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Covid-19 impact is felt at dealerships: DesRosiers
April 2, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Canadian new-vehicle sales numbers dropped dramatically in the second half of March, according to recent data from DesRosier Automotive Consultants. Auto sales dropped 48% for the month, as the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic started to be felt. “New light

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Volvo U.S. launches home-pickup app
April 1, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Volvo owners in the U.S. are now getting house calls with a new app-based vehicle pick-up and delivery service. The service called Volvo Valet, allows owners to have their cars serviced without leaving their homes or offices. The pick-up and

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GM wins IHS Markit loyalty award
March 31, 2020 by Allan Janssen

General Motors Corporation has retained its position as leader in automotive manufacturer loyalty, as measured by IHS Markit’s annual Automotive Loyalty Awards program. The program, now in its 24th year, recognizes OEMs and brands for their leadership in customer retention. Winners were

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February car sales follows January’s positive trend
March 10, 2020 by Allan Janssen

DesRosiers Automotive Consultants estimates that February car sales in Canada increased, continuing the positive showing seen in January. Total February 2020 sales settled at an estimated 123,375 units, a 2.1% increase from February 2019 when 120,891 total units were sold.

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Mahle strikes deal with FCA for data usage
February 21, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Mahle Aftermarket Service Solutions and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) have signed an agreement giving Mahle’s diagnostic tools access to secure vehicle data. According to the deal, Mahle will have “trouble-free access” to FCA’s servers and the ability to retrieve all

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Mercedes-Benz Canada names new president and CEO
February 14, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Nicholas J. Speeks, president and chief executive officer of Mercedes-Benz North America, has appointed Adam Chamberlain to president and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Canada effective April 1, 2020. Chamberlain succeeds Brian D. Fulton, who after 25 successful years with Mercedes-Benz has

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U.S. shoppers not convinced about new-tech vehicles
February 12, 2020 by Allan Janssen

American car consumers continue to say “No thanks” when it comes to EVs and autonomy, says auto analysts at J.D. Powers The company ponts out that electric vehicles seemed poised to gain ground in the United States. But other than

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Vehicle sales up slightly in January
February 7, 2020 by Allan Janssen

DesRosier Automotive Consultants saw some stability in December sales of light vehicles in Canada. Total sales reached an estimated 109,265 units, a 0.5% increase over January 2019 when 108,774 units were sold. The consulting company reports that passenger car sales

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Auto experts predict ‘lower but stable’ vehicle sales in 2020
January 31, 2020 by Allan Janssen

J.D. Power and LMC Automotive are both predicting a stable year of U.S. vehicle sales ahead. U.S. sales peaked at 17.55 million units in 2016, and have avoided steep declines since then, hovering just above the 17 million mark. Final

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Tesla reaches market milestones
January 27, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Tesla has reached an impressive milestone with a stock valuation that makes it the most valuable U.S. carmaker of all time. A surge in share price for Tesla Inc. helped it achieve a market value of $81.39 billion, surpassing Ford

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Canadian light vehicle production drops below 2 million units
January 24, 2020 by Allan Janssen

DesRosiers Automotive Consultants is reporting that Canada’s vehicle manufacturing base retreated to below 2 million units in 2019, continuing a trend that has been under scrutiny for several years. “While the 2009 situation was largely cyclical in nature the current

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BMW Canada tightens warranty policy
January 23, 2020 by Allan Janssen

BMW Canada appears to be tightening its warranty return policy. The company expects returned parts to undergo a forensic diagnosis at a BMW dealership before it will issue any refunds. This is the case for all parts, not just electronic