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82% of Canadian dealers don’t have ZEV inventory, finds new report

Lack of choice also is evident among brands. March 2022 saw 75 per cent of inventory from just three automakers: Chevrolet, Chrysler and Ford. And Chrysler was the only automaker with ZEV inventory in all 10 provinces at the time of data collection. Ford had ZEVs available in just three provinces, down from five at …

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Audi designer works in Germany but draws strength from Canada

“Nowadays, we also carry a much more diverse skill set than ever before,” using a suite of software to develop 3D models, then render and animate them, he said. And with concept cars such as Audi’s Grandsphere, Battersby’s team is showing how the use of sustainable materials “can elevate the product and not detract from …

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Volvo readies EV push in biggest product revamp under Geely

The two people with knowledge of Volvo’s planning asked not to be named because details have not been announced by the company. Geely declined to comment. Among the new battery electric cars being planned for the next four years is a Volvo-branded van that would be based on a vehicle Geely’s Zeekr brand sells in …

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Porsche dealers’ car supply will remain tight

Porsche dealers came to the brand’s make meeting at the NADA Show with one thing on their minds — product supply, or the lack thereof. Most questions from retailers centered around the sports car maker’s sales and production outlook, Mike Sullivan, Porsche Board of Regents chairman, told Automotive News. The dealers’ message to the factory …

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Daimler Truck unveils advanced Freightliner SuperTruck II

LAS VEGAS—Daimler Truck North America unveiled its SuperTruck II Wednesday, showing off an efficient diesel big rig intended to demonstrate fuel-saving technologies that can be deployed as the trucking industry pivots to zero-emission vehicles. The sleek cab, painted in a pixelated rainbow livery to evoke a sense of effortless motion, is more of a proof-of-concept …

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Go Auto buys its first U.S. dealerships

GoAuto has joined the running tally of Canadian dealership groups expanding into the United States. The Edmonton-based company announced Jan. 31 it has acquired a joint Toyota and Mercedes-Benz dealership in Bellingham, Wash., a coastal city a few dozen kilometres south of the Canadian border. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Mercedes-Benz of …

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GoAuto buys its first U.S. dealerships

GoAuto has joined the running tally of Canadian dealership groups expanding into the United States. The Edmonton-based company announced Jan. 31 it has acquired a joint Toyota and Mercedes-Benz dealership in Bellingham, Wash., a coastal city a few dozen kilometres south of the Canadian border. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Mercedes-Benz of …

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Audi forms joint venture with a digital agency

Initially, Audi RED’s work will include creating more seamless digital experiences for Audi shoppers—including on apps and websites. Today, a shopper might begin researching a vehicle on a website controlled by the automaker, “and then when you go to the dealer websites, currently, you would start over again,” Abel said. That is not what buyers …

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Nemaska Lithium buys Quebec land, eyes Canada’s 1st processing plant

Nemaska plans to build a lithium hydroxide conversion plant that would process lithium-rich spodumene mined at its Whabouchi mine in northern Quebec into a form ready to be used in EV batteries at the site. It began clearing land Jan. 20 to prepare for the start of construction this summer. The milestone is the latest …

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BMW hikes prices for some models on higher costs

SHANGHAI — BMW has raised suggested retail prices for some models sold in China because of higher raw material and logistics costs globally. The automaker increased the manufacturer’s suggested retail prices of 17 models in China including its 5-Series sedans and X5 crossovers, effective immediately, Shanghai Securities News reported. The MSRP of X3 crossovers also …

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