The Car Geek: July 2007

The Car Geek

Friday, July 27, 2007

SIRIUS Satellite Radios In Chrysler Cars!

The “Best Radio on Radio” will be available in seventy percent of Chrysler’s vehicles! This was the good news that I came across yesterday at while I was purchasing a Honda Del Sol radiator and Subaru CV joint. The “Best Radio on Radio” that I’m talking about is the SIRIUS Satellite radio!

SIRIUS provides more than 130 channels of the finest programming in all of the radios around the planet. The SIRIUS satellite radio is the innovative and the only home of 100 percent commercial free music channels in satellite radio which provides 69 music channels. SIRIUS also offers 65 channels of sports, news, talk, entertainment, traffic, weather and data. And for everybody’s information, SIRIUS is the Official Satellite Radio Partner of the NFL, NASCAR and NBA, and televises live play-by-play games of the NFL and NBA and NASCAR races. Whew! So much for an excellent introduction. Let’s get down to the real good news!

"We are excited about the growth of SIRIUS with Chrysler Group and its customers," said Mel Karmazin, the CEO of SIRIUS. "We are very proud that SIRIUS is featured in high volume in Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge vehicles, and we look forward to continued mutual success with our partners at Chrysler Group."

From the news that I’ve read yesterday, SIRIUS Satellite Radio has announced that the Chrysler Group will be expecting the SIRIUS Satellite Radio to be installed in more than 70% of Chrysler’s range of 2008 models. From the previous year, only around 40 percent of Chrysler’s vehicles have been installed with the satellite radio. SIRIUS will be integrated as one of the standard features mainly on Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep models’ mid-level price and premium classes! I guess everyone’s excited about this!

For new car buyers, they can automatically enjoy and start listening to SIRIUS music upon getting the freshly delivered vehicle. It will be a pure standard feature on the Chrysler Sebring and Aspen, the all-new Dodge Challenger and Nitro, and the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Commander. So what are you waiting for? I think it’s about time to get a great vehicle with the best radio in the planet!

"SIRIUS Satellite Radio is an entertainment feature our customers clearly enjoy and are demanding more and more. We are pleased to enhance our customers' driving and ownership experience by offering SIRIUS entertainment and technology throughout the Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge vehicle portfolio," said Christine MacKenzie, the Executive Director for Multi-brand Marketing and Agency Relations of the Chrysler Group.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Over The Limits With The 2007 Mazda CX-7!

Forget everything, leave your worries behind and let the CX-7 take you beyond the limits of the experience of driving! Yes, my friends, this humble ride was designed with a sleek, muscular and curved figure that relinquishes the boxy and traditional type from the period of the old age! This is a brand new ride dedicated to people who finds life to be quite sluggish and has this need to soar above the limits of life! Count me in!

"Combined with car-like handling and striking looks, the CX-7 offers not only adequate ‘Zoom’ worthy of the company motto, but room to boot. The CX-7 also features sportier styling than most SUVs. The windshield carries a 66- degree angle, more akin to coupes than trucks. Interesting touches include a reversible floor in the cargo area to place soiled items on plastic flooring, as well as a two-level dashboard...," describes AutoWeek.

"If Mazda keeps this up, it may just become my favorite car company. The Mazda 5 nano-van was already proof of intelligent life on the planet. The CX-7 now threatens every other pseudo-ute wagon. It has arrestingly original lines with Lambo-like windshield rake and tapered roofline. It turns rings around a Toyota Highlander with slop-free steering and stout body control. It cruises freeways without choppy ride of a Nissan Murano. The inside is spacious in the two-row class, and the turbo four makes speed smoothly and with surprisingly low-end wallop," expresses Car and Driver.

"Given Mazda's recent history of fun-to-drive vehicles, we're eager to get behind the wheel of a CX-7, because if anyone can pull off a truly sporty crossover, it's Mazda," affirms Automobile Magazine.

