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Ford recalls 9,100 vehicles for various issues

1,636 of recalled vehicles from model years 2017 and 2018 are in Canada

F-Series trucks, Edge and Expedition, Lincoln Navigator and MKZ afflicted by issues with fuel pumps, braking systems and transmission torque converters. Read More

Car Safety Auto Industry Jun 15, 2018, 2:30 AM

Canadian auto sales fall in May for third month in a row

2018 sales to date remain ahead of last year’s record pace – barely! Read More

New Cars Auto Industry Jun 6, 2018, 3:40 PM

Movin'On summit exists to facilitate change

Global summit seeks solutions to ensure mobility is sustainable Read More

Green Cars Auto Industry Jun 5, 2018, 3:10 PM

Toyota products again judged tops in value

Vincentric hands out 2018 Best Value in Canada awards to top brands, models Read More

Auto Awards Auto Industry Car Buying May 31, 2018, 9:25 AM

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9 iconic models that became their own marques

When a model shows growth potential, it sometimes needs to branch out Read More

Classic Cars Car Nuts Auto Industry May 28, 2018, 2:30 AM

Hyundai to offer drivers pay-by-car technology

Partnership with Xevo to adapt Xevo Market and develop Hyundai Wallet

Technology would let drivers use car’s multimedia system to pay for coffee at the drive-thru, gas at the pump or parking at pay-and-display terminals. Read More

Auto Technology Auto Industry May 24, 2018, 2:30 AM

Canadian acquires 10% share in McLaren Group

Becomes 3rd largest shareholder in racing, auto and technology company

Michael Latifi, chairman and CEO of Sofina Foods, has acquired 888,135 common shares in McLaren for £203.8 million (more than $349 million Canadian). Read More


Nine ragtops you can get for less than $12,000

What's happened with convertibles in Canada?

In the overall market, the convertible automobile is losing ground against the tsunami of sport utilities and crossovers being snapped up by consumers. Read More

Used Cars Auto Industry May 17, 2018, 2:30 AM

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Report says UK considering Plug-In Hybrid Vehicle ban

Autocar and FT report says government considering EV range requirements

Alleged requirement of 80.5-km (50-mile) electric range would exclude almost all of PHEVs currently on the roads, including the top-selling Toyota Prius. Read More

Green Cars Auto Industry May 7, 2018, 2:30 AM

Fiat readies 500X for spring with Blue Sky Edition

Available in both front- and all-wheel drive with 9-speed automatics

Compact crossover is available in four exterior colours, with chrome accents on mirror caps, door and hatch handles, and body-side moldings, among others. Read More

New Cars Auto Industry May 1, 2018, 2:30 AM

Fiat Chrysler repackages Conner Avenue plant

Former home of Viper hand-assembly will now house FCA's US Car Collection

Newly-renamed Conner Center will become meeting/display space (initially just for FCA), showcasing company's historic production and concept vehicles. Read More

Auto Industry Auto Industry People Mar 22, 2018, 1:30 AM

Ford shifts strategies to focus on hybrids, SUVs

New faces include include Shelby GT500, Bronco, F-Series HD and Ranger

Ford brass announced it’s revamping product portfolio, replacing 75% of existing models and adding four new nameplates, including two new off-road SUVs. Read More

Auto Industry Green Cars New Cars Mar 16, 2018, 7:55 PM

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VW Group commits to 16 EV production facilities

VW currently produces EVs at 3 plants and plans to add another 9 by 2020

As part of “Roadmap E,” VW has announced plans to have 80 electric nameplates among various brands, and build up to three million EVs annually, by 2025. Read More

Auto Industry Green Cars Mar 14, 2018, 2:30 AM

Hyundai unveils new Santa Fe, adds diesel, drops Sport

New fourth-generation midsize SUV is bigger and bolder with new features

Occasional-use third-row seat goes away on all but new diesel, with Hyundai saying it plans to introduce a new yet-unnamed larger 8-passenger, 3-row SUV. Read More

