Retail Nonprime loans viewed as 'important profit centre for dealers' Canadian dealerships can boost this profit centre without damaging their brand image; they just have to learn how. Consumers who have average credit ratings but higher debt-to-income ratios are more desirable than the nonprime buyers of the past. Automakers Tesla aims to reduce vehicle charging time Suppliers Supplier concerns linger after UAW strike Automakers Electra Meccanica will open holiday kiosk in California to promote Solo EV Cars & Concepts Bill Ford didn't want to call Mach-E a Mustang — until he drove it Trade and Tariffs Head of largest federation of U.S. unions not ready to back new NAFTA Trade and Tariffs Parts with passports: How free trade drives GM's engines Cars & Concepts Ford enters EV arena with 2021 Mustang Mach-E Retail It's a prime time for nonprime car loans Automakers FCA extends 3rd shift at Ontario minivan plant through Q1 in 2020 The automaker has changed the shift’s end date four times since it first announced its planned demise during the summer. After March 2020, FCA "will review the business case for maintaining the third shift on a month to month basis going forward," says Unifor, the union representing workers there. Cars & Concepts Toyota to add awd to Camry, Avalon Toyota will add an all-wheel-drive version of its Camry midsize sedan for 2020 and an awd Avalon large sedan for the 2021 model year. Both will share the fuel-efficient awd system first used in the redesigned RAV4 compact crossover. Suppliers Martinrea International earnings up 28% in Q3 despite GM strike The auto-parts producer reported after markets closed Tuesday that it had net earnings of $46.7 million, or 57 cents per share, up from $36.4 million or 42 cents per share for the same quarter last year. Automakers France warms to FCA-PSA merger after derailing Renault deal French prime minister Edouard Philippe said in an interview that 'there are excellent arguments” for combining the maker of Peugeot cars with its Italian-American counterpart. Technology BlackBerry inks security partnership with Bosch subsidiary The deal with Bosch subsidiary ETAS GmbH will produce coding for vehicle computers and domain controllers based on the emerging AUTOSAR (Automotive Open System Architecture) standard for electronics in cars. Cars & Concepts Mercedes plans all-electric Magna-assembled variant of G class A battery-powered variant of the venerable G-class, redesigned in recent years and one of the oldest light trucks in the Mercedes-Benz lineup, could help secure the model's future at a time when environmentalists are targeting heavy, less-efficient SUVs with high emissions. The G-class is assembled by Magna Steyr in Austria. Cars & Concepts FCA axes Alfa Romeo’s planned sports cars as it shrinks brand's growth plans Alfa Romeo's future product plans have been scaled back to help make the brand profitable, Fiat Chrysler CEO Mike Manley said. Alfa’s No. 2 market was the U.S. and Canada, with volume down 28 per cent to 13,925 units through September. Executives VW Canada names Canadian, head of French business as new CEO Pierre Boutin, who also headed VW in Russia, follows Daniel Weissland as chief of VW Group Canada effective Jan. 1. Retail How a dealer in the Maritimes is using moving incentives to help fill open jobs While it’s common for dealerships to offer relocation bonuses for typically hard-to-fill positions such as service technician, Steele Auto Group, headquartered in Dartmouth, N.S., is offering up to $7,500 in relocation assistance on jobs across the board — and it's working. Opinion Canada's Best Dealerships to Work For give insight into staff retention Examining some of the 2019 Best Dealerships to Work For in Canada provides a glimpse into what dealers are willing to do to attract the right people to their stores. 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.