"A Sports car or A sport-Ute? Spend a few hours behind the wheel of Mazda's new CX-7 and you might start to wonder. And with good reason, for while the Japanese maker's Miata and RX-8 are the classic examples of "zoom-zoom" engineering, the CX-7 is likely to make you forget you're driving a crossover," is another description of the vehicle as posted at

Here are some of the CX-7’s standard features:

  • 5-passenger seating capacity
  • Cloth-trimmed seats
  • Leather-trimmed seats
  • Grand Touring leather-trimmed seats with sport stripes
  • 6-way manual adjustable driver's seat
  • 8-way power adjustable driver's seat with adjustable lumbar support
  • Heated front seats
  • 60/40 split one-touch fold-down rear seatback with adjustable headrests on outboard seating positions
  • 4-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system with Automatic Level Control
  • 9-speaker, Bose® Centerpoint® surround system with AudioPilot®
  • DVD navigation system with voice command & touch screen and rear view camera
  • Electroluminescent gauges and blue indirect lighting
  • Power windows with driver and passenger one touch open/close feature
  • Cruise control
  • CFC-free air conditioning with cabin filter
  • Automatic climate control
  • Dual front air bags (SRS) and front side impact air bags
  • Front / rear side-impact air curtains with rollover protection
  • Front safety-belt pretensioners with force limiters
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  • Engine immobilizer anti-theft system
  • Illuminated keyless entry w/ panic button

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Find Yourself a Good Mechanic

As a car owner, you always have to anticipate that your car parts would also wear out in a long time. Even the most reputable car brands also malfunction in time especially when you are not aware of the different navigations on your car. This is when you need to know how you fix your own car.

However, your car has thousands of different car parts which are not that easy to fix. You still need to hire a professional mechanic to fix your car when these complicated parts act up. If your friends and relative are knowledgeable about such car problems, they can also be a great help but I recommend hiring a reputable mechanic to find your car problems in real time.

There are piles and piles of auto mechanics both online and in your area. However, there are also who are not professionals in terms of experience so you always have to choose the right mechanic to solve your car problems.

Ask your friends about their recommended mechanics. If you have relative who also know someone, you can ask for their help. Or if not, talk to the people in your area with the same car as yours.

If you decide on whom to get, make sure that he can fix all types of car problems. For you to know whether the mechanic is capable of doing the job, visit his place.

Check the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and know whether the shop received lots of complains. You can also check whether the mechanic is accredited by the American Automobile Association (AAA). You can also ask the mechanic if he is accredited by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).

Check whether the mechanic is giving a warranty of his service. Make sure that his is about 6 months or more. It’s better if you pay some dollars more to a real time mechanic over paying cheap to a fake one.

While he is doing your car, you can ask questions. This is so you can know whether he is doing it right. Let him explain every procedure done on your car.

These are the things you need to do in order to secure that your car is fixed properly at the right time. To get more tips on car maintenance and repair, log on to to find out more.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Nissan Cabstar In Mexico And Taiwan

The light duty workhorse who is adored by many will bound in the soil of Mexico and Taiwan! The Nissan Cabstar global light duty truck also known as the Atlas in Japan will soon be introduced to these two countries. “Soon” is next month actually because the arrival of the Cabstar is scheduled in August. Mexicans and Vietnamese barely have a few days left to hang around before this awesome ride with the coolest Nissan parts arrives in their territories.

The Nissan Cabstar is the first ever light duty truck from Nissan to be launched in Mexico and the next breed of Cabstars will be formally launched in Taiwan by November 2007 in which Yulon-Nissan’s proposal will be organized to have a stronger in the Taiwanese marketable light duty truck segment.

“The all-new Nissan Cabstar embodies all the core elements of our Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV) strategy. In developing the Cabstar, we begun with the needs of the customers and created a reliable and efficient truck with smart solutions that support their busy work-day. The all-new Cabstar offers class leading functionality and maneuverability, with low cost of ownership,” said Andy Palmer, the Corporate Vice President of Nissan’s LCV business unit.

The all-new Nissan Cabstar in Mexico and Taiwan’s launching supports the approach to increase the Nissan LCV production into new markets with the enduring goal to attain a top position in the global LCV market.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

AC Schnitzer makes the MINI car Blue

AC Schnitzer has been a BMW performance specialist for a long period of time and now he is giving more attention on the new R56 MINI Cooper S. Now, the new bomber car is wearing a blue exterior paint job. Not only that, the new car also received more upgrades which was made possible and available by hitching a Nordschelife-developed racing suspension which was also combined with a spring kit - the latter is made available separately. This time, the MINI is more athletic and is presenting itself with a new dynamic level.

