Subscription Required Executives Canadian Steve Carlisle to lead GM North America Barry Engle is leaving to pursue other leadership opportunities after 15 months in charge of North America. Cadillac chief Steve Carlisle, a Canadian, will succeed him. Subscription Required Retail Dealers seek cost savings from vendors amid pandemic Subscription Required Retail Rafih Auto Group buys Toronto-area FCA store from Go Auto Coronavirus COMPLETE COVERAGE: Coronavirus and the Canadian auto industry Subscription Required Retail FCA dealers rue end of low-cost Dodge Grand Caravan Cars & Concepts Mazda3 adds beefy 2.5-litre turbo engine to lineup Labour Unifor's Jerry Dias: Pandemic won't 'alter our bargaining strategy' Subscription Required Technology COVID-19 realization: ‘Robots don’t get sick’ Subscription Required Cars & Concepts Dodge cuts to its performance core CANADA CONVERSATIONS EDC’s Peter Hall on USMCA, COVID-19 and what they mean to Canada’s auto exports Peter Hall, the chief economist at Export Development Canada, says USMCA and COVID-19 has the potential to change the attitudes toward Canadian auto investment. All Canada conversation podcasts Mobility Uber launches grocery delivery in Canada, Latin America, with U.S. to follow Customers in Canada’s Montreal and Toronto, eleven Brazilian cities, including in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, four Chilean cities, Colombia’s Bogota and Peru’s Lima will be able to order groceries from local stores and chains through the Uber Eats app. Subscription Required Cars & Concepts Ford says it may expand off-road line beyond Bronco, Bronco Sport The automaker on Monday confirmed for the first time the name of its small off-road utility and that it was creating an off-road subbrand, something it's been telling dealers for more than a year. Canada Conversations Canada Conversations: July 3, 2020 | EDC’s Peter Hall on how USMCA, COVID-19 will affect Canada’s auto exports Peter Hall, the chief economist at Export Development Canada, says USMCA and COVID-19 have the potential to change the attitudes toward Canadian auto investment. Subscription Required Automakers Honda Canada, VW Canada join Facebook boycott The brands choosing to pull ads from the social media giant are voluntarily giving up a key piece of a digital ad strategy that's even more important as the industry attempts to recover from a dismal second-quarter. Subscription Required Retail Canadian Q2 sales down by 45% due to pandemic Automakers used words like “challenging” and “unprecedented” to describe the new-vehicle market and sales during the second quarter of the year, which was crippled by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Detroit Three automakers all posted losses of greater than 35 per cent last quarter. Toyota was down 48 per cent. Nissan plunged 57.3 per cent Subscription Required Cars & Concepts Dodge shifts to full-time muscle, drops Journey, Grand Caravan Dodge, the onetime mainstream brand that helped usher in the minivan era, is going all out muscle and performance. The Durango SRT Hellcat, fortified with a retooled suspension, joins Dodge's shrinking portfolio for 2021. The brand also is prepping a Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye that churns out 797 hp and the Challenger SRT Super Stock, which tops out at 807 hp. Subscription Required Retail How COVID-19 is changing dealer events and vehicle launches Online for now, gatherings are likely to be different after the pandemic. It could mean the elimination of vehicle launches and ride-and-drives, meant to familiarize dealers and sales staff with new product. Trade Business groups say flexibility needed to implement new N.A. trade deal The NAFTA replacement launches under a cloud of disputes, with the U.S. considering new tariffs on Canadian aluminum and growing concerns over Mexico's ability to meet new labor standards in the deal. Trade and Tariffs Auto industry may avoid compliance penalties under USMCA for a year Automakers would have until the end of 2020 to fully certify that production plans comply with the new trade pact's rules and U.S. Customs and Border Protection will apply an "informed compliance period" for the first six months of 2021. Subscription Required Cars & Concepts Kia's next-gen midsize sedan drops Optima name, becomes K5 Kia's sees its next-generation midsize sedan as such an upgrade — from the interior and exterior styling to the high-output engine and newly available all-wheel drive — that the automaker is changing the badge. 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