Canada Motoring
Higher auto prices and slower job creation to crimp car sales growth in 2018
Volkswagen suspends exec after report automaker tested exhaust on monkeys
Ferrari, Mercedes seized for going 161 km/h in a 60
Volkswagen reaches $290.5-million settlement deal for 3.0L diesel vehicles in Canada
Liberals eye testing driverless cars in Ontario
AI, driverless cars, smart devices and more: Here’s what to expect from this year’s CES
Driverless cars are coming. Is Montreal ready?
2018-03-10 15:04:49 Picture this: You rise from bed, grab a bowl of cereal and head out to meet the YouGo driverless car that arrives at your door each weekday morning at 7:45. You step into the vehicle designed to hold one passenger in luxurious comfort and sip your coffee as you peruse the morning newspapers that have made a remarkable comeback. There is no steering wheel or gas pedal   Read More ...
Trump’s ‘ridiculous’ steel tariffs will only hurt U.S jobs and industry, Linamar CEO says
2018-03-08 16:33:28 TORONTO — The chief executive of Canada’s second largest auto parts manufacturer called the Trump administration’s controversial steel and aluminum tariffs “ridiculous” and said the “punitive and frankly illegal” measures would be harmful to American jobs and industry. Speaking on a conference call with analysts on Wednesday afternoon after reporting fourth-quarter results, Linamar CEO Linda Hasenfratz said that, while it was difficult to comment on the overall impact of the proposed tariffs given further details have yet to be revealed, it would be harmful to the U   Read More ...
Bumps on the road: Why driverless cars are further off than we think
2018-03-08 14:05:04 This past January, a Tesla Model S, travelling in Autopilot mode, slammed into the back of a stopped firetruck on a freeway in Los Angeles. Amazingly, no one was hurt. But the crash highlighted for many that for all the hype in recent years about how self-driving vehicles are going to revolutionize driving, there are still lots of problems left to figure out   Read More ...
Ford to lay off 2,000 workers at Michigan plant for Ranger, Bronco retooling
2018-03-05 17:05:49 Ford Motor Co. will lay off about 2,000 workers for almost six months this year as the U.S. automaker retools a Michigan plant to produce Ranger pickups and Bronco sport utility vehicles. The Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, west of Detroit, will temporarily dismiss workers from around May 7 through Oct. 22, according to a notice Ford filed with the state   Read More ...
From aging drivers to self-driving cars, an in-depth look at the problems facing Canadian roads
2018-03-05 14:07:39 Eleven million, four hundred thousand. That’s how many Canadians wake up each weekday, brush their teeth and hop into a vehicle to get to work. That number accounts for nearly one-in-three Canadians, and it likely comes as little surprise to anyone who’s taken Toronto’s Don Valley Parkway, Montreal’s Autoroute Decarie or Vancouver’s Burrard Bridge on a Monday morning. Driving is by far the most prevalent means of getting around our country, with 74 per cent of commuters driving to work, according to the 2011 National Household Survey   Read More ...
Honda CR-V Hybrid to launch in Europe; still no word on US or Canada
2018-03-02 00:47:41 The Honda CR-V Hybrid, a more fuel-efficient version of the company's best-selling compact crossover, has been around for almost a year now. It's on sale in China, announced for Japan, and now, as of Tuesday, it's slated to arrive in European markets early in 2019. As for North America? The company offers radio silence, saying only it will offer information "when the time is right   Read More ...
German court rules cities can ban diesel cars
2018-02-28 15:13:08 Rome to ban diesel cars by 2024, mayor says Related Stories Handing environmentalists a landmark victory, a German court ruled Tuesday that cities can ban diesel cars and trucks to combat air pollution, a decision with far-reaching and costly implications in the country where the diesel engine was invented in the 1890s. The ruling by the Federal Administrative Court stirred fears from motorists, auto dealers and other businesses worried about the financial impact   Read More ...
