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Autonomous car testing plan aims to boost public confidence
March 13, 2019 by Ramesh Santanam, The Associated Press

Companies testing autonomous vehicles in Pittsburgh will have to immediately report crashes resulting in any injuries as part of new guidelines announced Monday intended to boost public confidence in the testing after a deadly accident in Arizona last year. Karina

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AASA, MEMA fight back against law targeting aftermarket parts
March 12, 2019 by Adam Malik

A proposed law to discourage the sale of aftermarket parts is facing backlash from the associations representing the industry. A Nevada bill recently proposed calls on insurers to not use aftermarket parts when repairing physical damage to a motor vehicle

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Ontario wants biz input on gender wage gap law
March 5, 2019 by By Allison Jones, The Canadian Press

Ontario is gathering feedback on legislation aimed at eliminating the gender wage gap, including asking businesses how onerous pay transparency reporting would be. The Progressive Conservative government paused implementation last year of a law from the previous Liberal government that

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Get the asbestos out
March 1, 2019 by Adam Malik

Government ban means jobbers can’t sell any product with the harmful substance

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Magna says tariffs still a problem, but USMCA could eventually give it a leg up
February 28, 2019 by Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press

The head of Magna International Inc. says U.S. tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum continue to dent the auto parts maker, but suggested President Donald Trump’s move to rev up production lines on U.S. soil could give it an advantage.

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Ford probes whether gas mileage was overstated
February 27, 2019 by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

Ford Motor Co. has launched an investigation into whether it overstated gas mileage and understated emissions from a wide range of vehicles. The company said that in September, a group of employees reported possible problems with a mathematical model used

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MEMA raises alarm over failed California talks
February 26, 2019 by Adam Malik

The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association has issued a warning over collapsed negotiations in California. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) were negotiating with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) on the Safer

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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