Canadians pay more than Americans for Canadian-made vehicles
Posted: Jun 13, 2012 5:03 AM ET
Last Updated: Jun 13, 2012 4:59 AM ET
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The Toyota Rav4 is made in Canada, but the two-wheel-drive version of the vehicle retails for $2,000 more in Canada than it does in the U.S. The Toyota Rav4 is made in Canada, but the two-wheel-drive version of the vehicle retails for $2,000 more in Canada than it does in the U.S. (Dave Chidley/Canadian Press)
Consumer advocates say the Competition Bureau should investigate why Canadians are paying thousands of dollars more than Americans for vehicles manufactured here in Canada.
CBC News looked at the relative prices of 26 models made in Ontario by the five big automakers — Ford, GM, Chrysler, Honda and Toyota — and found that in 20 cases, the models cost thousands of dollars more to buy in Ontario than in the United States, including Hawaii.
Based on the manufacturer's suggested retail prices, the two-wheel drive Toyota Rav4 would cost $22,650 in Honolulu, with an additional charge for freight and pre-delivery inspection (PDI) of $810.
A resident in Woodstock, Ont., however, would pay $24,865, plus a freight and PDI charge of $1,465, for the same model, despite the Rav4 being manufactured in Woodstock.
Likewise, a resident in Alliston, Ont., where the Acura MDX is made, would pay $52,690 based on the suggested retail price, while in the U.S. the vehicle's suggested price is $43,030. (See chart at bottom of article for a full list of vehicle price comparisons.)