The next-generation Edge was supposed to have been launched in June, 2023 on a new platform, said AutoForecast Solutions. But tepid retail sales as well as an increasingly crowded mid-size crossover segment contributed to Ford’s decision to cancel the new program, he said.
Canada’s auto industry is calling on the federal government to implement a series of measures, including a scrappage program and an immediate three-month sales tax holiday for vehicle purchases, to help kick start sales, once the economy begins to reopen.
While CADA economist Oumar Dicko applauded the government’s $82 billion package to help support individuals and businesses affected by the crisis, he said the government needs to act quickly to distribute the money so that it can have an immediate impact.
The Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association (APMA) is officially kicking off the design competition for its Project Arrow concept car initiative. The contest is open to eligible students at colleges and universities across Canada, said APMA President Flavio Volpe.
Government rebates on zero-emission vehicles won’t help Ottawa meet its carbon reduction targets, says Larry Hutchinson, president of Toyota Canada. Automakers know how to best drive down costs and get competitive vehicles into the market, he says.
The goal of Project Arrow — the brainchild of the Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association — is to build the vehicle entirely of Canadian components and software. It’s also an antidote to a string of bad-news stories afflicting the industry.
At the end of “Final Offer,” the groundbreaking documentary on the acrimonious 1984 contract talks between GM and the Canadian wing of the United Auto Workers, the narrator poses a question that haunts us still: Will Canadian autoworkers now have to compete directly with their American brothers for jobs?