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New green vehicle guide available

OTTAWA – The Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) today released a new guide to the top green vehicles on the road in North America, from compact to pickup trucks.

The guide, which was produced by the Automobile Club of Southern California’s Automotive Research Center, ranked vehicles using a 13-point evaluation system. Based on information in the 2016 guide, the 2016 Honda Civic Touring took the number one spot in the category of inexpensive vehicles; the 2014 BMW i3 was the top mid-range vehicle; and finally the 2015 Tesla Model S70D was the top luxury vehicle.

“AAA’s Green Car Guide is a good reminder that drivers have a variety of environmentally-friendly options available, in all budget ranges, that can help them both save money and the environment,” says Jeff Walker, Vice-President of Public Affairs for CAA National.

The guide lists 81 vehicles in all vehicle categories, showing that anyone can reduce their fuel use by driving with fuel economy in mind. In fact, drivers can save up to 20 per cent on fuel by following a few simple eco-driving tips.

The methodology behind the rankings can be found here.

CAA has long advocated for environmentally friendly driving technologies and practices, and has built several tools to educate the driving public on electric and hybrid vehicles. Consumers can find information on electric and hybrid vehicles available in Canada on CAA’s Electric Vehicle Portal, including Canada’s most comprehensive EV charging map.

CAA is a federation of nine clubs providing over 6.2 million Members with exceptional emergency roadside service, complete automotive and travel services, member savings and comprehensive insurance services. CAA also advocates on issues of concern to its members, including road safety, the environment, mobility, infrastructure and consumer protection.

For further information or to book an interview, please contact:

Kristine D’Arbelles
Manager, Public Affairs
CAA National
613-796-9404
kdarbelles@national.caa.ca

 

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Canadians Don’t Trust Autonomous Vehicles, Yet

OTTAWA, ON – Canadians are wary of driverless cars, according to research released by the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) on the eve of a major conference looking at the future of autonomous vehicles.

Nearly two-thirds (63 per cent) of Canadians say they would not trust a vehicle to drive itself while they are in it, stating concerns such as vehicle hacking, theft of data generated by the vehicle, and accountability in the event of an accident.

Despite their doubts today, Canadians still believe there are benefits to driverless cars in the future, such as improved accessibility for people with mobility issues and fewer road safety incidents due to reduced human error. In fact, more than half (57 per cent) of Canadians say they think this technology will advance to a point where they would fully trust a driverless car in the next 10 years.

“Canadians clearly see the potential. We are just not there yet. Conferences like this one will help advance the dialogue around the pros and cons of this new technology,” says Jeff Walker, Vice-President of Public Affairs for CAA National. “Wherever the debate leads, CAA will be there to make sure the views of the driving public are well represented.”

The public opinion research was done in conjunction with the Conference Board of Canada’s conference, Automated Vehicles: Planning the Next Disruptive Technology, being held tomorrow and Wednesday in Toronto. CAA, which is sponsoring the conference, will also moderate a panel on the privacy considerations surrounding driverless cars on Tuesday at 2:45 p.m.

The results are based on a survey of 2,090 representative Canadians, conducted between March 23 and March 30, 2016. A probability sample of the same size would yield a margin of error of ±2.2%, 19 times out of 20.

CAA is a federation of nine clubs providing over 6.2 million Members with exceptional emergency roadside service, complete automotive and travel services, member savings and comprehensive insurance services. CAA also advocates on issues of concern to its members, including road safety, the environment, mobility, infrastructure and consumer protection.

For further information or to book an interview, please contact:

Kristine D’Arbelles
Manager, Public Affairs
CAA National
613-796-9404
kdarbelles@national.caa.ca

 

 

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CAA supports improvements to air traveler rights recommended in federal report

OTTAWA – The Canadian Automobile Association is pleased a federal review tabled yesterday in Parliament includes CAA recommendations that would enhance air passenger rights.

CAA, one of Canada’s largest leisure travel agency operators, called for improvements to Canadians’ air traveler rights, which currently lag the United States and Europe. In the review, CAA also raised awareness of the high cost of flying and the need for more efficient airport security screening, both of which are reflected in the report.

“This is a step in the right direction for air travelers in Canada,” said Jeff Walker, vice president public affairs at CAA. “We’re looking forward to working with the federal government as it examines these recommendations, which could significantly increase consumer protection for Canadian air travelers.”

The report recommendations came as part of a comprehensive review of the Canada Transportation Act, which governs the federally regulated rail, marine and aviation sectors.

