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Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, first electric minivan, rolls out in Windsor

Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, first electric minivan, rolls out in Windsor

With the official launch of the world’s first hybrid minivan, the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, Chrysler’s Windsor assembly plant further solidifies its position as one of North America’s leading minivan producers. The plant has been turning out minivans from the same assembly line since 1983, starting with the Dodge Grand Caravan and then the gas-powered Pacifica.… Continue Reading

World’s fastest electric car sets new performance benchmark for EVs

World’s fastest electric car sets new performance benchmark for EVs

“We believe that when the car ownership experience exceeds expectations, electric vehicles will become the natural choice for everyone.” So said William Li, chairman and founder of NextEV, creator of the NIO EP9, the car now claiming the title of the world’s fastest electric vehicle. It is difficult to imagine how this “supercar” would not… Continue Reading

Securing new investment greatest achievement of Unifor’s agreement with Ford

Securing new investment greatest achievement of Unifor’s agreement with Ford

The headline achievement of Unifor’s just-ratified contract with Ford, the last of the three negotiations with the Detroit Three automakers, is the $713 million investment the union managed to secure in Ford’s Canadian facilities, particularly the engine plant in Windsor, Ontario. It isn’t the 2 per cent general wage increases over each year of the… Continue Reading

Magna International posts strong sales gains in third quarter

Magna International posts strong sales gains in third quarter

Aurora, Ontario-based auto parts manufacturer Magna International, the largest North American parts maker and the third largest in the world, posted higher-than-expected profits for its third quarter, ending September 30. Strong sales in Asia and Europe helped the company’s sales rise 16 per cent compared to one year ago, totalling $8.8 billion for the quarter.… Continue Reading

Eleventh hour intervention by Marchionne secured Fiat Chrysler deal

Eleventh hour intervention by Marchionne secured Fiat Chrysler deal

Was it the personal involvement of Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and a “proud” Canadian, that produced the last-minute tentative agreement between the automaker and Unifor last night? It was, said Unifor president Jerry Dias, who met with Marchionne on Saturday, and settled the union’s top negotiating priority: the $325 million investment… Continue Reading

Plastics use in cars to nearly double in four years: report

Plastics use in cars to nearly double in four years: report

Perhaps the single greatest driver of innovation in the auto industry these days is increasingly stringent government regulations concerning fuel efficiency standards and carbon emissions. One of the simplest ways to achieve higher fuel efficiency is, of course, to reduce the overall weight of the vehicle, and lightweighting has become a major area of research… Continue Reading

Ford looking to use agave plant biomass to make green plastic for cars

Ford looking to use agave plant biomass to make green plastic for cars

Normally, when the plant has been used for its commercial purpose of making tequila, the substantial left-overs of the agave plant are considered waste and, except for some that are used for compost, they join the estimated 5 billion metric tonnes of agricultural biomass that are wasted every year. That quantity could soon be reduced… Continue Reading

Volkswagen hit with $14.7 billion in fines, compensation over emissions scandal

Volkswagen hit with $14.7 billion in fines, compensation over emissions scandal

Volkswagen, prosecuted in the United States under the Clean Air Act for falsifying diesel emissions results in several of its car models, must pay $10 billion to compensate drivers. The company must pay an additional $2.7 billion fine to the US government, and spend $2 billion on developing zero-emission vehicles. Volkswagen is required to repair… Continue Reading

Auto industry back on top as Canada’s biggest exporter: report

Auto industry back on top as Canada’s biggest exporter: report

Canada’s auto industry is “single-handedly” boosting the country’s manufacturing activity and leading in non-resource exports, says a Scotiabank Economics report on the global auto industry. Global car sales were stronger in February in most countries, especially in Western Europe, while data for March show solid growth in North America as well. Canada had record volumes… Continue Reading

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