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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

Tire distributor Groupe Touchette buys Atlas Tire Wholesale, widens national reach

UPDATED: 11/08/18 5:31 pm ET -- Adds details

Quebec-based Groupe Touchette Inc. has acquired Atlas Tire Wholesale Inc., a major supplier to dealerships and tire retailers in Ontario, the companies announced Thursday.

Redesigned Kia Forte EX is the automaker's sales focus in Canada

UPDATED: 10/16/18 11:16 am ET -- Correction

With its redesigned -- and more advanced -- Forte compact sedan, Kia sees a growth opportunity in the segment even as other automakers scale back the number of traditional car offerings.

Damaged dealerships reopen after tornado rips through Gatineau, Que.

Battered auto dealerships along a prime car-retailing strip in Gatineau, Que., were back in business Monday after spending a weekend repairing damage caused by a tornado that tore through the nation’s capital region on Sept. 21.

BlackBerry to help small Canadian companies develop AV tech

BlackBerry's Ottawa-based QNX division will help six Canadian companies research and develop prototype products in "sensor fusion" – including lidar, radar, cameras and GPS. BlackBerry will then connect those businesses with global automakers.

Ottawa getting institute to help advance Canadian development of AVs

The Canadian Automated Vehicles Institute will launch in 2019 as a not-for-profit organization open to private- and public-sector organizations developing autonomous and connected vehicles.

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.

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