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New Volvo XC40 could make EVs more accessible to Canadians
October 21, 2020 by Christine Hogg

With the recent release of Volvo’s first-ever fully-electric vehicle, the Volvo XC40 Recharge, Canadians could soon have a wider range of electric vehicle charging stations across the country. One of the greatest barriers to consumer EV adoption remains range anxiety;

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Dayco adds extended warranty to new timing belt
October 20, 2020 by Christine Hogg

Dayco’s Aftermarket Division is launching a comprehensive new Timing Belt Kit with Water Pump program that includes an industry leading 125,000 mile warranty. As of Oct. 15, when a technician or a DIYer purchases a Dayco Water Pump or Dayco

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Canada investing in wood-based automotive parts
October 19, 2020 by Christine Hogg

Soon enough, automotive parts could be made of wood. On Oct. 16th, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources announced $1.2 million to GreenNano Technologies Inc., a company based in Toronto, to scale up production of a new lightweight wood-fibre–based composite material to create automotive

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The battle between EVs and ICE-vehicles heats up
October 13, 2020 by Allan Janssen

By Allan Haberman It is somewhat ironic that as technology advances, we’re seeing more electric vehicles on our roads. Ironic because some of the first cars built were electric… and it was precisely the new technology of the day that

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Turo, AVEQ partner to make EVs more popular in Quebec
October 7, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Peer-to-peer car sharing platform Turo Canada has launched a partnership with Quebec Electric Vehicle Association (AVEQ) to promote further EV adoption in the province. AVEQ members that register on Turo as hosts will be eligible to receive $250 when they

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California to phase out gas-powered vehicles by 2035
September 29, 2020 by Allan Janssen

California will phase out gasoline-powered cars over the next decade and a half, with the stated goal of allowing only the sale of zero-emission vehicles by the year 2035. The state’s governor, Gavin Newsom, signed an executive order last week,

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North American legislators lagging on vehicle data: AIA president
September 25, 2020 by Allan Janssen

The president of the Automotive Industries Association of Canada (AIA) says international governments are moving faster toward securing aftermarket access to vehicle data and OE service information. Jean-Francois Champagne told a webinar audience yesterday that Europeans and Pacific rim governments

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SEMA report offers ADAS test program
September 9, 2020 by Allan Janssen

The Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association (SEMA) has released the first in a series of white papers designed to explain how advanced driver-assist systems (ADAS) function. Designed to help manufacturers of performance equipment and accessories to “Customize with Confidence,” the inaugural

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Smartcar and Pitstop partner on fleet maintenance solution
August 24, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Pitstop, a Canadian firm that has developed predictive analytics software for vehicles, will work with a Silicon Valley company to offer the first hardware-free maintenance tracker for fleets. Toronto-based Pitstop has announced it is partnering with Smartcar, a California company

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Registration open for AIA / NASTF webinar
August 14, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Auto service providers are encouraged to register and submit questions for a joint webinar hosted by AIA Canada and the U.S.-based National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF). The information session on Aug. 19 will discuss securing better aftermarket access to OE

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GF-6 designed to protect modern engines
August 11, 2020 by Allan Janssen

  By Allan Janssen A new oil specification that offers better protection for modern engines bring new opportunities for shops to build trust with conscientious vehicle owners. GF-6 oils offer particular benefits to consumers who are determined to preserve the

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GF-6: a significant upgrade to legacy fluids
August 5, 2020 by Allan Janssen

  The new specification represents a significant upgrade to legacy fluids, allowing service providers to give their customers more confidence in their engine protection. By Allan Janssen The latest oil specification, which made its debut in May, was eight years in