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News   July 26, 2016   by CARS Magazine

BY THE NUMBERS: Driverless car sales and more…


Average price Canadians paid for a 2015 model year car. That’s up 1.4% from the 2014 model-year price. Average 2015-model light truck cost was $40,001, up 1% from the 2014 model year.



The percentage of owners of 1- to 3-year-old vehicles who scheduled their most recent dealer service visit online. In a survey, 18% said they would have preferred to make appointments online.

— J.D. Power & Associates


Decrease in fuel efficiency experienced by vehicles with wheel alignment problems. For a vehicle that travels 24,000 km a year, with a fuel economy rating of 9.4 liters/100 km, that adds up to about $150 in extra fuel cost.

— Hunter Engineering Company


The number of self-driving cars and driverless cars forecast to be sold in 2025. (Self-driving cars can also be driven by humans; driverless cars have no controls for human drivers.) By 2030, sales of these vehicles will increase to 4.4 million, and by 2035, they’ll reach 21 million.

— IHS Automotive

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The top “concierge” services requested by women in 2015, followed by WiFi, café, and children’s play area.

— 2016 U.S. Women’s Car Dealership Report,


The annual amount the average Canadian can expect to save switching from personal car ownership to using “mobility services.”

— Globe & Mail “How autonomous vehicles will transform economies”


Number of automotive technicians employed at general repair shops, dealerships, and service stations in the United States in 2014 – a 3.4% increase over the previous year.

— Auto Care Association Factbook 2015 (24th edition)


Most reliable brand of vehicle, according to a 2015 survey of 740,000 U.S. vehicle owners. Toyota and Audi came in second and third, respectively. At the very bottom of the list: Fiat, Jeep, and Ram.

— Consumer Reports 2015 Vehicle Reliability Survey


Percentage of Ontario parents who say that they’d be supportive of their child’s choice to pursue a career in the trades.

— Ipsos Reid poll for the Ontario College of Trades

5.11 cents

The per-mile cost of maintenance for the average passenger car in the U.S. The average annual maintenance cost was pegged at US $766.50 per year. (A recent survey of AAA-approved auto repair shops found that the majority of drivers are behind schedule in routine maintenance.)

— American Automobile Association

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