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Alberta technology in AV race after successful driverless demo

An advanced technology development centre in Alberta says it has successfully conducted several autonomous vehicle tests over the last month as the western province signals its intent to battle Ontario for AV leadership.

Unifor's GM strike slowed Canada's auto production in September

Unifor's strike at the Chevrolet Equinox assembly plant in Ingersoll, Ont., put a dent in September Canadian factory motor vehicle sales, which fell by 5.9 per cent that month. The strike cost GM 20,000 vehicles.

Ottawa, Havelaar give $9.1M to University of Toronto for EV research

The University of Toronto's Electric Vehicle Research Centre has received $9.1 million to support the research and development of electric vehicle technology and more affordable EVs.

Incentives up in Canada due to unpopular cars, hot-selling trucks

Automakers continue to increase the incentives they're offering on new vehicles sold in Canada, and that's keeping business brisk for dealers, who are struggling to sell cars while trucks fly off lots.

AutoCanada Q3 profits surge due to incentives, luxury sales

UPDATED: 11/10/2017 12:38 pm ET -- Adds details

AutoCanada Inc., one of Canada's largest dealership groups, reported third-quarter gross profit of $138 million, up 12.2 per cent on sales that were stronger than the national average.

Magna Q3 earnings flat on challenges at European plants

UPDATED: 11/9/2017 11:15 am ET -- Adds N.A., Asia sales

Canadian auto parts maker Magna International Inc. said third-quarter profits were flat despite rising revenue as the company was hampered by challenges at two newly acquired European plants.

Linamar Q3 profit down on declining N.A. market, exchange rates

Canadian parts supplier Linamar Corporation reported lower third-quarter net earnings of $107.3 million, down 12.2 per cent over the same quarter last year.

Ballard revenue gain to fuel auto acquisitions

Canadian fuel cell maker Ballard Power Systems reported a third-quarter revenue increase of 54 per cent and says it sees more opportunities in the automotive and drone markets.

Strong October keeps Canada on pace to hit record 2M vehicle sales in 2017

UPDATED: 11/02/17 10:18 am ET -- Adds final numbers

Automakers remain on pace to easily cruise past a record two million sales in Canada for the first time after another record-setting month. October sales increased 6.3 per cent to 164,641 vehicles.

More leases, fewer auto loans in Canada, Scotiabank report finds

New-vehicle leasing is up and the number of auto loans is down as Canada continues on a record sales pace this year. Leasing accounts for one third of the new-vehicle market, according to a new report.

Unifor strike against GM cost automaker Equinoxes and cash

Unifor's four-week strike at a GM plant in Ingersoll, Ont., cost the automaker production of 20,000 Chevrolet Equinox utility vehicles — and money — GM's CFO revealed in an earnings call.

Magna to produce electric-drive powertrain with China's Huayu Automotive

UPDATED: 10/18/17 9:15 am ET -- Adds comment

Magna International Inc. has signed a joint-venture agreement with Chinese company Huayu Automotive Systems Co. in an effort to strengthen the Canadian parts maker's footprint in China.

Unifor ratifies new 4-year deal, ends strike at Equinox plant in Ontario

UPDATED: 10/16/2007 1:38 pm ET -- Adds vote results

Unifor workers at a General Motors plant in Ingersoll, Ont., have ratified a new contract, ending a four-week strike that threatened to pinch sales of the Chevrolet Equinox.

Unifor ratifies contract at GM's Equinox plant in Canada; 86% of workers approve

UPDATED: 10/16/17 2:01 pm ET - adds GM statement

Union workers at a GM plant in Ingersoll, Ont., have ratified a new contract, ending a four-week strike that threatened to pinch sales of the Chevrolet Equinox.

FCA gives Pacifica sporty, aggressive look with new options

The Chrysler Pacifica minivan is getting a few more sporty options in an effort to broaden its appeal in Canada. The S Appearance Package is now available for an additional cost.

Magna strikes AV deal with BMW, Intel, Mobileye

Canadian automotive supplier Magna International has struck a deal with BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye to bring a new self-driving platform to the entire automotive market by 2021.

Telus latest player in Canada's connected car market

Canadian telecommunications giant Telus is the latest company to enter the connected car market, partnering with software company Mojio and phone and tablet maker ZTE to launch Telus Drive+.

Records set as Sept. sales jump 7.7%

UPDATED: 10/03/2017 7:00 pm ET -- Adds final sales

Automakers sold 187,266 new vehicles in Canada in September, good for a 7.7 per cent increase from the same month last year. The industry is on track to top a record two million sales for the entire year.

Ontario owes dealers hundreds of thousands of dollars in EV rebates

Auto dealers in Ontario say they have waited months for the provincial government to reimburse them hundreds of thousands of dollars in incentives they are owed for selling electric vehicles.

FCA fined $140,000 after worker suffers head injuries at Ontario plant

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Canada has been fined $140,000 by the Ontario government after one of the automaker's employees was injured at its Brampton, Ont., assembly plant.

Linamar gives $5M for women's scholarships at Western University

Canadian auto parts maker Linamar Corporation has donated $5 million to support scholarships for women at Western University in London, Ont. CEO Linda Hasenfratz hopes they help women choose engineering.

FCA holding career fair in Brampton to fill skilled trades jobs

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is looking to fill its pool of applicants for skilled trades jobs at its Brampton Assembly Plant because hundreds of workers are eligible to retire, says the union representing the workers.

Canada pitches auto benefits of new European trade deal during Italy trip

Canada's minister of economic development wasted no time in mining for overseas automotive investment, less than a week after a new free trade deal between Canada and the European Union went into effect.

Ford starts GT supercar deliveries in Canada

Ford is delivering the new Ford GT supercar to Canadian customers this month and next, but won't say how many were sold in Canada.

Porsche bringing Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo to Canada

Porsche is bringing the new Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo to Canada, a vehicle designed, in part, to broaden the appeal of Porsche's greener models and non-SUV range to family buyers.