Canada Motoring
Feds to invest $49M to support advanced manufacturing at Linamar auto part maker
Volkswagen reaches $290.5-million settlement deal for 3.0L diesel vehicles in Canada
AI, driverless cars, smart devices and more: Here’s what to expect from this year’s CES
Florida man dials 911 to report his own drunk driving
BlackBerry, Baidu announce autonomous vehicle partnership
Fatal snowmobile crashes prompt warning from OPP
‘I promise’: Elon Musk says Tesla will make a pickup truck after releasing its SUV
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 ...
Auto parts revamp to be key Canadian pitch at upcoming NAFTA round
2018-01-12 00:04:06 Multiple sources inside and close to the Canadian government, speaking on condition of anonymity given the sensitivity of the talks, say the issue of auto parts will be a focal point of the next round of talks Jan. 23-28 in Montreal. WASHINGTON -- Canada's marquee proposal for this month's high-stakes round of NAFTA negotiations will involve modernizing auto-parts rules, say sources familiar with the plans, which hinge on making progress on a long-standing irritant in order to propel the troubled talks forward   Read More ...
Forget the self-driving car, meet the self-driving suitcase
2018-01-11 15:33:13 Self-driving cars may take a while to arrive, but the self-driving suitcase is here now. Some of the technologies used in autonomous cars have been adapted in products unveiled at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, to help travelers with the weighty problem of dealing with baggage. The "robot suitcase" from California-based startup Travelmate can be controlled with a smartphone app and can roll alongside its owner at speeds up to 11 kilometers (6   Read More ...
Trump’s desired NAFTA changes are ‘lose-lose-lose’ for carmakers: Magna CEO
2018-01-10 20:34:04 The chief executive of North America’s biggest auto supplier warned that overly complex NAFTA changes could result in a “lose-lose-lose” situation that leaves U.S., Mexican and Canadian manufacturers vulnerable. If North American car companies “don’t have a functional NAFTA — if it becomes too complicated, too bureaucratic, too costly that you can’t get low-cost, high-labour products into this region — then all of a sudden we have damaged the whole NAFTA region,” said Magna International Inc   Read More ...
GM and the Electric Car Promise
2018-01-10 12:17:02 CBJ — In a race against a number of innovative competitors the head of General Motors has boldly said the automaker will make money selling electric cars by 2021. CEO Mary Barra made that promise to investors in Detroit. But Barra did not explain in detail how the company would accomplish such a lofty goal in just three years, especially given that no automaker has yet been able to make that claim   Read More ...
Toyota adds 601,000 vehicles to Takata air bag recalls
2018-01-09 22:11:17 DETROIT — Toyota is recalling 601,000 more vehicles in the U.S. to replace defective and potentially deadly Takata air bag inflators. The company says the recall covers the Toyota Corolla and Matrix, Scion xB, Lexus IS250 and 350, and the Lexus IS-F from 2009, 2010 and 2013. Also covered are the 2010 and 2013 Toyota 4-Runner, Lexus IS250C and 350C and Lexus GX460, as well as the 2009 and 2010 Toyota Yaris and Lexus ES350, and the 2013 Toyota Sienna   Read More ...
Liberals eye testing driverless cars in Ontario
2018-01-09 19:14:32 TORONTO — Ontario drivers could soon find themselves motoring along the highway next to a car with no one in the driver’s seat. The Liberal government is proposing to change the rules of its 10-year automated vehicle pilot project to allow for driverless testing. Currently, the testing of fully autonomous vehicles is only allowed with a driver behind the wheel, but the government is seeking public comment on a proposal to scrap that requirement   Read More ...
Plug-in electric car sales in Canada for 2017: two Dec debuts before ZEV rules
2018-01-09 12:37:48 Plug-in electric vehicles topped 1 percent of Canadian new-car sales in the second half of 2017, but will fall just short of that milestone for the full year. They’ll probably end around 0.95 percent when final registration data arrives, easily surpassing their 0.57-percent market share of 2016. Plug-in electric vehicles now represent about 45 percent of “electrified vehicles” sold in Canada, meaning both conventional hybrids and plug-in vehicles   Read More ...