Toyota, Hyundai recall roughly 110,000 vehicles
2018-02-24 23:03:08 NEW YORK - Toyota and Hyundai have recalled roughly a combined 110,000 trucks and sport utility vehicles, including the 2018 Toyota Tundra and Sequoia, and the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport. In its recall announced Saturday, Hyundai says some of Santa Fe vehicles are at risk for the steering wheel breaking away from the steering column. Roughly 43,900 vehicles are included in Hyundai's recall   Read More ...
Higher auto prices and slower job creation to crimp car sales growth in 2018
2018-02-23 19:33:53 Moderate economic growth driven by slower job creation will slow down car sales in Canada this year, according to a new Scotiabank Economics report released Friday, but new vehicle purchases are still expected to hit the 2-million mark in 2018. Last year, automakers surpassed the 2 million sales mark for the first time, selling 2.0138 million new vehicles in Canada, as more drivers opted to purchase SUVs and trucks over passenger cars   Read More ...
Ford’s head of North American operations ousted for ‘inappropriate behavior’
2018-02-23 02:04:42 Ford Motor Co. ousted the head of its most important business unit because of unspecified “inappropriate behavior,” the latest in a litany of setbacks to hit the U.S. automaker. An internal probe found that Raj Nair, president of Ford’s North America operations, engaged in behavior “inconsistent with the company’s code of conduct,” according to a statement. Ford began the investigation after a recent anonymous complaint from within the company   Read More ...
Officers on snowmobiles hand out tickets on popular off-island trails
2018-02-22 05:36:44 Sûreté du Québec officers recently completed multiple patrols of snowmobile trails in the Vaudreuil-Soulanges region. Checkpoints were also set up near residential areas and at major road intersections. The goal was to remind drivers to respect the rules of the trails and the rights of hikers. Officers interacted with around 300 snowmobilers and 70 all-terrain vehicle operators and reported that the overwhelming majority of drivers respected the rules and ceded the right of way to hikers   Read More ...
GM’s Maven Extends Its “You Don’t Need a Car” Message to Canada
2018-02-16 00:28:59 The way automakers earn the bulk of their revenue has remained the same for more than a century: Customers step into dealerships once every few years and buy a new car. Now that automakers are branching into offering mobility services, however, the companies realize that their business model needs to be reconfigured to chase fickle consumers who, rather than signing new purchase or lease agreements every few years, are able to choose among various transportation options every single day   Read More ...
Ontario Police Reveals Tesla Model X Cruiser, Not All Taxpayers Are Happy
2018-02-15 18:18:18 Canada is the latest country to add a Tesla police cruiser in their lineup, which will be used to fight crime in Ontario. Teased on social media over the last few days by Sergeant Kerry Schmidt, the Model X will be displayed at the 2018 Canadian International Auto Show that runs from February 16 to 25. The electric SUV sports a classic black and white police livery, along with a set of roof-mounted emergency lights   Read More ...
Jeep in hot water over ad showing SUV romping through river
2018-02-14 23:05:14 RENO, Nev. - The head of one of the nation's largest fish conservation groups says Fiat Chrysler Super Bowl ads "glorified" the destruction of aquatic habitat in an apparent attempt to appeal to off-road thrill seekers. It's the second time ads by the automaker have drawn complaints since the Feb. 4 game. Trout Unlimited President and CEO Chris Wood said Wednesday one ad gave the impression a Jeep Cherokee was splashing down the middle of a wild stream bed   Read More ...
Plug-in electric car sales in Canada for Jan: Outlander has landed (plus 2017 analysis)
2018-02-08 00:29:29 The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV helped the Canadian plug-in electric vehicle market to its first 1,000-unit January last month. The company sold 174 of its plug-in hybrid SUV in its first full month on sale, representing about 30 percent of overall Outlander sales. If that ratio holds, the Outlander PHEV could become Canada’s second best-selling plug-in electric vehicle during 2018, behind the perennially dominant Chevy Volt   Read More ...
