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Fiat Chrysler denies wrongdoing as EPA accuses it of emissions cheating

Fiat Chrysler denies wrongdoing as EPA accuses it of emissions cheating

First Volkswagen, now Fiat Chrysler. A day after Volkswagen pleaded guilty to criminal charges related to its own emissions cheating scandal, the US Environmental Protection Agency has accused Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) of similar behaviour. The agency is accusing FCA of violating the Clean Air Act by installing engine management software on some of its… Continue Reading

Honda to spend $492 million on Alliston plant upgrades

Honda to spend $492 million on Alliston plant upgrades

Honda Canada will spend $492 million to upgrade its Alliston, Ontario assembly plant, it was announced today. The Ontario and federal governments will each contribute $41.8 million to the investment, in the form of grants from the Automotive Innovation Fund. The government contribution makes up 17 per cent of the total investment, which will be… Continue Reading

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

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