The big picture: David Adams

The beginning of the end?

October 16, 2015 at 1:39 am Comments are Disabled

IN LIGHT OF FALLING OIL PRICES AND GOVERNMENT MOVES TO VEHICLE ELECTRIFICATION, DAVID ADAMS EXPLORES WHAT THIS MEANS FOR GASOLINE-POWERED VEHICLES I had the good fortune of attending the Toronto Global Forum of the International Economic Forum of the Americas in early July. I heard from a wide variety of […]

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Redefining the auto sector

Redefining the auto sector

October 1, 2015 at 5:40 pm Comments are Disabled

IT’S ELECTION TIME, BUT DOES THE CANADIAN AUTO INDUSTRY CARE WHO WINS? Given that the title of my column is “The Big Picture,” I’d be remiss if I did not spend some time pondering the outcome of the October 19 federal election and what the results might portend for Canada’s […]

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Living in a material world

Living in a material world

July 8, 2015 at 11:25 pm Comments are Disabled

MORE AND MORE AUTOMAKERS ARE TURNING TO ALUMINUM TO HELP MEET FUEL EFFICIENCY TARGETS While others will be exploring the impact of aluminum in vehicles in this issue, I thought I would also try and touch on the issue from a couple of different angles. You are probably aware that […]

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Connecting the dots

Connecting the dots

June 17, 2015 at 8:39 pm Comments are Disabled

THE TECHNOLOGY TO CONNECT OUR VEHICLES AND COLLECT TONS OF DATA IS RACING AHEAD UNCHECKED. BUT HAVE WE REALLY CONSIDERED THE IMPLICATIONS? There have been numerous articles written recently about autonomous vehicles, the automated vehicle, and the connected vehicle; as if all of these descriptors were interchangeable synonyms of one […]

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Behind the headlines

April 24, 2015 at 2:14 pm Comments are Disabled

A flurry of auto investment announcements is good news for Canada. But are we getting our fair share of the investment pie? IF THERE WAS NO SUCH thing as the Internet or any other form of news or awareness of the automotive industries of other jurisdictions, one could be persuaded […]

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Keep your eye on the prize

March 20, 2015 at 4:23 pm Comments are Disabled

Government policy decisions sometimes really miss the mark — and the point “Keep your eye on the prize,” is an old chestnut that has been handed down from generations of parents, teachers, coaches, mentors and motivators to encourage us to not lose sight of a goal that we have before […]

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Sales and temperatures rise

Sales and temperatures rise

January 8, 2015 at 3:38 pm Comments are Disabled

Automakers need to keep a close eye on environmental regulations At the time of writing this piece, it was unclear exactly what kind of a motor vehicle sales record Canada was going to set in 2014, only that it was going to be a record year for vehicle sales. At […]

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Dual personality?

Dual personality?

December 29, 2014 at 4:16 pm Comments are Disabled

When it comes to trade agreements, David Adams says it appears that Canada is trying to adopt two different approaches at the same time For decades, the concept of “trade” in Canada meant relations with the U.S. (or in more recent times that with Mexico as well). On the surface, […]

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