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GM eyes 2019 for autonomous vehicles
December 6, 2017 by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

General Motors Co. expects to carry passengers and deliver goods with self-driving vehicles in big cities sometime in 2019, telling investors it’s moving quickly and plans to be ahead of other automakers and tech companies. The Detroit automaker made the

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Waymo rolls out autonomous vans
November 17, 2017 by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

A self-driving car company created by Google is pulling the human backup driver from behind the steering wheel and will test vehicles on public roads with only an employee in the back seat. The move by Waymo started Oct. 19

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Genuine Parts Company acquires Europe’s Alliance Automotive Group
September 29, 2017 by Adam Malik

A $2 billion deal has been made that will see Genuine Auto Parts Company acquire Alliance Automotive Group, headquartered in London, England. AAG is a European distributor of vehicle parts, tools and workshop equipment. The deal includes the repayment of

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Globalized auto industry vulnerable to new Brexit borders
August 31, 2017 by Danica Kirka, The Associated Press

Ford’s Dagenham diesel engine plant is a marvel of mechanization – a steel and chrome hangar full of LED lighting, robots and computer-controlled machine tools. The U.S. carmaker has invested $2.5 billion in the plant, where 3,150 people churn out

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Renault-Nissan, China’s Dongfeng announce e-car venture
August 30, 2017 by The Associated Press

Automakers Renault and Nissan say they will develop electric cars with a Chinese state-owned partner, adding to a series of tie-ups between global auto brands and local partners in the biggest electric vehicle market. The venture Dongfeng Motor Corp. aims

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Audi to update 850,000 cars as diesel recalls widen
July 26, 2017 by David McHugh And Geir Moulson, The Canadian Press

German automaker Audi says it will fit up to 850,000 diesel cars with new software to improve their emissions performance, following a similar move by rival Daimler as the auto industry tries to get ahead of public controversy over the

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German government sets up diesel summit with auto bosses
July 20, 2017 by The Canadian Press

The German government has invited leading automakers to a meeting next month to discuss how to reduce diesel emissions. Transport Ministry spokesman Sebastian Hille said Wednesday the CEOs of Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche, Daimler, Ford’s German branch and Opel are invited

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Doug Betts to lead automotive research at J.D. Power
July 16, 2017 by Allan Janssen

XIO Group, a London headquartered global private equity firm, has announced that its portfolio company, J.D. Power, has affirmed Doug Betts as leader of Automotive for J.D. Power. Betts, a veteran automobile and technology executive, was named senior vice president

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Groupe Touchette grows again in east
June 23, 2017 by Adam Malik

Groupe Touchette has announced the opening of its 30th tire distribution centre in the Atlantic Region, opening up shop in Halifax this time. This new distribution centre, Groupe said in a press release, will serve the Atlantic car dealers and

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CANUSA wins Federated award
June 16, 2017 by Adam Malik

London Ont.’s CANUSA was one of three award winners recently honoured by Federated Auto Parts. CANUSA was selected as the Federated Co-Man Member of the Year. Luke Ramsay and John Jones accepted the award, given to a member that has

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Bumper to Bumper unveils flagship store
June 5, 2017 by Adam Malik

Bumper to Bumper has unveiled the largest store across its chain in London, Ont. The doors officially open to the public of its flagship store this week and an official grand opening is planned for September, but a select group

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Industry mourns aftermarket veteran Dave Pratt
May 1, 2017 by Allan Janssen

In the industry for over 40 years, he worked at Fenwick Automotive, Replacement Parts Depot Limited, and Champion Spark Plugs.