Jackie Charniga Retail / Finance & Insurance reporter Jackie Charniga covers retail and finance & insurance for Automotive News. [email protected] 313-446-6047 See All Staff Page Recent Stories Pfaff dealerships to be bought by Lithia Motors of U.S. The acquisition would make Lithia the second public dealership group in the Canadian market. There's a trade-in war brewing at the U.S. border as best used cars head south Cream-of-the-crop used-vehicle inventory is bleeding away to the United States in high volumes, leaving the Canadian market in short supply. More of Canada's used cars are flowing into U.S. J.D. Power estimates that the flow of vehicles from the north has increased because of microchip inventory shortages. Canadian insurance group snags second U.S. F&I company Pending regulatory approval in Canada and the U.S., Quebec City company iA Financial Group will take majority ownership of Texas F&I vendor Innovative Aftermarket Systems. A renewed Darvish returns to auto retail at AutoCanada Pushed out of her family business, retail veteran Tammy Darvish started over, and now aims to turn around AutoCanada's U.S. unit. GM sues Chicago dealership group over AutoCanada sale General Motors is suing Grossinger Auto Group of Illinois, alleging it breached an exclusive-use agreement in the sale of its Chevrolet and Cadillac dealership assets to AutoCanada. Yes, that's a Buick — just without the 'Buick' name badge Starting with the 2019 model year, Buick vehicles in North America will no longer bear the name. Honda Accord, Lincoln Navigator and Volvo XC60 win North American car, truck, utility awards The Honda Accord won the 2018 North American Car of the Year at the Detroit auto show, while the Lincoln Navigator took the truck honors and the Volvo XC60 was named top utility vehicle of the year. Toyota to invest US$373.8 million in U.S. hybrid powertrain production Toyota Motor Corp. is pouring US$373.8 million into hybrid powertrain production in the United States and, in a first for the company, will produce the powertrains with parts exclusively made in the United States. FCA recall: Hellcat engine spitting oil in 2017 Dodge Challengers, Chargers FCA Canada is recalling about 214 2017 Dodge Challengers and Dodge Chargers outfitted with 6.2-litre supercharged Hellcat engines. Crossovers dominate eligible 2018 NACTOY contenders In the second year since a new award for crossovers and minivans was created, the popular light trucks have taken over the 2018 lineup contending for North American Car, Truck and Utility of the Year awards. American Honda pays fine for Canadian dealings with Cuba The United States slapped American Honda Finance Corp. with a fine for a violation of U.S. sanctions against Cuba even though the transactions occurred in Canada.