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GM creates new position to accelerate zero emissions future
January 21, 2020 by Allan Janssen

General Motors has appointed Dane Parker as its first ever chief sustainability officer. The new position was created to accelerate company’s plans for a zero emissions future. Parker, currently vice president of sustainable workplaces, expands his current role with the

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FCA appoints new chief communications officer
January 15, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (FCA) has named Simon Sproule as its chief communications officer. In addition, Sproule was named head of North America communications. The appointment is effective February 3, 2020. Sproule joins FCA from Aston Martin Lagonda where he

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Volvo Canada awards 10,000th customer of 2019
January 13, 2020 by Allan Janssen

2019 ended in a big way for Volvo Cars Canada. Not only was it the 60th year of operation for Volvo Cars in Canada, 2019 also represented the first time since 2005 that over 10,000 new Volvo cars were sold

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It’s what’s on the inside that counts
January 9, 2020 by Adam Malik

People spend most of their time at home or at work. Auto experts predict consumers will soon have a third space for rest, relaxation a productivity: their car.

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New car sales in Canada down 3.6% last year
January 7, 2020 by Allan Janssen

DesRosiers Automotive Consultants says Canadian new-car sales posted their second annual decrease in a row last year. According to DesRosiers, some 1,914,357 units were sold in 2019, a decrease of 3.6% when compared to 2018. This shortcoming marked the first

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GM plant to start aftermarket parts production
December 26, 2019 by Allan Janssen

GM’s assembly plant in Oshawa, closed down after 65 years of building Chevrolet automobiles, will begin manufacturing parts for discontinued models early in 2020. The stamping operation will begin production in the first quarter of the year, employing about 300

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Fiat-Chrysler and Peugeot sign deal for 50 50 merger
December 20, 2019 by Allan Janssen

The boards of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and PSA Peugeot have signed a binding merger creating the world’s fourth-largest automaker with the scale to confront the challenges of stricter emissions regulations and the transition to new driving technologies. The companies said

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Toyota Canada makes largest single donation to a Canadian university
December 10, 2019 by Allan Janssen

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada (TMMC) is partnering with the University of Waterloo to advance engineering education. Supported by a $2.1 million investment, the largest single donation by TMMC to any Canadian University, the partnership will launch a unique undergraduate engineering

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Canada unlikely to hit 2 million new vehicles sold this year
December 9, 2019 by Allan Janssen

DesRosiers Automotive Consultants is reporting that the decline in new Canadian vehicle sales, observed through much of this year, paused in November. The chances of hitting two million vehicles sold in 2019 is now unlikely. Following October’s stable sales performance,

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Group pushes for standardized tech names
November 28, 2019 by Allan Janssen

A group of stakeholders in the U.S. auto industry are urging automakers to adopt standardized names for Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) technology. The group, which includes the American Automobile Association, Consumer Reports magazine, the consulting firm J.D. Power, and

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Start-up aims to change how warranties are sold
November 7, 2019 by Allan Janssen

AutoPair Warranty, an auto warranty start-up with a head office in Toronto, has introduced competitive and simple pricing plans for extended car warranties or used car warranties. The company says all warranty plans will be sold at the dealers’ cost,

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‘Stable’ October car sales in Canada: DesRosiers
November 5, 2019 by Allan Janssen

DesRosiers Automotive Consultants reports stable light vehicle sales in Canada last month. There were approximately 160,216 units sold, down 0.6% from October 2018 when 161,125 units were sold. Although passenger car sales fell 14.8%, a 5.0% increase in light truck