Thursday, October 22

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Kia Canada to bring Limited Edition Stinger to Canada in Early Fall – Canadian Auto World
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Kia Canada to bring Limited Edition Stinger to Canada in Early Fall – Canadian Auto World

Kia Canada is announcing for the early fall a limited edition neon orange Stinger for Canada. This limited edition Stinger is based on the 2021 Stinger GT Limited model and to complement its orange exterior 2021 Stinger GT Limited’s floor mats will feature an orange contrast stitch detail to bring some of the outside inside. “The neon orange colour really makes a head-turning statement to a model that already stands out for its looks on the road,” says Michael Kopke, director of marketing.  “And with an exclusive number of units being produced for the Canadian market, this limited edition Kia Stinger is sure to be in high demand.” The Limited Edition will feature a 3.3L Twin-Turbo GDI 6-cylinder engine putting out some 365 hp / 376 lb-ft for torque, all=wheel drive, an 8-speed Sportmat...
GM Names Alan Wexler Senior VP, Innovation and Growth – Canadian Auto World
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GM Names Alan Wexler Senior VP, Innovation and Growth – Canadian Auto World

General Motors announced the appointment of Alan Wexler to the newly created position of senior vice-president, Innovation and Growth. Wexler is the former chairman and CEO of digital business transformation firm Publicis Sapient. Wexler will be responsible for creating, executing and sustaining overall corporate strategies, including identifying future growth opportunities and driving innovation throughout the company. Wexler will report to GM chairman and CEO Mary Barra. “Alan brings a proven track record and decades of experience leading a culture of innovation and customer-driven technology solutions,” said Barra. “With Alan’s background, he is well positioned to help accelerate our transformation by challenging the status quo, disrupting the business and executing strategies that ...
Mitsubishi Motors Canada’s full line up gets major upgrades for 2021 – Canadian Auto World
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Mitsubishi Motors Canada’s full line up gets major upgrades for 2021 – Canadian Auto World

Mitsubishi Motors Canada (MMCANS) have announced major revamps of their full 2021 model line-up. The RVR will be available in late 2020 as a 2021 model and has benefited from significant design changes both internally and externally. The RVR is Mitsubishi’s best-selling vehicle in Canada and was listed in the top three in the U.S. JD Power IQS study in the Small SUV class. Following on the heels of the RVR will be the 2021 Mirage that will be released in the first quarter of 2021. Canada’s most fuel-efficient non-hybrid vehicle will have comprehensive styling and trim changes as well as having active safety features made available. The 2021 Outlander PHEV will benefit from a new drive train that will include a larger engine that will produce more horsepower. The electric drive system h...
How Artificial Intelligence is Transforming the Auto Manufacturing Sector – Canadian Auto World
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How Artificial Intelligence is Transforming the Auto Manufacturing Sector – Canadian Auto World

It’s not an easy time to be in the automotive manufacturing business. A global pandemic has upended supply chains and wreaked havoc on auto sales in general. In parallel, automotive factories are increasingly connected through Industry 4.0 – the melding of the physical and digital worlds – and solutions such as robotics, remote sensors and digital control systems, which produce seemingly unending (and overwhelming) new streams of data to be processed and interpreted. But – pandemic notwithstanding – perhaps no challenge is more pressing than the skilled labour shortage in the Canadian automotive sector. As the baby boomer workforce retires, it’s getting more and more difficult for manufacturers to find experienced workers with the technical craftsmanship, which is difficult to teach an...
GM Releases 10th Annual Sustainability Report Outlining 2019 Progress and Plans for the Future – Canadian Auto World
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GM Releases 10th Annual Sustainability Report Outlining 2019 Progress and Plans for the Future – Canadian Auto World

General Motors today released its 10th annual sustainability report, providing transparency and accountability on its progress and key accomplishments. The report outlines GM’s stance on key issues like environmental stewardship, safety, inclusion, and health and well-being. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, GM has remained committed to its vision of a world with zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion. While the pandemic caused GM to temporarily suspend operations in Canada, the company continued to make progress on its electric vehicle development, and all Ultium platform EVs remain on schedule. GM is also on track to:Allocate more than $27 billion of capital and engineering resources to its electric and autonomous vehicle programs between 2020 and 2025. Deliver EVs that w...
FCA to Change Name to Stellantis with Peugeot Merger in 2021 – Canadian Auto World
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FCA to Change Name to Stellantis with Peugeot Merger in 2021 – Canadian Auto World

