Retail National 10% surtax on luxury vehicles tops post-election concerns Canadian Automobile Dealers Association economist Oumar Dicko has calculated the tax, which would raise $600 million a year, will target more than 92 models and directly affect 30,000 annual sales. It's been nearly two months since the federal election and the Throne Speech has been delivered, but there's no sign the Liberals will back down on the proposal. Technology Canadian research allows Ford to use McDonald's coffee chaff in headlights Best Practices Mental health aid lifts staff, dealerships Cars & Concepts Chevy's biggest SUVs redesigned with more space, tech Cars & Concepts Mercedes packs next-gen GLA with more room, beefier engine Executives Toyota NA chief Lentz to retire March 31; COO Ogawa named successor Trade and Tariffs Trump, Pelosi seal revised NAFTA; automakers, unions praise deal Cars & Concepts The Mona Lisa of Mustangs revs up for auction block Automakers Volkswagen charged with violating Canada's vehicle emission standards Opinion Can the Toronto auto show stem automaker defections? Retail Cadillac Live digital showroom expands into U.S. after Canadian launch view gallery 10 photos Cars & Concepts Jaguar gives F-Type sleeker look and a boost in power Trade and Tariffs Trump, U.S. Democrats reach tentative deal on new NAFTA, sources say Sources tell the Associated Press that a new U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade deal has been reached among U.S. politicians. Details on the deal still need to be finalized and the U.S. Trade Representative will need to submit the implementing legislation to Congress. No vote has been scheduled. Automakers GM sets final assembly date for Oshawa Unifor, the union representing hourly employees at the historic plant, had expected assembly to continue to Dec. 19 but said it now has been told production will end Dec. 17. Trade and Tariffs Metals rules for light vehicles stall progress on the revised NAFTA agreement The United States, Mexico and Canada are discussing the fine print of the agreement that requires 70 per cent of steel and aluminum in vehicles to come from the continent in order to receive duty-free treatment. Executives Ford Canada CEO says he’s unfazed by faltering Explorer sales A slow launch and early production glitches contributed to a decline of about 50 per cent, Dean Stoneley explains. Automakers GM, LG Chem form joint venture to make batteries in Ohio General Motors and LG Chem will invest a combined US$2.3 billion to mass produce battery cells in northeast Ohio, near its former Lordstown assembly plant. Executives Frank Voss replaces Fred Volf as head of Toyota's Canadian manufacturing As the new president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada, Frank Voss will be responsible for all production and administrative functions at the manufacturing facility, which produces the Toyota RAV4, RAV4 Hybrid, Lexus RX 350, and RX 450h. Fred Volf has decided to retire after 32 years with Toyota. Automakers Canadian billionaire aims to buy Aston Martin, report says Canadian billionaire and Formula One team owner Lawrence Stroll's consortium aims to take advantage of Aston Martin's low stock price to take a controlling stake in the U.K. sports-car maker, British motoring magazine Autocar reported. Executives Shane Peever leads Cadillac Canada as Hossein Hassani remains on leave A spokeswoman for Cadillac Canada says the company is not sure how long Hossein Hassani will continue to be on a personal leave, which began in May. Shane Peever has led the brand since then. Technology Toyota leads US$50 million funding round for May Mobility While some mobility startups have struggled this year, self-driving shuttle provider May Mobility, which has Canadian supplier Magna International as a partner, continues to attract capital, with US$83.6 million raised since its 2017 founding. Automakers Automakers cutting 80,000 jobs globally as EV shift upends industry The global auto industry will produce 88.8 million cars and light trucks this year, an almost six per cent drop from a year ago, according to researcher IHS Markit. In Canada, GM, Ford and FCA plan to eliminate production jobs this year or next. Load More Digital Edition View latest issue See our archive Sign up for free newsletters Breaking News Alerts (as needed) Weekly News Summary (Mondays) Daily News Summary (weekdays) Yes, send me info about special editorial content, new features, events, subscriptions, webinars and research from Automotive News Canada Yes, send me info and whitepapers from select third-party partners of Automotive News Canada EMAIL ADDRESS Please enter a valid email address. Please enter your email address. Please select at least one newsletter to subscribe.