AI, driverless cars, smart devices and more: Here’s what to expect from this year’s CES
2018-01-08 17:33:20 Automobiles are again expected to dominate the annual CES technology gathering in Las Vegas that kicks off on Tuesday. Electric- and driverless car technologies, together with infotainment innovations, will be a focus at the show, according to analysts. Other technologies likely to be in the spotlight include the latest offerings in artificial intelligence, virtual assistants, connected home products, OLED televisions and high-end personal computers   Read More ...
Florida man dials 911 to report his own drunk driving
2018-01-06 21:02:31 WINTER HAVEN, Fla. -- Florida authorities are sharing the details of an unusual 911 call on New Year's Eve, from a man who said he wanted to report himself drunk-driving. Polk County Sheriff's officials say the dispatcher kept him talking while directing officers to the scene. When the dispatcher asked Michael Lester where he was, he said, "I'm too drunk. I don't know where I'm at   Read More ...
Takata adds 3.3 million air bag inflators to massive recall
2018-01-06 19:03:45 DETROIT -- Japanese air bag maker Takata is recalling an additional 3.3 million faulty air bag inflators as it expands the largest automotive recall in U.S. history. The latest recalls cover frontal air bags in certain 2009, 2010 and 2013 vehicles made Honda, Toyota, Audi, BMW, Daimler Vans, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Jaguar-Land Rover, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru and Tesla   Read More ...
BlackBerry, Baidu announce autonomous vehicle partnership
2018-01-04 01:30:41 MONTREAL: Canadian telecommunications software company BlackBerry and China's web giant Baidu on Wednesday (Jan 3) announced a partnership for autonomous and connected vehicles. "The two companies will collaborate to accelerate the deployment of connected and autonomous vehicle technology for automotive OEMs and suppliers worldwide," they said in a statement. BlackBerry's operating system will be "the foundation for Baidu's Apollo autonomous driving open platform," the statement said   Read More ...
GM Canada auto sales up; Fiat Chrysler, Ford take a hit
2018-01-03 20:01:05 REUTERS: General Motors Co's December sales in Canada rose 9.2 percent but that of rivals Fiat Chrysler , and Ford fell due to weak demand for their vehicles. Detroit-based GM sold 19,801 vehicles in Canada last month, with Chevrolet accounting for more than half of total sales. (http://bit.ly/2Cx1LQr) GM Canada sold 302,826 vehicles in 2017, up 13.3 percent over the previous year, the company said, contrasting with sales in the much bigger U   Read More ...
GM Canada auto sales up; Fiat Chrysler, Ford take a hit
2018-01-03 19:42:28 Detroit-based GM sold 19,801 vehicles in Canada last month, with Chevrolet accounting for more than half of total sales. () GM Canada sold 302,826 vehicles in 2017, up 13.3 percent over the previous year, the company said, contrasting with sales in the much bigger U.S. market where the Cadillac maker recorded a fall of 1.3 percent. However, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (), (), reported a fall in monthly and yearly sales, hurt by a lower demand for its Jeep and Dodge branded vehicles   Read More ...
Tesla analysts still have no idea how many Model 3 cars have been delivered
2018-01-02 18:33:46 Tesla Inc. may have delivered about four times more Model 3 sedans last quarter than in the prior three months, or boosted sales by a factor of 27, depending on which analyst you ask. The broad range of estimates reflects how little the electric-car maker has disclosed about the progress it’s made speeding up production of its sedan that starts at US$35,000   Read More ...
Fatal snowmobile crashes prompt warning from OPP
2018-01-02 15:08:41 BY MEGAN STACEY. Police are advising snowmobile drivers to ride safely following two deadly crashes on the weekend in Southwestern Ontario. Todd Smith, 51, died in a crash east of Tillsonburg about 8 p.m. Sunday. Smith, from South West Oxford Township, was driving in a wooded area near Baseline Road, police said. No other riders or snowmobiles were involved in the collision   Read More ...
