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White House ends California talks on mileage dispute
February 26, 2019 by Ellen Knickmeyer And Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

The Trump administration last week broke off talks on vehicle mileage standards with California, increasing the chances of a court battle that threatens to unsettle the auto industry. The White House, which has proposed freezing the standards, said it would

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MEMA slams tariff report secrecy
February 21, 2019 by Adam Malik

The decision that the U.S. Department of Commerce’s report on Section 232 tariffs on motor vehicles and motor vehicle parts will not be made public immediately has the leading automotive manufacturer’s group steaming. The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association –

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Feds give BlackBerry money for futuristic car development
February 21, 2019 by Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press

BlackBerry is getting $40 million in federal funding to help develop technologies that make cars safer, more connected to cyberspace and, eventually, capable of driving themselves. The company is putting $310 million of its own money into the initiative, expected

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NATA elects new president, reinforces commitment to CASIS
February 6, 2019 by Allan Janssen

Ronald Tremblay, owner of The Garage in Vancouver, B.C., has been elected the new president of the National Automotive Trades Association (NATA). The association, an umbrella group for aftermarket repair associations in Canada, met in Toronto to elect a leader,

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MEMA joins call to end tariffs
January 28, 2019 by Adam Malik

The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association is part of a group of 45 organizations across different business sectors calling for an end to steel and aluminum tariffs from Canada and Mexico that were imposed by the U.S. last year. The

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Ontario gives OK to driverless cars on roads
January 25, 2019 by The Canadian Press

Driverless cars are now allowed on Ontario roads. Transportation Minister Jeff Yurek has announced that, as of Jan. 1, participants in Ontario’s automated vehicle pilot program can test driverless cars on public roadways, under strict conditions. Those conditions include having

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Fiat Chrysler to pay around $650M in emissions cheating case
January 11, 2019 by Michael Balsamo And Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

Fiat Chrysler will pay more than US$650 million to settle allegations that it cheated on emissions tests involving more than 104,000 Jeep SUVs and Ram pickup trucks, a person with the knowledge of the settlement told The Associated Press on

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China suspends tariff hikes on U.S. cars, auto parts
December 17, 2018 by Joe McDonald, The Associated Press

China announced a 90-day suspension of tariff hikes on $126 billion of U.S. cars, trucks and auto parts following its cease-fire in a trade battle with Washington that threatens global economic growth. The suspension is China’s first step in response

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We have a deal
November 28, 2018 by Adam Malik

But new free trade agreement means things won’t be ‘business as usual’

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‘It’s bad:’ Oshawa digests ‘devastating’ GM plant closure
November 27, 2018 by Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press

Shell-shocked GM workers streamed into the rain and chill wind after their union sent them home on Monday amid word that their plant would be closing by the end of 2019, dealing a blow to a city and region once

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GM in for ‘one hell of a fight’ over planned Oshawa plant closure: Union
November 27, 2018 by Armina Ligaya, The Canadian Press

The union representing workers at the General Motors assembly plant in Oshawa, Ont., are promising “one hell of a fight” after the automaker announced it would close the location along with four other facilities in the U.S. as part of

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Insurance industry pushes for action ahead of autonomous vehicles
November 26, 2018 by Adam Malik

Rather than waiting until after the fact, the insurance industry has some thoughts on what should happen with autonomous vehicles as they get closer to reality. The national body representing insurers outlined three recommendations in a position on autonomous vehicles.