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November 14, 2017


Toyota Canada Inc., will build an Eastern Canada Parts Distribution Centre in Bowmanville, Ontario. Construction is set to begin in early 2018, with an opening date of fall 2019.

“The land we’ve chosen in Bowmanville will help meet the needs of our parts operations in Eastern Canada by providing us with direct access to major transportation routes, and offering the ability to accommodate future growth,” said Larry Hutchinson, President and CEO, Toyota Canada Inc. “The Municipality of Clarington has been very welcoming of our new home for our Eastern Canada Parts Distribution Centre, and we are excited to be part of this growing community’s future.”

The centre will be built on 30 acres of land near Baseline Road and Lambs Road in Bowmanville. It will replace the current parts distribution centre in Toronto, in order to keep up with growing demand and future growth.

“We’re delighted to welcome Toyota to the Municipality of Clarington. Our staff and the Clarington Board of Trade and Office of Economic Development worked closely with Toyota to ensure that the new parts distribution centre in Bowmanville satisfies Toyota’s needs while benefitting our community,” said Adrian Foster, Clarington Mayor. “Clarington is a growing municipality that provides exceptional opportunity. We will continue to work to attract businesses to invest here and bring jobs for our residents; this investment by Toyota is a major step forward in achieving that goal.”

November 3, 2017


Nissan Canada has announced that the TITAN XD will now be available with a Snow Plow Prep Package. The package includes high-capacity heavy duty front spring that can be used with snow plows from Boss, Fisher, Meyer, SnowEx and Western.

“Experts are predicting a typically snowy Canadian winter again this year, meaning there should be plenty of opportunities for individual and fleet snow plow business operators,” said Steve Rhind, director of marketing at Nissan Canada Inc. “Get your new TITAN XD ready this fall… and let it snow!”

The package is available on TITAN XD Gas Crew Cab with V-8 gas engine in S and SV trim. The new springs allow for the GAWR capacity to be increased by 575 pounds (to 4,900 lbs), which in turn allows for fitment of snowplows up to 786 pounds (for S trim models).

“When the roads are covered with snow and ice and you’re out clearing a parking lot in the dead of night, you better have confidence in the truck behind the plow,” said Rhind. “We’re proud to say that the TITAN XD is built as tough as the hard-working people taking on the job of keeping Mother Nature at bay.”

November 3, 2017

2018 Ford F-150

The Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) has named the 2018 Ford F-150 as its Truck of Texas.

"With the new 2018 F-150, we're honored to earn back-to-back Truck of Texas awards for F-Series, a recognition that speaks to the truck team's dedication to our hard-working customers," said Raj Nair, executive vice president and president of North America. "That's especially true here in Texas - truck capital of the world.”

The SUV of Texas was 2018 Volvo XC60, CUV of Texas was 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Ti Sport, while best heavy duty pickup truck: was 2018 Ram 2500 Limited Tungsten, and the best commercial vehicle was 2018 Nissan Titan King Cab SV. A complete list of winner is available below.

TAWA held its annual two-day Truck Rodeo at Longhorn River Ranch in Dripping Springs, Texas, with 75 journalists evaluating 64 vehicles in 21 categories. Testing was done on local streets and off-road courses. OEM engineers were on hand to help with any questions journalists had. The evalution process focused on interior, exterior, value, performance and personal appeal.

“The competition was incredibly fierce at this year’s Texas Truck Rodeo,” said Nic Phillips, President, TAWA. “More than 70 member journalists put in more 300 hours of driving time evaluating the vehicles presented. The results in several categories are separated by the narrowest of margins, just tenths, and hundredths of a point, confirming just how competitive the trucks and utility vehicles are today,” Phillips said. “Ford’s 2018 F-150 Pickup, boosted by its extreme performance 2018 Raptor model along with updated EcoBoost engines and 10-speed transmissions, convinced our journalists to bestow the trophy,” he said. “Nissan was the most overall awarded brand with five category wins, Mazda swept non-luxury CUVs, and Alfa Romeo’s all-new Stelvio Ti Sport took CUV of Texas.”

Complete list of winners:
Truck of Texas: 2018 Ford F150
SUV of Texas: 2018 Volvo XC60
CUV of Texas: 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Ti Sport
Heavy duty pickup truck: 2018 Ram 2500 Limited Tungsten
Best commercial vehicle: 2018 Nissan Titan King Cab SV
Luxury pickup truck: 2018 Ram 1500 Laramie Longhorn Southfork
Off-road pickup: 2017 Ford F150 Raptor
Full-size pickup: 2018 Nissan Titan Midnight Edition
Midsize pickup: 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro
Best technology: Nissan Pro Pilot
Best connectivity: Volvo XC60
Best powertrain: Volvo XC60
Off-road utility vehicle: 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon Recon
Sub-Compact SUV: 2017 Jeep Renegade Desert Hawk
Compact SUV: 2018 Nissan Rogue Platinum
Mid-size Luxury SUV: 2018 Volvo XC60
Compact Luxury SUV: 2018 Infiniti QX30 Premium AWD
Full-size SUV: 2018 Dodge Durango SRT
Mid-size SUV: 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trailhawk
Compact SUV: 2018 Nissan Rogue Platinum
Full-size CUV: 2018 Mazda CX9 Grand Touring AWD
Mid-size CUV: 2017 Mazda CX5 Grand Touring GT
Compact CUV: 2018 Mazda CX3 Grand Touring FWD
Luxury CUV: 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Ti Sport

October 2, 2017


In 1918, Chevrolet introduced the One-Ton truck, a century later, the 2018 model year marks 100 years of truck sales for the company. Over 85 million trucks have been sold since the first One-Ton and to mark the anniversary, Chevrolet is holding a 100-day Centennial Celebration.

“The Chevy Trucks Centennial is a huge milestone for us, and is equally important to our customers,” said Sandor Piszar, Chevrolet Trucks Advertising and Marketing director. “That’s why we will be celebrating 100 years of Chevy Trucks over the course of the next 100 days. It’s important that we share this celebration with our loyal customers who have helped us achieve this accomplishment.”

Chevrolet began the Centennial Celebration at the State Fair of Texas where they announced the many ways the company is commemorating the occasion.

First is the introduction of Centennial Editions of the Silverado and Colorado. Silverado models will be based on LTZ Z71 trim in crew cab form, and add: front and rear heritage bowtie emblems, 100 year door badge, spray-in bedliner with heritage bowtie emblem, accessory floor liners with heritage bowtie emblems, centennial blue exterior paint, 22” painted wheels with chrome inserts with all-terrain tires, chrome tow hooks, and chrome bowtie on steering wheel.

Colorado models will also be based on Z71 trim, but be available in crew cab or extended cab versions, and add: front and rear heritage bowtie emblems, 100 year door badge, spray-in bedliner with heritage bowtie emblem, accessory floor liners with heritage bowtie emblems, centennial blue exterior paint, body-color rear bumper and front grille surround, LT Optional 18” wheels with monochromatic cap, chrome tow hooks, belt moulding, mirror caps and door handles.

Second, Chevrolet will roll our its Truck Legends program nationally. The program recognizes customers who own a Chevy Truck with over 100,000 miles or who have owned more than one Chevy Truck. The program gives customers access to a members-only online community, Truck Legends merchandise and experiences through Chevrolet partnerships (including concert tickets, MLB events and sneak peaks of new Chevrolet models).

Third, Chevrolet will be be selling special merchandise with the heritage bowtie emblem. Finally, a Chevy Trucks Centennial Celebration will be held on December 16, 2017.

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