Read the August issue of Fixed Ops Journal, the parts,
service and collision magazine from Automotive News.

Our Staff

Greg Layson

Digital and Mobile Editor
Follow: Twitter
Phone: 519-567-8877
CLICK HERE to see our entire staff list

Recent authored articles

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.

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.

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.

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.

BlackBerry inks deal with Chinese EV startup Byton

Byton, a Chinese EV startup that wants to sell cars in the North American market, will feature BlackBerry QNX technology, the two companies said in a joint statement Thursday.

Ontario planning to scrap hefty rebates on ZEVs, report says

Ontario Premier-designate Doug Ford and the Progressive Conservatives are preparing to end the province's generous ZEV rebate program, according to a report in the Toronto Star.

Canada prepping 'support of auto sector' as U.S. tariffs loom, Freeland says

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystria Freeland insists Canada has a plan to combat U.S. auto tariffs should its neighbour subject light duty vehicles to a 25 per cent import tax, but she isn't divulging details.

Ontario green vehicle rebate program ripe for the picking under PC rule

If we closely read the tea leaves and review some recent history, it appears the program that provides Ontarians rebates worth up to $14,000 on certain green vehicles could be in jeopardy.

Fuel-cell vehicles closer to reality in Canada after B.C. hydrogen station opens

UPDATED: 06/20/18 9:29 am ET -- Adds Toyota's presence

The first of six planned, publicly available hydrogen refuelling stations is now open in British Columbia, much to the delight of Hyundai, Honda and Toyota, which have plans to sell hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles in Canada.

EV sales quota: Quebec puts its money where its mouth is

You have to give all levels of government in Quebec credit; they're certainly trying to force the demand for electric vehicles and help automakers meet a government-mandated annual sales quota.

Toyota Mirai to get boost from new hydrogen refuelling station in Quebec City

Quebec City's first hydrogen refuelling station is expected to be fully operational by the spring of 2019 -- a move Toyota Canada says will boost sales of its fuel cell Mirai in that province.

GM starting second Silverado, Sierra shift in Oshawa to meet demand

General Motors Canada will soon have two shifts producing pickups at its Oshawa, Ont., facility, a union official says. The automaker confirms production is "ramping up" to meet market demand.

Canadian auto execs 'trying to take stock' of Trump threats, Twitter tirade

Canadian automotive executives are assessing U.S President Donald Trump's latest threats and Twitter tirade directed at the Canadian auto industry.

Ford Canada OKs public ownership of dealerships

Ford Canada will allow publicly traded companies to own dealerships, reversing a long-standing policy and paving the way for AutoCanada Inc. to start buying stores, should the group so choose.

Email Newsletters
  • General newsletters
  • (Weekdays)
  • (Mondays)
  • (As needed)
  • Video newscasts
  • (Weekdays)
  • (Weekdays)
  • (Saturdays)
  • Special interest newsletters
  • (Thursdays)
  • (Tuesdays)
  • (Monthly)
  • (Monthly)
  • (Wednesdays)
  • (Bimonthly)
  • Special reports
  • (As needed)
  • (As needed)
  • Communication preferences
  • You can unsubscribe at any time through links in these emails. For more information, see our Privacy Policy.