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Rob Bostelaar

Ottawa Correspondent
Address: Automotive News Canada,
PO Box 243, Station A, Windsor, Ontario, N9A 6K7
Phone: (613) 828-1742
E-Mail: robert.bostelaar@gmail.com
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Recent authored articles

Ottawa touts private, public test sites and diverse weather in bid for AV research 

In promoting itself as a global centre for autonomous vehicle testing, the City of Ottawa believes it has two can't-miss attractions. Canada's capital city offers roads and weather.

Ottawa's Myers Automotive dealer group hires former NHL exec as CEO

Cyril Leeder, a founder of the Ottawa Senators and most recently the NHL team's president and chief operating officer, will oversee Myers Automotive's operations.

Subaru picks Ottawa company's software to link cars with home devices

Buyers of Subaru's redesigned Forester can control smart devices in their homes – from garage doors to lights to thermostats – using a dashboard interface developed by Evolved Vehicles Environments Inc., an Ottawa company.

Chrystia Freeland: Canada's trade champion

The fate of Canada's auto industry could rest on the slim shoulders of Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland, a cerebral Torontonian who doesn't actually own a car.

Steel tariffs hitting suppliers 'on all sides'

Canadian steel producers are laying off workers as U.S. customers scale back or cancel orders because of U.S. import charges that went into effect in June. Auto suppliers are forced to absorb the added costs.

How 5G technology will open the digital door to self-driving vehicles

5G technology will allow autonomous and connected vehicles to "talk" to each other and devices outside the vehicle, all at high speed. A $400-million test project is being developed across Ontario and Quebec.

Toronto automaker turns Ford F 550s into armoured trucks for public sale

UPDATED: 06/04/18 11:34 am ET -- Correction

Inkas Armored Vehicle Manufacturing may not be Canada's biggest automaker, but it's easily the edgiest, building armoured trucks on Ford F-550 Super Duty chassis.

Ontario investing up to $30 million in AV research centres

Six organizations will each receive up to $5 million from Ontario's Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network, a five-year, $80-million effort to encourage connected and autonomous vehicle development.

U.K. AV maker opens Ottawa office seeking Canadian sales

British autonomous vehicle manufacturer Aurrigo is opening an Ottawa office as it seeks sales of its self-driving, low-speed transporters in the Canadian market.

Cox Automotive, Otolane team up to expand online offerings for dealers

Auto remarketing giant Cox Automotive is linking with Quebec-based Otolane to allow customers to list wholesale vehicles with both Cox's Manheim.ca vehicle remarketing service and Otolane's internet auctions.

Automakers must buy back some recalled vehicles under new Canadian law

The Strengthening Motor Vehicle Safety for Canadians Act now requires automakers to buy back cars subject to protracted recalls at the original invoice price.

Carproof rebranding as Carfax Canada

Vehicle history provider Carproof is changing its name to Carfax Canada to more closely align with its corporate sibling in the United States.

AutoCanada forecasts further growth after jump in 2017 earnings

Edmonton-based AutoCanada Inc. reported fourth-quarter revenue of $733.1 million, up 16.5 per cent from a year earlier. The company is expanding its footprint into Eastern Canada.

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