EV/AV Report ⁠— December 13, 2019

Autopilot Adjustments Tesla’s Autopilot received a new update this week⁠—and the EV automaker is pushing several new features and improvements, including a new way to adjust speed based on the speed of an adjacent lane. According to Tesla, the new Autopilot update will automatically recognize when your vehicle is moving at a significantly faster speed […]

Simply Done: Simplicity announces triple shop signage

Toronto, Ontario — Simplicity Car Care has been pulling all the stops recently with three new shop openings announced—two in Ontario, and another in Vancouver. “The current condition we’re at with these facilities is that we’ve just officially signed them,” said Domenic Ieraci, the president of Simplicity. “We haven’t begun the actual conversion—no branding yet, […]

Lock Your Shops: Authorities uncover $1.6m car theft ring in Hamilton, Ont.

Hamilton, Ontario — Four people have been charged after police busted an alleged $1.6-million car theft ring spanning southern Ontario and exporting high-end vehicles out of the country. Local police began the investigation⁠—dubbed ‘Project Seagull’—in August 2019 after they became aware of the thefts. The ring, which operated out of Hamilton, Ont., targeted mainly rental cars, […]

Hog for the Holidays: Budd’s Collision annual roast to be held Dec. 20th

Oakville, Ontario — Budd’s Collision in Oakville, Ont. is inviting industry members to its annual Christmas Pig Roast next week, which will benefit the Sam Piercey Foundation. The Pig Roast⁠—now in its fourth year⁠—will be held on Dec. 20 at Budd’s Collision at 2071 South Service Road West in Oakville. Beginning at noon, the roast […]

Believe It or Not – December 12, 2019

Oh, Rats! Drivers in Okanagan B.C. are facing a pesky problem this season as there has been an extreme increase of rat-related damages to vehicles. Mike Vasconcelos of Mike VS Automotive has had first-hand experience with rat-caused repairs, as one of his customers brought in real security footage of a rat nibbling under the hood […]

Emissions Enforcement: Volkswagen charged with 60 counts of breaching Canadian environmental act

Toronto, Ontario — Volkswagen has been charged with 60 counts of breaching Canada’s Environmental Protection Act for issues related to the automaker’s 2015 emissions scandal, according to a report by Reuters. The report says the German automaker was charged with 60 counts of breaching Canada’s Environmental Protection Act on Monday after importing nearly 128,000 vehicles […]

Repairer Prepare: CIECA webinar returns with tips for managing the new decade’s market

Toronto, Ont. — CIECA has just announced that another installment of its webinar series will be premiering in the new decade, coming up next month. Titled “It’s 2020: Where Are Claims and the Collision Repair Market Heading?”, the installment will be an hour-long live broadcast highlighting what 2020 and beyond will bring for collision repairers. […]

Post Secondary Philanthropy: Toyota Canada issues donation to University of Waterloo

Waterloo, Ontario — In the automaker’s largest single donation to a Canadian university, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada (TMMC) has partnered with the University of Waterloo to advance engineering education. Supported by a $2.1 million investment⁠, the partnership will launch a unique undergraduate engineering innovation challenge and support a variety of student, research and outreach initiatives. […]