everyday needs.
Additional information and resources to inform consumers can be found online at www.vehicles.gc.ca
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