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Electra Meccanica plans wireless charging for its Solo EV

Electra Meccanica says wireless charging is essential to a planned autonomous version of the single-seat Solo. The Vancouver company is using Qualcomm's Halo wireless charging technology on the EV.

Hyundai Canada brings online sales to its dealer websites

Hyundai Express Shopping allows buyers to build and price vehicles, get an appraisal for their trade, credit approval for purchase financing or leasing and schedule an appointment at the dealer.

Average used-car value at record high; Jeep Wrangler tops CBB list

The overall industry average retained value for four-year-old vehicles across 20 categories this year is 53 per cent, surpassing the previous record of 51 per cent, Canadian Black Book says.

Beauty knows no shape, FCA designer Ralph Gilles says

How do you take a two-box layout and distinguish your brand from dozens of its other boxy brethren now populating parking lots? Canadian Ralph Gilles, global head of design at FCA, explains.

Average price of new car rose again last year, but at slower pace

The average transaction price of a new vehicle reached $33,464 in Canada in 2017, up 3.2 per cent, says J.D. Power.

B.C. dealers, buyers speak same language: Cantonese and Mandarin

In a population of 2.5 million, Vancouver has almost 500,000 ethnic Chinese. Auto dealers are learning to cater to their needs and expectations.

BlackBerry partners with China's Baidu on autonomous vehicle tech

UPDATED: 01/03/2018 8:15 am ET -- Adds details

BlackBerry Ltd. is partnering with Beijing-based Baidu to speed up deployment of connected and autonomous vehicle technology to automakers and their suppliers.

BlackBerry, Denso partner to create better instrument, infotainment systems

BlackBerry has teamed with automotive supplier Denso to streamline and consolidate complex instrument clusters and infotainment systems, which they say will lower costs for automakers.

Stronger policies needed to get more ZEVs on the road, researchers say

Canada will not meet its goal of zero-emissions vehicles making up 30 per cent of auto sales by 2030 without stronger policies to get more ZEVs on the road, say researchers at Simon Fraser University.

Vulog opens its car-sharing platform to automakers, rental agencies

Vulog, a provider of white-label car-sharing technology that operates in B.C. and Quebec, is opening its platform to outsiders to meet what it sees as explosive demand for shared mobility services.

BlackBerry recommends framework for AV and connected-car security

BlackBerry Ltd., whose profile in the auto sector has risen sharply in the last two years, has released its own recommended framework to protect autonomous and connected vehicles from cyberattack.

Canadian heads L.A. Auto Show conference

For the fourth consecutive year, Canadian Andy Gryc is program director and advisory board chair at the Los Angeles Auto Show's AutoMobility LA conference.

Canada's cellular market blamed for lack of connected cars

Vehicle connectivity has been slower to roll out in Canada than in the United States for a variety of reasons, including geography and lack of competition among wireless providers. But that's changing.

BlackBerry strikes deal with Chinese parts supplier

Former smartphone giant BlackBerry Ltd. increased its footprint in the auto sector Monday when it struck a deal with China’s Yanfeng Visteon.

Nissan Canada continues 'strategic' expansion by opening 200th store

ALBI Nissan in Mont-Tremblant, Que., marks the automaker's 200th store in Canada. Ken Hearn, the automaker's director of dealer network development, said Nissan's expansion is “strategic,” not over-aggressive.

Fed's ZEV policy committee ends talks, but with few answers

A committee created to help the federal government frame a national policy on zero-emission vehicles held its final meeting in mid-September.

Electra Meccanica says it has $1.6B in orders for single-seat EV and sports car

Vancouver's Electra Meccanica Vehicles Corp. says it has total orders worth $1.6 billion for its Solo single-seat electric commuter vehicle and Tofino electric sports car.

National ZEV policy that mandates sales quotas could rile automakers

As the federal government's zero-emission vehicle policy review races to conclusion, its central question is emerging as contentious: Just how much should Ottawa intervene to accelerate the growth of Canada's ZEV fleet?

B.C. fuel cell engine maker Ballard will power buses in France

Ballard Power Systems of Vancouver will supply Belgium-based bus builder Van Tool NV with fuel cell engines to power eight hybrid tram-buses for use in France.

A closer look at Magna's fuel cell and battery electric hybrid engine

Magna International's new hydrogen fuel cell and battery electric hybrid platform is right on track when it comes to the direction fuel cell vehicles are headed, one expert says.

McLaren sales growing fast in 'important' Canadian market

McLaren Automotive expects to continue its strong growth in the Canadian market this year, tracking the British supercar maker's rapid global sales expansion.

Porsche opens 4th B.C. dealership

Porsche Canada has opened Porsche Centre in Kelowna, in the heart of British Columbia's increasingly affluent Okanagan region. It's the luxury automaker's fourth dealership in B.C. and 18th in Canada.

Canada's sedan category faces decimation

The migration away from traditional passenger cars to utility vehicles is not news, but its scope is unprecedented, says one analyst, who thinks the passenger-car market hasn't bottomed out yet.

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