Toyota, BMW, Daimler, Honda and Hyundai are joining oil and gas giants including Royal Dutch Shell and Total with plans to invest a combined $14 billion in hydrogen-related products within five years.
Ford and Toyota have formed a consortium with automakers including PSA and Mazda to speed development of auto-industry standards for in-vehicle apps, a step toward preventing Apple and Google from controlling how drivers connect smartphones to their cars and trucks.
Toyota plans to open up its powertrain technology to rivals, hoping this will boost sales and speed up the industry's shift to lower-emission vehicles.
Toyota expects its global vehicle sales to rise one per cent to 10.2 million next year as growth in North America, Europe and China prompts a recovery from a one per cent slide in deliveries this year.
Toyota was late to the subcompact crossover party, but it wants to take a big bite out of the segment with the bold design and driving dynamics of its in-your-face C-HR.
Auto theft was up six per cent in Canada in 2015 and four-wheel drive Ford pickups were the most stolen vehicle in the country.
November sales were up in Canada for a strong majority of automakers, including double-digit gains by General Motors, Ford, Nissan/Infiniti and Porsche.
Toyota appointed its president, Akio Toyoda, to lead the automaker's newly formed electric car division, flagging its commitment to develop a technology that the automaker has been slow to embrace.
Aviva Canada, which sells auto insurance in every province, now offers drivers of AEB-equipped cars a 15-per-cent discount on new policies as well as renewals.
Nissan Motor Co. will make its first major foray into Internet-connected cars by offering an option in some new vehicles that will use big data to notify drivers when vehicle maintenance is required.
There's a lot of competition for Canadian consumer attention, which means that automakers are increasingly looking for outside-the-box ways to get their messages across.
A defect on some Toyota Sienna minivans can cause the motorized sliding doors to open while the vehicle is moving.