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Natural Resources Canada
May 10, 2012

LONDON — Canadians looking to improve their vehicle’s fuel efficiency can choose to drive the Auto$mart way. Ed Holder, Member of Parliament for London West, on behalf of the Honourable Joe Oliver, Minister of Natural Resources, today announced an updated version of the Auto$mart Driver’s Education Kit. Auto$mart promotes fuel-efficient driving practices and vehicle maintenance to improve fuel economy. The kit includes a Driving Instructor’s Guide, Student Workbook and videos that will be distributed to driver training schools across Canada.

Mr. Holder made the announcement during the Eco-Run Fuel Efficiency Demonstration organized by the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) in collaboration with automobile manufacturers, the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) and Natural Resources Canada. During the three-day car rally running from Brighton through Oshawa, Toronto and Hamilton to London, participating journalists are learning the most effective driving methods to improve fuel efficiency. They are also driving new vehicles provided by automotive manufacturers with some of the latest fuel-saving technology.

“Driving in a fuel-efficient manner is an easy choice which Canadians can make that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and lower their fuel costs,” said Mr. Holder. “Auto$mart teaches new drivers the same fuel-saving techniques that participants are learning during Eco-Run.”

The program works with driver educators nation-wide to introduce new drivers to fuel-efficient driving techniques. Over 2,000 driving instructors offer the training as part of their curriculum, and over 500,000 students per year learn to drive the Auto$mart way.

The Auto$mart program is part of the Government of Canada’s ecoENERGY Efficiency Initiatives, a $195-million investment to improve energy efficiency in Canada at home, at work and on the road. These initiatives build on previous investments by further advancing energy-efficient technologies, increasing our competitiveness and creating and protecting Canadian jobs.

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Natural Resources Canada


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