Electric car sales in Canada, fast-charging poll results, this site seeks news writer: Today's Car News
2018-02-08 00:29:19 Today, we've got poll results on what kind of fast charging would lure mass-market buyers, plug-in electric car sales for Canada, and a call for one or two news writers to work for us. All this and more on Green Car Reports. January sales results for plug-in electric cars in Canada are in, and our author has looked back at the final 2017 figures as well to draw some conclusions about the state of electric vehicles in his country   Read More ...
Canada Will Get Merc’s New A-Class Hatch, U.S. Will Have To Make Do With The Sedan
2018-02-07 03:07:21 Mercedes-Benz recently unveiled the new A-Class and there’s already some news on the automaker’s smallest model. According to The Truth About Cars, the hatchback variant of the vehicle won’t be coming to the United States. While the hatch will be offered in Canada and, of course, Europe, the U.S. will once again not be getting the a five-door version. Only this time, unlike in the past, they will get an A-Class – it will just be the upcoming Sedan   Read More ...
Toyota recalls 645,000 vehicles globally, including in Canada; airbags may not inflate
2018-01-31 20:42:31 Toyota is recalling about 645,000 vehicles worldwide, including Canada, to fix an electrical problem that could stop air bags from inflating in a crash.The recall covers certain Toyota Prius and Lexus RX and NX SUVs. Also covered are some Toyota Alphard, Vellfire, Sienta, Noah, Voxy, Esquire, Probox, Succeed, Corolla, Highlander, Levin and Hilux models. All were produced from May of 2015 to March of 2016   Read More ...
Volkswagen suspends exec after report automaker tested exhaust on monkeys
2018-01-30 20:12:43 FRANKFURT — Automaker Volkswagen has suspended its head of external relations and sustainability in response to controversy over experiments in which monkeys were exposed to diesel exhaust. The company said in a statement Tuesday that Thomas Steg was stepping away from his duties at his own request. Steg had said in an interview published in the Bild newspaper that he had known about the experiment but did not inform the company’s then-CEO, Martin Winterkorn   Read More ...
Mercedes Wants To Double AMG Sales Proportion In America (To Catch Up With Canada)
2018-01-29 15:16:31 Mercedes sells a lot of cars in the United States. More than any other luxury automaker, in fact – and many times more than it sells in Canada, at any rate. But there’s at least one way in which MBUSA wants to emulate its neighbors to the north, and that’s AMG. Automotive News reports that roughly ten percent of the Mercedes sold in the United States last year were AMG performance models   Read More ...
Ferrari, Mercedes seized for going 161 km/h in a 60
2018-01-26 15:12:24 Driving fast cars way too fast lost a pair of drivers their expensive wheels for a week. Halton Regional Police say a Ferrari and a Mercedes were caught drag racing in Norval early Friday. Officers allegedly clocked the high-end vehicles going 161 km/h in a 60 zone. Both the cars, with a combined value of more than $350,000, were seized for seven days for stunt driving   Read More ...
MANDEL: York cop guilty of dangerous driving causing death at his third trial
2018-01-24 23:10:59 York Region Police Det. Const. Remo Romano has been found guilty of dangerous driving by a third jury examining the 2014 collision that killed pedestrian Natasha “Carla” Abogado. Jurors returned their verdict after noon Wednesday after starting eliberations at 3 p.m. the day before. Abogado, 18, was run down by Romano’s truck racing to join his team at an estimated 115 km/h in a 60 km/h zone — with no emergency lights or siren   Read More ...
Ontario court nixes drunk driving conviction because police failed to provide interpreter
2018-01-24 21:33:24 An Ontario court has thrown out a drunk driving conviction against a South Asian man after finding police failed to get him an interpreter before asking him to take a breathalyzer test. A Superior Court judge says the trial judge erred in allowing the results of the breathalyzer test to be admitted as evidence after finding that police had breached the man's right to legal counsel   Read More ...
Montreal auto show showcases the evolution of safety, clean energy
2018-01-19 19:38:26 Visitors to the Montreal International Auto Show will be the first in Canada to have the opportunity to drive a hydrogen-powered vehicle. And they could soon be a more frequent sight on our roads after Toyota Canada, in partnership with the Quebec government, announced Thursday that the Mirai will go on sale in the province later this year. Toyota says Quebec was chosen because of its abundance of clean energy, a lot of which is required to produce hydrogen   Read More ...