AC Schnitzer can also give more power to the breathing exhalation side over adding up a new sports muffler face with a chromed double-tip. As you can see, the new small car receives more upgrades like new spoilers, new skirting as well as a decal/stripe package which will be available as an owner choice. These car upgrades are added to its new hatchback look far different from its predecessor.

Drivers and car owners are can also cap things off by selecting alloy wheels as well as interior trim enhancements which can add up to its personal tastes. All these upgrades are coming from AC Schnitzer.

Monday, July 16, 2007

The Impressive Subaru Impreza WRX

Calling all car geeks, please listen up for a while! I know you’re too busy studying VW wheels or the Subaru clutch, but I guess this hot stuff that I’m going to share with you will absolutely steal your busy mind’s attention! I present to you one of the greatest rides today, no other than… the Subaru Impreza WRX!

At first glance, the WRX can be deceiving! With a simple and humble look, this ride can be described as regular car for city-driving. But looks can be very deceiving! Deep inside the WRX lays the heart of a cold-blooded racing machine! Ooh yeah! The WRX promises an extraordinary driving experience to new car buyers. Even on a normal city street, the Impreza will take you to new heights as if you’re ripping the racetrack in two! Impressive! The Impreza WRX is boosted by 293 horses and packed with a 2.5-liter DOHC intercooled turbocharged Subaru Boxer engine plus a torque of 290 lb-ft at 4,400 rpm. Now cool, is it? You can’t go wrong with all the Subaru WRX parts such as the reliable Subaru brake caliper etc. because all of these meet the expected performance you want from an everyday race car!

Talk about standard features, this ride offers the top quality convenience, safety and styling there is in a premium car! Let’s all unveil and witness the best of the Subaru Impreza WRX as we check out its cool features:

• 4-wheel independent suspension
• Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
• Dual driver and front-passenger front air bags (SRS)
• Subaru advanced frontal air bag system with driver's seat position sensor and front-passenger seat occupant detection sensor (SRS)
• Front-seat-mounted head/chest side-impact air bags (SRS)
• Three individual rear head restraints
• Height-adjustable 3-point front seatbelts with pretensioners and force limiters ; 3-point seatbelts at all rear seating positions.
• Rear child-safety door locks
• LATCH system: Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren
• Safety brake pedal system
• Energy-absorbing collapsible steering column
• Ring-Shaped Reinforcement Frame body structure with hydroformed front subframe structure
• Center console with armrest and enclosed storage compartment. Lockable and illuminated glove box.
• Analog speedometer, tachometer, coolant temperature and fuel gauges with illuminated red needles on black faces and white indicators
• STI-design instrumentation with aluminum gauge trim rings, center-mounted tachometer, gauge needles full-sweep on start-up and adjustable tachometer red-line warning with audible indicator
• Digital clock and odometer including dual-mode trip odometer
• Digital ambient temperature gauge • 120-watt 6-speaker premium audio system with 6-disc in-dash CD changer and MP3/WMA capability
• Auxiliary audio jack
• SIRIUS™ satellite radio capability
• Automatic climate control system with CFC-free air conditioning, air filtration system, rotary controls for temperature, 7-speed fan and airflow direction
• Keyless entry system with answer-back electronic chirp
• Antitheft security system with answer-back electronic chirp
• Engine immobilizer

Thursday, July 12, 2007

The Latest Pricing of the 2008 Chrysler Minivans

Chrysler released the price list of their new 2008 minivans. The car maker promised that these minivans will have a total new look to fit in to the growing demands of the minivan drivers these days. The new designs of their vans seem to be taken from the Chevy Venture book of design, but the brand was having second thoughts to keep it already is.

It seems to me that Chrysler’s new minivans will do a big splash on the US car market. Why? Because of the total new designs, new features installed and the gorgeous line up of trimmings that you can expect for the new vans. They also announced the latest pricing of their Chrysler Town & Country as well as the 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan which is tagged with incredible value.

I found this list of the prices for the Chrysler minivans on A special thanks to the site for lending us the information. Here guys, jump in.

2008 Dodge Grand Caravan Pricing: Following is U.S. MSRP for the new 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan models. (All prices include $730 destination.)

