Month: May 2018

Manny Calandrino named president and CEO of Fastfrate Group

Manny Calandrino WOODBRIDGE, Ont. — Ron Tepper, executive chairman of Consolidated Fastfrate announced today that Manny Calandrino is the new president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Fastfrate Group of Companies. The group includes Consolidated Fastfrate, Canada Drayage (CDI), Fastfrate Integrated Logistics and BRS Transportation. “Manny has been with Fastfrate for 30 years and…



U.S. set to impose tariffs on EU steel, aluminium

A worker passes stacks of aluminum ingots following manufacture inside the Trimet Aluminium SE plant in Essen, Germany. Photographer: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg Photo credit: Bloomberg WASHINGTON/PARIS — Washington is poised to impose tariffs on EU steel and aluminium imports as early as Thursday, two sources told Reuters. Two sources briefed on the matter said Trump’s decision…



Audi R8 RWS review – cheaper and a lot more frightening 

As to whether you’d buy this rear-wheel-drive R8 over the standard car, the answer might be as much about the £14,000 price difference or limited-edition nature of it than any major changes to the driving experience. However, while this RWS might not be the hardcore R8 some had expected, that doesn’t mean it’s not still…



More signals emerge on Ford’s possible purchase of Detroit train station

Ford statement on Detroit developments: “We expect to grow our presence in Detroit and will share more details in the future.” Photo credit: Chad Livengood/Crain’s Detroit Business DETROIT — One of the real estate companies in businessman Matty Moroun’s empire quietly transferred ownership of the Michigan Central Station to a mystery company last week as…



Volkswagen Golf SV review:  a jack of all trades but a master of none?

You could reach the same conclusion about the car overall, particularly when you factor in its price relative to something like the T-Roc SUV, which undercuts it by thousands rather than hundreds, and is more enjoyable to drive. The SV fights back by being larger and significantly more versatile, but will forever be hampered by…



Rivian Automotive plans to start EV production at ex-Mitsu plant by 2020

The Rivian plant in Normal, Ill. Rivian Automotive Inc., backed by a new $200 million loan, said it will begin producing electric vehicles at the former Mitsubishi Motors plant in Normal, Ill., by 2020, the company said last week. The funding — in addition to previous financing and state and local tax incentives — will…



Mini Countryman ALL4 PHEV quick test

It’s a very strange feeling to drive a silent car up the Goodwood hillclimb that normally hosts ear-splitting V8 and V12 monsters at the Festival of Speed each summer. As I glided silently past Goodwood House in the Mini Countryman plug-in hybrid (PHEV), golfers looked up and smiled, presumably at being able to strike their…



Tesla Model 3 wins Consumer Reports blessing after brake fix

UPDATED: 5/30/18 2:43 pm ET – adds Musk response Tesla Inc.’s Model 3 sedan won a coveted recommendation from Consumer Reports after an over-the-air software update improved braking by almost 20 feet. The influential magazine had initially declined to recommend the electric-car maker’s more mainstream model after testing showed it took longer to stop than…



The ultimate barn find? First production Land Rover to be restored

This vehicle is likely to play a major role in the celebrations of Land Rover’s 70th anniversary, for on April 30th, 1948 the car went on display to the public for the first time at the Amsterdam motor show. This example is one of historical importance, on a par with the original Mini or Model…



Santander falls as FCA reportedly adding own finance arm

Santander Consumer USA Holdings Inc. shares fell after Bloomberg reported that its auto-finance partner Fiat Chrysler Automobiles was preparing an announcement on forming its own captive lending unit. As part of its five-year strategy plan to be announced Friday, Fiat Chrysler is likely to announce the intention to form a finance unit in the U.S., Bloomberg…