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Important step towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions

OTTAWA — The David Suzuki Foundation welcomes today's announcement by the Ford Motor Company that it will build hybrid vehicles in Canada.

The automaker made the announcement at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto. Ford's Oakville plant will become the assembly point for the hybrid versions of the Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX, which are both crossover utility vehicles.

"Canadians strongly support higher fuel efficiency standards and Ford's announcement shows that industry has the technology to meet those standards," says Pierre Sadik, senior policy advisor with the sustainability program of the David Suzuki Foundation.

"Canadians demand more fuel efficient and environmentally responsible vehicles and North American automakers are starting to listen," Mr. Sadik says. "At the end of the day it comes down to this: higher gas prices have imposed some market rigour on industry boardrooms."

Mr. Sadik maintains that this represents a win for Canadian autoworkers, a win for the Big Three and a win for Canadians who will experience a reduction in heat-trapping greenhouse gases as well as a modest reduction in pollutants that cause smog.

The David Suzuki Foundation is working to achieve sustainability within a generation in Canada.

February 15, 2006

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