From: Annette Lloyd Thomas [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Tuesday, September 20, 2005 7:11 AM
Subject: ATVP Vehicle Fleet
I would like to know whether there is any truth to the rumour that Transport Canada is currently evaluating the smart forfour with a view to granting type approval. Unfortunately, the 2004 ATVP fleet information is not available on the website. Thank you for your help.
Annette Lloyd Thomas
Reply sent: Tue 09/20/05 13:17
The Smart ForFour is part of Transport Canada's Advanced Technology Vehicles Program (ATVP). Transport Canada has established the ATVP to look at available and soon to be available advanced vehicles and technologies not seen on our roads. These vehicles are being assessed to determine their impact on safety, energy efficiency and the environment.
Transport Canada is looking at the Smart ForFour for its technology and has been able to import this vehicle under condition that it return to its country of origin or be destroyed after testing is complete.
Transport Canada does not approve vehicles for import into Canada. It verifies the conformity of vehicles being offered for sale in the country. It remains in the hands of the manufacturer to one-day design a version of this vehicle for Canadian roads.
The ATVP is also examining other advanced technologies. Vehicles with advanced powertrains, materials, chassis designs, emission controls, fuels, controls and displays and other technologies are poised for introduction over the next decade. New technologies are constantly being developed and will be examined via the ATVP.