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Weekly Roundup, Friday 15 March 2019

Stones (in both foreground and background) and sheep (everywhere) – we’ll see these in Kilmartin Glen, on our Scotland’s Highland Highlights Tour this September. Good morningWow, what a wild and crazy week this one has been, with the added dimension, for me personally but hopefully not for you, of (hopefully just) experiencing another kidney stone event.  These seem to be occurring with increasing frequency.The extraordinarily dysfunctional nature of Obamacare was driven home to me.  When it bec...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, UK, London, Obamacare, France, Scotland, Hotels, China, Africa, Miscellaneous, Cars, US, Newsletter, Tech, Tesla


Unifor Head Says Labor Board Ruling Won’t Stop a Future Strike

Ontario Labor Relations Board Chairman Bernard Fishbein recently ruled that Unifor’s actions over the winter were illegal under the province’s Labor Relations Act, stipulating that the union must “cease and desist from engaging in, authorizing or counseling unlawful strikes or engaging in any act that is likely to cause employees at the Inteva, Lear or […] The post Unifor Head Says Labor Board Ruling Won’t Stop a Future Strike appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: General Motors, Industry, Canada, Autos, Unifor, Oshawa, Labor Unions, News Blog, Union News, Jerry Dias, Ontario Labour Relations Board, Auto Workers, Oshawa Assembly, Bernard Fishbein, Unifor Head Says Labor Board Ruling, Ontario Labor Relations Board


Mazda Shakes Up Its North American Team Ahead of Crossover Push

Masahiro Moro, president and CEO of Mazda’s crucial North American business, clearly has the full confidence of company boss Akira Marumoto. In an executive shuffle announced Wednesday, Moro (seen above, on the left) retains his chief executive title and adds chairman of Mazda North American Operations to his CV, bringing Canada and Mexico under his purview. […] The post Mazda Shakes Up Its North American Team Ahead of Crossover Push appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Mexico, Canada, Autos, Mazda, Masahiro Moro, Mazda North American Operations, News Blog, Product Planning, Jeff Guyton, Future Models, Executive Shuffle, Akira Marumoto


Transportation Weekly: Waymo unleashes laser bear, Bird spreads its wings, Lyft tightens its belt

Welcome back to Transportation Weekly; I’m your host Kirsten Korosec, senior transportation reporter at TechCrunch . This is the fifth edition of our newsletter and we love the reader feedback. Keep it coming. Never heard of TechCrunch’s Transportation Weekly? Catch up here, here and here. As I’ve written before, consider this a soft launch. Follow me on Twitter @kirstenkorosec to ensure you see it each week. (An email subscription is coming).  This week, we explore the world of light detec...
Tags: Google, Transportation, Lyft, Uber, Travis Vanderzanden, Elon Musk, UK, Technology, California, France, China, Samsung, Sacramento, Articles, Tech, Tesla


Acura, Infiniti, Lexus: How the Japanese luxury brands got started

Japanese cars first came to Canada and the US as tiny and tinny, but in the 1980s, they showed they could do luxury as well as anyone else. Which one came first? And did you know there were supposed to be four? Find out more in my "Rearview Mirror" column at the National Post (Driving.ca). [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: US, Canada, Classic Cars, Lexus, Autos, Infiniti, Acura, Mazda, Jil McIntosh, Automotive History, Luxury Vehicles, Acura Infiniti Lexus


Transportation Weekly: Polestar CEO speaks, Tesla terminology, and a tribute

Welcome back to Transportation Weekly; I’m your host Kirsten Korosec, senior transportation reporter at TechCrunch . This is the fourth edition of our newsletter, a weekly jaunt into the wonderful world of transportation and how we (and our packages) move. This week we chat with Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath, dig into Lyft’s S-1, take note of an emerging trend in AV development, and check out an experiment with paving. Oh, and how could we forget Tesla. Never heard of TechCrunch’s Transp...
Tags: Google, Android, Transportation, Lyft, New York, China, India, Cars, Toronto, Tech, Tesla, Car, Austin, Netflix, Canada, Automotive


