EV/AV Report: Confused AVs, Ford price-cuts and Montreal on the map

Toronto, Ontario — A first responder yells at an autonomous vehicle (AV) driving towards a San Francisco fire truck, Ford announces its own electric vehicle (EV) price cuts in a bit to compete with Tesla’s own reductions, and Montreal’s EV investments begin to bear fruit in North America’s e-trucking industry. This is the latest in […]

Two Becoming One: Celette acquires Wedge Clamp, will now offer floor system product line

Toronto, Ontario — In a deal bringing together two collision repair powerhouses, Celette announced Friday that it has acquired Wedge Clamp Systems and will begin selling the company’s popular line of floor systems. Celette said in its press release that “Wedge Clamp Systems has delivered a variety of innovative products to the market that are […]

New Kid in Town: Mitchell becomes first info provider to sign data agreement with Rivian

Toronto, Ontario — The first time for anything is always special—the team at Mitchell surely agrees, as the company announced Thursday that it is officially the first collision information provider to sign a data licensing agreement with Rivian. With this agreement, users of Mitchell Cloud Estimating and Mitchell Cloud Estimating TruckMax will be able to […]

Industry Shakeups: Automakers frustrated at Quebec’s tightened ZEV sales mandate proposal

Montreal, Quebec — Automotive industry stakeholders warn that the Quebec government’s plan to toughen zero-emission-vehicle (ZEV) regulations will keep older, polluting vehicles on the road longer, despite the intent to boost electric vehicle supply and sales. This follows an announcement from Quebec’s Environment Minister, Benoit Charette, stating that the province would accelerate the yearly percentage […]

Apprentice Appreciation: Pair of Man. collision apprentices honoured at achievement awards Thursday

Winnipeg, Manitoba — Carrying on a proud tradition of honouring the province’s tradespeople, the Manitoba government recognized its best and brightest on Thursday at the thirty-first annual Apprenticeship Highest Achievement Awards ceremony. Automotive painter Jacob Doerksen and body technician Trevor Marshall represented the collision repair industry among 36 other newly certified apprentices, declared to be […]

The Takata Toll: BMW issues ‘Do Not Drive’ order for 38,000 early-00’s models

Toronto, Ontario — As Takata airbags continue to rear their defective heads, BMW made the call on Thursday to issue a “Do Not Drive” order for approximately 38,000 models sold in Canada between 2000 and 2006. First announced in a news release from the U.S.’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which identified an additional […]