Rudolph the Red-Nosed Repairer: Collision repairers ramp up their Christmas campaigns

As the holidays are fast approaching, auto repair companies are kick-starting campaigns in hopes to keep their customers happy and safe this season. Here are the top three unique, heart-warming, and cheery Christmas campaigns by your favourite Canadian auto companies   SGI Sings for Safety: If you like the Christmas songs, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” […]

Presents under the Evergreen: Business donates to B.C. auto shop high school program

Toronto, Ontario — While children look forward to finding presents under evergreens, one B.C. auto repair program is expecting a cheque. Evergreen Industrial, a forestry and industrial supply store in Smithers, will give the proceeds of its collection and recycling of lead batteries to Smithers Secondary School auto body program. “It always looks like they […]

Weekly Ticker — December 9, 2019

Discount’s Deal Toronto-based Discount Car and Truck Rentals has been purchased by Enterprise Holdings Inc., according to Bloomberg. The two companies⁠—both privately-held and family-owned⁠—did not disclose financial terms of the deal, which will combine Enterprise’s 760 Canadian locations with Discount’s 300-strong roster. Jay Singer, CEO of Discount, and whose parents founded the company in Hamilton, […]

Exemplary Employer: Cox Automotive included in top Toronto employers

Toronto, Ontario — Cox Automotive has been named one of top employers in Toronto after being judged during Greater Toronto’s Top Employers for 2020’s competition evaluation process. Now in its 14th year, the competition announced Cox as one of its 2020 winners on Dec. 6. All chosen companies needed to demonstrate best practices in the […]

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 […]