Week in review – March 1, 2019

By CRM staff

Toronto, Ontario – March 1, 2019 – So what really happened this week? What were the biggest headlines concerning the collision repair and automotive community? Collision Repair has prepared the top five news headlines from the week.

Solera’s New Research Centre

Digital technology company in data and software for the automotive, light and heavy truck flee, Solera Holdings, held its ground-breaking ceremony for its new research and development centre on February 21. The centre which will be a hub for North America will curate data on reparability, diagnostics, and procedures. The center will also disseminate this research throughout training and deliver expert consultancy on advanced technology trends.

Canadians Listed as World Technicians of 2019

The list of the recipients for the World Class Technician awards was released. Two Canadian technicians made it to the list of 45 recipients this year, Kit Mak, from Vancouver, British Columbia and Mark Robinson from Mississauga, Ontario. This award recognizes professional technicians who have achieved their ASE certification in 22 specialty areas during the 2018 certification test administration. 

Preparing for the Future

Canada is gearing up for the arrival of autonomous vehicles. The Government of Canada announced the release of two new documents detailing more information around automated and connected vehicles. The documents Canada’s Safety Framework for Automated and Connected Vehicles and Safety Assessment for Automated Driving Systems in Canada were released to help the industry accelerate the safe introduction of automated and connected vehicles on Canadian roads.

Who pays the highest insurance in Ontario?

According to Kanetix.ca’s InsuraMap, drivers residing in Brampton, Ontario pay the most when it comes to auto insurance. Following the city of Brampton, there are a number of other cities in the Greater Toronto Area that are found to pay the highest insurance rates. The cities include, Vaughan at $2,128, Mississauga at $2,086, Richmond Hill at $2,033, and Toronto at $1,948. 

GM Detroit Plant Lives On

General Motors announced that its plant in Detroit will not be shutting down this year and will live to see another year. The plant, which is on the border of Detroit-Hamtramck, will remain open into January of 2020 to produce a high-performance version of the Cadillac CT6 and vehicles, such as the Chevrolet Impala, with its “Super Cruise” advanced driver assist system.


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