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VW to stop making iconic Beetle next summer

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  • DETROIT — After selling it on and off in the U.S. for nearly seven decades, Volkswagen has decided to squash its iconic Beetle.

    The company’s American unit announced Thursday that it would end global production of the third-generation bulbous bug in July of next year after offering two special editions for sale.

    The compact Beetle was introduced in Germany in 1938 during the Nazi era and came to the U.S. 11 years later, where it became a symbol of utilitarian transportation often used by hippies. The iconic car sold for about 30 years before U.S. sales stopped in 1979. The last of the original bugs was produced in Puebla, Mexico, in 2003.

    Volkswagen revived it in the U.S. in 1998 as a more modern “New Beetle,” but it attracted mainly female buyers. The company revamped it for the 2012 model year in an effort to make it appeal to men, giving it a flatter roof, less bulbous shape, a bigger trunk and a navigation system. U.S. sales rose fivefold to more than 29,000 in the first year, rising to just over 46,000 in 2013 but tailing off after that. Last year VW sold only 15,166, according to Autodata Corp.

    The special editions, which come in coupe and convertible body styles, get unique beige and blue colours in addition to the normal hues. They also get standard extra chrome, new wheels and three-colour ambient lighting inside.

    Volkswagen has no immediate plans to revive the Beetle again, but the company wouldn’t rule it out.

    “I would say ‘never say never,'” VW of America CEO Hinrich Woebcken said in a statement.

    The company plans to roll out an electric version of the old Bus in 2022 called the I.D. Buzz.

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    This story has been corrected to include the convertible model in Beetle sales figures.

    The Associated Press







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    Government introduces new auto industry rules to protect consumers

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  • New auto industry rules better protect consumers

    October 25, 2018 Media inquiries

    New rules for vehicle sales and repairs introduce industry-wide standards to protect Albertans and improve business accountability.

    New auto industry rules better protect consumers

    Minister Malkinson, centre, with AMVIC board chair Bill Burnett, right, and business owner Ted Zylstra discussing new consumer protection rules.

    Improvements to the Automotive Business Regulation will create consistent standards to help consumers make more informed decisions and ensure businesses can compete fairly in a trusted automotive marketplace. The new, industry-wide standards come into effect on Oct. 31, 2018.

    “Buying or repairing a car shouldn’t be intimidating. These new rules can give Albertans confidence that they won’t be hit with unexpected costs because they will know exactly what they’re paying for. More transparency is good for consumers and it’s good for Alberta’s many trustworthy auto businesses, too.”

    Brian Malkinson, Minister of Service Alberta

    During the 2017 consultation on consumer protection laws, Albertans identified the need for better protections when buying a car and more transparency when it comes to auto repairs as top priorities.

    These changes respond directly to Albertans’ feedback to help consumers avoid unexpected and unauthorized costs. The new rules will ensure auto businesses:

    • Inform buyers of the history and condition of a vehicle such as the vehicle’s previous use, ownership or details of any damages.
    • Provide a comprehensive bill of sale document at the time of the car sale.
    • Provide written estimates upon request and get consumer’s consent before starting any work.
    • Remove any outstanding liens on a vehicle within seven days of the sale.
    • Remove any advertising about a sold vehicle within 14 days of the sale to ensure consumers are not enticed by low prices that won’t be honoured.

    “A vehicle is a lifeline for so many Albertans, and they deserve to feel confident when repairing or selling one. We welcome today’s announcement, as it prioritizes consumer protection – a mandate that’s been shared by AMA’s Approved Auto Repair Service since 1977.”

    Jeff Kasbrick, vice-president, Government & Stakeholder Relations, Alberta Motor Association

    “Increased transparency in automotive transactions means consumers can feel even more confident in their decisions on how to spend their hard-earned money. AMVIC’s mandate is consumer protection through education and industry regulation, and AMVIC has been working closely with industry to ensure they are ready to comply with the new legislation. These new laws benefit all Albertans by creating a fair marketplace for consumers and businesses alike.”

    Bill Burnett, board chair, Alberta Motor Vehicle Industry Council

    “I think the government’s new legislation is great. It will help protect the consumer while also compelling automotive businesses to be more transparent. At Braeside Automotive, we already provide written quotes and can take pictures of components that we can attach to the quote for our customer. I think these rules will help encourage other businesses to be more innovative, which at the end of the day is good for consumers.”

    Ted Zylstra, owner, Braeside Automotive

    The new rules also support the government’s work to build stronger public oversight of the Alberta Motor Vehicle Industry Council (AMVIC), by transitioning AMVIC to a public agency. This will ensure Alberta has a strong and trusted regulator that is well-positioned to protect consumers and build integrity in the industry.

    Background

    • In December 2017, the government passed A Better Deal for Consumers and Businesses Act. Among the many changes introduced through this act was an increased authority to strengthen oversight of the automotive industry to better protect the interests of consumers and ensure integrity in the industry.
    • AMVIC is responsible for providing consumer protection in the motor vehicle industry. In addition to licensing businesses and salespeople and ensuring there’s a fair marketplace for consumers and businesses, AMVIC is responsible for investigating violations of consumer protection laws.
    • AMVIC will transition to a public agency on Oct. 31. Once in place, AMVIC will be subject to the requirements under the Alberta Public Agencies Governance Act to ensure consumers and industry can have confidence there is strong public oversight of the organization.


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    Black Creek Developments building Canada’s most energy efficient car dealership!

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  • Red Deer’s new Scott Subaru will feature fuel efficient cars “inside” the most energy efficient car dealership in Canada!  For this project, Black Creek Developments of Sylvan Lake has adopted an extremely rigorous standard of energy efficient practices known as Passive House.   Developed in Germany with hands-on experience in Canada’s harsh climates, Passive House projects take just a fraction of the energy necessary to operate a typical building.  Builders must be specially trained to learn all the necessary techniques.

    Black Creek Developments sent key personnel to a two week course covering the various aspects of the build before starting the Scott Subaru build.  Learn more about this thrilling project in this short video.

    Remember… when this project is complete, there will be a permanent Passive House display in the Scott Subaru showroom.  You be able to stop by to learn about this unique technology anytime.

    Black Creek Development is dedicated to forward thinking construction science.  You can see a demonstration of this Passive House project at the Red Deer Renewable Energy Fair + Workshop coming up October 20th.

    Click here for a link to a terrific article on the incredible Scott Subaru building by Canadian Autoworld.


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