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May GDP numbers show Canadian economy catching up after weak start
August 5, 2019 by Allan Janssen

Canada‘s economy grew by 0.2 per cent in May, according to the latest numbers from Statistics Canada. It is the third increase in as many months, thanks to a rebound in manufacturing. The Conference Board of Canada say the news

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Thoma Bravo to acquire J.D. Power
August 2, 2019 by Allan Janssen

Thoma Bravo LLC, a leading private equity investment firm, has announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire J.D. Power, a global leader in data analytics and consumer intelligence. The transaction is expected to close by year end. Upon

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Demand for diesel vehicles is increasing
August 2, 2019 by Renee Montague

A 23% increase in full-size diesel pickup truck sales over Q1 for 2019 shows demand for diesel vehicles as a clean alternative to gas is increasing according to the Diesel Technology Forum. Diesel holds the largest share of alternative vehicle

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What is Ontario’s worst (and best) city for driving?
July 29, 2019 by Renee Montague

What is Ontario’s worst and best city for avoiding tickets and collisions? You would be surprised. Orangeville, Bradford and Woodstock, Sault Ste Marie, and Brantford ranked the top five worst cities for tickets and accidents, while North York, Toronto and

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June light vehicle sales down 21.3% compared to last June: DesRosiers
July 26, 2019 by Allan Janssen

Canadian passenger car sales decreased 21.3% in June and 15.1% in the first half of 2019, according to DesRosiers Automotive Consultants. Much of the volume lost in the first half came from the compact car segment, down over 25,000 units

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U.S. capitol has highest check-engine repair bills, study finds
July 24, 2019 by Allan Janssen

For the second consecutive year, the District of Columbia had the highest check-engine repair bills in the U.S. in 2018, according to a report from diagnostics data company CarMD Corporation. The company’s latest state ranking of check engine light-related car

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Auto analysts question the future of Chinese auto sales
July 19, 2019 by Renee Montague

Auto analysts at IHS Markit are questioning the future of Chinese auto sales, given steady declines over the past 12 months. Total light duty vehicle sales in China  were down more than 10 percent over the past 12 months (July

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ASA chart examines U.S. tech salaries
July 18, 2019 by Renee Montague

The difficulty of attracting skilled workers to the far north likely plays a big role in Alaska having the best-compensated automotive technicians in the union. According to recently released figures from the United States Department of Labor Statistics, the average

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Average age of cars and light trucks in U.S. hits 11.8 years
July 11, 2019 by Allan Janssen

The average age of light vehicles in operation (VIO) in the U.S. has risen again this year to 11.8 years, according to new research from IHS Markit. By comparison, the average age of Canadian light vehicles was 9.6 years in

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New car sales in Canada continue to falter
July 10, 2019 by Renee Montague

Light vehicle sales were down 7.2 % in June 2019 compared to last June, according to the latest data from auto industry analysts DesRosiers Automotive Consulting. Some 200,156 units were sold last June. This year, Canadians took home 185,741 new light vehicles

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U.S. aftermarket beats sales forecast by nearly $1 billion
July 8, 2019 by Allan Janssen

The U.S. automotive aftermarket reached total sales of $297 billion in 2018, exceeding the projected growth rate by nearly $1 billion, according to the 2019 Joint Channel Forecast Model, produced by the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA) and the Auto

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Survey offers good news and bad news to vehicle manufacturers
July 4, 2019 by Renee Montague

New-vehicle quality appears to be leveling off after steady improvement for the last four years. In a J.D. Power survey of new-car owners, there was an uptick in complaints about paint imperfections, check-engine lights, brake and suspension noises, and driver-assistance