There's something for every car lover at the Montreal International Auto Show
2018-01-19 07:39:56 Cars invade the Palais des congrès for the next two weeks as the 75th edition of the Montreal International Auto Show opens to the public on Friday. There are 600 cars spread out over several levels of the congress centre for visitors to look at, sit in, and in some cases, even drive. From classics of yesteryear to today’s favourites and even a look into the future, there is something for every car lover   Read More ...
Toyota's hydrogen fuel cell will make its Canadian debut this year in Quebec
2018-01-19 05:40:09 A Toyota Motor Corp.'s model is on display at the automaker's head office in Tokyo on May 8, 2013. (Itsuo Inouye/AP) MONTREAL -- Toyota is introducing its first hydrogen fuel cell vehicle into Canada's most active electric vehicle market later this year, a move that could eventually help eliminate emissions from automobile use in Canada. About 50 Mirai fuel cell electric vehicles are expected to be delivered to Quebec in 2018 for use by government and private fleets   Read More ...
The hits and misses from the 2018 Detroit auto show
2018-01-17 18:16:08 The 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit might not have been as glitzy as it could’ve been, but that doesn’t mean the show is out of gas. Quite the opposite, really – if pickup trucks and muscle cars are your jam, this year’s show delivered in spades. For 2019, the Silverado gets a thorough redesign inside and out. It’s lighter, a touch bigger and more practical inside than before, and it gets a couple of key powertrain upgrades for 2019 – a 10-speed automatic transmission, and a 3   Read More ...
Around the world, automakers urge Donald Trump to keep NAFTA
2018-01-16 03:35:05 Global automakers on Monday urged the Trump administration not to terminate the North American Free Trade Agreement and expressed hope the United States,Canada and Mexico can successfully conclude a modernized and improved trade pact. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV (FCA) Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne, who announced last week plans to shift heavy pickup truck production from Mexico to Michigan by 2020, said he hoped the Trump administration would “retune” some of its trade talk demands   Read More ...
BlackBerry unveils cybersecurity tool for cars Jarvis, upping bet on auto market
2018-01-15 22:33:50 BlackBerry Ltd. is launching a new security tool for automobile manufacturers, one of the company’s major areas of growth. Executive chairman John Chen says the new BlackBerry Jarvis will scan all software components in a vehicle within minutes to predict and fix vulnerabilities. Jarvis will be customized for each manufacturer and sold by BlackBerry on a pay-per-use basis. The company, based in Waterloo, Ont   Read More ...
Canadian government to invest C$49 mln in auto parts maker Linamar
2018-01-15 16:09:42 Jan 15 (Reuters) - The Government of Canada said on Monday that it plans to invest C$49 million ($39.41 million) to support an expansion by auto parts maker Linamar Corp. Navdeep Bains, the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, made the announcement before heading to the North American International Auto Show in Detroit to meet with global and Canadian executives to discuss Canada’s role in North America’s auto industry   Read More ...
Accord, Navigator, XC60 take top prize at Detroit auto show
2018-01-15 16:05:50 DETROIT - Automotive journalists crowned the Honda Accord the North American Car of the Year on Monday, a first for the longtime model that's twice flirted for the top honour as a finalist. The 10th-generartion Accord edged out the Kia Stinger and Toyota Camry for the award, which was announced at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The award program, now in its 24th year, has twice gone to the Honda Civic   Read More ...
Feds to invest $49M to support advanced manufacturing at Linamar auto part maker
2018-01-15 15:34:19 OTTAWA - The federal government will announce a $49-million grant to help automotive parts maker Linamar Corp. develop its advanced manufacturing technologies. Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains will make the announcement this morning in Guelph, Ont. The project will be the first to receive cash through a federal program announced in last year's budget to support research and development, the scale-up of high-potential companies and efforts to attract investment to Canada   Read More ...