Electric truck costs, Faraday Future fiasco, electric cars in Canada, Trump and climate: Today's Car News
2017-12-30 00:19:04 Today, we've got news roundups from Canada and covering Faraday Future, an assessment of the Trump Administration's (regrettable) record on climate change, and a look at why electric heavy trucks could trounce their diesel competitors. All this and more on Green Car Reports. A year ago, few people were talking about electric large trucks; now it's a thing. If electric semis are real, they could have huge cost advantages over their diesel competitors   Read More ...
‘I promise’: Elon Musk says Tesla will make a pickup truck after releasing its SUV
2017-12-27 15:32:57 LONDON — Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk says the electric car company will make a pickup truck after the release of its next model. In a message on Twitter late Tuesday, Musk said: “I promise that we will make a pickup truck right after Model Y.” The Model Y is an electric SUV that’s due for release in about two years   Read More ...
Can electric cars and an expanding global economy power the next commodity supercycle?
2017-12-27 13:33:16 Mining executive Russell Hallbauer is palpably excited about the components that go inside electric cars. The chief executive of Vancouver-based Taseko Mines Ltd. can give a detailed description of the length and thickness of the solid copper bus bar that transmits power from each Tesla car’s lithium ion battery to its wheel motors. “That piece of copper probably weighs 50 pounds,” he said   Read More ...
Nissan Canada's Finance Services Suffer Possible Data Breach
2017-12-22 06:08:09 Nissan Canada has revealed that personal information of customers that used its financing services may have been compromised in a possible data breach. The automaker was made aware of “unauthorized access to personal information” that occurred on December 11, reportedly targeting those that have financed a car through Nissan Canada Finance and Infiniti Financial Services Canada. A statement released by Nissan says that the unauthorized access could have impacted information including customer names, addresses, vehicle make and model, vehicle identification number, credit score, loan amount, and monthly payment   Read More ...
Barrie officer pepper-sprayed by man he suspected was stealing a snowmobile
2017-12-20 19:33:23 BARRIE, Ont. - A Toronto man is facing numerous charges after a police officer was pepper-sprayed while trying to arrest a man he allegedly caught attempting to steal a snowmobile. Police say an officer on patrol early Tuesday morning in Barrie, Ont., saw a man driving a snowmobile and was pepper-sprayed in the face when he confronted the man. They say the suspect fled on foot and the officer, despite limited vision, caught up with him but the man managed to break free   Read More ...
Highway 40 East closes in Vaudreuil after truck spills fuel
2017-12-20 02:34:19 Transport Quebec closed a stretch of Highway 40 East on the approach to the Île-aux-Tourtes bridge in Vaudreuil Tuesday afternoon after a long-haul truck jackknifed, provincial police said. The accident resulted in the spill of diesel fuel on the highway. The incident occurred at 12:40 p.m. “The driver suffered no injuries, but Highway 40 East was closed because the diesel fuel was on the road,” said Sgt   Read More ...
Audi recalls over 52,000 cars; fuel lines can leak
2017-12-19 15:33:58 DETROIT -- Audi is recalling more than 52,000 luxury cars in the U.S. and Canada to fix fuel lines that can leak and increase the risk of a fire. The recall covers certain A6 and A7 cars from the 2012 through 2014 model years. The Volkswagen luxury brand said in government documents that the fuel lines have a compression point to make them easier to install   Read More ...
Saudi women will be allowed to drive motorcycles, trucks along with cars
2017-12-18 19:04:25 BEIRUT — Saudi women will not only be allowed to get behind the wheel of a car for the first time next summer, they will also be able to ride motorcycles and drive trucks, the information ministry said on Monday.In September, King Salman issued a decree ordering an end by next year to the kingdom’s ban on women drivers, a conservative tradition seen by rights campaigners as an emblem of women’s suppression   Read More ...
Chris Selley: Ontario Liberals pass on chance to make consequences for dangerous driving
2017-12-15 02:33:48 The hits just keep coming, so to speak. Late last month, a Toronto court acquitted Gideon Fekre of dangerous driving — a Criminal Code offence — in the matter of his sailing straight through a bend in the road, crossing a bike lane and driving 20 metres down a sidewalk, thereupon striking and killing Kristy Hodgson. It did not amount to “a marked departure from the standard of care that a reasonable person would observe in all the circumstances,” the judge ruled, leaving Hodgson’s family crying out in grief and anger   Read More ...