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Why are Japanese diesel pickup trucks not readily available in the Canadian auto market?

"They should fine the (domestic) auto makers for poorly-built vehicles, and the (Ministry of Transport) regulators for unreasonable standards..."


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September 5, 2014 by Steve Payne

More on the Ontario MTO officers and their, according to Alec Caldwell, “vulture”-like behaviour. Chris Langman of Langman Masonry takes it one step further than Alec, in his post, below…

“These measures are meant to eliminate small (difficult to regulate and control) businesses. If you don’t have enough disposable income to maintain a (fleet of) poorly made North American vehicle(s), you should not be in business for yourself. “Why are Japanese diesel pickup trucks not readily available in the Canadian auto market? Because (the) reliable, quality construction (of these vehicles) does not allow the opportunity for fines, on top of fines, on top of fines, for poorly “maintained” vehicles. “They should fine the auto-makers for poorly built vehicles, and regulators for unreasonable standards, and leave everybody who’s just trying to make a living alone.”


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1 Comment » for Why are Japanese diesel pickup trucks not readily available in the Canadian auto market?
  1. Stephen Greydanus says:

    I’m not 100% sure but it could have to do with the “chicken tax” (google it). The US imposes a 25% tariff on light truck imports which is why we don’t see any of those little Toyota’s the rest of the world uses.

    Interestingly Ford imported their Transit connect with seats and seatbelts for a few years in order to avoid paying the tax. They recycled the extra parts when the vans got to NA but the government decided that wasn’t legal.