Stellantis changes little, brings opportunity in Canadian FCA operations

Greg Layson, Automotive News Canada January 20, 2021 Little appears likely to change at former FCA operations in Canada now that the company has merged with PSA to create Stellantis, the world’s fourth-largest automaker. In fact, FCA Canada continues to exist, for now. The name change to Stellantis has occurred at the FCA N.V. level […]

Jerry Dias, the ‘$5-billion’ blue-collar man

Joe O’Connor, The Financial Post November 30th, 2020 Dias may have commandeered the spotlight — Flavio Volpe, president of the Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association, a national trade association, describes his ability to dominate the daily news cycle as his “secret sauce” — but behind the scenes, General Motors of Canada president Scott Bell had command […]

Canada’s federal government seems to have woken up to auto’s importance

Kelly Taylor, Automotive News Canada November 30th, 2020 A year after Justin Trudeau’s Liberals returned to power with a minority government, Canada’s automotive sector would appear to be giving Ottawa a passing grade for an aggressive approach to a sector too often left to fend for itself. “There’s no question, we’ve always been critical of […]

GM to reopen Oshawa assembly plant; as many as 2,300 workers to be employed

Eric Atkins, The Globe and Mail November 5th, 2020 General Motors Co. will reopen its vehicle assembly plant in Oshawa, Ont., to meet rising demand for pickup trucks, spending as much as $1.3-billion to retool the factory it closed last year. The first vehicles, GM’s best-selling GMC Sierras and Chevrolet Silverado pickup trucks, will roll […]

Ford contract opens up new avenues to future of auto industry

Dave Waddell, Windsor Star September 29, 2020 Automotive Parts Manufacturers Association President Flavio Volpe called Unifor’s new contract with Ford Canada a transformational moment in the domestic auto industry. “The impact of this is comparable to when Toyota opened a green field plant in 2007,” Volpe said. “We’ve had a lot of healthy investments in […]

Unifor seeks new models for Windsor FCA minivan plant

John Irwin, Automotive News Canada September 28, 2020 Unifor wants as many as two new models to be built alongside the minivans at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ Windsor, Ont., assembly plant, where one of three shifts was recently cut amid shrinking sales in the segment. Unifor will also push FCA for clarity on its plans for […]

Ford Motor Company of Canada workers ratify deal

CTV News Windsor September 28, 2020 WINDSOR, ONT. — Workers with Ford Motor Company of Canada have ratified a three-year-deal. Unifor released the results on Monday. Voting started Sunday morning after Ford and Unifor came to a tentative deal on Sept. 22. “This is the single biggest investment in the Canadian auto industry in years […]

Courtesy of Ford, Canada’s EV moment has suddenly arrived. Are governments ready for it?

Adam Radwanski, The Globe and Mail September 26, 2020 Suddenly, Canada has a foothold in one of the world’s fastest-growing and most pivotal clean-technology sectors. Only days ago, being a player any time soon in making electric vehicles seemed preposterous. Ontario’s manufacturing heartland, despite its proud automaking history, had been passed over for new investments […]

Unifor’s tentative Ford deal will secure employment in Windsor plants

CBC News September 23, 2020 A tentative deal between the union that represents Canadian autoworkers and Ford Motor Co. could bring a “historic investment” to the country’s automotive sector, including Windsor’s two Ford engine assembly plants. The potential three-year deal involving a $1.98-billion investment, announced by Unifor president Jerry Dias Tuesday, promises to stabilize employment for Windsor employees by […]

Ford, Unifor reach tentative deal that includes $1.95B investment, union says

John Irwin, Automotive News Canada September 22, 2020 Ford Motor Co. plans to invest $1.95 billion in its Canadian operations and build five electric vehicles in Oakville, Ont., beginning in 2025, Unifor President Jerry Dias said today. The announcement comes as part of a tentative three-year contract the union and Ford agreed to early Tuesday […]