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    Honda discontinues Fit, Civic coupe, Accord manual

    LOS ANGELES — Honda remains committed to its core car models in the United States and Canada but can no longer make an economic case for the Fit subcompact, Civic coupe and six-speed manual version of the Accord sedan, all of which are being discontinued after the 2020 model year. In Canada, the HR-V subcompact […] More

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    Honda Canada recalls 53,770 Odysseys, Passports, Pilots over various problems

    MARKHAM, Ont. — Honda Canada is recalling 53,770 vehicles for repair. The recall in Canada covers 2018 to 2020 Honda Odysseys, 2019 to 2020 Honda Passports and 2019 to 2021 Honda Pilots. The automaker says that depending on the vans or SUV, it may need one or more of four free repairs, including two software updates, replacement of rear […] More

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    Honda plunges into red amid pandemic pain

    TOKYO — Honda Motor Co. tumbled to a C$1.3 billion operating loss in the latest quarter amid slumping sales as the COVID-19 pandemic broadsided its key U.S. market. The Japanese automaker swung to an operating loss of 113.6 billion yen (C$1.4 billion) in the fiscal first quarter ended June 30, reversing an operating profit of 252.4 […] More

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    Acura adds power, content to push TLX upmarket

    LOS ANGELES — Acura is adding technology and performance to its core midsize sedan with a redesign and re-engineering of the TLX for 2021, moves that will also push the car upmarket in base content and price. The 2021 Acura TLX goes on sale in late September, starting at $40,600, including shipping, up sharply from […] More

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    Honda Canada settles class action suit over Takata airbag inflators

    OTTAWA — Honda Canada has become the latest manufacturer to agree to a settlement in a class-action lawsuit over faulty Takata airbag inflators. In a statement Monday, Honda said it will reimburse out-of-pocket expenses for customers, some of whom have had to make repeated visits to dealer service departments to replace inflators that can explode with […] More

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    GM, Honda to form North American auto alliance

    TOKYO – General Motors and Honda Motor Co. said Thursday that they have signed a memo of understanding to form a North American automotive alliance that may include a range of vehicles sold under both brands and further cooperation in purchasing, r&d and platforms. Under the non-binding agreement, co-development of common platforms, including for electrified […] More

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    How Canadian suppliers could benefit from GM-Honda partnership

    The tentative  alliance between General Motors and Honda to co-develop vehicles built on shared platforms in North America could be a major boon for Canada’s parts suppliers, particularly those that adopt a similar collaborative approach, say industry executives. Partnerships are already well established among companies stretching from Windsor-Essex to Toronto and Oshawa, where General Motors […] More

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    Orlick Industries owner, Honda supplier David Braley has died at 79

    David Braley, a prominent executive in the auto supply chain and whose biggest customer was Honda, died Monday at the age of 79. Braley had been hospitalized with an undisclosed illness for several months and died in his Burlington, Ont., home. In 1969, Braley acquired a machine company named William Orlick Limited, founded by Bill Orlick in 1947 […] More

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    Honda recalls 130,000 vehicles in Canada

    MARKHAM, Ont. — Honda says it will recall 130,000 vehicles in Canada, including certain Fit, Civic, Accord, Insight and Acura ILX models, after announcing a similar recall of 1.4 million vehicles in the U.S. The automaker says 96,761 of the recalled vehicles need repairs for drive shafts that can break due to corrosion from winter road salt. That recall covers Honda […] More

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    Honda raises full-year forecast after 67% quarterly profit jump

    TOKYO — Honda reported a 67 per cent profit increase in the latest quarter on higher demand and cost reductions. Operating profit for the three months to Dec. 31 was 277.7 billion yen (C$3.38 billion), Honda said in a statement on Tuesday. “Automobile sales results exceeded the same period last year since October due mainly to […] More

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    Acura Canada exec gets promoted to key U.S. position

    LOS ANGELES — A long-time Canadian auto executive has been promoted to a key position at Acura in the United States. Emile Korkor, 43, currently assistant vice-president of Acura Sales and Marketing in Canada, will become the new assistant vice-president of national sales at Acura, the company told Automotive News. Korkor replaces Mamadou Diallo, 36, who […] More

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    February sales down 10% due to lockdowns, supply chain disruptions

    Canadian auto sales in February were down nearly 10 per cent compared with February 2020, the last full month before the lockdowns began due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to estimates compiled by DesRosiers Automotive Consultants The firm on Wednesday said auto sales last month totalled 112,654 units, down from the 125,059 units of February […] More

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