GM plans to pull out of Australia, New Zealand and Thailand
Detroit automaker wants to focus on markets where it can drive strong returns, making the same moves in Japan, Russia and Europe.
Reeling over Ghosn scandal, Nissan sinks into losses as sales plummet
Chief Executive Makoto Uchida said turnaround plan is in place, with details to be released in May.
California company plans to sell China designed SUVs in US
Other Chinese brands have announced U.S. sales plans but have struggled to meet safety and emissions standards
Honda of Canada Mfg. builds its 9 millionth vehicle
Automaker hits another milestone: its five millionth vehicle sold in Canada.
Electric car rebate uses nearly half its three year budget in eight months
More than $134 million in rebates have already been issued to 33,000 Canadians.
Toyota shifting pickup production to Mexico, no US jobs lost
To make up for the lost work, the San Antonio plant will build the Sequoia large SUV.
Fiat Chrysler in talks with Foxconn to develop electric cars
A joint venture would focus first on China, the biggest market for electric vehicles.
Think tank says UAW deals increased automakers’ labour costs
Center for Automotive Research calculated GM and Ford will see total costs grow $8 per hour, Fiat Chrysler’s will rise by $11.
Magna International expects 2020 sales to be down from 2019
Auto parts company also says it has decided to conclude its self-driving technology partnership with Lyft.
New US plan keeps autonomous vehicle standards voluntary
Guidelines fall short of expectations of auto safety advocates and the National Transportation Safety Board.
Mack Trucks to lay off 300 at Pennsylvania assembly plant
Slowing production at Lower Macungie Township plant to cope with reduced demand.
Tesla delivers first Chinese made Model 3 to customers
Electric automaker plans to increase investment in China and set up a design centre to create a car for worldwide sale.
An unclear path for Canada’s auto sector as electric age approaches
Will have to fight for the next generation of product commitments needed to sustain itself.
Annual Canadian light vehicle sales fall for first time in decade
…but Des Rosiers report says 2019 was still the fourth best sales year on record.
Japanese OEMs produced 47% of light vehicles made in Canada
JAMA Canada study also shows automakers employed 38.6% of Canada’s automotive OEM workforce in 2018.
UAW workers ratify new contract with Fiat Chrysler
Deal extends a moratorium on outsourcing of jobs and will maintain its US presence through the life of the contract.
Celebrating 150 years: CGT leverages its history of innovation
From wagon wheels to car interiors, the Cambridge manufacturer honours its legacy of making things in Ontario.
Canada’s auto employment up 1% despite doom and gloom: DesRosiers
691,400 Canadians employed by the industry, including subsectors, up from 684,700 a year earlier.
Ontario allots $3M in training pilot for automotive, advanced manufacturing
Will provide short duration training to help unemployed, underutilized workers, or those at-risk of being laid off.
Worker struck by equipment in assembly plant, company fined $65,000
Company pleads guilty to failing to ensure the machinery was maintained in good condition.
China’s electric car sales slump, squeezing automakers
Leaders are promoting electric cars, but sales are stalling because buyers are unsure the technology is mature enough.
Canada charges VW with violating environment law
60 violations, all but two related to the 128,000 vehicles imported into Canada between 2008 and 2015 that had illegal emissions.
GM lending $40M to startup company buying closed Ohio Cruz plant
New company wants to begin making electric trucks in Lordstown by late 2020.
EU approves state aid to develop car batteries industry
State money will be channeled to 17 different companies covering the whole production chain.
Deadly defect found in another version of Takata airbags
Also results in airbags that can explode and hurl shrapnel causing injury or death.
Nissan invests in production to prepare for electric age
Changes involve robotics and sensors to decrease physical stress on assembly-line workers.
GM accuses Fiat Chrysler of bribing UAW to get lower costs
Lawsuit alleges FCA corrupted the bargaining process with the UAW in the 2009, 2011 and 2015 contracts.
Ford Mustang SUV starts a blitz of new electric vehicles
Predicted they’ll make up 17% of global sales and 7% of US sales in 2030.
Volkswagen expanding electric vehicle production in US
Production to begin there in 2022 when a 564,000-square-foot addition to the Chattanooga body shop is complete.
Musk says Tesla to build new factory near Berlin
The new plant will build batteries, powertrains and vehicles, starting with Model Y.
Martinrea earnings up 28% in Q3 despite GM strike
$4 billion revenue target pushed back to 2021 after several auto companies pushed back vehicle programs.
Magna cuts 2019 outlook after GM strike in US cuts volume
Expects total sales this year of between $38.7 billion and $39.8 billion.