North to South: Atlantic Canada’s Steele Auto Group expands into Texas

San Antonio, Texas — On Feb. 2, Steele Auto Group announced its acquisition of two Hyundai dealerships in Central Texas. Kim Day, President of Steele Auto Group says the dealerships will be rebranded as Steele Hyundai Kyle and Steele Hyundai New Braunfels, operating as a partnership with Hyundai. The dealership is about 40 minutes from […]

Standby for Study – AIA Collision Repair report coming this month

Ottawa, Ontario — On Feb. 3, Automotive Industries Association of Canada (AIA Canada) announced their release of the AIA Canada Collision Repair Sector Landscape Study later this month. AIA Canada says the report will address the consolidation of collision centers, key industry trends, upcoming vehicle technologies and the impact of electric vehicles. Previous reports provide […]

EV/AV Report: February 7, 2022

Toronto, Ontario – In this week’s electric and autonomous vehicle report, a project to install up to 200 electric vehicle (EV) chargers across the Yukon, Toyota demonstrates its self-drifting technology and Nissan presents its first all-electric SUV. Charge up The Government of Yukon and Natural Resources Canada are collaborating on a $2.15 million CAD project […]

Product Report: New PPG primer announced

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania — On Feb. 1, PPG announced a new primer surfacer, the latest addition to the Envirobase paint system. Compatible with current PPG Envirobase reducers and undercoat hardeners, the Envirobase ECP35 2.1 VOC high production Surfacer is ready to sand after one hour of air drying or 15 minutes of force drying, said PPG. […]

Gone Rogue: 700,000 Nissan SUVs recalled for dashboard fire risk

 Washington, D.C. — A recent report by Nissan to the NHTSA called for a voluntary recall campaign after “thermal incidents” occurred with four Rogue vehicles. Electrical connectivity issues would corrode the vehicle’s internals, potentially causing a fire. According to the NHTSA, salt and water could enter the dashboard harness connector through the driver’s side footwell. […]

All for One: Simplicity Car Care announces employee profit sharing program

Toronto, Ontario — Simplicity Car Care announced the launch of its new employee profit-sharing program last Friday. The new initiative will see a percentage of Simplicity Car Care’s qualifying profits allocated to “eligible employees as recognition of their hard work and dedication to growing the Simplicity network,” said the company. “At Simplicity Car Care, continuing […]