WASHINGTON, D.C. - United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk issued a brief statement today in response to Japan's release of the list of a limited number of U.S. autos models that qualify under its Eco-friendly Vehicle Purchase Program (Japan's version of "cash-for-clunkers"). On January 19, Japan announced changes that opened opportunities for autos imported using the PHP import certification process to qualify for its program. Today, Japan released the list of U.S. autos models that qualify. Japan's decision to use EPA "city" mileage ratings instead of EPA "combined city/highway" mileage ratings as the basis for determining eligibility limited the number of U.S. models that actually will qualify under the program. From Ambassador Kirk:
"We are disappointed with Japan's announcement today to limit the number of U.S. autos models that qualify for its ‘cash-for-clunkers' program. This is particularly unfortunate in light of its recent announcement to open opportunities for U.S. autos to qualify for its program, which was a welcome step," said Ambassador Kirk. "We will continue to urge Japan to implement its program in a manner that is transparent and as inclusive of U.S. autos as possible. We will also continue to monitor developments closely to ensure U.S. autos indeed benefit from Japan's ‘cash-for-clunkers' program."
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