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EVs need federal rebates

Going green is noble, but it’s still expensive. This is exactly why the feds need to make incentives part of their national zero-emissions vehicle strategy, which is supposed to be released by year’s end.

Magna abre planta checa para servir a BMW en Europa

La nueva planta en Chomutov, República Checa, suministrará sistemas de asientos en varias configuraciones para varios modelos de BMW.

Magna opens Czech plant to serve BMW in Europe

Magna International has opened a new seating factory in the Czech Republic that will employ 300 people and supply BMW in Europe.

Magna opens Czech plant to serve BMW in Europe

Magna International has opened a new seating factory in the Czech Republic that will employ 300 people and supply BMW in Europe.

Ontario dealers say WSIB cuts to save them $1.3M in 2019

Ontario's new-vehicle dealers said Tuesday they can invest more in their dealerships now that the province has promised to cut Workplace Safety and Insurance Board premium rates by close to 30 per cent.

September sales slide 6.4% but 2 million still possible this year, automakers say

UPDATED: 10/02/18 5:42 pm ET -- Adds details

New-vehicle sales in Canada fell for the seventh consecutive month in September as automakers sold 175,290 units, down 6.4 per cent from last year. But, the Global Automakers of Canada say it's not all bad.

Nissan targets young 2019 Altima buyers with tech, AWD

Altima's Canadian sales are down 13.4 per cent through August and the Sentra, Micra and Versa are all out-selling the car. Nissan has upped the price and technology of the Altima and made AWD standard.

Canadian auto sales dip again in August as interest rates rise

Canadian new-vehicle sales fell for the sixth consecutive month in August, dipping 0.6 per cent to 183,258 units, according to the Automotive News Data Center. Rising interest rates are taking their toll, says the Global Automakers of Canada.

Nissan Canada recalls 13,000 vehicles over ignition switch problem

UPDATED: 08/30/18 12:01 pm ET -- Adds Nissan comment

Nissan Canada is recalling 13,223 vehicles because a problem with the ignition switch could cause the vehicle's engine to shut off while driving. The automaker is asking drivers to immediately remove all objects from the ignition key ring in an effort to lessen the chances of problems.

Toyota makes AWD, Apple CarPlay more readily available on 2019 Sienna

The 2019 Toyota Sienna starts at $36,960, shipping included. The automaker has made AWD more readily available across trim levels.

Lexus trims price of ES 300h hybrid, adds ES 350 sports version

The base model 2019 Lexus ES 350 with an internal-combustion engine will start at $47,075 and have three trim levels available, topping out at $61,575, shipping included, for the ultra luxury package.

2019 Toyota C-HR gets price drop, more standard equipment

The automaker said Monday the vehicle's starting price will be $25,490, shipping included. That's about $1,000 less than the initial base price of the 2018 model, originally unveiled back in April 2017.

Quebec city home to self-driving shuttle using public roads

Starting in September, the 15-passenger NAVYA shuttle, which has a top speed of 25 km/h, will follow a two-kilometre route that includes stops at Candiac City Hall, a bus terminal and various businesses.

Blame FCA's 33% plunge for July's drop in Canadian vehicle sales

If you're looking for someone or something to blame for a decline in Canadian new-vehicle sales in July, look no further than FCA, say Scotiabank Economics and the numbers themselves.

Canadian sales fell for fifth straight month in July, down 3.2%

UPDATED: 08/01/18 3:54 pm ET -- Adds FCA, Nissan

New-vehicle sales in Canada fell for the fifth straight month in July, down 3.2 per cent over the same month last year. After a hot start to 2018, sales year-to-date are down 0.5 per cent, decreasing the odds of another record year.

Sergio Marchionne gave Canadian dealers confidence, hope

UPDATED: 07/25/18 11:12 am ET -- Adds sales numbers

Former FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne is being remembered in Canada as a man who gave his dealers confidence and hope during a time of great uncertainty. In Windsor, Ont., flags were ordered to half staff.

Canadian auto suppliers told to speak out against tariffs or 'go hungry'

A roundtable about the impact U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs are having on the Canadian auto industry drew a standing-room-only crowd Wednesday in Windsor, Ont., where business owners were encouraged to stand up and speak out about the escalating trade war.

Ontario to honour EV rebates until September as dealers sell off stock

The Province of Ontario has laid out its plan to wind down the Electric and Hydrogen Vehicle Incentive Program, and it allows dealers and consumers to collect the rebate throughout the summer.

Tariffs would raise Canadian prices up to $9,000 per car, dealers warn

The Canadian Automobile Dealer Association says the average cost of a new vehicle would spike by as much as $9,000 if Canada retaliates against a 25 per cent auto import tariff in the United States.

AutoCanada appoints new president as it deals with investor pressure

AutoCanada Inc., the country's largest publicly traded auto dealership group, has named Michael Rawluk president and parted ways with Mark Warsaba. Steve Landry remains CEO of the company.

Mitsubishi dealers to renovate again under latest branding program

UPDATED: 05/07/2018 2:39 pm ET -- Adds global numbers

Mitsubishi Canada's 93 dealerships will undergo renovations as part of the parent company's global strategy, even though some Canadian stores already complied with a similar program as recently as November 2017.

U.S. auto tariffs could cut Canada's output by nearly half, CIBC says

Canada would lose almost half of its auto assembly production if the United States slaps imported light duty vehicles with a 25-per-cent tariff, according to a new report by CIBC.

Canadian June sales down 1.6% as automakers face 'significant headwinds'

UPDATED: 07/04/18 2:43 pm ET -- Adds final total

Canadian new vehicles sales fell for the fourth consecutive month in June, down 1.6 per cent compared to last year,. The head of the Global Automakers of Canada says sales were strong but now face headwinds.

Ontario PCs officially kill cap-and-trade program and EV incentives

Ontario Premier Doug Ford made good on a campaign promise to cancel the province's cap-and-trade program — and with it, “all programs funded out of cap-and-trade carbon tax revenues.” The Electric and Hydrogen Vehicle Incentive Program is one initiative funded by cap-and-trade revenue.

GM Canada's new president lays out his plan

General Motors Canada President Travis Hester has laid out his plan for the company. It includes building on Canada's “rich research and development ecosystem” and supporting manufacturing in Ontario.


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