Agency to investigate possible freight rail problems in Vancouver

Agency to investigate possible freight rail problems in Vancouver
GATINEAU, Que. — The National Transportation Agency will investigate possible problems with freight train service issues in the Vancouver area including whether rail companies are fulfilling their obligations. The agency said in a news release Monday that it’s the first time it is using its new authority to launch such an investigation, which will also determine whether there was discriminatory treatment of certain commodities.... Read More

Volkswagen to build electric vehicles at Tennessee plant

Volkswagen to build electric vehicles at Tennessee plant
German automaker Volkswagen said Monday its factory in Tennessee will be the focus of an $800 million investment in the company’s manufacturing of electric vehicles in North America, a sign of a growing push into the electric car market by European companies. Volkswagen made a couple of announcements that it will expand its plant in Chattanooga and create 1,000 jobs... Read More

Air Canada and Jazz parent extend agreement, securing regional airline’s future

Air Canada and Jazz parent extend agreement, securing regional airline’s future
MONTREAL — Air Canada and Chorus Aviation Inc. have extended a purchase agreement by 10 years that will see Chorus subsidiary Jazz Aviation LP continue to provide Canada’s biggest airline with regional service through to 2035. Analysts say the deal will quell concerns around Chorus’s future after Air Canada announced last February it would expand its Rouge fleet and fly the lower-cost airplanes on Canadian... Read More

Ford to shake up European business, cut jobs

Ford to shake up European business, cut jobs
FRANKFURT — Ford Motor Co. says it is cutting jobs in Europe in a wide-ranging restructuring as it focuses on its most profitable models and shifts production towards electric cars. In a statement, the company said Thursday that “structural cost improvements will be supported by a reduction of surplus labour,” both hourly and salaried. The Dearborn, Michigan-based company didn’t reveal... Read More

WestJet apologizes to passengers who were stranded in Cancun for 33 hours

WestJet apologizes to passengers who were stranded in Cancun for 33 hours
WestJet Airlines Ltd. has announced it will launch an investigation after passengers spent an extra day and a half in Mexico over the weekend, many without the hotel rooms the airline had said would be made available following a cancelled international flight. About 135 passengers bound for Ottawa found themselves stranded in Cancun Saturday after a pair of mechanical issues caused a four-hour flight delay and... Read More

Harley-Davidson’s new electric motorbikes aim to lure millennials

Harley-Davidson’s new electric motorbikes aim to lure millennials
MILWAUKEE — Harley-Davidson Inc. is rolling out its first electric motorcycle, with deliveries to 20 dealers across Canada expected by fall. The new bike, dubbed the LiveWire, represents a new direction for the Wisconsin-based company as it tries to reignite faltering motorcycle sales. With its no-emissions ride, Harley joins the ranks of California-based Zero Motorcycles, which has produced electric motorbikes for nearly a decade. The... Read More

Bombardier signs US$669M rail car deal with N.J., but no work north of border

Bombardier signs US$669M rail car deal with N.J., but no work north of border
MONTREAL — Bombardier Inc. has signed a US$669-million deal to provide 113 commuter rail cars to New Jersey. The company says the contract will yield no additional work in Canada, with Buy American rules prompting Bombardier’s plant in Plattsburgh, N.Y., to build the multi-level cars, rather than its facility in Quebec. As of 2018, at least 65 per cent of... Read More

New low-cost U.S. airline orders 60 A220 planes developed by Bombardier

New low-cost U.S. airline orders 60 A220 planes developed by Bombardier
TOULOUSE, France — A new U.S. low-cost airline being launched by the co-founder of WestJet Airlines and JetBlue Airways has signed a firm order to buy 60 A220 planes developed by Bombardier Inc. The manufacturer says the airline dubbed Moxy is buying the A220-300 aircraft formerly called the C Series in a deal valued at a total of about US$5.5 billion... Read More

Tesla cuts prices as 4Q deliveries miss analysts’ estimates

Tesla cuts prices as 4Q deliveries miss analysts’ estimates
DETROIT — Shares of electric car and solar panel maker Tesla Inc. tumbled Wednesday after the company cut vehicle prices by $2,000 and announced fourth-quarter sales figures that fell short of Wall Street estimates. The company said in a statement before the markets opened that it delivered over 245,000 electric cars and SUVs last year, nearly as many as all... Read More

CN Rail and CP Rail exceed grain revenue max despite drop in grain shipping

CN Rail and CP Rail exceed grain revenue max despite drop in grain shipping
GATINEAU, Que. — The Canadian Transportation Agency says the country’s two major railways exceeded their maximum revenue entitlements for grain in 2017-18, despite shipping less of the stuff than last year. Canadian National Railway Co. reaped $1.05 million more than its entitlement of $787.01 million in 2017-18. Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. took in $1.5 million beyond its entitlement of $707.99 million.... Read More