Clocking the moves of a pivoting auto industry

Clocking the moves of a pivoting auto industry


what’s the mood at the Canadian International Auto Show this year given recent news of GM’s plant closures across North America including one in Oshawa Ontario later this year we’re gonna walk around the show floor and find out at this year’s Auto Show GM laid low they only had two official unveilings including this one this is the Cadillac xt6 it’s an SUV with three rows of seats at least it plays in a segment that consumers want SUVs Mustang is the only vehicle to survive for its massive restructuring plan that sees it moving from cars to SUVs and trucks that could put the assembly plant that Ford has in Oakville Ontario in a better position this is after all where the edges built it’s a global vehicle that is exported around the world from Fiat Chrysler automobiles we saw this Jeep gladiator pickup truck but jeeps are not built in Canada in Brampton Ontario FCA bills big sedans with big gas guzzling Hemi v8 engines sedans like the Chrysler 300 Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger and that could put this plant in jeopardy because unfortunately vehicles like this are falling out of favour with consumers as we move towards electrification some Japanese companies like Toyota who built cars and Canada are better off this all new rav4 rolls off the line in Woodstock Ontario it’s a newer plant that’s focused on employee training incorporating new technology to help workers on the line and flexible manufacturing this allows the hybrid version to share the same line as the gas-powered model and in the future if they manufacture a different vehicle it can roll off the same production line unfortunately some Canadian manufacturers may face difficult times ahead but at least there’s a glimmer of hope for Japanese companies who are building cars in Canada [Music]


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