Category: Auto & Motor

Kia dealership breaks ‘all-in pricing’ law in secret shopper test

Wil Brookins knows car dealerships don’t have the greatest reputations, but says what happened at the Kia West Edmonton dealership where he worked for almost two years was downright illegal.

People who browsed the dealership’s website and came in with a specific vehicle — and price — in mind were pressured to buy “extras,” he says, such as exterior paint protection, VIN etching and tire and rim warranties. 

They would add thousands of dollars to the price and, he says, customers were told the extras were mandatory.

“This is our bait and switch,” said Brookins. “It’s really to pad the pockets of the [dealership] owner.” 

Alberta has what’s called “all-in pricing” legislation. (As do Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec. B.C. has similar legislation.) 

When a dealership advertises a new or used car the price must include all fees and charges, except for taxes and any financing costs. 

“That’s the price we have to honour,” said Brookins. “Guess what? We don’t.”

He quit in frustration last month, but says until the day he left, the dealership was blatantly flouting the law, because the owner knew no one would crack down.

“We’ve been breaking rules since I’ve been there, and [the regulator’s] not doing a thing about it,” he said.

Regulators often say they don’t have jurisdiction to crack down on dealership wrongdoing — as outlined in a recent Go Public investigation — though they have full power to investigate and take action on all-in pricing. 

But according to consumer advocate Mohamed Bouchama, formerly with Car Help Canada and the Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council (OMVIC), stiff penalties are almost non-existent.

“The dealers know that,” said Bouchama. “So they get away with a lot of stuff.”

Seven folders of vehicle order forms are on top of a wooden desk. Each folder is titled with a name of a vehicle one can purchase at KIA West Edmonton.
Brookins says customers who signed agreements like these didn’t get the price they expected — even

Alpha Motor Corporation Launches Reg CF Equity Offering on

Irvine, California, United States, Jan. 23, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Alpha Motor Corporation (Alpha) announced its Reg CF Equity Offering, Electric Vehicles That Move Humanity™, on StartEngine a private investment platform regulated by the SEC. With over US$500,000 raised in less than 5 days, Alpha’s community of supporters is rapidly growing to accelerate the company’s vision and business plan to commercialize its EVs.

Leveraging patented technology, breathtaking design, and an executive leadership team with decades of automotive OEM experience, the innovative American automotive and mobility tech manufacturer is prepared to lead the EV revolution. 

“We believe the world has been waiting for our electric vehicles and Alpha will continue to strive towards market entry of our EVs,” said Alpha Motor Corporation.

Alpha Advantages

Patented Technology – Alpha has secured multiple patents, which protects proprietary design, patented technology, and development process to streamline expansion. Alpha believes that this unique advantage enables speed-to-market efficiency of its award-winning EV designs.

Strong Market Demand – Alpha has received over 52,500 vehicle preorder indications to date in addition to distribution agreements in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. The EV market is expected to surpass US$1.5 trillion by 2030.

Experience and Ability to Execute – Alpha’s automotive business proficiency comes from decades of experience at major corporations. Alpha has formed OEM-level strategic partnerships in the U.S. to efficiently develop and manufacture highly competitive EVs.

Sales Leadership Experience

The company’s Advisory Board is appointed with exceptional industry leaders, including ex-Tesla executive Peter Bardenfleth-Hansen, who led the expansion of Tesla across Europe, the Middle East, and Japan, for ten years. Alpha currently has distribution agreements in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, equating to an initial projected volume of 3,150 vehicles annually.

Confirmation of Market Feasibility

Alpha marked the successful completion of its proof-of-concept stage after

These Are The 10 Best Cars To Come Out Of Motor City

Motor City is a city of icons – bringing us innovation, industrial prowess, and of course, great music. But here at HotCars, we’re going to focus on one of our favorite things about Motor City: cars.

In Motor City, you can see the ghosts of cars past, and hear their stories in the streets. It’s a city where every car has a history, whether it’s good or bad. Motor City is more than just the place where they built the first American cars like the Ford Mustang, it’s also a place where history happened. That’s what this list is about, the great icons and best cars to come out of Motor City.

Related link: 10 Most Reliable US Cars Ever Made

10 Oldsmobile Tornado

1968 Oldsmobile Toronado--Mecum
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When it comes to the best muscle cars from Motor City, there are many great contenders, such as the Oldsmobile Toronado. It was a car that was ahead of its time, and it still looks great today. The Tornado was a sporty-looking car that had a unique front-end design, with a waterfall grille and wrap-around taillights.

The Tornado may not be as popular today as some other classic muscle cars from Motor City such as the Pontiac GTO or Ford Mustang, but it remains an icon for many enthusiasts who remember its heyday in the 1960s and 1970s when it was one of the unique cars around.

9 Chrysler Imperial Crown

1961 Chrysler Imperial Crown Convertible
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This car represents everything Detroit stands for, and it brings us power, luxury, and American ingenuity at its best!

This vehicle was one of the most luxurious sedans Chrysler ever made, and it was a favorite among celebrities and high-ranking government officials.

8 Buick Riviera

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If you’re looking for some of the best muscle cars

Hyundai Lands Five Vehicles on 2023 Best Value New Cars by

CHICAGO, Jan. 23, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Hyundai has earned five spots on the 2023 Best Value New Cars report by The Hyundai products awarded include

More than 70 vehicles were evaluated for the’s 2023 Best Value New Cars report which identifies the most affordable new-car models in four categories — small SUVs, EVs and PHEVs, small pickup trucks, and cars — that offer the best value for the price based on features and each category’s median price using’s inventory.