Peugeot S.A. (“Groupe PSA”) and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. announced that the corporate name of the new group is to be STELLANTIS after the companies merge fully in 2021. STELLANTIS is rooted in the Latin verb “stello” meaning “to brighten with stars.” It draws inspiration from this new and ambitious alignment of storied automotive brands and strong company cultures that in coming together are creating one of the new leaders in the next era of mobility while at the same time preserving all the exceptional value and the values of its constituent parts. STELLANTIS will combine the scale of a truly global business with an exceptional breadth and depth of talent, knowhow and resource capable of providing the sustainable mobility solutions for the coming decades. The name’s Latin origin...
Mercedes-Benz Canada Announces Dimitris Psillakis as President and CEO – Canadian Auto World
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Mercedes-Benz Canada Announces Dimitris Psillakis as President and CEO – Canadian Auto World

Dimitris Psillakis has been appointed to president and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Canada, effective September 1, 2020. Psillakis succeeds Brian D. Fulton, who after 26 successful years with Mercedes-Benz announced in February he will be departing the company to pursue other opportunities. “Mercedes-Benz AG benefits from the strongest talent pipeline in the automotive industry and Dimitris’ appointment as president and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Canada is proof of that,” said Nicholas J. Speeks, CEO of Mercedes-Benz North America. “Dimitris has demonstrated an impressive ability to grow Mercedes-Benz in key markets by building deep relationships with dealer partners and key stakeholders. I want to sincerely thank Brian for his 26 years of commited service to the organization.” In his new role as pr...
GM Canada Celebrates One Million Masks Made at Oshawa Operations – Canadian Auto World
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GM Canada Celebrates One Million Masks Made at Oshawa Operations – Canadian Auto World

GM Canada’s Oshawa Operations welcomed the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry and the Honourable Anita Anand, Minister of Public Services and Procurement to help celebrate the one-millionth mask produced out of the Canadian Mask Making (CMM) room for the Government of Canada. This is the first millionth milestone in the journey to 10 million masks. “Thank you to our government for their leadership and partnership as we work towards producing 10 million masks,” said Scott Bell, GM Canada president and managing director. “Today marks a significant milestone and we’re proud to do our part to help keep Canadians safer.” The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Industry, Science and Innovation said, “Congratulations to GM Canada on the production of one ...
BMW Group Increases Sales of Electrified Vehicles Despite COVID-19 – Canadian Auto World
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BMW Group Increases Sales of Electrified Vehicles Despite COVID-19 – Canadian Auto World

BMW Group sales figures for the first six months of this year were impacted by the effects of the temporary closure of retail outlets worldwide. The company delivered a total of 962,575 (-23.0 per cent) premium BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce vehicles to customers worldwide in the first half-year. “We are following the development of global demand very closely and continue to plan for various scenarios so we can respond quickly as regions around the globe recover from the coronavirus pandemic at different speeds,” said Pieter Nota, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for customer, brands and sales. “We are seeing a positive development in China, where our second-quarter sales were once again higher than in the previous year,” underlined Nota. “Demand for our electrified v...
Ford Introducing All-New Bronco brand – Canadian Auto World
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Ford Introducing All-New Bronco brand – Canadian Auto World

Ford is introducing an all-new Bronco brand featuring a new family of Built Wild™ SUVs, U.S. off-road driving schools and a unique community for owner and enthusiast engagement. The all-new Bronco brand includes a Bronco two-door, first-ever Bronco four-door model and all-new rugged, small SUV, the Bronco Sport – and will be the only domestic brand of SUVs with standard 4×4. Ford is revealing the all-new models July 13 as the Bronco reservation system opens. “Bronco gave rise to the fun and versatile off-road SUV in 1966, becoming the first enjoyable sport utility vehicle for those who wanted to live, work and play outdoors,” said Jim Farley, Ford chief operating officer. “Like the original, the all-new Bronco family is engineered to take you to epic places, with capability to deliver ...
INFINITI Canada Launches “INFINITI Now” – Canadian Auto World
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INFINITI Canada Launches “INFINITI Now” – Canadian Auto World

INFINITI announced the launch of its ”INFINITI Now” program, meant to provide both existing and new INFINITI customers contactless test-drives and home delivery options when purchasing an INFINITI vehicle. From vehicle browsing at home, to signing the dotted line at delivery, INFINITI Now allows customers to customize the entire new vehicle shopping process to their convenience and needs.  As part of this program, customers are able to shop online and also register for INFINITI’s new contactless test drive program with the participating dealership1 of their choice. For both scenarios, INFINITI Now provides a one-on-one, personal digital shopping tool designed to connect customers directly with INFINITI retailers. Retailers will help INFINITI customers with everything from browsing and ...