Check Out the Suru Electric Moped

Pedals and Electric Power The idea of the moped has been around for a long time. Basically, it’s a bike somewhere between a motorcycle and bicycle with both pedals and another form of power. In the past, it’d been a small internal combustion engine, but now we’re seeing electric versions. We reported on the Onyx mopeds not too long ago and now the company Suru has entered the game. Suru is known for racing an electric superbike called the Amarok, according to Clean Technica. Now, the company is...
Tags: Europe, Canada, Motorcycles, Sony, Electric Bike, Motorcycle News, Moped, Electric Power, Suru cycles, Suru Electric Moped, Suru, Clean Technica Now the company


A Look at the 2020 Moto Guzzi V7 III Racer Limited Edition

Thank Goodness This Will Come Stateside Moto Guzzi has a new 2020 V7 III Racer Limited Edition. This model will be exclusive to the North American market. Moto Guzzi doesn’t say how many versions of the bike it will bring to the U.S. but Cycle News speculates somewhere between 250 to 300. I’d have to agree with that assessment. So what’s special about yet another version of the V7 III? Well, this one gets a real-deal racing livery that works to remind you of the Rosso Corsa scheme that was insp...
Tags: Canada, United States, Motorcycles, Moto Guzzi, Motorcycle News, Rosso Corsa, V7 III, Motor Guzzi, V7 III Racer, Cycle News


Indian Motorcycle Releases Special Limited Edition Roadmaster Elite

It’s the Ultra-Premium Machine for the Ultimate Tour Indian Motorcycle is known for its big baggers and touring machines. Now the company has a new limited-edition Roadmaster Elite that tops the rest of the lineup with special features and updated look. The model takes the regular Roadmaster up a notch thanks to selectable ride modes, rear cylinder deactivation, Rid Command, and a whole lot more. Let’s start with the exterior of the motorcycle. Indian appointed the bike with Wildfire Red and Bl...
Tags: Canada, Motorcycles, Indian, Motorcycle News, Indian Motorcycle, Billet, Roadmaster, Roadmaster Elite, Ultra Premium Machine, Rid Command, Wildfire Red and Black Crystal


Polestar unveils its all-electric response to the Tesla Model 3

Volvo’s standalone electric performance brand Polestar introduced Wednesday its first all-electric vehicle — a five-door fastback that is gunning for the Tesla Model 3. In the past few years, every time an electric vehicle — concept, prototype, or production version — has been unveiled, the term “Tesla killer” has been tossed about regardless of whether that car will ever even come to market. In the case of Polestar 2, it’s unclear if it will be the “Tesla killer.” It’s possible that an entir...
Tags: Google, Android, Google Play Store, Transportation, Europe, UK, China, Tech, Tesla, Canada, Automotive, Linux, Epa, Environmental Protection Agency, Volvo, Car Sharing


UAW Slaps GM With Lawsuit Over Plant Closures

Canada’s autoworker union Unifor brought out the guy from Dune to protest a General Motors plant closure, but UAW went a few steps further. The American auto union hit GM with a lawsuit Tuesday, claiming the company’s decision to shutter three plants violates its 2015 collective bargaining agreement. However, GM may have an out. In […] The post UAW Slaps GM With Lawsuit Over Plant Closures appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Lawsuit, General Motors, Canada, Gm, Autos, Unifor, UAW, News Blog, Union News, Lordstown Assembly, UAW Slaps GM


Transportation Weekly: Tesla astroturfs, Softbank flexes, BMW and Daimler hookup, What is a Jelbi?