“As consumers seek out their dream vehicle, quality, safety, connectivity and attainability, continue to top their vehicle purchasing criteria,” said Ricky Lao, director, product planning, Hyundai Motor North America. “Hyundai is proud to have five vehicles recognized in the 2023 Best Value New Cars report.”

“Consumers are likely to watch their spending in 2023. Budget-conscious shoppers who want the most bang for their buck will find a range of options from Hyundai on’s 2023 Best Value New Cars report. With styles ranging from a small SUV like the 2023 Hyundai Kona SE to a pickup truck like the 2023 Hyundai Santa Cruz SE, there are affordable options to meet various needs and lifestyles,” says Jane Ulitskaya, Editor.

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Why are auto insurance rates increasing in Canada?

To answer the question of why auto insurance rates are increasing this year, RATESDOTCA pointed to the ongoing issue of Canada’s prolonged period of inflation, which has forced insurance providers to adjust their rates accordingly to maintain the value of certain accident benefits. The inflation also affected deductible amounts, which would force policyholders to pay more out of pocket. These two factors, along with the need for insurers to raise their rates after two years of offering rebates during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, are more than enough reasons for rate changes.

For its outlook, RATESDOTCA took a closer look at two notable provinces, Ontario and Alberta. The rate comparison website stated that Ontario drivers should expect their rates to increase, but when the increases apply depends on when a customer’s policy is set to renew.

“For current policyholders, rate increases take effect at the time of renewal, so some customers may have already seen their premiums rise, while others may see it in the coming months,” said RATESDOTCA auto insurance expert Tanisha Kishan, who added that Ontario’s FSRA is still approving rate increases and that RATESDOTCA is expecting an average premium increase “in the high single digits.”

RATESDOTA foresees auto insurance rates in Ontario to rise 5% in the first quarter of 2023, and up to 7% in Q2 2023. Q3 and Q4 remain unclear, but RATESDOTCA hinted that the increases during those periods may look similar to Q2’s.

Alberta’s auto insurance market tells a different story, noted RATESDOTCA. The province’s rate approvals were significantly lower (between 2% and 3%) last year, and RATESDOTCA suspects that those would impact rates this year. Several insurers have even been pressured to reverse their approved rate changes.

Paying some of the highest auto insurance premiums in Canada – if not the

Halifax auto dealer celebrates love for the Rolling Stones at Steele Wheels Motor Museum

Halifax-based auto dealer Rob Steele has been a lifelong fan of the Rolling Stones and he’s found a way to incorporate the band’s travelling memorabilia exhibit, UNZIPPED, into an event space he built called Steele Wheels Motor Museum located in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

And as any Stones’ fan knows, Steel Wheels is the name of one the Stones’ albums and a subsequent tour, so Steele Wheels is somewhat of a double entendre.

“It really is,” Steele said. “It’s funny you say that. Sally Woods (wife of Stones’ bassist Ron Woods) said the same thing. It’s totally a coincidence. We were trying to think of a name for what this place would be called and the marketing department came up with it. I’d been a Stones fan for a long time, so it’s sort of a play on words.”

Steele has purchased a few paintings by Woods and through his musician’s representatives, he brought the memorabilia exhibit to Steele Wheels for its first inaugural event which will run from December 17-March 19. The exhibit features more than 300 original objects from the band’s personal collection. Steele said he saw the exhibit five years ago in London, England. The exhibit has touched down in several international cities, including Canadian stops in Kitchener and Winnipeg.

“It’s quite a fascinating exhibit, even if you are not a Stones fan, and that’s a frequent comment we’ve heard because the costumes are there, the instruments, song sheets, an iron stage design from various tours, it’s interesting to see,” Steele said.


The exhibit also includes rare auto fragments, video footage, personal diaries, costumes, posters and album covers. There are also works of art from the likes of Andy Warhol, Alexander McQueen, Prada, Dior and Martin Scorsese.

The museum is the product of a warehouse with a

Bigger Is Better in India’s Nascent Electric Car Market

(Bloomberg) — In India, where an increasing number of consumers aspire to own bigger cars to cope with the country’s notoriously potholed roads and bad traffic, automakers are betting on low-cost battery-powered SUVs to capture the budding electric vehicle market.

At the nation’s major auto show in New Delhi earlier this month, there was a new breed of EVs taking center stage, with predominately foreign companies looking to muscle in on the nascent electric scene. In a marked shift in rhetoric, local auto bosses were also excitedly talking up the sector’s prospects.

Homegrown manufacturers Tata Motors Ltd. and Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. are now jostling with Chinese giants BYD Co. and SAIC Motor Corp. and South Korea’s Hyundai Motor Co. Even India’s biggest automaker Maruti Suzuki India Ltd., which had previously largely pooh-poohed EVs, showed a compact electric SUV it says will hit the market in 2025.

Demand for smaller SUVs has been surging in India. They’re suited for the country’s driving conditions, which can vary vastly from smooth multi-lane freeways to rutted streets crowded with rickshaws, dogs and cows. They also offer aspirational buyers an important, yet affordable, status symbol, perching drivers above the masses. And while larger electric SUVs tend to be inefficient (and expensive) because they require bigger and costlier battery packs, their compact equivalents are built on small-car platforms, making them more cost effective.

“The conundrum for electric vehicles is lighter is better, but customers want SUVs,” says Andy Palmer, the former CEO of Aston Martin who also helped spearhead Nissan Motor Co.’s creation of the Leaf, one of the first mass market EVs. “Using a small-car platform to build an electric SUV meets the sweet spot for both manufacturers and consumers,” he said, citing the example of Volkswagen AG using the ID.3 hatchback platform to