New Cars Auto Industry Feb 22, 2018, 10:30 PM

Audi to integrate toll collection into rearview mirrors

Audi first company to offer integrated toll transponders on select cars

Programmed through the vehicle's Multimedia Interface (MMI), the system can reportedly handle multiple accounts and even work with High-Occupancy lanes. Read More

Auto Technology Auto Industry Car Travel Feb 21, 2018, 3:30 AM

Volkswagen sketches out a new Touareg

Third generation SUV bears close resemblance to VW T-Prime GTE Concept

Among the new SUV’s features are air suspension, roll stabilization, rear-wheel steering, and innovative infotainment system with full connectivity. Read More

New Cars Auto Industry Feb 9, 2018, 10:30 PM

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Fiat 500 lineup goes all in with turbocharged engines

MultiAir 1.4-litre turbo 4-cylinder becomes base engine across the line

Coupe and convertible 500 Pop and Lounge models come standard with 135-hp turbocharged 1.4-litre MultiAir 4-cylinder engine; Abarth gets 160-hp version. Read More

New Cars Auto Industry Feb 8, 2018, 10:30 PM

VW diesel scandal takes on bizarre animal testing twist

Netflix documentary charges monkeys were exposed to tailpipe emissions

VW, with BMW and Daimler, reportedly helped fund firm that commissioned experiments exposing macaques in sealed chambers to diesel tailpipe emissions. Read More

Car Safety Green Cars Auto Industry Feb 1, 2018, 9:15 PM

Acura sets performance lineup with return of Type-S

Type-S last appeared on '08 TL, widely praised for its track-tuned chassis

Unique powertrain strategy highlighted by exclusive new turbocharged V-6, reportedly to be paired with Acura’s Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD). Read More

New Cars Auto Industry Jan 28, 2018, 10:15 PM

Infiniti plans for an electrified future

Plans to adopt electrification in 2021, aims for half global sales by 2025

Powertrains will evolve from current generation, and will use small gasoline engines to charge high-output batteries, so vehicles don’t have to plug in. Read More

Green Cars Auto Industry Jan 27, 2018, 10:10 PM

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Ford proves driving makes you happier than even kissing

Study showed more "buzz moments" during driving than other activities

Volunteers did their favourite things — watching TV, cheering their team, dancing, even making out — measuring their peak thrills during the activity. Read More

Auto Technology Auto Industry Jan 25, 2018, 3:30 AM

Detroit sports cars draw $5.2M for charities

Ford GT and Mustang Bullitt, Corvette Carbon 65 and ZR1 draw top bids

2017 Ford GT drew $2.5 million, Corvette Carbon 65 Edition coupe netted $1.4 million, Corvette ZR1 got $925,000, and first 2019 Mustang Bullitt $300,000. Read More

Car Nuts Auto Industry Jan 24, 2018, 3:30 AM

Thousands of litres go into painting a vehicle

From design through final assembly, developing paint takes 1,100 days

Three years ago, designers started working on a range of colours, based on market trends, which means today’s favourites had to be envisioned long ago. Read More

Auto Industry Auto Technology Jan 21, 2018, 10:30 PM

BMW, Toyota in Fortune's Most Admired

German and Japanese companies only auto companies in magazine's top 50

BMW was top-ranked auto company, coming in at 19th, though it actually ranked second among auto companies to Toyota, which came in at 29th in the top-50. Read More

Auto Industry Car Nuts Jan 21, 2018, 3:30 AM

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2017 auto sales top 2-million in Canada for first time ever

Here’s a breakdown of how the figures shook out, including winners and losers

Ford topped the sales rankings but GM made a strong challenge and there were several other movers, plus a few surprises, throughout the sales charts. Read More

New Cars Auto Industry Jan 11, 2018, 8:40 PM

Upscale makes set new trend in car purchasing

Cadillac, Porsche and Volvo offer alternative to financing and leasing

Registration. maintenance and cleaning services, and all applicable taxes, are all included in monthly “club membership” fees and some offer other perks. Read More

