Monthly Archives: April 2008

Anti-smoking auto law introduced in Ontario

The Ontario government introduced legislation yesterday that, if passed, will ban smoking in motor vehicles when children are present. Continue reading

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MacAUTO will increase university’s auto program

A new research institute has been established at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario to coordinate its increasing involvement in the automotive sector. Continue reading

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Bridgestone Firestone announces price increases

Bridgestone Firestone Canada, along with Bridgestone Firestone North American Tire, has announced price increases on the company’s products. The announced increases are up to 10 per cent on Bridgestone and Firestone brands, and on all associate brand tires. Continue reading

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Land Rover celebrates its 60th anniversary

Land Rover officially turned sixty years old yesterday, six decades after the original Land Rover, known as the Series 1, was unveiled at a motor show in Amsterdam on April 30, 1948. Today, the current Defender is descended from that model, and even shares its oil filler plug and a cleat for tying down the canvas roof. Continue reading

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Barrett-Jackson raises US$1.1 million for charity

The Barrett-Jackson Auction Company has announced that it helped to raise $1.1 million for various local and national charities during its sixth annual Collector Car Event in West Palm Beach, Florida in March (all prices U.S.). Continue reading

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NHTSA makes changes to automotive VINs

The National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced a new ruling that will amend the Vehicle Information Number (VIN) requirement so that the system will remain viable for at least another thirty years. Continue reading

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Ontario university students unveil fuel cell vehicle

A team of students from Ontario’s University of Waterloo (UW) have unveiled its hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle as part of the final year of Challenge X, a four-year North American competition to develop sustainable transportation solutions. Continue reading

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New landfill-to-LNG plant will be world’s largest

Plans have been announced for a new liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility in California that will be the world’s largest plant for converting landfill gas into clean vehicle fuel. Continue reading

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Ford wins award for sustainability reporting

The Ford Motor Company, along with the Timberland clothing company, has shared the top sustainability reporting awards in an international competition organized by the Ceres coalition and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). Continue reading

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GM cuts back truck production; Ontario affected

General Motors has announced it will reduce the number of full-size trucks it builds, to bring production in line with market demand, and explore options to expand its car production. The company will eliminate one shift of production at its truck assembly plants in Oshawa, Ontario, and in Pontiac and Flint in Michigan, along with a full-size SUV assembly plant in Janesville, Wisconsin. Continue reading

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OPP seatbelt crackdown “a success”

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) reported that it checked more than 1.24 million vehicles during its annual spring seatbelt initiative, which ended on the weekend. Four people died as a result of not wearing seatbelts during the province-wide campaign, which began April 16. Continue reading

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Pontiac announces pricing for new G8 sedan

2009 Pontiac G8 GXP
GM of Canada announced that its new rear-wheel-drive Pontiac G8 performance sedan will go on sale at Pontiac dealerships in June. The V6-equipped G8 has a starting MSRP of $31,995 and the V8-powered G8 GT model starts at $36,995.

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Canadian Mitsubishi ad attracts global interest

A new Mitsubishi advertising campaign, developed by a Toronto company, has attracted attention from Mitsubishi marketing departments worldwide and will air on American television during the NBA playoffs. Continue reading

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