Best Practices Storing tread overhead for customer retention South Trail Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram dealer principal Mike McManes wanted to add vehicle capacity by storing new cars and trucks on the building’s roof. That led to excess room inside, where he now stores tires overhead. Trade and Tariffs Majority of Canada’s exporters, including some in auto, see global recession, EDC finds Suppliers Linamar CEO says softening market '100% attributed to Trump’s trade policies' Cars & Concepts What Toyota's next EVs will look like -- and why Automakers Ford 'guarantees' 20% take rate on 2020 Explorer ST in Canada Technology Automakers eye VR to banish boredom in autonomous cars Suppliers Canadian suppliers told to ignore China at their 'own peril' Automakers Ontario, California likely spots for N.A. production of Chinese cars, expert says Technology Toyota wants industry-wide standards for AVs before mass production starts Automakers Ferrari opens new Calgary store in face of sluggish Alberta economy Matteo Torre, CEO of Ferrari North America, was in Calgary for the official opening of Ferrari of Alberta and called the new dealership “an important milestone in the long history of success Ferrari has had in this part of the world.” Retail How Canadian Ford dealerships helped bust a Mexican meth shipment Police say 180 kilograms “or roughly 400 pounds” of meth were prevented from circulating in Canada when staff at Ford dealerships across Ontario and Quebec began noticing ill-fitting spare tires packed with drugs inside the trucks of new vehicles shipped from Mexico. Retail THE UNOBVIOUS ONES: With ‘improvement’ in her title, no interior can be inferior Margaret Soares helps supplier CGT keep improving; Erica Cheah gets any automaker’s message to the masses; Ruth McBride keeps the finances in order at Scotiabank. They are the latest group of Unobvious Ones flying below the radar. Trade and Tariffs Trudeau, Trump to talk ratification of the new NAFTA With the recent removal of U.S. tariffs on Canadian and Mexican steel and aluminum imports, there is renewed momentum to ratify the new North American trade pact. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President Donald Trump will meet June 20 in Washington. Recalls Ford recalls 28,000 Explorers in Canada for suspension issue Ford Motor Co. on Wednesday said there is a problem with the rear suspension that dates to the vehicle's redesign from a traditional SUV into a unibody crossover in 2010. A second recall issued Wednesday covers a similar problem with rear suspension toe links on 12,000 vehicles in Canada only. Automakers How Honda Canada fixes inefficiencies through supplier engagement "Open and honest communication with our suppliers is not only the right thing to do, but it is a great business strategy as we move forward,” says Tom Lake, Honda Canada’s executive vice-president. Trade and Tariffs MPs face summer recall for new NAFTA approval if no U.S. progress next week Canadian lawmakers are wary of getting too far ahead of their U.S. colleagues, who still have obstacles to overcome. Government Regulations Ontario cuts red tape, regulations in effort to help auto industry The Ontario government will make a series of regulatory changes aimed at cutting red tape and boosting the competitiveness of the auto industry as well as other manufacturing sectors. Automakers Mercedes expands small crossover lineup with GLB Mercedes will pad its lineup of compact premium crossovers when the GLB, available with a third-row seat and slotted between the subcompact GLA and slightly larger GLC, goes on sale in the last quarter. Retail Toyota ranks No. 1, but VW makes biggest gain in car brand value Toyota has been No. 1 in the brand value rankings in 12 of the 14 years the BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands 2019 study has been carried out. VW was the only brand in the automotive top 10 list to improve its valuation. 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.