Car Buying Auto Industry Jan 2, 2018, 9:30 PM

Volvo starts production on XC40 compact SUV

XC40 is Volvo's first entry in growing luxury small utility segment

Compact SUV to be built at Volvo Car Gent, which underwent extensive renovations including expansion of body shop and installation of 363 new robots. Read More

New Cars Auto Industry Nov 22, 2017, 9:00 PM

Volkswagen to invest over $34 billion around the world

More than 60% of the €22.8 billion investment allotted to German plants

Money to be allocated in accordance with VW's Transform 2025 strategy, which mainly relies on two platforms — MEB for EVs; MQB for front-drive vehicles. Read More

Auto Industry Nov 19, 2017, 9:30 PM

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There's still a way to go before autonomous vehicles are the norm

Autonomous vehicles will revolutionize mobility and transform society, but…

Automated vehicle technology promises to revolutionize mobility in ways more profound than the move from the horse-drawn carriage to the Model T. Read More


Marc Lachapelle is AJAC Automotive Journalist of the Year

Autofile contributors claim seven awards at AJAC’s annual Journalism Awards ceremony

Marc Lachapelle is now one of just four three-time winners of this most prestigious award and a top-three finisher seven times. Read More


Unique Mercedes G-Class reaches end of road

Mercedes-Benz G500 4x4 small-series production runs out at end of 2017

Full-sized SUV was designed for extreme off-road use, using portal axles that lower the wheels relative to the body to increase ground clearance. Read More

Auto Industry Oct 15, 2017, 10:50 PM

Michigan reclassifies 3-wheeled vehicles

New law allows open cockpits and removes motorcycle license requirement

31 states have autocycle classifications, requiring they have three wheels; 27 of them require a steering wheel, 19 require seatbelts and 15 require pedals. Read More

Motorcycles Auto Industry New Cars Oct 14, 2017, 10:30 PM

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“Win on Sunday, sell on Monday!” Does the adage still work?

It’s all about developing brand loyalty for the long term, not just selling cars now

Does the concept still apply today, especially when the fields of so many racing series are filled with multiple copies of the same car? Read More

Car Nuts Auto Industry Motor Sports Oct 14, 2017, 4:45 AM

Canadian auto sales soar to new heights

New vehicle sales in Canada are on track for a fifth consecutive record year

September sales of 186,837 new cars, trucks and SUVs were up 7.7% from a year ago, setting yet another monthly record – the eighth this year. Read More

New Cars Auto Industry Oct 12, 2017, 2:25 PM

Ford engages kids with STEAM experiment kit

Ford STEAM Box helps kids design car, create working motor, power lights

In partnership with Academics in a Box, Ford created simple experimental kit that challenges students from Grade 3 upwards to think like Ford engineers. Read More

Auto Industry Oct 6, 2017, 10:15 PM

Chrysler Pacifica goes back to school

Chrysler sponsors National PTA; provides minivans for fundraising

Through dealers, Pacificas will be available for schools to set up test-driving fund-raisers, with FCA donating $10 to the school per participant. Read More

Auto Industry Sep 18, 2017, 10:00 PM

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Slovakia may hold key to European auto industry

Bratislava area home to factories that pump out over 1M vehicles per year

Famous for Eastern Bloc makes like Tatra and Skoda, the country now makes Audis, Kias, Porsches and Volkswagens, and soon Bentleys and Land Rovers. Read More

Auto Industry Sep 17, 2017, 11:25 PM

Why the Hyundai Elantra is Canada’s second-best-selling car

The Elantra has become a refined, high-value car with proven reliability

With the arrival of a thoroughly reworked model for 2017, the Elantra becomes an even more worthy competitor for the top sales spot. Read More

New Cars Fuel Economy Auto Industry Apr 26, 2016, 10:40 AM

FIRST DRIVE: Honda HR-V brings room to sub-compact CUV class

Think of Honda's new sub-compact HR-V as a cross between the CR-V and Fit

The HR-V's big advantage over its growing list of competitors is the roominess provided by the unique Fit platform on which it is based. Read More

New Cars Auto Industry May 5, 2015, 8:00 PM