Hyundai Auto Canada Corp. announced its Clean Air Commitment, a financial top-up of up to $1,000 on the federal government’s scrappage program whose aim is to get the oldest, worst-polluting vehicles off the road and encourage Canadians to select more sustainable transportation alternatives. As a result, Hyundai is the first auto manufacturer in Canada to launch such a top-up program.
“Reducing vehicle emissions has a direct impact on the air we breathe, so helping to remove older, more-polluting vehicles from the road just makes sense. It’s something we can do today to immediately impact our environment. We think that’s pretty smart,” said Steve Kelleher, president and CEO, Hyundai Auto Canada Corp.”
Depending on the vehicle, Hyundai’s Clean Air Commitment offers between $500 to $1,000 of additional savings to top up the incentives available through the federal government’s Retire Your Ride program, which offers $300 for qualifying vehicles as well as other incentives towards sustainable transportation. This “Clean Air Cash” is applied to the purchase of a new, more fuel-efficient Hyundai, and is in addition to the company’s current incentive programs.
The first product to Canada will be the hybrid Sonata, which uses Hyundai’s industry-leading lithium polymer battery technology. The company also aims to lead the way in fuel efficiency by achieving a fleet average of 6.7 litres per 100 km (42 miles per gallon) by 2015, five years ahead of the US and the expected Canadian governments’ 2020 deadlines.