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PO Box 243, Station A, Windsor, Ontario, N9A 6K7
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Recent authored articles

EV maker Electra Meccanica inks hotel deal

Electric-vehicle start-up Electra Meccanica has announced a tie-in with a Victoria hotel that will make its Solo cars available to guests at a small extra charge.

Canadian car buyers flock to online shopping tools

New online shopping tools are pushing more auto-sales transactions into the digital world, raising the question of whether the Internet will prove as disruptive to the car business as to other retail sectors.

A third of mid-size sedans sold in Canada end up in fleets, report finds

Light-vehicle fleet registrations grew fractionally in Canada in 2017, with slightly more than a third of all mid-size sedans sold ending up in fleets, according to DesRosiers Automotive Consultants.

Electra Meccanica's single-seat Solo EV gets U.S. certification

Electra Meccanica Vehicles Corp. reports it has won long-awaited U.S. certification of its Solo single-seat electric vehicle and its first unit has been sent to an unidentified customer in Los Angeles.

Canada's growing EV market dogged by product shortage

For people in the market for an electric vehicle in Canada, patience is a virtue. Yearlong waits for delivery are not unusual, and the scarce availability means few are even on lots for test drives.

Green is favourite colour at Vancouver auto show

Green is the primary colour at the Vancouver International Auto Show, even more now that gasoline tops $1.50 a litre here and automakers roll out more plug-in hybrid and zero-emission vehicles in key segments.

B.C. luxury dealers blindsided, angered by new 25% sales tax

Luxury sales make up 16.3 per cent of the B.C. market, above the national average of 11.6 per cent, according to DesRosiers Automotive Consultants. Luxury cars will face higher taxes starting April 1.

Vancouver to require EV charging stations for all new condo parking

New multi-family residential developments, such as condominiums, built in Vancouver next year will require electric-vehicle charging capabilities in every parking stall except those for visitors.

Canadian auto sales to weaken, says Canadian Black Book survey

An Ipsos online survey conducted for Canadian Black Book found 51 per cent of respondents were likely to buy a new vehicle in the next 24 months. That's down from 62 per cent from last year's survey.

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.

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