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Ontario vehicle dealers not optimistic about long-term
October 5, 2020 by Allan Janssen

A recent survey by the Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry council (OMVIC) finds that dealer principals and vehicle salespeople are leery of the long-term economic outlook for the province, given ongoing pandemic restrictions. The survey, the council’s second since the outbreak

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ScotiaBank, Cox, IHS revise light vehicle sales forecast for 2020
October 1, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Analysts at ScotiaBank have adjusted their forecast for light vehicle sales in Canada. In light of the impact of Covid-19, the research arm of the Canadian bank predicts light vehicle sales will hit 1.6 million units for 2020. That would

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‘Mixed and unstable’ new vehicle sales in August: DesRosiers
September 24, 2020 by Allan Janssen

DesRosiers Automotive Consultants (DAC) estimates 165,837 new light vehicle sold in Canada during the month of August. It was a month, says DAC managing partner Andrew King, that saw “mixed and unstable provincial performance across the country.” The same could

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COMMENTARY: Capturing the sale
September 24, 2020 by Allan Janssen

A new report examining the wholesale market for OE parts reveals some basic truths.

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SiriusXM extends long-term agreement with GM
September 15, 2020 by Allan Janssen

GM brands to increase vehicles equipped with SiriusXM beginning with model year 2021 vehicles, making SiriusXM available in nearly all GM vehicles.

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Audi tops J.D. Power consumer satisfaction study
September 14, 2020 by Allan Janssen

The latest survey by J.D. Power & Associates finds customer satisfaction is up at Canadian dealership service departments. Audi dealerships topped the annual ranking of consumer satisfaction, earning 833 points in a 1,000-point scale. Other dealerships above the average industry

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Kia donates face shields to Canadian health workers
September 8, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Kia Canada has pledged a donation of 60,000 medical-grade face shields to the Public Health Agency of Canada. The company said the personal protective gear is intended to help equip frontline health workers. Produced in a re-tooled section of Kia

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‘Measure of stability’ returns to auto industry: DesRosiers
September 1, 2020 by Allan Janssen

New light vehicle sales in August, as estimated by DesRosiers Automotive Consultants, were down 8.9% from August 2019 levels. Sales reached an estimated total of 165,837 units sold in August 2020, down from the estimated 182,040 units sold in the

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Supply issues lead to used-car price increases
August 21, 2020 by Allan Janssen

A shortage of supply has driven up the cost of used vehicles in Canada. According to the survey, conducted by DesRosiers Automotive Consultants, in cooperation with the Used Car Dealers Association, the majority of dealers (68.6%) saw price increases of

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COO Jim Farley to take over as Ford CEO, president
August 13, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Jim Farley, currently chief operating officer of Ford Motor Company, will become the carmaker’s president and chief executive officer on Oct. 1. He takes over from Jim Hackett, who will be retiring after having led Ford Motor Company’s transformation since 2017

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July car sales show continued forward momentum
August 6, 2020 by Allan Janssen

There was plenty forward momentum in Canada’s light-vehicle sales in July. DesRosiers Automotive Consultants reports that after the brutal sales collapse seen in April and subsequent revival in May and June, the market saw sales increases of 6.2% in July. An

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Civic, F-series trucks still top sellers in Canada
July 30, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Honda Civic and Ford F-Series trucks are still the number-one sellers in Canada, in their respective categories, DesRosiers Automotive Consultants report. Analysts at DesRosiers say the two vehicles have consistently come out on top in terms of overall sales volume