General Motors of Canada sees Ontario's strength in advanced technologies as strategically important for its plans for creating safe, driverless vehicles in the near future, its CEO says.
GM Canada President Steve Carlisle, who opened a new 700-employee software development centre north of Toronto, says a renegotiated NAFTA needs to reflect changing technology.
Industry-first engine technology, significant weight savings and a new inline-six diesel offering are among the enhancements General Motors is counting on to boost Chevrolet Silverado sales in Canada and bolster its position as the second-best-selling vehicle in America.
General Motors CEO Mary Barra expressed optimism on Saturday that the North American Free Trade Agreement would survive.
GM Canada will spend $1.8 million on educational programs to encourage students to choose careers in science, technology, engineering and math. President Steve Carlisle made the announcement while opening the Canadian Technical Centre.
General Motors has been granted a U.S. patent for an exterior airbag designed to protect pedestrians during a crash.
GM Canada will indeed assemble the GMC Sierra and Chevrolet Silverado at its Oshawa plant, but they won't be the redesigned 2019 models. Instead, it will produce the current models into 2018.
The Chevrolet Silverado will be sleeker, more aerodynamic and available in more trim lines, with expanded powertrain options and functionality, for 2019. GM introduced the 2019 Silverado LT Trailboss on Saturday in Texas.
GM Canada is proposing to build a 6.4 megawatt power plant that will use renewable landfill gas as fuel to generate electricity for its St. Catharines factory and offset rising energy costs in Ontario.
It would be the largest-scale automotive application of carbon fibre, whose long, labour-intensive production process and high cost relative to steel and aluminum have limited its use mostly to luxury vehicles and sports cars.
AutoCanada can now take full control of General Motors stores now that the automaker has lifted its ban on public ownership.
GM plans to use carbon fibre for the beds of its redesigned full-size pickups to improve performance and reduce weight. Carbon fibre is considerably stronger and lighter than steel and aluminum, but it's more expensive.