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Last Thursday's Globe and Mail had this interesting news item - the changes just might make an Evo IX or US imported Evo X a viable option for Canadians worried about being ripped off by Mitsubishi now.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080103.wh-buzz-0103/BNStory/robNews/

Here's the article in case the story disappears or is unaccessible ...

Transport Canada considering less stringent bumper rules
MICHAEL BETTENCOURT

From Thursday's Globe and Mail

January 3, 2008 at 12:00 AM EST

Transport Canada has acknowledged that the safety benefits of its eight kilometres/hour bumper regulations — a higher speed than allowed by the United States or Europe — does not justify the cost, and will look at various changes to come down as early as this summer.

"From a cost-benefit perspective, Transport Canada has been unable to justify why the Canadian bumper standard should continue to be more stringent than those of the United States or the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe," wrote Transport Canada in a proposal to change the bumper standards, which appeared in the official Canada Gazette. From that proposal, it's clear that Transport Canada officials are hoping to make a change.

"In the absence of evidence that the benefits of the Canadian bumper standard exceed the cost to society resulting from it, maintaining the standard unchanged would not appear to constitute an appropriate solution," wrote Christian Lavoie, director of standards research and development for Transport Canada.

The logical change would be to move the standards closer to the four km/h U.S. standard mandated, wrote Lavoie, because the current system makes it more expensive for auto makers to sell cars here (costs that are passed on to Canadian buyers in the form of higher prices) and also delays or limits the import of some vehicles, usually limited volume but highly desirable models. "The end result for consumers is a potentially smaller consumer choice and an increase in car purchase prices," Lavoie wrote.

Canadian standards are meant to ensure that suspension, engine, headlight and brake components that are key to a vehicle's safe operation are not be affected by low-speed parking bumps. Yet the government says there is ample evidence that aligning the Canadian bumper test speed with that of the U.S. National Highway Transportation Administration standards would not make Canadian cars less safe.

"In terms of safety, a ... report prepared by NHTSA in 1987, indicated that the change in the bumper standard from 8 km/h to 4 km/h in 1982 had not affected the protection of the safety related parts," wrote Lavoie. "Thus, the Department believes that it is time to revisit the Canadian bumper standard and determine whether it is justified to maintain or amend the standard."Evidence suggests that Canada's unique bumper rules reduce repair costs over the lifetime of the vehicle, but they also increase costs and fuel consumption, wrote Lavoie.

Transport Canada finished a consultation period on Dec. 31 on a number of proposed bumper changes focused on aligning the standards.

Given the furor over Canadian vehicle pricing compared with similar models in the United States, and the increasing number of Canadians buying south of the border, the relatively unsexy bumper issue may get a lot more attention this year.

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The change could happen as soon as May 2008 - depending on the volume of consultations received.

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This is undoubtedly good news for consumers in Canada. I do think that the change will come too late for me, personally. I would love to go to the U.S. and buy a GSR w sight sound and spoiler package and then come back here with it and mod the hell out of it!
 

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I love this story! Much like the screwy immobilizer regulations that have been effectively shelved (hopefully they, too, will be harmonized with the US regs) this move will provide more choice to Canadians and hopefully prices will come down as well. No more excuses!!!
 

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In the famous words of our friends in Southpark.

"BLAME CANADA"
 

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Right now we Canadians are more likely to sing the mantra "blame America" for your credit problems, recession, president and piss weak beer! :)

Of course we ride on your coat tails economically (and culturally to a great extent) and when you step in the proverbial puddle we get splashed in the face.
 

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Actually, I don't just want the cars that you 'mericans get, I also want the cars the Europeans get, more diesel powertrain options, more sporty hatchbacks, more estates, etc., and it would also be cool to get some of the Japanese-only market cars, like the micros.
 
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