Canada to bring vehicle bumper standards in line with U.S.A, Europe

Currently, Canadian federal law requires that vehicle bumpers need to withstand impacts up to 8km/h (5mph) while incurring damage the repair of which may not exceed $1,000. A new will halve those speeds to reflect the requirements in the U.S. and Europe, the Canadian government announced today. This law is what kept enthusiast-oriented cars like the 2003-2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution from the Canadian market. The new standards will come into effect on September 1 of next year.

The current model Evolution is sold in Canada, though it features some changes from U.S. market models to meet the stricter bumper standards. A stronger, reinforced front and rear bumper is visible to the naked eye, and does the job of protecting the costly air-to-air intercooler in the event of a low-speed head-on collision.

The change may even give car companies one less excuse for why Canadian cars are priced higher than their U.S. counterparts, even with the exchange rate figured in.