Mark Richardson Toronto Correspondent for Automotive News Canada [email protected] (289) 691-3007 See All Staff Page Recent Stories How dealers can guard against auto theft From fake key fobs to fraudulent paperwork, thieves have several ways to rob a dealership of new vehicles. And from an Alberta dealer, who was the victim of theft, to the Ottawa police, it seems everyone has advice about to keep cars safe on their lots. Canadian Ford dealers not worried in the least over end of sedan production Canadian Ford dealers were not surprised by the automaker's decision to stop producing sedans. In fact, some can barely recall the last time they sold a Fiesta, for example. Toyota to build hybrid RAV4 in Ontario Toyota Canada is in the process of retooling its North Plant in Cambridge, Ont., to build the RAV4. It already builds the vehicle in nearby Woodstock, too. The hybrid will be assembled at one of them. Luxury auto sales continue to surge Sales of luxury vehicles in Canada are up nearly 10 per cent this year, almost twice as much as the overall market. Sales are being driven by wealthy retirees, leasing and more selection. Oh, Canada 150! How some automakers are celebrating Automakers will mark Canada's sesquicentennial celebrations July 1 with variety throughout the year. Here's a look at how some of them are celebrating Canada's 150th birthday. Next stop, self-flying cars Not all automated vehicles will drive on roads. They'll also be in the sky. Automakers head straight to Level 5 AVs Mobility will improve when fully automated vehicles arrive, but they create new problems. One of the biggest challenges is government regulation. Offshore imports plague remanufacturing in Canada Some Canadian companies rebuild automotive parts, but they're mainly small- to mid-sized businesses. The competition for cheaper pricing is just too intense for a large-scale Canadian industry to succeed. Bespoke cars speak to exclusive, expensive tastes There's a low-volume growth market in Canada for vehicles that are one-of-a-kind designs. Québec expected to drive nearly half of Volvo V90 sales in Canada In the United States, Volvo's new V90 wagon will be available only by special order; in Canada, it will grace showroom floors. Ford diesel trucks cheaper to own than gas variants, by a lot A Canadian survey by Vincentric shows a marked difference in the long-term cost of diesel ownership between Ford and General Motors trucks. Pfaff buys two London, Ont. dealerships Pfaff Automotive Partners has added two more dealerships to its growing list of Canadian showrooms: London City Chrysler and London City Mazda. Customer retention a top motivation for dealers to store tires Winter tires are giving Canadian dealers a big advantage over dealers in warmer regions, in the guise of customer retention. Volkswagen to spend $2.1B to buy back or fix polluting diesels in Canada Volkswagen Group Canada said Dec. 19 it will pay as much as CDN $2.1 billion in settlement to Canadian owners of its 2.0-litre diesel vehicles. Winning the GT race Multimatic has been thrust into the limelight as the builder of the GT, which is in the last stages before production release.