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‘Concerning’ month for new vehicle sales
June 20, 2024 by Adam Malik

It seems pent-up demand for new vehicles is dissipating and new vehicle sales numbers are reaching a level of concern. Canadian new light vehicle sales in May 2024 reached 169,000 units, according to DesRosiers Automotive Consultants. On one hand, that’s

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Dealers say they have too many ZEVs
June 14, 2024 by Adam Malik

The Canadian automotive market has grappled with a significant lack of new vehicle inventory since early 2021. While these shortages have largely eased and inventory levels are beginning to normalize, the full story is more nuanced. Specifically, dealers say they

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Dealer wait times increase but doesn’t impact satisfaction
May 9, 2024 by Adam Malik

Customer distrust of dealer ability with complex repairs grows, says new study from J.D. Power

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March sales strong, just not as strong as desired
April 11, 2024 by Adam Malik

In what could be a sign that new vehicle sales might see their hot streak come to an end, March sales were underwhelming, according to DesRosiers Automotive Consultants. While a 9.2 per cent year-over-year growth mark can be taken as

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How Baltimore bridge collapse could impact vehicle supply
April 2, 2024 by Adam Malik

The collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge last month, and the subsequent closure of the Port of Baltimore, introduces a new challenge to the automotive supply chain, particularly affecting vehicle imports. But ratings agency DBRS Morningstar isn’t concerned about

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Will new vehicle sales growth eventually drop off?
March 22, 2024 by Adam Malik

There has been a recovery in new vehicle sales, an important signal for the future of the automotive aftermarket. But how much longer can it last? DesRosiers Automotive Consultants reported February 2024 new sales were the highest ever for the

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New car sales boom ahead of traditional selling season
March 15, 2024 by Adam Malik

March is typically the start of the traditional selling season for new vehicles in Canada. But if February was any indication, that season my have already begun. Last month was “easily the strongest February of all time,” according to DesRosiers

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The 4 things needed to make the BEV goal a reality
March 14, 2024 by Adam Malik

The federal government’s mandate to ban the sale of internal combustion engine vehicles in the light vehicle segment has many automotive professionals questioning the validity of the goal. There are about 350,000 battery electric vehicles on Canadian roads right now,

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ASW Conversations: Automakers talk EV education
March 5, 2024 by Adam Malik

At the 2024 Canadian International AutoShow, we put key questions to several OE leaders. In this episode of Auto Service World Conversations, we highlight their plans for consumer education on electric vehicles, what they see as the gaps and how

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How tech giants could replace traditional OEMs
March 5, 2024 by Adam Malik

The automotive industry is at the cusp of a technological revolution, a recent industry analysis warned. James Edmondson, research director at consulting firm IDTechEx, wrote in a recent paper that the auto sector is witnessing unprecedented changes with the advent

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VW engine coolant pump settlement approved
February 27, 2024 by Adam Malik

Volkswagen has reached a settlement deal in Canada to resolve allegations of issues with primary engine coolant pumps in certain 2008-2021 Volkswagen and Audi vehicles. The Saskatchewan Court approved a nationwide settlement to resolve claims related to allegations that the

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Mazda joins Tesla charging network
January 18, 2024 by Adam Malik

Another automaker has adopted the same electric vehicle standard on which Tesla’s vehicles work. Mazda announced an agreement with Tesla to adopt the North American Charging Standard (NACS) for charging ports on the company’s battery electric vehicles launched in North