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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.

Suppliers could be left 'on technology island' if U.S. rolls back fuel standards

UPDATED: 06/06/18 5:41 pm ET -- Correction

Canadian automotive suppliers are in danger of being left on a “technology island” if the United States rolls back fuel economy standards, making it tougher for them to become global suppliers.

Lamborghini banks on Urus, new store in Toronto business district

Looking to capitalize on Toronto's financial district and the arrival of the Urus utility vehicle, Lamborghini has opened a strategically placed store in downtown Toronto.

Record 2.05M sales in 2018 in the cards, Scotiabank Economics forecasts

UPDATED: 06/04/18 4:23 pm ET -- Adds details

Despite the third consecutive monthly dip in new-vehicle sales, Scotiabank Economics raised its estimate of annualized sales to 2.05 million vehicles — which would be a new record and up from the 1.

Canadian May sales dip 0.6%; total to date still ahead of last year

UPDATED: 06/01/18 3:43 pm ET -- Adds final total

While Canadian new-vehicle sales in May were down just 0.6 per cent to 215,942, some of the longtime staples in the car segment more than held their own as consumers continue to shift toward trucks.

Porsche Canada launches short-term rental pilot in Quebec

UPDATED: 06/01/18 12:07 pm ET -- Adds details

Porsche Drive allows people to rent two- and four-door sports cars for as little as an hour and as long as a week, starting at $149.

Ontario dealer association slams idea of another vehicle registration tax

UPDATED: 31/05/18 11:25 am ET -- Adds details

The Regional Municipality of York, with a population of 1.1 million, wants the legal authority to charge its residents a vehicle registration fee, much to the chagrin of the Trillium Automobile Dealers Association.

Potential U.S. import tariffs 'not smart' and 'heavy-handed,' say Canadian auto leaders

UPDATED: 05/24/18 1:27 pm ET -- Adds Unifor comment

Any new tariffs on car and truck imports to the United States are being described by Canadian automotive associations as “not smart” and “heavy-handed.”

Canadian dealers rate Mercedes-Benz Financial best among lenders

Canadian auto dealers have given Mercedes-Benz Financial Services the highest rating among captive finance companies in J.D. Power's annual study of dealer satisfaction with lenders.

EV charging stations coming to New Brunswick provincial parks

New Brunswick will add a combined 12 standard Level 2 charging stations at six provincial parks. The province has seen growth in the EV market and 95 per cent of tourists arrive by car.

Magna develops easier-to-use door latch that also quiets cabin

Magna International says it's developed a door latch that makes it easier to close a vehicle's door and creates a quieter cabin. An unnamed European automaker will be the first use to the latch.

Suppliers team to cut camera costs

As safety agencies mandate more camera applications, the two giants bid for lower-cost solutions.

Ontario dealer association supports Doug Ford's proposed gas tax cut

The Trillium Automobile Dealers Association, which represents about 1,100 new-vehicle dealers in Ontario, says Doug Ford's proposal of a 10-cent tax cut on gasoline will make owning a car more affordable.

Magna, Renesas team to make 3D cameras for entry-level vehicles

Canadian global supplier Magna International is partnering with Japan's Renesas Electronics Corp. to develop a more cost-efficient 3D surround-view system designed for entry- and mid-range vehicles.

VIDEO: Tesla Model 3 deliveries underway in Canada

The first Canadian delivery of the long-awaited Tesla Model 3 has taken place, YouTube video and staff at a Toronto Tesla store confirm. Cars have also arrived in Montreal.

McLaren Toronto earns global honours with record sales

McLaren Toronto has been named McLaren Automotive' s Global Retailer of the Year 2017, after selling slightly more than 100 high-end sports cars for the U.K. automaker.

Magna International reports record net income, sales in Q1

Global auto parts giant Magna International posted record net income of $660 million in the first quarter of 2018, up 14 per cent from a year ago. Sales were $10.79 billion, up 21 per cent on contract assembly.

Magna posts record Q1 net income, sales; CEO warns on NAFTA

UPDATED: 5/10/18 2:54 pm ET - adds NAFTA comments

Global auto parts giant Magna International posted record net income of $660 million in the first quarter of 2018, up 14 percent from a year ago.

GM finally brings Commercial Link fleet management to Canada

General Motors has finally launched its Commercial Link fleet management service in Canada, about seven months later than planned, mainly because of Canada’s geography and bilingualism.

Toyota to spend $1.4 billion on two Ontario RAV4 plants

UPDATED: 05/04/18 4:57 pm ET -- Adds Trudeau comment

Toyota Motor Corp. will spend $1.

Toyota plans to spend $1.1 billion on two Ontario RAV4 plants

UPDATED: 5/4/18 5:07 pm ET - adds announcement

Toyota plans to spend more than $1 billion upgrading two of its three Ontario assembly plants in order to build the next generation of the RAV4 crossover.


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