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    Unifor missed signs pointing toward Oshawa’s demise

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    How did Canada’s largest private-sector union, with all its institutional knowledge, resources and experience, not see it coming?  That’s the biggest question in the wake of General Motors’ decision to not allot product to its Oshawa Assembly plant beyond 2019.  The automaker said Nov. 26 that production would end at three North American assembly plants […] More

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    With GM plants threatened, don’t sell workers false hope

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    The following editorial appeared in the Dec. 31 edition of Automobile News | tomobile.org. It’s like a Rust Belt reality show. Three General Motors plants — Lordstown, Detroit-Hamtramck and Oshawa — and their tribes, lobbying and scheming, working their alliances in Washington. Can they outwit Mary Barra? Can they outlast the sedan? Which one will […] More

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    A loonie idea to save Oshawa

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    It has been difficult watching General Motors try to adjust its North American production capacity. These are politically explosive times, and GM’s moves since late November have again turned the company into a political punching bag on both sides of the U.S.-Canada border. Instead, I’d like to suggest a loonie alternative, especially in Oshawa. Rather […] More

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    GM stepped on a land mine

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    General Motors announced in November that it’s going to idle some plants that are building vehicles that customers simply aren’t buying. This kind of thing has been going on for decades, where car companies adjust production based on volumes. The difference today is that manufacturers seeking to make these adjustments must navigate a very sensitive […] More

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    Fully autonomous vehicles: A journey worth pursuing

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    The utopian visions of roads dominated by self-driving vehicles might not ever come to pass, but it’s still a goal worth pursuing.  Making roads safer and easing congestion are among the benefits often cited by proponents of this potentially revolutionary technology.  But it’s always striking for me to hear how much auto executives’ views on […] More

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    GM’s $170M buys peace over Oshawa debacle

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    Of all the possible outcomes regarding the announced end to vehicle production at GM’s Oshawa Assembly plant, I don’t think many people anticipated this particular scenario.  According to John Irwin’s most recent story about Oshawa 2.0  — news that first broke at automotivenews.ca — the plant that currently builds the Chevrolet Impala and Cadillac XTS, […] More

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    Canada needs a transition plan as it moves from assembly to r&d

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    General Motors’ plans for Oshawa Assembly are a microcosm of the larger trends at play in the Canadian auto industry.  GM plans to build a track on part of the site, providing a place to test the technology it develops for autonomous vehicles, connectivity and infotainment at its nearby Oshawa and Markham, Ont., technical centres.  […] More

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    Larger than life, Iacocca was one of a kind

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    EDITOR’S NOTE: This commentary by Automobile News | tomobile.org Editor-in-Chief Keith Crain appeared in the July 8, 2019 edition of Automobile News | tomobile.org. The auto industry seems to have more than its share of icons. It just said goodbye to another one with the death of Lee Iacocca at age 94. You could love him […] More

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    Electric pickups: Canada is unjustifiably skeptical

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    According to a story that ran on our website Monday, just about every farmer will tell you that an electric truck won’t work for their needs. Some might even chuckle at the notion. That’s without seeing one or driving one, because no one makes an electric truck, yet. It’s an EV image problem, not a […] More

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    Dealers take note: Autonomous vehicles are coming for you

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    Sidewalk Labs’ long-awaiting master plan for a proposed high-tech neighbourhood in Toronto included a notable admission from the company: Self-driving cars might make traffic congestion in cities a whole lot worse.  And as we reported this week, the Google affiliate’s proposed solution could have a massive impact on the viability of dealerships in urban areas.  It’s […] More

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