EV/AV Report ⁠— December 6, 2019

In the Loop Construction has begun at the southern end of Oshawa, Ont.’s General Motors assembly plant. Come the facility’s closure this month, the site will be transformed into a trial track for autonomous and electric vehicles. The large, oval-shaped track is part of a $170-million investment that was announced in May. With the investment, […]

Painting Prowess: Automechanika Shanghai crowns Body and Paint competition winner

Shanghai, China — On Dec. 6, Automechanika Shanghai announced the winner of the Body and Paint World Championships ⁠Shanghai, handing Sun Xiao Shuai a spot at the international finals in Frankfurt, Germany next September. His design, sponsored by SATA and entitled ‘the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China’ features bold reds, […]

Festive Floats: Boyd Autobody sponsors Christmas parade

Toronto, Ontario — The night lit up with festive colours last weekend in Surrey, B.C. as decorated cars, trucks and floats alike paraded the city streets for the 14th annual Surrey Santa Parade of Lights. About 15,000 spectators attended the parade on Sunday, Dec. 1, to watch 80 Christmas light-wrapped vehicles shine down the road. […]

Honest Al: Big Al’s Auto Repair hosting holiday giveaway

Lethbridge, Alberta — The staff at Big Al’s Auto Repair in Lethbridge, Alta. are exercising their charitable muscles this holiday season by giving a used van to a local family. Later this month, the shop will present the refurbished van—which will be filled to the brim with clothes, food and gifts⁠—to the family. According to Big […]

Top Team-Up: Fix Auto partners with Audatex for parts program

Blainville, Quebec — Fix Network Canada has announced its partnership with Audatex Canada, a Solera Company, to launch a parts sourcing and purchasing program beginning this month. “We welcomed the opportunity to work with the Audatex team on the Fix Network Parts Program as they are the industry leaders in designing software solutions to help […]

Eastern Excitement: IBIS China 2019

Shanghai, China — Automechanika Shanghai is still in full swing⁠—but on Dec. 4, the International Bodyshop Symposium China took place inside the exhibition, offering a packed agenda and plenty of networking opportunities to industry attendees from all over the globe. From 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 4, attendees took to Shanghai’s National Convention […]

Believe it or Not — December 5, 2019

Sewage Solution After his engine bay caught fire, a Russian man felt compelled to take matters into his own hands and scanned the scene for a way to douse the flames. Luckily, there was a large truck with a tank and hose nearby. Unluckily, the truck was a septic hauler. According to a Russian news […]

Multi-Million Milestone: CARSTAR raises $4 million for cystic fibrosis

Toronto, Ontario — North American collision repair provider CARSTAR is celebrating a milestone after raising more than $4 million for cystic fibrosis research, care and advocacy. “Our franchise family works tremendously hard to host events that raise valuable funds and awareness in their respective communities for cystic fibrosis,” says Dean Fisher, president of CARSTAR. “It […]

Merry Manitoba: AIA Canada’s upcoming Manitoba Division Christmas Luncheon

Winnipeg, Manitoba — As the holiday season⁠—and winter weather⁠—cascades upon Canada, AIA is getting into the holiday spirit⁠—the organization has announced details for its annual Manitoba Division Christmas Luncheon. The luncheon will be held on Dec. 13 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Like previous years, the Viscount Gort Hotel⁠—located at 1670 Portage Avenue in […]

Grand Theft Auto: IBC lists the top 10 stolen vehicles in Canada

Toronto, Ontario — The Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) has released its list of the top 10 stolen vehicles in the country in an effort to raise awareness of the amount of vehicle-related crimes that occur as well as ways to prevent them. IBC’s TOP 10 STOLEN VEHICLES IN CANADA: Ford 350SD AWD 2007 Ford […]