President Donald Trump has threatened to implement a tariff on all goods entering the United States from Mexico, beginning June 10. That tariff could affect vehicles made in Mexico that are shipped to Canada by way of U.S. railways and warehouses, Japanese automakers say.
Gains by Toyota, Nissan, Subaru and Hyundai-Kia weren’t enough to offset another sharp decline at Fiat Chrysler and an estimated 13 per cent drop at General Motors. Total sales last month came in at 203,343 vehicles, down 5.8 per cent according to the Automotive News Data Center in Detroit.
Some Ontario auto dealers will be able to electronically apply for and issue vehicle permits, licence plates and validation stickers to businesses as part of a pilot program scheduled to begin in the spring of 2020 – a move the industry says will save retailers and consumers time and money.
The Ontario Budget didn’t offer the auto industry anything beyond the $40-million plan Premier Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservative government pledged in February of this year, but the head of Canada’s parts association hinted there is more to come.
Premier Doug Ford made a good first impression with Trillium Automobile Dealers Association President Susan Gubasta on Monday. The premier officially killed the Drive Clean vehicle emissions program and vowed to fight the federal carbon tax. Gubasta called Ford "a breath of fresh air" compared to former Liberal premier Kathleen Wynne.