2008 MSRP Outgoing MSRP Grand Caravan SE: $22,470 $24,420 Grand Caravan SXT: $27,535 $28,505

Chrysler Town & Country Pricing: Following is U.S. MSRP for the new 2008 Chrysler Town & Country models. (All prices include $730 destination.)

2008 MSRP Outgoing MSRP Town & Country LX: $23,190 $26,775 Town & Country Touring: $28,430 $29,265 Town & Country Limited: $36,400 $37,335

The Dodge brand is one among the famous car brands in the US. They are offering a different kind of cars, trucks and minivans that displays their signature bold and powerful features. They also have offered nine new cars on the line up for the past two years and it is just incredible that it submitted its new car model to rock the road.

As of the Chrysler brand, they are known to be the producers of award winning cars. Although they may have a hard time to hitch an increase on sales these past months, Chrysler was noted to be one among the best selling car makers in the Domestic market. It started in 1990 and it jumped into 250% sales for the past decades and no other domestic car maker had been so famous the Chrysler way.

All the new models will be available on the showrooms of the US this coming fall of 2007.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

UQM Technologies To Power Hybrid Electric Bus

Can you believe this? A hybrid bus… that would be totally awesome! But this project is yet to be finalized. The question is: where will the bus get its power source knowing it’s a hybrid vehicle? But personally, I’m wondering if it has the best parts like Subaru engine parts or if it cools down perfectly with possibly the help from a Ford radiator.

Maybe UQM Technologies has the answer for that and we better listen... UQM Technologies Inc. is the world’s known developer of alternative energy technologies. And guess what? Yesterday, they have announced that they have the power source to run the hybrid bus. The recently introduced 150 kW permanent magnet propulsion motor will provide the power and boost a fuel cell hybrid electric bus. This vehicle is presently being developed by Mobile Energy Solutions, LLC, Golden, Colorado which is under the financing body called the Federal Transit Administration’s National Fuel Cell Bus Program. Sounds cool!

The fuel cell hybrid bus measures 35 feet in length that displays a proprietary with all combined body parts and features which was assembled by Marietta Composites and two 16 kW automotive fuel cells from Hydrogenics, Inc. A low floor design is enabled with the help of the six-inch tall battery which is integrated on the floor. This was a combination without the presence of an engine compartment. The bus has a seating capacity of thirty-seven people which is relatively similar to a 40 foot regular bus. The hybrid bus integrates a battery in a foremost plug-in hybrid power system, which supplies a major part of the vehicle's power from batteries. It can be recharged by plugging it into the electric power grid every night.

"Unlike other fuel cell bus programs that are placing large fuel cells in conventional transit buses, we are developing a composite body bus that has been specifically designed for these advanced technologies. By doing so, we have been able to reduce the weight of the vehicle, dramatically improving passenger carrying capability and roughly tripling the fuel mileage compared to conventional buses of similar size," said Dale Hill, the Chief Executive Officer of Mobile Energy Solutions, and LLC. "UQM's 150kW propulsion system, with its exceptional torque and light weight, will allow our bus to have superb acceleration while maximizing the range between recharges, due to the propulsion system's highly energy efficient operation. We are looking forward to using UQM(R) propulsion systems on other vehicle development opportunities we are pursuing."

"We are pleased that Mobile Energy Solutions has selected our newly introduced 150 kW system for their fuel cell hybrid electric bus program. This system was specifically designed to meet the higher power requirements of larger vehicles, such as this exciting bus. We are confident that the performance and high energy efficiency of our system, together with the unique design features of the bus, will allow this purpose built vehicle to exceed its original performance expectations," said William G. Rankin, the President and Chief Executive Officer of UQM Technologies, Inc. "We are excited about working on this project and look forward to additional orders for this bus and additional vehicles as Mobile Energy Solutions continues to grow their business."

Friday, July 06, 2007

What Completes the New Refreshed Look of the Retuned 2008 Ford Taurus X?

If you can recall, the new 2008 Ford Taurus X was the Freestyle earlier in its life. And the auto maker decided to tag the vehicle with a new name which came from a previous model because the latter was no longer profitable and was experiencing a failure to sell. Accompanied by the Ford Five Hundred, the precious Freestyle is now renowned as the new 2008 Taurus X.

