Buckle Up – New year, same challenges

BY ALLISON ROGERS Traditionally, the annual flip of the calendar marks a fresh start. This could not be more welcomed as we leap into 2021. At the outset of 2020, Collision Repair, using several business consolidation models, predicted that the industry was at the tail end of a consolidation storm. According to our interpretation, the […]

ALL THE RAGE – New and hot products for 2021

ADASTHINK For ease in ADAS calibrations Suffering from ADAS pains? This new Canadian company has you covered. The winner of SEMA360’s Best New Collision Repair and Refinish Product, adasThink is a brand-new easy-to-use tool that allows shops to pull a vehicle’s advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS) and required calibrations. By analyzing pre-determined estimates, adasThink automatically pulls […]

REGIONAL NEWS | ATLANTIC

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GO BIG, OR GO HOME Halifax’s Jeff Farwell, CEO of All EV Canada, recently acquired the dealership Pure EV, with plans on expanding further across Canada. “We want to own the used vehicle market from the point of view of being able to offer affordable options for electric vehicles,” said Farwell. On Tuesday, Farwell announced […]

REGIONAL NEWS | QUEBEC

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BREWING UP CHANGE Allstate Insurance Company of Canada plans to give back to their local community in Montreal with the announcement of a $10,000 donation to the Old Brewery Mission’s (OBM) affordable housing program. The COVID-19 pandemic has put yet another strain on the lives of Canada’s homeless population and Allstate is hoping to do […]

ONTARIO | REGIONAL NEWS

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STORM AREA X.O. Ottawa’s AV (autonomous vehicle) industry is flush with cash following a $17 million government investment into its local testing facility. With this joint investment between Invest Ottawa and the federal government through the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), staking $10 million and $7 million respectively, the city will […]

REGIONAL NEWS | MANITOBA

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NEW YEAR, NEW JAWS The La Broquerie Fire Department of Manitoba will be receiving a new Jaws of Life set to help the unit respond more swiftly to multiple vehicle collisions. “We’ve been looking at these for a couple of years now and this year it worked out quite well,” notes Fire Chief Alain Nadeau, […]

SASKATCHEWAN | REGIONAL NEWS

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BEST OF SASKATOON Every year, Saskatoon residents vote on their favourite people, places, businesses, creations and events, the local magazine then publishes the winners for their “Best of Saskatoon” issue. Planet S – Saskatoon’s local magazine, is published every two weeks with their best issue being “Best of Saskatoon,” which gets published twice a year […]

REGIONAL NEWS | ALBERTA

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COVID CANCELS CALGARY AUTO SHOW Calgary Motor Dealers Association has announced that the 2021 Calgary International Auto and Truck Show will be cancelled due to uncertainty regarding the pandemic. “It is an unprecedented time for everyone from both a business and personal perspectives,” said Jim Gillespie, executive director of the Calgary Motor Dealers Association and […]

REGIONAL NEWS | BRITISH COLUMBIA

REVVED UP AT ELECTRAMECCANICA Canadian electric-vehicle startup ElectraMeccanica says it will open six U.S. retail outlets before the end of November. The stores will open in the following cities: San Diego, California; Santa Clara, California; Walnut Creek, California; Brea, California; Scottsdale Arizona, and Glendale, Arizona. ElectraMeccanica says the Scottsdale store will be a seasonal one. […]

THE SHADES OF TOMORROW – BASF unveils its tenth annual automotive colour collection

BY AIDAN LABBOSSIERE Dark Seltzer. Hiatus Grey. Social Camouflage. These are the shades of the future, according to BASF’s tenth annual Automotive Colour collection. The colours in the collection serve as inspiration to automotive designers for vehicles that will be on the road in three to five years. The global collection, CODE-X, showcases, “everything from […]