Welcome back to Transportation Weekly; I’m your host Kirsten Korosec, senior transportation reporter at TechCrunch. This is the third edition of our tome, I mean newsletter, and this week let’s settle in for a mind meld on why logistics is the new Hansel, a curious Tesla subsidiary, and discover a new mobility species called the Jelbi. Never heard of TechCrunch’s Transportation Weekly? Catch up here and here. As I’ve written before, consider this a soft launch. Follow me on Twitter @kirstenkoros...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Transportation, Asia, Elon Musk, Berlin, Softbank, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tech, Tesla, Canada, Automotive, Geneva, Bmw


Lyft reportedly plans to debut on Nasdaq next month

Ride-hailing company Lyft plans to file its initial public offering in March, possibly beating rival Uber to the milestone. Two reports, one from , the other from , indicate Lyft plans to list its shares on Nasdaq next month. The WSJ, citing unnamed sources, reported Lyft may make the filing public as early as next week. Reuters also reported that the ride-hailing company plans to launch the roadshow for its IPO during the week of March 18. Lyft spokeswoman Alexandra LaManna said the compan...
Tags: Transportation, Lyft, Uber, Ipo, Tech, Canada, Automotive, United States, Transport, Commuting, SEC, Carsharing, WSJ, Reuters, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, JPMorgan Chase Co


Extreme Vitriol: Unifor Squares Off With Ontario, Receives Support From Veteran Rockstar

The Ontario government isn’t pleased with Unifor’s handling of General Motors’ decision to close Oshawa Car Assembly. Like the UAW, Canada’s autoworker union has been extremely vocal in its opposition to GM’s restructuring plan. Over the last few months Unifor members have picketed, held multiple rallies, protested the automaker during the North American International Auto Show, […] The post Extreme Vitriol: Unifor Squares Off With Ontario, Receives Support From Veteran Rockstar appeared first o...
Tags: Layoffs, Jobs, General Motors, Canada, Factories, Gm, Autos, Automotive Industry, Justin Trudeau, Ontario, Unifor, Todd Smith, Oshawa, Doug Ford, News Blog, Union News


2019 Canadian Car & Utility of the Year announced in Toronto

AJAC President Mark Richardson announces the winners in the John Bassett theatre to open the Canadian International Autoshow. TORONTO, Ont. (February 14, 2019) – Today, the Kia Stinger was announced as the 2019 Canadian Car of the Year and the Jaguar I-Paceas the 2019 Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year, as selected by the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC). The Jaguar I-Pace has the distinction of being the first fully electric vehicle ever to be chosen for an overall aw...
Tags: Toronto, Canada, Autos, Jaguar, AJAC, Mark Richardson, In The Garage, John Bassett, Automobile Journalists Association of Canada AJAC


Rocked by GM’s Plant Cull, Ontario Seeks to Shore Up Its Auto Sector

General Motors’ decision to stop the flow of product to Ontario’s Oshawa Assembly plant by the end of 2019 has the province’s government promising cash and a slew of measures to keep the auto industry alive north of the border. Ontario holds the bulk of Canada’s auto-related manufacturing jobs, with the sector adding up to […] The post Rocked by GM’s Plant Cull, Ontario Seeks to Shore Up Its Auto Sector appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Jobs, Government, General Motors, Industry, Canada, Gm, Autos, Ontario, Oshawa, News Blog, Oshawa Assembly, Auto Sector, Plant Cull Ontario Seeks, GM s Plant Cull Ontario Seeks


This scary TZ750 flat track racer is also street legal

When we were talking to Brad Peterson about his XR750 street tracker a month ago, he let slip that he also had a TZ750 in his garage. And it too was street legal. An explosive Yammie two-stroke with classic flat track good looks is too hard to resist, so we just had to show it. But we’re not sure if we want to ride it: Brad may have balls the size of church bells, but we don’t. The TZ750 was one of the most extreme flat track racers of all time: it was banned after one race win in the mid ...
Tags: Canada, Motorcycles, Baker, Yamaha, Mike, Brad, Brembo, Dunlop, Steve Baker, Yamaha motorcycles, Kenny Roberts, Racing Motorcycles, Baja Designs, Brad Peterson, Brad Brad, Jeff Palhegyi


QOTD: Hot or Cold?

