The big picture: David Adams

Ready, set…wait

Ready, set…wait

August 4, 2017 at 10:53 am 0 comments

Governmental initiatives to put more electric vehicles on the road is well-intentioned but economically, technologically and socially premature The Federal government recently announced it had established a Federal Advisory Committee to assist it in establishing a Zero Emission Vehicle strategy for 2018 with the aim of increasing the number of […]

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Rules and regulations

Rules and regulations

June 6, 2017 at 1:19 pm Comments are Disabled

  Regulatory coherence between Canada and other countries can benefit the automotive industry Based on recent and surprising changes to trading conditions between the United States and Canada, one might believe the trading relationship between our two countries is anything but harmonious.    The U.S. has slapped a 20 per […]

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Trump, people power and transitions

Trump, people power and transitions

May 6, 2017 at 3:41 pm Comments are Disabled

Musings about the new president, disruption and the changing of the guard I was fortunate enough to attend, and participate on a panel discussion at the 2017 Canadian Automobile Dealers Association Summit held on February 15th, which was, coincidentally my 55th birthday — I’m telling you about my date of birth […]

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Quebec takes the road less travelled on zero emissions

Quebec takes the road less travelled on zero emissions

March 29, 2017 at 4:46 pm Comments are Disabled

Automakers agree with the goals, just not the approach of some governments. By the time this column is published, we may actually have the regulations for Bill 104 in Québec, otherwise known as “An Act to increase the number of zero emission vehicles in Québec in order to reduce greenhouse […]

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Do customers really want what they say they do?

Do customers really want what they say they do?

December 22, 2016 at 3:27 pm Comments are Disabled

Polls show Canadians support the environment — as long as there’s no personal cost It has been a little over a year since the Liberals won the last federal election. Now a year into his mandate, Justin Trudeau’s approval rating as Prime Minister sits at a phenomenal 69 per cent. […]

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Where we are headed

Where we are headed

October 26, 2016 at 6:12 pm Comments are Disabled

Change is on the horizon for the auto industry There are lots of other folks that have a much better handle on the market than I do, but after being in the auto industry for almost 30 years, one thing I do know is that it’s cyclical. We’ve had a […]

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Green with envy

Green with envy

September 15, 2016 at 8:22 pm Comments are Disabled

Competition heats up between Ontario and Quebec on climate change I can’t remember what grade I was in at school when I read Hugh MacLennan’s 1945 novel Two Solitudes.    Nonetheless, the book made an impression and provided a greater appreciation of the Canadian psyche and the distinctions between English and […]

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Time for a crash course

Time for a crash course

August 4, 2016 at 2:57 pm Comments are Disabled

As consumers, we don’t spend much time thinking about where our vehicle gets repaired after we’ve been in an accident.

After all, why should we? Isn’t one collision repair facility the same as the next?

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