The report suggests:

  • Harmonizing with the United States and the European Union’s air passenger rights, which currently provide better protection for travelers;
  • Giving the Canadian Transportation Agency the power to undertake investigations and make  industry-wide, all-carrier rules in cases such as compensation for being bumped from a flight;
  • Mandating increased transparency, including the collection and publication of relevant data – such as the number of passengers denied boarding, on-time performance and lost baggage;
  • Working with the provinces to ensure the existing all-inclusive airfare advertising rules also apply to charter services (currently, carriers must show all-in pricing but charter carriers do not);
  • Regulating airport security screening standards and wait times.

CAA is a federation of nine clubs providing over 6.2 million Members with exceptional emergency roadside service, complete automotive and travel services, member savings and comprehensive insurance services. CAA also advocates on issues of concern to its members, including road safety, the environment, mobility, infrastructure and consumer protection.

For further information or to book an interview today, please contact:

Julia Kent

Manager, Public Affairs

CAA National

613.240.9992

jkent@national.caa.ca

 

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CAA awarded two TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Favourites

OTTAWA – The Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) is pleased to announce it has won two 2016 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice awards.

CAA won for favourite Canadian travel magazine and favourite Canadian travel guidebook. CAA publishes six regional magazines dedicated to travel, automotive and other topics of interest to its Members. Collectively, the magazines have a circulation of 4.3 million. CAA’s 33 guidebooks, published twice annually, cover North American travel destinations from Atlantic Canada to California.

The two awards mark the first time CAA has been named a TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice Favourite.

“For decades, Canadians have trusted CAA to deliver accurate, unbiased travel information and insight,” says Jeff Walker, chief strategy officer and vice president, public affairs at CAA. “We’re proud the TripAdvisor community has put CAA’s travel publications top of mind. We’re the travel experts you can always count on to help you plan and book your trip from start to finish.”

TripAdvisor is the world’s largest travel website. Every year, it identifies top travel products and services by polling its users. The Travellers’ Choice Favorites awards began in 2013, highlighting brands preferred by Canadian travellers.

For more information and the complete list of 2016 winners of the Travellers’ Choice Favorites, please visit: http://blog.tripadvisor.com/2016/02/11/announcing-the-2016-travelers-choice-favorites-awards-in-canada/

The six regional magazines CAA publishes are known as WestWorld (British Columbia), AMA Insider (Alberta), CAA Saskatchewan Magazine, CAA Manitoba Magazine, CAA Magazine (Ontario and Atlantic Canada) and Touring (Quebec).

About CAA

CAA is a federation of nine clubs providing over 6 million Members with exceptional emergency roadside service, complete automotive and travel services, member savings and comprehensive insurance services. CAA also advocates on issues of concern to its members, including road safety, the environment, mobility, infrastructure and consumer protection.

About TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor® is the world's largest travel site, enabling travellers to plan and book the perfect trip. TripAdvisor offers advice from millions of travellers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features with seamless links to booking tools that check hundreds of websites to find the best hotel prices. TripAdvisor branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, reaching 350 million unique monthly visitors, and more than 290 million reviews and opinions covering 5.3 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions. The sites operate in 47 countries worldwide.

For further information, please contact:

Julia Kent

Manager, Public Affairs

CAA National

613-240-9992

jkent@national.caa.ca

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CAA Manitoba and CAA South Central Ontario announce intention to merge

Thornhill, ON – As leading membership organizations, CAA Manitoba and CAA South Central Ontario (CAA SCO) are proud to announce their formal intention to merge.

“I am deeply honoured to express our intention to merge. This new partnership will be built on our greatest asset – our trusted brand,” said Mike Mager, President & CEO, CAA Manitoba. “By bringing together two successful CAA Clubs, both are better positioned to offer an even higher calibre array of products and services that are essential to our members’ safety and peace of mind.”

CAA SCO’s President & CEO, Jay Woo, agreed that the ability to work together to provide a superior member experience is exciting.

“Today marks a major milestone in our long and rich history. The combination of resources and expertise will deliver greater capabilities, innovations, and advocacy expertise to keep our members and their loved ones safe,” said Jay Woo, President & CEO, CAA SCO.

CAA Manitoba and CAA SCO remain committed to member safety and offering exceptional member service. The merger of these two organizations will enhance roadside assistance, travel, and insurance services in both Manitoba and Ontario. The two companies will also continue to operate under their current respective brands.

CAA Manitoba and CAA SCO intend that the proposed merger will occur on September 30, 2016, subject to member and regulatory approvals.

For over a hundred years, CAA has been helping Canadians stay mobile, safe and protected. CAA South Central Ontario is one of nine auto clubs across Canada providing roadside assistance, travel, insurance services and member savings for our 2 million members.

For further information:

Silvana Aceto

Media and PR Consultant

CAA SCO

sace@caasco.ca

Office: (905) 771-3194

Cell: (416) 209-4930

or

Jeff LeMoine

Communications Consultant

CAA SCO

jlem@caasco.ca

Office: (905) 771-4709

Cell: (416) 254-0641.

 

 

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