New pickups from Ram, Chevy heat up big-truck competition
2018-01-15 15:33:37 DETROIT -- The competition for full-size pickup truck customers in the U.S. is as rough-and-tumble as ever, with Ram and Chevrolet rolling out brawny-looking new models that are larger, lighter and more efficient than their predecessors. For the first time in recent memory, two Detroit automakers are introducing new big trucks at the Motor City's auto show at the same time, in a hot sales market that U   Read More ...
Ottawa to invest $49 million in Linamar’s advanced auto parts manufacturing tech
2018-01-15 15:05:44 OTTAWA — The federal government will announce a $49-million grant to help automotive parts maker Linamar Corp. develop its advanced manufacturing technologies. Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains will make the announcement this morning in Guelph, Ont. The project will be the first to receive cash through a federal program announced in last year’s budget to support research and development, the scale-up of high-potential companies and efforts to attract investment to Canada   Read More ...
Carmakers roll out brawny pickups, futuristic SUVs at Detroit auto show
2018-01-14 23:32:31 DETROIT -- It's the year of the pickup truck at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit as General Motors, Fiat Chrysler and Ford unveil new trucks in a fast-growing and highly competitive U.S. auto market. Fiat Chrysler will roll out a redesigned Ram truck, while GM's Chevrolet brand is showing off the new Silverado. It's the first time in at least 29 years that show organizers can remember two Detroit automakers unveiling new full-size trucks at the same Detroit event   Read More ...
Volkswagen agrees to $232 million 3.0-liter Canadian emissions settlement
2018-01-13 05:22:11 (Reuters) - Volkswagen AG () has agreed to a settlement worth up to $232 million (C$290.5) with owners of vehicles in Canada affected by its diesel emissions-cheating scandal, the automaker said on Friday. The agreement provides for cash payments to owners of about 20,000 3.0-liter Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche diesel vehicles in Canada and is subject to court approval. The German automaker also agreed to pay a $2   Read More ...
Volkswagen reaches $290.5-million settlement deal for 3.0L diesel vehicles in Canada
2018-01-13 04:38:16 TORONTO — Volkswagen has reached a $290.5-million deal to settle claims in Canada covering 20,000 3.0-litre Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche diesel vehicles that were caught up in an emissions cheating scandal. The agreement was reached by Volkswagen and Canadian class counsel in consultation with the Commissioner of Competition. In addition to the proposed class settlement, which is subject to court approval, Volkswagen Group Canada has agreed to pay a $2   Read More ...
Fiat Chrysler recalls minivans for engine stalling problem
2018-01-13 04:36:49 DETROIT -- Fiat Chrysler is recalling more than 160,000 minivans mainly in North America to fix a software problem that can make engines stall. The recall covers certain Chrysler Pacifica vans from the 2017 model year with gasoline engines. The company says under rare conditions, the engine control computer can incorrectly determine the operating status and cause the engine to shut off   Read More ...
Volkswagen reaches settlement deal for 3.0L diesel vehicles in Canada
2018-01-13 04:36:25 TORONTO -- Volkswagen has reached a $290.5-million deal to settle claims in Canada covering 20,000 3.0-litre Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche diesel vehicles that were caught up in an emissions cheating scandal. The agreement was reached by Volkswagen and Canadian class counsel in consultation with the Commissioner of Competition. In addition to the proposed class settlement, which is subject to court approval, Volkswagen Group Canada has agreed to pay a $2   Read More ...
Volkswagen reaches $290.5-million settlement deal for 3.0L diesel vehicles in Canada
2018-01-13 04:17:43 TORONTO — Volkswagen has reached a $290.5-million deal to settle claims in Canada covering 20,000 3.0-litre Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche diesel vehicles that were caught up in an emissions cheating scandal. The agreement was reached by Volkswagen and Canadian class counsel in consultation with the Commissioner of Competition. In addition to the proposed class settlement, which is subject to court approval, Volkswagen Group Canada has agreed to pay a $2   Read More ...