2009-2013 Cadillac CTS-V General Discussion Discussion, are DRLs on American cars enabled or disabled by default? in Cadillac CTS-V Series Forum - 2009-2013; I'm just importing my car into Canada, and would need to enable the DRLs (permanently), if they can be disabled ...
Q. Are DRLs available on all vehicles in the U.S.?
A. No. Currently, hardwired DRLs are offered as standard equipment on GM, Lexus, Mitsubishi, Saab, Volvo, Volkswagen, Suzuki, and Subaru vehicles, as well a handful of large trucks. Mercedes Benz, Audi, and BMW have "programmable" DRLs. Unfortunately, these companies have implemented DRLs on the headlamps, including high beams and the obnoxiously bright HID lamps. To their credit, these manufacturers will disable the DRLs for the owner, but until they change their implementation to use the parking or turn signal lamps, they will remain on our enemies list. Acura has recently fitted hardwired high beam DRLs to its RL series and is now an enemy of DADRL. Lexus has begun to switch to turn signal based DRLs on some of their vehicles, which is a step in the right direction.
Toyota has recently switched from hardwired DRLs as standard equipment and have accordingly be tentatively moved to our friends list. Daimler/Chrysler, Ford, and Isuzu offer DRLs as optional equipment only on a small number of vehicles, but otherwise have have not committed to full scale DRL implementation on all vehicles. For 2006 it appears that Honda will be fitting high beam DRLs to the Civic and Accord and have been moved to our enemies list. We have not seen DRLs on Nissan, Infinity, Kia, Jaguar, Porsche, or Ferrari vehicles. Of course, GM will sell a retrofit DRL kit for vehicles that don't already have them. The kits will be usable on non-GM cars, as well. Profitable, very profitable.
These guys are rabid proponents of eliminating any governmental regulation requiring DRLs. We've had them here in Canada for over 20 yrs. and from where I sit, DRLs are invaluable.
Automobile(s): 2012 CTS-V Coupe Blk Diamond Edition
Re: are DRLs on American cars enabled or disabled by default?
As the car is listed on the RIV site as admissible and not requiring any modifications in the "notes" colum, then the car is fully compliant and you will sail through the Crappy Tire (RIV) inspection. I don't think the DRL's on the CTSv can be turned off when in motion, only parked.