Featured News

  • Ontario Dealer Day proves a big hit with both dealers and vendors

    Ontario Dealer Day proves a big hit with both dealers and vendors

    By Huw Evans and Todd Phillips Often, Canadian dealers find themselves having to travel to the U.S. to attend major trade shows, which means considerable time away from the dealership and not insignificant travel expenses in many cases. So why not stage a full trade show closer to home? That […]

  • Full house for CADEX 2014

    Full house for CADEX 2014

    In the years ahead, prospects look good for Nova Scotia’s auto dealers, but they will have to adapt to better serve the next generation of buyers, dealers were told at the CADEX East management conference on Friday April 4 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The annual half-day conference, organized by the […]

  • No going back

    No going back

    BIDDING FAREWELL TO HIS “TRADITIONAL” STORE FOR THE LAST TIME, OUR FICTIONAL DEALER IN 2030, BILL TANNER, IS HIT WITH A TINGE OF A SADNESS AND PERHAPS LONELINESS. NEVERTHELESS, IT’S WHAT LIES AHEAD THAT’S IMPORTANT AND THERE’S WORK TO BE DONE… It’s taken three years to actually get to this […]

  • Moving target

    Moving target

    MANY DEALERS ARE STILL STRUGGLING TO PROPERLY HANDLE ONLINE LEADS. TO MAKE MATTERS MORE INTERESTING, CHANGING CONSUMER BEHAVIOUR IS ALSO HAVING A MAJOR IMPACT ON THE PROCESS Would you ignore eight out of every ten customers that came into your showroom? Probably not. Yet, when it comes to the digital […]

  • February fails to freeze new vehicle sales

    February fails to freeze new vehicle sales

    Despite one of the coldest winters much of Canada has witnessed in recent years, the deep freeze didn’t impact last month’s new vehicle sales, which according to data compiled by DesRosiers Automotive Consultants were actually up on February 2013’s totals. With 105,693 new vehicle deliveries last month, volume was up […]

  

Other News

Go Auto giving away 30 cars in 30 days

Go Auto giving away 30 cars in 30 days

April 17, 2014 at 3:15 pm 0 comments

Recently, Alta-based dealership network Go Auto has announced one of the biggest auto promotions in Canadian history: the Car-A-Day Giveaway. From April 9 until May 8, the dealer group is giving 30 customers the chance to win 30 cars over 30 days. So far, Go Auto has given away a […]

Read more ›
Dealertrack’s new Senior Director of Dealer Solutions talks financing trends

Dealertrack’s new Senior Director of Dealer Solutions talks financing trends

April 16, 2014 at 1:40 pm 0 comments

At dealerships, conferences and industry events across North America, the subject of financing trends is at the forefront of many minds. Longer term finance contracts on new vehicles have grown exponentially in recent years, while financing on the used car side continues to increase. What does this hold for the […]

Read more ›
Crowds flock to Edmonton Motor Show

Crowds flock to Edmonton Motor Show

April 16, 2014 at 1:36 pm 0 comments

April is a time when many Canadians really look forward to spring and often that next vehicle purchase. And for the Edmonton Motor Show, hosted by the Edmonton Motor Dealer Association (EMDA), choosing April has proved to be a good move and has helped propel attendance to record levels — […]

Read more ›
Donald Romano succeeds Steve Kelleher as Hyundai Canada CEO

Donald Romano succeeds Steve Kelleher as Hyundai Canada CEO

April 16, 2014 at 1:30 pm 0 comments

After 28 years with Hyundai Auto Canada Corp. and serving as its President and CEO since 2002, Steve Kelleher has elected to retire on April 30. Replacing Kelleher on May 1. will be Donald Romano who currently serves as Chief Operating Officer at Hyundai Auto Canada Corp. Under Kelleher’s guidance, […]

Read more ›
Elektron introduces new stud welders for aluminum dent repair

Elektron introduces new stud welders for aluminum dent repair

April 16, 2014 at 1:27 pm 0 comments

Elektron has unveiled two powerful new aluminum-capable stud welders designed to remove dents from aluminum hoods and body panels. The MultiSpot M22 AL is designed specifically for aluminum repair and is a featured component of the Elektron MultiTool Aluminum Dent Repair Station. The MultiSpot M25 AL is a high-output stud […]

Read more ›
GM launches Speak Up for Safety program

GM launches Speak Up for Safety program

April 16, 2014 at 1:22 pm 0 comments

General Motors is creating a Speak Up for Safety program to recognize employees for ideas that make vehicles safer, and for speaking up when they see something that could impact customer safety. “GM must embrace a culture where safety and quality come first,” said GM CEO Mary Barra. “GM employees […]

Read more ›
CADA pays tribute to Jim Flaherty

CADA pays tribute to Jim Flaherty

April 11, 2014 at 4:00 pm 0 comments

The sudden death of Jim Flaherty yesterday, has left an entire nation in mourning. Canadians from coast to coast, including members of the country’s political parties and business communities have been both shocked and saddened by the news. There’s no question that Flaherty has left a lasting impact on Canada […]

Read more ›
AYCE collision pre-apprenticeship program celebrates five years

AYCE collision pre-apprenticeship program celebrates five years

April 10, 2014 at 6:22 pm 0 comments

In our travels across the country, Canadian auto dealer frequently hears about the struggles many stores and groups are having when it comes to finding qualified people, particularly on the service and collision side. There are programs that are helping to change that. In Toronto, one is the Pre-apprenticeship Training […]

Read more ›