Last week’s ball-shattering polar vortex flash froze much of the U.S. and Canada, sending Netflix viewership soaring and no doubt spurring a mini baby boom in nine months’ time. While it may have been toasty in your home (sorry, Michigan gas customers), your car’s engine block found itself in a climate POW camp. Hailing from […] The post QOTD: Hot or Cold? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Winter, Netflix, Canada, Autos, Michigan, Qotd, Winter Driving, News Blog, Question of the Day, Cold Weather Startup


Viaduct Elegy: Chapter 1: Walking With Blaine

Viaduct Elegy is a four-part series from Automoblog feature columnist Tony Borroz, who broke the law in preparation for writing it. He is a Seattle native and author of The 2018 Indy 500 Notebook and  Bricks & Bones: The Endearing Legacy and Nitty-Gritty Phenomenon of The Indy 500, available in paperback or Kindle format. Tony grew up in a sportscar-oriented family, but sadly, they were British cars.  Finally, finally, finally they are tearing down the Alaskan Way Viaduct, a colossal, monumenta...
Tags: Canada, Magazine, Autos, Vancouver, Seattle, Facetime, Tacoma, Jesus Christ, Picasso, Tony, Sodo, Guernica, West Seattle, Ballard, Belltown, Blaine


A Mysterious Force is Blocking Car Key Fobs In This Small Canadian Town

For weeks, customers of a grocery store in the small town of Carstairs, Alberta, have been plagued by a mysterious something that has hindered them from driving their cars. Read more...
Tags: Science, Cars, Canada, Key fob, Carstairs Mystery, Carstairs Alberta


The 2019 Mazda 3 Is Light on Sticks and Heavier on Price, but It’s a Very Different Situation North of the Border

There’s more than just differing levels of enthusiasm for the letter “u” separating Americans from their Canadian neighbors. There’s a powertrain divide, too, and in no vehicle line is this more apparent than in Mazda’s new 3 compact sedan and hatch. You read the first drive review on Monday, and some of you perhaps recoiled […] The post The 2019 Mazda 3 Is Light on Sticks and Heavier on Price, but It’s a Very Different Situation North of the Border appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Canada, Autos, Mazda, News Blog, Product Planning, Manual Transmissions, Mazda 3, 2019 Mazda 3


Building a Wall: Unifor Announces Boycott of Mexican-made GM Vehicles

Two days after blockading roads leading to General Motors’ Canadian headquarters, autoworkers union Unifor rolled out an invisible wall to be placed between Canadians and GM vehicles built south of the Rio Grande. The union’s call to boycott Mexican-made GM products doesn’t come as a surprise; Unifor president Jerry Dias threatened it in the past […] The post Building a Wall: Unifor Announces Boycott of Mexican-made GM Vehicles appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Mexico, General Motors, Canada, Gm, Autos, Boycott, Unifor, Rio Grande, News Blog, Union News, Jerry Dias, Oshawa Assembly, GM Vehicles


Piston Slap: A Winter Tire for All Seasons?

Ryan writes: Esteemed Mr. Mehta, what tires should you use when going from cold to hot weather? Imagine you were driving from Canada to Arizona in March. Earlier this year, my parents drove their shiny new 2018 CR-V AWD to Phoenix in order to attend the Vintage Stunt Championships. The event happens in March, a […] The post Piston Slap: A Winter Tire for All Seasons? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Canada, Arizona, Autos, Phoenix, Ryan, Mehta, Long Journey, News Blog, Piston Slap, Snow Tires, Winter Tires, M+S tires


Nissan's Mobile Workshop Van for Woodworking Pros, with Solar Charging for Power Tools

Nissan's creatives have been busy. In addition to their from Canada, they've turned an NV300 into a workshop on wheels. Conceived of as "a mobile workshop for creative woodworking professionals," Nissan produced the vehicle in collaboration with UK-based design/build firm Studio Hardie. The vehicle is kitted out with portable worksurfaces and tool storage, as well as a killer feature: Roof-mounted solar panels hooked up to their Energy ROAM portable powerpacks, creat...
Tags: UK, Design, Cars, Canada, Nissan, Power Tools, Tools & Craft, William Hardie


