At the Montreal International Auto Show, Canada’s transport minister announced the country will be setting new fuel-economy regulations that will match or exceed the U.S. fuel-economy standards signed into law in late December. The Canadian standards will be phased in starting in 2011 and by 2020, cars and light trucks sold in the Great White North will have to average at least 35 miles per gallon (or 6.7 liters per 100 kilometers). The country’s current vehicle average is about 27 mpg. British Columbia and Quebec have expressed interest in exceeding the new requirements by adopting California’s embattled standards, which would mandate achieving a 35 mpg average by 2016.

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