Monthly Archives: May 2009

GM expected to file for bankruptcy protection

General Motors is expected to file for bankruptcy protection on June 1, following a decision by the U.S. Department of the Treasury that would allow a new GM to acquire the assets of the old GM.
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Canada’s Magna will take over GM’s Opel division

Canadian auto supplier Magna International will take over General Motors’ Opel division, following Germany’s agreement to the deal. Continue reading

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Quebec prohibits right-hand drive vehicles

Quebec has become the first province to prohibit the licensing and operation of certain right-hand drive vehicles on public roads. Continue reading

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“Slow down and move over” now law in B.C.

A new law requiring drivers to slow down and move over when passing stopped emergency vehicles with flashing lights is now the law in British Columbia, effective June 1, 2009.
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European automakers reduce environmental impact

European auto manufacturers have significantly reduced the environmental impact of vehicle production in recent years, according to the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA).
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GM to build new small car in a U.S. plant

General Motors has announced that it plans to build a small car in the future in the U.S., using an idled United Auto Workers Union (UAW)-GM facility.
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Tesla launches safety recall for flange bolts

Electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla Motors has launched a safety recall covering all 345 Tesla Roadsters manufactured before April 22, 2009 for rear inner hub flange bolts.
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New GM agreement eliminates competitive gap

A new labour agreement ratified by members of the United Auto Workers Union (UAW) eliminates the competitive gap with other automakers, according to General Motors. The amended agreement covers approximately 54,000 hourly workers in 46 U.S. facilities.
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Test Drive: 2009 Hyundai Santa Fe Limited

For just over $35,000, the top-of-the-line Hyundai Santa Fe Limited is a good all-around value in the mid-sized, non-luxury SUV/crossover class, says Editor-in-chief, Greg Wilson, even though it’s no longer available with seven seats.

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Index for May 29, 2009

New today on Autos: Test Drive: 2009 Hyundai Santa Fe LimitedWhat’s New: 2009 Dodge NitroMotoring Memories: The roots of Land RoverDay-by-Day Review: 2009 Buick Enclave CX FWD

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Motoring Memories: The roots of Land Rover

In 1947, Maurice Wilks, Rover’s design director, needed to replace the aging Jeep on his farm. He bought two used war surplus Jeeps which he stripped down and fitted with Rover mechanicals and a rectangular aluminum body. The Land Rover was born.

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Alberta student wins Toyota scholarship

Adil Adatia, a student from Lethbridge, Alberta, has been named the 2009 Toyota Earth Day Scholarship national winner. Continue reading

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Calgary students recognized for auto research

A team of student researchers from the University of Calgary has won first place in the AUTO21 Highly Qualified People Poster Competition, defeating more than 80 student teams from 28 Canadian universities.
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