Opinion

Let the good times roll

Let the good times roll

March 29, 2017 at 4:44 pm Comments are Disabled

Can record sales continue? It’s tough to predict in these uncertain times. Coming off years of sales and revenue growth, and a fourth consecutive sales record for new cars (just under 1.95 million sold in 2016), it is tempting to sit back and let the good times roll. Automobile dealers […]

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The data dillemma

March 28, 2017 at 12:37 pm Comments are Disabled

I spend a lot of time talking with companies that provide business software to dealers. It’s part of my job to try to figure out who is who at the zoo, what exactly it is that they do, and how they can benefit dealers. There’s just no getting around the fact […]

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On the right track

March 28, 2017 at 10:04 am Comments are Disabled

This year marked the fifth time that I have taken to the stage as one of the moderators at the CADA Summit. As I looked out over the crowd, I saw many familiar faces. The attendees that return each year represent the cream of the crop of Canada’s automotive industry. […]

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Forced behaviour

Forced behaviour

February 27, 2017 at 11:25 am Comments are Disabled

Consumers are in the driver’s seat when it comes to electric vehicles A government that seeks to pass laws and regulations that swim against the powerful tide of consumer preference and choice is very likely putting itself on the path to disappointment at best and outright failure at worst. This […]

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No time for small talk

February 21, 2017 at 12:52 pm Comments are Disabled

One of the things I enjoy the most about my job, is talking to smart people who are passionate about what they do. Those conversations happen on a regular basis, doing interviews for stories, meeting people at industry events, or quite often when people come by the Canadian auto dealer […]

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The more things change

February 21, 2017 at 12:49 pm Comments are Disabled

The more things change, the less they actually do look the same. The funny thing about change, is it doesn’t tend to tap you on the shoulder. It comes in increments. Some small, some massive. But they add up. When enough change hits an industry, it can lead to transformative […]

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The tax hike shell game

The tax hike shell game

December 22, 2016 at 4:21 pm Comments are Disabled

More transparency is the fairest way to implement the government’s environmental plans The federal government under Prime Minister Trudeau has announced its first major, headline-grabbing, piece of environmental policy: a national carbon tax floor to increase from $10 per tonne of CO2 emissions to $50 per tonne between 2018 and […]

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The end of an era?

December 21, 2016 at 12:07 pm Comments are Disabled

A recent announcement from Ford yesterday took me right back to my earliest automotive memories, and produced decidedly mixed feelings for me. My father worked for a pharmaceutical company and drove a company car. GM products, always GM products. I remember the brown Chevrolet Caprice, the silver Oldsmobile Delta 88, […]

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