Quality Crash: J.D. Power reports 11 percent increase in new-vehicle issues

Michigan, United States —A new study by J.D. Power appears to suggest a suspected industry trend–that vehicle build quality has been dropping. According to the 2022 U.S. Initial Quality Study, the automotive industry is experiencing an 11 percent increase in problems per 100 vehicles, resulting in an industry average of 180 problems per 100 vehicles. […]

Tuesday Ticker: June 28, 2022

Toronto, Ontario ⁠— This weekly Tuesday Ticker takes a look at Blackberry’s moves in the automotive space; some FFUN in Ontario and a $40 million investment into Canadian new vehicle sales. Fruits of labour BlackBerry, the once-popular, now defunct phone manufacturer, has benefitted from a capital resurgence as their BlackBerry QNX software increases growth within the […]

EV/AV Report: June 6, 2022

Toronto, Ontario — In this week’s EV/AV report, gaming graphics in the Volvos of the future, Buick promises to cease combustion vehicle production by 2030 and B.C. continues to lead the charge in Canadian EV adoption. Driver’s Display Volvo’s drive towards automated assistance means even more sensors for all sorts of information—battery life on electric […]

Tonal Trifecta: new colours for Model Y Tesla vehicles, 2022

Austin, Texas — Tesla CEO, Elon Musk has confirmed two new colours in production for electric vehicles from the newly opened Tesla Gigafactory Berlin, namely Deep Crimson Multicoat and Mercury Silver Metallic. During the factory’s opening ceremony, Musk said the crimson would consist of 13 layers or more, while the silver finish would have eight […]

Record Repairs: Repairify completes 12.4 million scans in 2021

Plano, Texas – According to an announcement by Repairify, the company has repaired 12.4 million automotive diagnostic scans and delivered over 4.9 million reports across the collision industry. In addition to setting their personal record for scan reports,  Repairify says their “2021 performance was capped by several strategic investments, multiple industry partnerships, and a new […]

Smart Scanners: Tractable, Black Widow partner in new auto-damage assessment app

O’Fallon, Missouri — Artificial intelligence company, Tractable is partnering with Black Widow to deliver a new auto-damage assessment app to smartphones. Black Widow, an automotive imagery company will be integrating Tractable’s damage assessment AIs, creating an app that detects damage and generates vehicle condition reports, including estimated repair costs. According to a video by Tractable, […]

EV/AV Report: February 25, 2022

Toronto, Ontario — In today’s EV/AV report, gaming AIs that spell progress for AV development, silencers for electric vehicles and wireless charging coming to vehicles near you. Digital Drivers An artificial intelligence (AI) has just beaten the world’s best players in the video game Gran Turismo Sport – doom for gamers, and a boon in […]

Pride in Paints: CPCA announces 2022 award recipients

Ottawa, Ontario – the Canadian Paint and Coatings Association (CPCA) has announced the following awards, recognizing innovation in the Canadian coatings industry. The Roy Kennedy Award is awarded to individuals who demonstrate outstanding contributions to the CPCA.  Only one is awarded each year. This year it was award to Terry Sutherland of PPG Canada. “Terry […]

School’s In: B.C. reintroduces skilled trade certification for 10 trades

Victoria, British Columbia — The recently introduced Skilled Trades BC Act aims to reintroduce skilled trade certification, previously repealed in 2003. This would require people to register as an apprentice or be a certified journeyperson to work in one of the 10 initial mechanical, electrical and automotive trades. The BC government is also investing $5 […]