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Sym-Tech appoints new President

Sym-Tech appoints new President

March 11, 2011 at 4:57 pm Comments are Disabled

Aftermarket OEM supplier Sym-Tech announced a new President and COO, Brad Gibson, who assumed the role February 22nd. Gibson joins Sym-Tech with over 20 years of senior management experience. He served as President and COO for 14 years at BIC Inc (Canada), in addition to being the Country Manager in […]

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Trainers say now is the time to train

March 1, 2011 at 7:54 pm Comments are Disabled

In the summer of 2005, everything in the economy and auto industry had aligned to deliver us the trinity of business success. We had traffic, profit and staff morale. Profits were amazing because customers were hungry for our product and our employees enjoyed some of the largest pay cheques they […]

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Attendance up at Toronto Auto Show

Attendance up at Toronto Auto Show

February 25, 2011 at 3:43 pm Comments are Disabled

Total attendance at the 2011 Canadian International Auto Show (CIAS) in Toronto  in February topped 300,000 – up 17.4 percent over last year – making it the third-best year in the show’s history and the best-attended since 2008. Following a hugely successful media preview day, with media attendance topping 1000 […]

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How is your service department forecast going?

How is your service department forecast going?

February 20, 2011 at 7:12 pm Comments are Disabled

Setting the bar and how to get there We know that 2010 has been a tough year for many service managers, but we’re somewhat concerned to find service departments that either forecasted a zero-percent increase for 2011 or worse, decided not to forecast at all. One thing is certain in […]

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The used vehicle market in 2011

The used vehicle market in 2011

February 20, 2011 at 7:06 pm Comments are Disabled

Stakeholders’ perspectives on the year ahead At the end of 2010, the used vehicle market was on a bit of a rebound following a lackluster start to the year. According to the ADESA Canada Used Vehicle Price Index, used vehicle values declined from October 2009 through to April 2010. While […]

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Used supply will remain tight,  prices strong in 2011

Used supply will remain tight, prices strong in 2011

February 20, 2011 at 6:58 pm Comments are Disabled

Off-lease shortage will be short-term According to online auto auction company OPENLANE, 2010 marked a slow but steady road to economic recovery — a welcome change following the troubles the automotive industry experienced in late 2008 and throughout 2009.  For 2011, the company’s vice president of analytics, Dr. Nagi Palle, […]

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2010 sales were good, not great

2010 sales were good, not great

February 20, 2011 at 6:17 pm Comments are Disabled

But the sustainability of incentives raises questions about 2011 December’s sales results are not yet in, as we go to press. But barring a complete sales collapse in the final weeks of December, full-year sales will likely exceed 1.56 million units – perhaps even 1.57 million – up about seven […]

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behind closed doors

behind closed doors

February 20, 2011 at 6:10 pm Comments are Disabled

Make meetings at NADA give dealers a look into their future With NADA taking place in San Francisco in early February, I have been doing some thinking about what might be the topics discussed in the various make meetings. Depending on the brand, Canadian dealers may or may not be […]

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