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Despite the uncertainty in Canada’s automotive industry following GM’s announcement that it will close its Oshawa plant, some Canadian manufacturers saw record sales in 2018.

Honda Canada  posted record core model sales in 2018 – 195,379 units by the Honda and Acura divisions combined (175,042 for Honda, 20, 337 for Acura). The Honda Civic continues to be Canada’s best selling passenger car for the 21st consecutive year in a row.

Toyota Canada’s 2018  was its best-ever year, with sales growth of 3.2 per cent and 231,646 vehicles sold. The Toyota division had annual sales growth of 3.9 per cent and 207,535 units sold. December was an exceptionally strong month, with overall sales up 25.8 per cent and 15,865 units sold. The company expects 2019 to continue the positive trend.

Mercedes-Benz Canada  added to the good news with its best-ever December sales of passenger cars and luxury light trucks – 3,185 units retailed, 4.3 per cent up over December 2017. Mercedes-Benz Vans reported a record breaking 2018 with 6,538 vehicles sold, up 1.0 per cent over 2017. The Pre-Owned division also had its best-ever year in 2018, with nine record-breaking months and 18,168 units sold over the full year – 5.7 per cent better than 2017.

The factory of the future at FABTECH 2016

If anyone had any doubts about where the metal fabrication industry is heading in the future, FABTECH 2016 held recently in Las Vegas, NV, put those doubts to rest. 

Magna forming electric vehicle joint ventures in China

Magna International Inc. has announced that it is forming two joint ventures with Beijing Electric Vehicle Co. (BJEV), China’s biggest electric vehicle manufacturer, to engineer and build EVs in China.

Canadian auto suppliers get opportunity at Magna

Canadian automotive suppliers will have an opportunity to present their capabilities to Magna International on June 24 during the Canadian Innovation Fair at Magna's Troy, MI, facility.

Interested suppliers were asked to submit their applications earlier in June and were contacted by APMA if they had been selected.

The Consulate General of Canada in partnership with the Automotive Parts Manufacturers' Association (APMA) are being given an opportunity to showcase Canadian automotive capabilities at Magna's US facility. Canadian suppliers who apply for the opportunity, will be given the chance to meet with the company's purchasing and engineering managers.

Magna says it's interested in learning about new products, processes, materials or other innovations in the following areas: connected car (e.g. software, advanced camera vision); powertrain (e.g. alternate propulsion technologies); lightweighting (e.g. laser welded blanks, joining technologies); interior and seating systems; testing/production/material handling; and safety systems.

For more information, visit APMA online.

Welding group launches post secondary awards program

The CWA Foundation has introduced the Post Secondary School Awards program for Canadian welding students.

TRUMPF grows with Chicago expansion

TRUMPF plans to expand its operations with a new 50,000 sq ft facility in Chicago, IL, that will house a Technology Centre and a Centre for Excellence for Industry 4.0. The facility will be completed by mid-2017.

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