You Should Go to the Last Mad Bastard Scooter Rally

Lack of Sponsorship Means 2019 is It I’m a pretty big fan of all things on two wheels that make me laugh, and a Canadian Scooter Rally that covers 600 km (roughly 372 miles) in under 24 hours definitely does that. If you didn’t know about it, The Mad Bastard Scooter Rally is a killer event just for scooters, and 2019 will be the last one. The folks at BECO Motors put on the rally. Because the company no longer imports KYMCO bikes to Canada, KYMCO pulled its sponsorship of the event. That...
Tags: Canada, Motorcycles, Scooter, KYMCO, Motorcycle News, Peterborough Ontario, Mad Bastard Scooter Rally, BECO Motors, Mad Bastard Scooter Rally Facebook


Triumph Unveils Its Thruxton TFC and Shows off More Rocket TFC Details

Triumph Thrills US With TFC Models We reported yesterday on the Rocket TFC teaser Triumph released, well now we’re here to show you a whole lot more. The motorcycle company showed off the Thruxton TFC in all its glory and released more images of the Rocket TFC and a few more details. These are the first two models of what is to become a full line of super limited-edition premium Triumph Factory Custom motorcycles. The bikes will be individually numbered and uniquely customized as wel...
Tags: Canada, Motorcycles, Triumph, U S, Brembo, TFC, Motorcycle News, Vance Hines, Triumph Factory Custom, Triumph Triumph, Concept Rocket TFC, Thruxton TFC, Triumph Rocket TFC, Triumph TFC, Rocket TFC, Thruxton TFC Triumph


Beyond Snow Tires: Nissan's AWD Altima-te Features Tank Treads

With a snowstorm walloping a large swath of the U.S., more than a few drivers are undoubtedly wishing they'd invested in winter tires. Many have probably resolved to buy more snow-capable vehicles. In that latter category, Nissan has created something that will be tough to beat: The Altima-te AWD, which has been tricked out with continuous-track propulsion, i.e. tank/caterpillar treads. Unsurprisingly, it looks pretty darned fun to drive: Sadly it's not a production model, but a ...
Tags: Design, Cars, Canada, Montreal, Nissan


AJAC announces Canadian car of the year award category winners

BEST VEHICLES IN CANADA FOR 2019 ANNOUNCED ACROSS 12 CATEGORIESBY AUTOMOBILE JOURNALISTS ASSOCIATION OF CANADA Canadian Car of the Year and Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Yearcategory winners revealed at Montreal International Auto Show MONTREAL, QUE. – The Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) announced today the vehicles its members selected as the best in Canada for 2019 in each of 12 categories spanning segments that include cars, utility vehicles, and pick-up truck...
Tags: Toronto, Canada, Ford, Autos, Chrysler, Jaguar, Vancouver, Kia, Halifax, Volvo, Mazda, Mercedes Benz, AJAC, Kia Forte, Mark Richardson, In The Garage


Unifor Planning to Protest General Motors at Detroit Auto Show, UAW Boycotts Blazer

Things are starting to get truly ugly between Canada’s Unifor and General Motors. On Friday, the union held a rally in Windsor, Ontario, with that automaker’s headquarters just a river away. During the event, Unifor President Jerry Dias expressed his annoyance with the automaker’s restructuring plan and promised to bring the noise to GM’s front […] The post Unifor Planning to Protest General Motors at Detroit Auto Show, UAW Boycotts Blazer appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Jobs, General Motors, Canada, Employees, Protests, Gm, Lawsuits, Autos, Automotive Industry, Detroit Auto Show, North American International Auto Show, Naias, Boycotts, Unifor, UAW, WINDSOR Ontario


‘A Serious Erosion of Civil Liberties’: Backlash Grows Over Canada’s New Impaired Driving Laws

Can you be pulled over and ordered to blow into a breathalyzer, under threat of arrest, for the simple act of returning empty liquor bottles in the middle of the day? Sure can, at least if you’re living north of the border. It happened to a 70-year-old man in Mississauga, Ontario last weekend. As part […] The post ‘A Serious Erosion of Civil Liberties’: Backlash Grows Over Canada’s New Impaired Driving Laws appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Laws, Government, Canada, Civil Rights, Autos, Drunk Driving, Law And Order, News Blog, Impaired Driving, Mississauga Ontario



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