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Ottawa approves fix for older 2.0-litre Volkswagen Passat diesels

The Canadian government has approved a fix for about 10,000 older Volkswagen 2.0-litre diesel Passats currently equipped with software that allows them to emit more emissions than permitted.

Dealer group has 'deep concern' over proposed changes to Ontario labour laws

Ontario's new-car dealers are the latest group to take exception to proposed revisions to the province's labour laws, saying one suggested change would make owning a dealership “less attractive.”

Mitsubishi Lancer gets longer lifeline in Canada than U.S.

The Mitsubishi Lancer will live a little longer in Canada than in the United States due, in part, to historically stronger sales north of the border.

Parts makers 'hot' over Ontario's proposed changes to labour laws

Canadian auto parts manufacturers say proposed changes to Ontario's labour laws would make them less competitive and cost the province new auto-related investment.

GM Canada names Amy Martin to top finance post

Amy Martin officially becomes GM Canada's CFO and vice-president of finance July 1. She replaces Ines Craviotto, who moves to finance director for North America customer care and aftersales.

Ford to build new, bigger Western Canada distribution centre

Ford of Canada says it has outgrown its Edmonton Parts Distribution Centre and will build a new larger facility about 35 km south in the neighbouring city of Leduc.

Toyota rewards Quebec ZEV leadership with Prius Prime launch

Toyota will launch Canadian sales of the 2017 plug-in electric hybrid Prius Prime on June 1. The debut will be in EV-friendly Quebec.

Magna develops camera-equipped mirrors

Magna International has developed a pair of camera-equipped mirrors that allow drivers to see video of their surroundings as they drive.

Volkswagen recalls 10,000 Passats for oil leak that poses fire risk

Volkswagen Canada is recalling 10,106 Passats due to a potential grease leak that could lead to fire.

Three takeaways from the Chevrolet Equinox media launch

Automotive News Canada’s Greg Layson has three takeaways after spending a few hundred kilometres in the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox.

Porsche recalling 8,000 Macans over fuel leaks

Porsche is recalling 8,346 vehicles in Canada because they may develop cracks that cause fuel to leak, which raises the risk of fire.

Ontario willing to work with New York on autonomous vehicle testing

The State of New York is accepting applications from companies interested in testing autonomous vehicles on its roads through a pilot program, announced May 10. Ontario started a similar program in 2015.

How GM plans to market the 2018 Chevy Equinox to Canadians

Nicolas Longpré, brand manager for Chevrolet crossovers and electric vehicles, calls the 2018 Equinox "the most important launch for Chevrolet this year."

FCA lends 30 Pacifica minivans to 2017 Memorial Cup

The Chrysler Pacifica is the official vehicle of the 2017 Memorial Cup, to be played in Windsor, Ont. It's a marketing partnership the automaker calls 'a winning combination.'

AutoCanada plans brand, geographic expansion in 2017

Canada’s largest publicly traded dealership group says it plans to spend $30.9 million on dealership expansions and relocations in 2017 as it seeks to gain a foothold in more major Canadian markets.

VIDEO: NAFTA rules of origin 'obsolete,' says Commerce Secretary

Specifically citing the auto industry, U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross told Bloomberg TV that “NAFTA is, at best, an obsolete agreement.”

Magna creates tech council to explore 'future innovation projects'

UPDATED: 05/03/17 11:16 am ET -- Adds Fadell comments

Magna International has created a technology advisory council to help the Canadian auto parts manufacturer identify additional business opportunities.

Alberta dealer accepts PayPal, credit cards to pay for new cars online

Koch Automotive Group is giving its customers the option of buying new vehicles online and paying in full by using either a credit card or PayPal. The group says it's preparing for the future of sales.

Magna creates tech council to explore 'future innovation projects'

UPDATED: 5/3/17 3:31 pm ET - adds Fadell comments

Magna International has created a technology advisory council to help the Canadian auto parts manufacturer identify additional business opportunities.

GM's April sales rise 16%; FCA falls

General Motors Canada sold 30,948 vehicles in April, up 16 per cent over the same month last year. It was also the company's best April on record since 2008. Meanwhile, FCA sales fell nine per cent.

GM to add 500 jobs and extra shift to build trucks in Oshawa

General Motors will add 500 employees and a second shift to build trucks at its assembly plant in Oshawa, Ont., according to a union memo. The additions are scheduled for 2018, according to Unifor.

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan gets two new lower-priced trim levels

The new Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid Touring model has an MSRP of $52,790, including destination fee, and is now the new lower-priced entry point for the minivan.

There's just no getting off the gasoline hamster wheel

Electric cars might eventually replace "gas dinosaurs." But not any time soon.

Magna's reach in China grows through joint seating venture

According to Magna International, Hubei Aviation Precision Machinery Co., Ltd. has built a solid customer base in both domestic and overseas markets and that's part of the reason for the joint venture.

Ontario budget includes $80M plan for autonomous vehicle network

The Government of Ontario's 2017 budget, tabled Thursday at Queen's Park in Toronto, includes $80 million in spending for autonomous vehicle research.