The big picture: David Adams

Providing clarity in the midst of chaos

June 3, 2020 at 2:59 pm Comments are Disabled

As the pandemic unfolded, Ontario dealerships were looking for clearer guidance on how to operate. COVID-19 has brought with it profound impact on individuals and businesses alike. Unemployment figures released in Canada as I write this column have risen to double- digit levels and governments at all levels are taking […]

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The space between

The space between

April 29, 2020 at 4:43 pm Comments are Disabled

The global pandemic has shaken assumptions and forced us to adapt. But it’s also opened up new opportunities, insights and connections. The Space Between is the title of a Dave Matthews Band song that I really enjoy. The space between has also oftentimes been referred to as the little dash […]

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Policy makers blinded by bright shiny things

Policy makers blinded by bright shiny things

February 27, 2020 at 3:55 pm Comments are Disabled

Campaign promises don’t always lead to good environmental policy As a person diagnosed with ADHD, I am familiar with the concept of having my attention stolen by a shiny thing, while I am trying to concentrate and work on a larger project. I have learned techniques to deal (sometimes not […]

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Brace for impact

Brace for impact

October 21, 2019 at 3:23 pm Comments are Disabled

Autonomous and connected vehicles will transform the industry. You really can’t go to any automotive conference or symposium of any consequence without a speaker — or many speakers — discussing the impact of automated and connected vehicles on the automotive industry, on city planning, on human behavior, on privacy, on […]

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One state to rule them all, one state to bind them

August 29, 2019 at 3:01 pm Comments are Disabled

The fuel economy and greenhouse gas emission standards debate deepens and becomes more complex. Forgive the Lord of the Rings parody in the title, but I couldn’t help thinking about that line when it was announced a couple of weeks ago — that four automakers had reached an agreement with the […]

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A taste of things to come

A taste of things to come

July 12, 2019 at 1:40 pm Comments are Disabled

Are mergers the next step to ensuring the survival of OEMs? Towards the end of May, the trade press announced that FCA would enter merger talks with Renault — a merger that, if pursued, would create the third largest automaker in the world. The question looming over all of this […]

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Clearing up a blurry image

Clearing up a blurry image

May 22, 2019 at 4:50 pm Comments are Disabled

The government clarified its ZEV policy, but questions remain about how effective it will be at achieving its objectives. In the March 19 federal budget, the Liberal government, as expected, announced a federal incentive program of up to $5,000 for the purchase of an electric or fuel cell vehicle — […]

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Are we past the peak?

Are we past the peak?

April 30, 2019 at 3:00 pm Comments are Disabled

Slowing sales tell only part of the story. Population growth and other changes could fuel more growth. Those who have been in the automotive industry for any length of time know that the industry is a cyclical one and all that we can hope for after the top of the […]

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