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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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March drop in Canadian manufacturing rivals the great recession
April 2, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Manufacturing production in Canada fell in March at its fastest pace in almost 10 years, according to the latest data compiled by IHS Markit. Survey-record declines in output, new orders and employment reflected shrinking customer demand amid the global public

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AIA offers details on emergency wage subsidy program
April 2, 2020 by Allan Janssen

The automotive Industries Association of Canada is still sorting through the newly-released details of the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy program, but it promises to keep members apprised and help with claims-related questions. In a 40-minute web update yesterday, AIA president

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People & Places: Corporate moves in March 2020
April 2, 2020 by Allan Janssen

We recap some of the personnel announcements we heard about this past month.

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Uni-Select furloughs half of its employees
April 1, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Uni-Select Inc. has furloughed approximately half of its employees in response to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Faced with a marked slowdown in demand, the company has also temporarily closed a third of its facilities. A further 28% of its sites

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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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Spectra Premium exits U.S. fuel pump, heat transfer market
April 1, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Spectra Premium Industries – under restructuring protection – is getting out of the fuel pump and heat transfer businesses in the U.S. The company announced it is maintaining the sale of all its other product lines in the U.S. market,

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Now more than ever, we’d like to hear your stories!
March 31, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Welcome to our Industry Bulletin Board — monitoring the state of our industry during this pandemic. Are you open? Are you keeping busy?  We want to hear from you! Please scroll to the very bottom of this page to where

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BBB Industries and Hahn Automotive win Channel Excellence Award
March 31, 2020 by Allan Janssen

A recent collaboration between BBB Industries and Hahn Automotive has won the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association’s second annual Channel Excellence Award. The companies worked together to create enhanced inventory modeling and optimization tools to facilitate the availability of the right

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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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Shad’s R&R won’t go ahead in June
March 31, 2020 by Allan Janssen

For the first time in 46 years, Shad’s R&R has been cancelled. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the aftermarket golf fundraiser for muscular dystrophy research will not be held as planned on June 11. Board members for the annual

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DTNA expands service capacity with 700 new service bays
March 30, 2020 by Allan Janssen

Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) dealer network is building or remodeling more than 40 locations across 30 U.S. states and Canadian provinces to add 700 more service bays in 2020. Among them, a new 30-bay facility under construction in Winnipeg,