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Disruption coming quickly to used-vehicle market

As technology facilitates rapid change, it will be imperative for automakers, dealers and auctions to keep up and ensure the used-vehicle business remains a major source of dealer profitability.

Dealership atmosphere must be a memorable one for millennials

Because young people shop so often online, they are the most likely to know what they want before they arrive at a dealership.

Former GM Canada boss Steve Carlisle to be missed by many

Former GM Canada President Steve Carlisle's sudden ascent to the head of Cadillac is being met with congratulations and some uneasiness about the future of GM Canada: A Canadian will no longer be at the helm.

Unifor members 'frustrated as hell' and not taking globalization lying down

Unifor President Jerry Dias said the union, which represents 40,000 people in automotive, is bargaining “a lot differently” today than in the past.

Inside GM Canada's waste-free plants

None of GM Canada's manufacturing facilities send waste to landfills, a policy the company said has helped it save money and become more efficient.

Kia moves forward, and buyers are ready to forget the past

Kia wins quality awards, has leading-edge design and exciting new models. All of it helps gain the trust of Canadian buyers.

Battle is brewing for truck supremacy in Canada

A flurry of new and redesigned full-size pickups entering the Canadian market, combined with more midsize trucks and offerings from Japan-based automakers, will widen the battlefront for market share in one of the industry's...

Lear workers ratify 4-year contract at Ontario plant that had been targeted for closure

UPDATED: 05/04/18 6:41 pm ET -- new story

Workers at Lear Corp.'s Ajax, Ontario, seating plant ratified a new four-year labour contract on Friday evening, just two days after the company threatened to close the plant.

Lear to close Ajax seating plant after Unifor rejects contract offer

UPDATED: 05/03/18 4:32 pm ET -- Adds FCA shutdown

Lear Corp. says it will close a seating plant in Ajax, Ont., after union members there rejected the a tentative contract offer on May 1.

AutoCanada Q1 net income jumps 31% to $4.8M

AutoCanada Inc.’s net income jumped 31 per cent in the first quarter from a year earlier, even as revenue and vehicle sales at Canada’s only publicly held dealership group declined.

Lear reaches tentative deal with striking workers at Ontario plant

A tentative labor agreement was reached at a Lear facility in Ajax, Ontario, where a three-day strike caused a production slowdown at a nearby Fiat Chrysler assembly plant.

Lear reaches tentative deal with striking workers at Ontario plant

A tentative labor agreement was reached at a Lear facility in Ajax, Ontario, where a three-day strike caused a production slowdown at a nearby Fiat Chrysler assembly plant.

VW Canada CEO focused on future now that diesel scandal is 'history'

The diesel emissions scandal is “history” to Volkswagen Canada CEO Daniel Weissland. Now it's his job to help repair the automaker's image in Canada.

AutoCanada's purchase of Chicago group just start of U.S. expansion

AutoCanada hopes to use earnings from the Illinois dealership group it recently acquired to fuel more growth in the United States, CEO Steven Landry said.

Infiniti Lab returns to Toronto in search of tech partners

Infiniti Lab, the luxury brand's startup accelerator program, will return to Toronto for the second consecutive year, giving tech businesses a chance to vie for funding and potential partnerships with the automaker.

Hydrogen superior to battery-electric vehicles, says Hyundai Canada CEO

Hyundai Canada CEO Don Romano says that hydrogen-powered electric vehicles could ultimately prove to be more convenient to operate than battery-powered EVs.

New GM Canada president should feel right at home given his past

The decline of Canada's auto assembly might feel familiar to Travis Hester. He spent his early years with GM at Holden, the Australian unit that ceased production last year, ending mass auto assembly there.

GM Canada President Carlisle replaces Cadillac chief de Nysschen

UPDATED: 4/18/18 3:30 pm ET - adds details

General Motors appointed its Canadian chief Steve Carlisle president of Cadillac, replacing Johan de Nysschen, who is leaving the automaker immediately. Travis Hester will succeed Carlisle.

Credit experts in Canada warn of creeping negative equity

Canadian buyers are attracted to longer loan periods but still want to break their loans in the fourth year, putting them upside-down.

Young buyers in Canada piling on auto-loan debt

Canadian millennials are taking on more auto-loan debt, defying perceptions that they don't care about vehicle ownership and prefer to use Uber and Lyft.

Credit experts warn of creeping negative equity

Canadian buyers are attracted to longer loan periods but still want to break their loans in the fourth year, putting them upside-down.

Young buyers piling on auto-loan debt

By taking on auto-loan debt, Canadian millennials are defying perceptions that they don't care about vehicle ownership and prefer to use Uber and Lyft.

Luxury brands strategize life with autonomous vehicles

Luxury brands will maintain roles as status symbols in the future, even if fleets of autonomous vehicles eventually overtake private ownership, Canadian auto executives say.

Meet the Canadian solving Infiniti's identity crisis

Karim Habib, Infiniti's global design chief, spent his formative years in Canada. He is now tasked with helping buyers take a deeper look at Infiniti, which has struggled to stand out from rival luxury brands.

2019 Nissan Altima takes on competitors with available AWD in Canada

The 2019 Nissan Altima will have all-wheel drive available across all trims. The feature is designed to woo buyers in snowy Canada and sets the car apart from most competitors in the midsize sedan segment.


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