The debut of the 2008 Ford Taurus X happened earlier at the Chicago Auto Show where it was revealed coming with new features to compliment its new name. But as it goes on with its production, more retunes, more car parts are being installed and a more powerful drive train, the vehicle experienced all these mounted to it. Now, the Taurus X is available in showrooms and you will be amazed by how Ford rebuilt and reconstructed the previous Freestyle making it dashing with new and fresher looks by being the 2008 Taurus X.

Now, going back to the question, “What Completes the New Refreshed Look of the Retuned 2008 Ford Taurus X?”

Ford decided to add a few “Edgy” looks in the new car by changing the front face that looks like the Ford Edge itself. Now, the car is looking more masculine trying to defeat the under accomplishments of its previous name. But what makes it more exciting? Imagine mounting a new powerful V6 3.5L engine part under its hood. Now tell me its not new. Usually, a V6 engine delivers 203 horsepower running on a 207 pound feet of torque but this time, Ford added a few more horses on the V6 installed on the X. The car is running on 263 horsepower delivering 249 pound-feet of torque. Since its looks are some what closer to the Ford Edge, the same six-speed automatic transmission is given to the previous Freestyle.

Acceleration? Mind you, aside from all that tune ups, Ford promises 44% more quicker acceleration this time.

It was rated with a “Five Star” award by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The car, of course, is filled with safety car parts namely traction control, electronic stability as well as the side curtain airbags which makes the car more stable during the drive. The base front-wheel-drive Taurus X SEL wears a tag price of $27,365 while $32,500 price tag is attached on its top-of-the-line Taurus X Limited AWD.

Thursday, July 05, 2007 Released a Comprehensive List of Latest June 2007 Car Sales

Which do you think topped the list? It’s not the Toyota Motor Corporation guys. Guess which one made it to the top? Got any clue? Take a look at the list below. Yes, you’ve seen a fact guys - Saab was the biggest winner last month as they were able to sell a huge 4,361 units of vehicles under their brand name and that is a 27.5% increase as compared to its June 2006’s 3,295 units’ sales.

Sadly, Jaguar was the biggest loser. They failed to sell more than 1,410 units which is a 37% decrease from their last year’s June sales of 2,160 cars. Only Land Rover with an increase of 4.1% and the Lincoln brand with 25.2% increase are the two brands to rise among the Ford Motor Company’s Premiere Automotive Group. Volvo and Jaguar failed this month. Mercury declined 9.5% compared to its last year’s 16,670 units sold. Another Ford subsidiary Mazda increased from 23,727 units to 25,761 cars sold this June. That is all in all a 4.6% increase. Although they are not selling much these days, they still make car parts like the Ford catalytic converter, Ford door handle and Ford exhaust which can all be found online.

Meanwhile, released this comprehensive list of the car brands that received increases and decreases on their sales this June 2007. Enjoy reading guys.

Biggest Winner

  • Saab 27.5% at 4,361 (6/06: 3,295)

Biggest Loser

  • Jaguar –37% at 1,410 (6/06: 2,160)


