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Let’s not get distracted

Let’s not get distracted

April 19, 2011 at 6:57 pm Comments are Disabled

We can’t deny progress There are some individuals, myself included at times, who believe that the interior of the modern car more closely resembles the cockpit of a jet airliner than cars such as my mom’s 1978 AMC Concord, in which I took my first driving lessons many years ago. […]

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Embracing social media means giving up control

Embracing social media means giving up control

April 19, 2011 at 6:41 pm Comments are Disabled

The social media beast can’t be easily tamed There was a time, in our not so distant past,(like maybe last week) that automobile dealers exerted a sizable influence over their local media channels. As big advertisers, they had a way of exerting certain pressures over local coverage. A colleague of […]

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Tip of the iceberg

Tip of the iceberg

April 17, 2011 at 2:15 am Comments are Disabled

It’s a slippery slope that leads away from your store. Last issue I discussed the partnership Ford has put in place with Best Buy Canada and Future Shop. With this arrangement, the role of advising consumers on matching their electronic devices with Ford’s SYNC system will be handed, partially at […]

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Monopoly, anyone?

Monopoly, anyone?

April 16, 2011 at 1:08 pm Comments are Disabled

In the dealer game, the money is real. A few months back I wrote about the possible outcomes arising from the Canadian dealer network rightsizing initiatives that had just been announced. As that downsizing now begins to unfold, activity is at heightened levels. Stores are closing, stores are opening and […]

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Digital Dealer conference next week in Orlando

April 15, 2011 at 3:42 pm Comments are Disabled

The 10th Digital Dealer Conference & Exposition is being held next week from April 19-21 at the Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Florida. The theme for this event is, “the Future is Now” and conference organizers say there are more than 70 sessions with an emphasis on cutting edge topics […]

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Plethora of new product debuts this week

Plethora of new product debuts this week

April 15, 2011 at 1:27 pm Comments are Disabled

With two international auto shows, New York and Shanghai, overlapping each other – the last of the major shows until fall – the industry is deluged with new product launches this week. Given their global reach, many of those vehicles are being unveiled the same day at both shows (a […]

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GM dealers launch new lawsuits

GM dealers launch new lawsuits

April 14, 2011 at 8:07 pm Comments are Disabled

General Motors was in the news again this week, when the Globe and Mail reported dealers launched new lawsuits launched against the auto maker complaining about the way company treated them in awarding new Chevrolet franchises. Greg Keenan, the Globe’s auto industry reporter reported that two Buick-GMC dealers in eastern […]

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VW/Audi, Ford, Hyundai top value awards

April 2, 2011 at 10:41 pm Comments are Disabled

The value landscape is changing. VW/Audi earned the most awards and Ford made big advances in Strategic Vision’s annual Total Value Index. But the Hyundai Sonata set a new record for all segments, luxury included. Strategic Vision’s Total Value Index (TVI) findings are a way of summarizing a very comprehensive […]

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