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Ontario wants $1.26B from feds to offset auto losses caused by TPP

UPDATED: 02/22/2018 8:44 pm ET -- Adds APMA comments

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne thinks the newly agreed-to TPP will harm the auto industry, so she wants the federal government to give the sector $1.26 billion over the next 10 years to offset any losses.

A rushed NAFTA will lead to 'fatal mistakes,' Canadian suppliers told

The president of the Automotive Parts Manufacturers' Association says a “win-win-win is practically impossible” under a new NAFTA, but “new balance” is possible.

Employment increase at Ontario dealerships outpacing auto manufacturing

New-car dealers directly employed 53,000 people at the end of 2016, up 30 per cent since 2001, PricewaterhouseCoopers says in a study commissioned by the Trillium Automobile Dealers Association.

Genesis is serving customers, not attacking dealership model

Hyundai Canada CEO Don Romano says that through its luxury Genesis brand the automaker is "evolving with our dealers as partners with a new business model."

Ram 1500 Sport is a truck unique to Canada

The 2019 Ram 1500 Sport is a unique pickup available only north of the border. The new truck has a special colour scheme and interior.

Chrysler Pacifica, Honda Accord named 2018 Canadian utility, car winners

UPDATED: 02/15/2018 9:35 pm ET -- Adds FCA comment

Voting for the utility and car awards was expanded to include all new vehicles available to Canadian buyers, and not just those new to the market. The Chrysler Pacifica and Honda Accord won.

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne to attend Toronto auto show, talk trade

Premier Kathleen Wynne has spent more than a year touring the United States, defending NAFTA. She has met with 33 U.S. governors, stressing the importance of free trade between Canada and the U.S.

GM's Maven vehicle rental service comes to Toronto amid stiff competition

General Motors' Maven vehicle rental service joins Daimler AG's Car2Go, Enterprise CarShare and Zipcar in Toronto. Maven is a keyless on-demand service where members access vehicles with smartphones.

Unifor approves strike action at four FCA minivan suppliers

Contracts expire March 4 at four plants that supply FCA's Windsor Assembly complex, the sole factory for the automaker's flagship minivan. The suppliers make parts ranging from powertrains to instrument panels.

Toronto auto show panels to tackle industry's 'most pressing issues'

The 2018 Toronto auto show will offer a number of panel discussions about the future of the industry, including cannabis and cars, autonomy, diversity and more.

Mazdas make up half the six finalists for Canadian vehicles of the year

Mazda products represent half the vehicles up for 2018 Canadian Car of the Year and Utility Vehicle of the Year Awards to be handed out at the Canadian International AutoShow in Toronto on Feb. 15.

GM, Toyota, Honda, Nissan sales up; Ford, FCA dip

UPDATED: 02/01/2018 3:44 pm ET -- Adds final sales number

The popularity of trucks led to overall sales increases at GM, Honda, Nissan and Toyota in January and moderated a decline at FCA, where Jeep did all the heavy lifting. Ford sales were also down.

Canada auto output to rise in Q1, Scotiabank says

Canadian motor vehicle assembly is poised for a big first quarter — and potentially, a big year — as U.S. sales are forecast to remain strong, according to a new report by Scotiabank Economics.

Canada ranks No. 7 in AV readiness, KPMG study finds

UPDATED: 01/26/2017 2:21 pm ET -- Adds Ontario comment

Canada ranks seventh on a list of countries most prepared to welcome autonomous vehicles, according to KPMG. Ontario's AV policies help the country score high marks.

Is the Liberal government playing politics with Canada's auto industry?

Canada's Liberal government insists it supports the Canadian auto industry – all of it, from traditional parts and vehicle assembly to the development of artificial intelligence and lidar. That might not be the case.

Canada's auto sector split on merits of new Pacific Rim trade deal

Canada's Liberal government says the new trans-Pacific free trade deal — with its lower rules of origin values — is good for the auto sector, but automakers, suppliers and unions are split on that assessment.

Toyota might have found its hydrogen dance partner: Canada

Toyota's pursuit of a mass-market hydrogen-fuel-cell vehicle has been relentless — some might say stubborn.

Canada's auto future is very much (cyber) secure

It might not look like your father's auto industry, but Canada's auto sector is just as relevant today as it was 30 years ago, only in different ways. That was evident at the Detroit auto show.

Canada 'not the problem' in NAFTA, say Canadian officials in Detroit

Canada isn't the problem with the North American Free Trade Agreement and lower wages in Mexico aren't a bad thing, says the automotive adviser to the Canadian and Ontario governments.

BlackBerry calls its new cybersecurity product Jarvis 'transformational'

BlackBerry CEO John Chen took the stage at the Detroit auto show and introduced the world to Jarvis, the company's newest cybersecurity product. It's already being tested in Jaguar Land Rover vehicles.

Magna takes 'significant step' in enabling fully autonomous vehicles

Canadian parts giant Magna International says it now has the ability to manufacture U.S. military-grade radar for the auto sector, allowing automakers to close the gap between Level 3 and Level 5 autonomy.

Canada's 'auto czar' on technology: 'If you don't keep up, you die'

Ray Tanguay, Canada's "auto czar," has a warning for the industry and the federal and Ontario governments as Silicon Valley increasingly competes with automakers: We're not too big to fail.

Honda Canada celebrates 20 years of Civic success with SE trim

Honda Canada is offering a Civic Special Edition (SE) to celebrate the vehicle's 20-year run as the best-selling passenger car in Canada. Honda's Alliston, Ont., factory is the global lead plant for the car.

BlackBerry, Molex to provide faster data processing for connected cars

BlackBerry Inc. has partnered with electronic solutions provider Molex to develop a secure ethernet networking platform that will allow connected vehicles to process information more quickly.

Canada's auto production faces decreasing U.S. demand, report warns

Canadian auto production will be essentially flat and industry profits down in 2018, warns a report by the Conference Board of Canada, which cites a declining U.S. market and NAFTA uncertainty as reasons.

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