  • Acura 6.9% at 16,766 (6/06: 15,107)
  • Audi –6.7% at 7,789 (6/06: 8,039)
  • BMW .5% at 25,220 (6/06: 24,179)
  • Buick –33% at 16,519 (6/06: 23,738)
  • Cadillac –31.1% at 16,647 (6/06: 23,265)
  • Chevrolet –26.2% at 186,474 (6/06: 243,353)
  • Chrysler –12% at 47,658 (6/06: 51,986)
  • Dodge –9% at 91,089 (6/06: 96,485)
  • Ford –13% at 204,303 (6/06: 226,250)
  • GMC –18.2% at 40,457 (6/06: 47,604)
  • Honda 7.4% at 124,169 (6/06: 111,342)
  • HUMMER –13.4% at 5,093 (6/06: 5,661)
  • Hyundai 6.8% at 49,368 (6/06: 44,508)
  • Infiniti 9.3% at 10,558 (6/06: 9,300)
  • Isuzu –19.6% at 1,380 (6/06: 1,652)
  • Jaguar –37% at 1,410 (6/06: 2,160)
  • Jeep 15% at 44,600 (6/06: 37,475)
  • Land Rover 4.1% at 4,160 (6/06: 3,847)
  • Lexus 0.4% at 28,869 (6/06: 27,686)
  • Lincoln 25.2% at 12,494 (6/06: 9,610)
  • Mazda 4.6% at 25,761 (6/06: 23,727)
  • Mercedes –9.3% at 19,589 (6/06: 20,802)
  • Mercury –9.5% at 15,660 (6/06: 16,670)
  • MINI 13% at 4,174 (6/06: 3,556)
  • Mitsubishi 25.3% at 13,014 (6/06: 10,004)
  • Nissan 19.4% at 81,655 (6/06: 65,854)
  • Pontiac –21.1% at 33,683 (6/06: 41,115)
  • Porsche 9.6% at 3,267 (6/06: 2,871)
  • Saab 27.5% at 4,361 (6/06: 3,295)
  • Saturn –12.2% at 21,686 (6/06: 23,790)s
  • Subaru –10.8% at 17,108 (6/06: 18,476)
  • Suzuki 4.5% at 10,325 (6/06: 9,516)
  • Toyota 6.9% at 216,870 (6/06: 195,332)
  • Volkswagen 10.7% at 23,137 (6/06: 20,121)
  • Volvo –15.2% at 9,572 (6/06: 10,867)


  • BMW Group 2.0% at 29,394 (6/06: 27,735)
  • Chrysler Group –5% at 183,347 (6/06: 185,946)
  • Ford Motor Co. –11.5% at 247,599 (6/06: 269,404)
  • General Motors –24% at 326,300 (6/06: 413,473)
  • Honda America 7.3% at 140,935 (6/06: 126,449)
  • Nissan North America 18.2% at 92,213 (6/06: 75,154)
  • Toyota Motor Co. 6.1% at 245,739 (6/06: 223,018)

Kia did not report their sales yet.

Toyota was again noted with a high increase this June. The Japanese company was able to gain a huge 6.1% on its 245,739 sales this month compared to the 223,018 units sold last year. Lexus only got a 0.4% increase.

Among all the car brands, Nissan Motors America was the highest pointer gaining a huge 18.2% increased on sales. They were able to sell 92,213 units of cars this year compared to June 2006’s 223,018. Impressive, huh?

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Chrysler and Ford Joined Forces?

Let’s not talk about Volvo 940 parts or about the Saab clutch in this new post. It’s because I have something even fascinating stuff than these awesome parts that we usually talk about.

I’m talking about Chrysler and Ford teaming up for something. So what about it? The two popular companies joined forces and they signed up as the newest member of the United States Climate Action Partnership (USCAP) on its second expansion. On the span of only six months, the organization has enlisted 23 of the world’s biggest groups and six of the world’s most influential non-government organization. The wide cross-section division personified by USCAP is being honored by the most recent members and it is a strengthened call for the federal government to promptly act out legislation that comprises of the mandatory decrease of greenhouse gas emissions.

"Now is the time for advancing a national approach to climate change where all of us - individuals, industry and government - take action toward reducing emissions of greenhouse gases," declared Tom LaSorda, the President and CEO for the Chrysler Group. "We are proud to be an active member with USCAP in the development of climate policy that addresses energy use and emissions from all sectors of the U.S. economy, and ultimately drives increased energy efficiency. And we look forward to working with the USCAP members in formulating a system to control greenhouse gas emissions in a way that not just addresses the supply of energy-efficient products and commodities, but also spurs demand for them."

"We are pleased to join USCAP at a critical stage in the conversation on climate change, energy consumption and environmental protection. We all recognize it is time for action. Ford has long supported the six major principles of USCAP, including recognizing the importance of technology and the need to be environmentally effective. We have been actively developing a range of advanced technology vehicles to address the climate change issue," said Alan Mulally, the President and CEO of the Ford Motor Company.

USCAP issued its solutions-based report last January 2007. A proposal layout for an economy-wide project is entitled “A Call for Action” and it is a market driven cap-and-trade program. The commendation stood for in the report is based on the following six key principles:

  • Account for the global dimensions of climate change;
  • Recognize the importance of technology;
  • Be environmentally effective;
  • Create economic opportunity and advantage;
  • Be fair to sectors disproportionately impacted; and,
  • Recognize and encourage early action.