The numbers are in: Canadians really like our SUVs and trucks


Canada has a population of just over 36 million people; by the close of this year, current annual sales of new cars will be about 2 million. Estimates put used car sales at about three million for the same time period.

We buy a lot of cars.

Light trucks, actually. For all the jabber after the last economic crash a decade ago, the one that took the leasing industry with it, we’ve left behind the promise of subcompact vehicles, become bored with sedans and continue to shun the hybrid and electrics that dominate headlines but little else.

“Sixty-eight to sixty-nine per cent of the market this year is light trucks,” says Dennis DesRosiers, of DesRosiers Automotive Consultants. “In fact, for four of the past 12 months, it’s been over 70 per cent, and this will stay positive for another year, at least.” 

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NHTSA urged to order Chrysler Pacifica recall because of stalling


A consumer-advocacy group is calling on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to investigate complaints of stalling in 2017 Chrysler Pacificas and order a recall of 150,000 of the vehicles. The nonprofit Center for Auto Safety issued a news release Monday saying more than 50 people have reported that their Pacifica minivans have stalled without warning and said the center has filed a petition with NHTSA requesting the recall.

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Can Ford Turn Itself Into a Tech Company?


On a sunny afternoon in early October, I drove across a parking lot in Ann Arbor, Mich., and down a sloping road to a second, private lot. A fence lining the lot’s perimeter was covered in black fabric, as if to deter snoops. Behind it was a 32-acre Potemkin village. There were paved roads with names and signs: Liberty Street, Main Street, Wolverine Avenue. There was a traffic roundabout, a covered underpass and a railroad crossing.

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Canadians roll the dice on business success at SEMA


LAS VEGAS, Nevada – There are several Canadians taking a gamble here, but they’re not at the slot machines. They’re at the SEMA Show, and they’re hoping to put Canada’s mark on the automotive world.

It stands for Specialty Equipment Market Association, and it’s the continent’s largest trade show for the automotive aftermarket. It’s not open to the public, and attendees can’t actually buy something and bring it home.

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Delphi acquires self-driving startup NuTonomy for $450 million – The Verge


Delphi, one of the world’s largest automotive suppliers, is acquiring Boston-based self-driving car startup NuTonomy for an upfront purchase price of $400 million as well as $50 million in earn-outs, the companies announced today. Delphi isn’t as well-known in the self-driving space as its much bigger rivals Uber, Waymo, and Tesla. A GM spinoff now based in the UK, the company has been showing off its autonomous technology for over three years, mostly in Pittsburgh and Singapore.

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Automakers ditching spare tires for better m.p.g.


Nearly a third of new vehicles no longer come with a spare tire as standard equipment, a number likely to increase as automakers seek to reduce weight in cars to improve fuel economy. “This is a major issue for Michigan motorists who find themselves stranded on the roadside,” Susan Hiltz, public affairs director for AAA in Michigan, said Wednesday.

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Kobe Steel’s data fabrication leaves manufacturers scrambling

Kobe Steel Ltd’s (>> Kobe Steel, Ltd.) admission that it fabricated specifications on some of its aluminum, copper and other products has left about 500 affected companies scrambling to pin down the potential impact. No safety issues have surfaced as Kobe Steel attempts to confirm the extent of the data tampering. The following lists companies that have received falsely certified parts or are checking whether they have received them.

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Nissan suspends all Japanese car production for 2 weeks


Nissan Motor will suspend all Japanese car production for about two weeks from Thursday as the company’s fallout from a lapse in vehicle quality inspection worsens. A production suspension is needed to reconfigure final inspection lines, the company said in a statement. The automaker will also increase the number of final inspectors, CEO Hiroto Saikawa said at a press conference at its Yokohama headquarters Thursday.

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Michelin, NFL Hall of Famer Team Up for Teen Drivers


In observance of National Teen Driver Safety Week, Michelin is teaming up with NFL great Emmitt Smith to encourage dialogue between parents and their teen drivers. Michelin’s “Coaching Your Teen Driver” effort provides a playbook full of tips, hands-on drills and tools that parents can use as a conversation starter to help teens master safe driving skills.

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New Vehicle Sales: Better Than Expected


Both in Canada, and abroad, new vehicle sales are on target for yet another record year.

It’s good news again, this time with global auto sales on target to set an eighth consecutive annual record. Not only that, but we’re also seeing that sales have actually started to accelerate as the global economy expands at the fastest pace in two years.

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