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July 21, 2010 at 12:46 pm Comments are Disabled

Maryann Keller will offer her deep insights into the used car market when she appears at CADEX in September Maryann Keller, one of North America’s most respected experts on the automotive industry, will be joining us at our CADEX event this September.  This is big news, as Maryann knows this […]

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This is a very slippery slope

This is a very slippery slope

July 17, 2010 at 1:48 pm Comments are Disabled

And a dangerous precedent for dealers I just heard that Ford, Best Buy Canada and Future Shop are teaming up to help consumers link their Bluetooth phones and other devices with Ford’s SYNC system. Wow! I’m a little shocked by that. And I see in the announcement tremendous risk for dealers. […]

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It’s Greek to me

It’s Greek to me

July 17, 2010 at 1:12 pm Comments are Disabled

But what’s happening in Europe has implications for us all In Europe’s recent struggles with excessive government debt and bond markets run amok, there is a lesson for everyone. If painful decisions are punted too far down the road, the consequences could be disastrous. It is too early to tell […]

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Cultural diversity can be your competitive advantage

Cultural diversity can be your competitive advantage

June 17, 2010 at 1:05 pm Comments are Disabled

The growing diversity of the Canadian market is a business opportunity Not long ago, in my corporate days, I remember attending diversity training. Before, the focus was on sameness. Thankfully those days are gone and we realize now the sophisticated nature of Canada’s cultural mosaic from coast to coast. We […]

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Another drop in Used Vehicle Price Index

Another drop in Used Vehicle Price Index

May 21, 2010 at 3:10 pm Comments are Disabled

High dollar and consumer debt are contributing factors The ADESA Canada Used Vehicle Price Index fell for the fourth consecutive month in February, although its rate of decline was lower than during the past three months. It currently sits about where it was a year ago, although it is heading […]

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February sales suggest turnaround is at hand

February sales suggest turnaround is at hand

May 21, 2010 at 3:03 pm Comments are Disabled

The question is, “Is it sustainable?” February’s new-vehicle sales in Canada were not only up by 24.9 percent over the same month last year – which was a very low base for comparison – they were up by 2.7 percent over the average for the past five years. That’s the […]

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Getting help with hiring

May 21, 2010 at 2:55 pm Comments are Disabled

Because square pegs don’t fit round holes W hen does it make sense to work with a recruiter? When is that the best strategy for hiring new staff? It all depends on the circumstances. While Steve Quinn (Quinn Automotive Group) has a firm policy of promoting from within, he uses […]

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Cautious optimism

May 21, 2010 at 2:46 pm Comments are Disabled

A healthy perspective to maintain Over the course of the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto and the NADA convention in Orlando, in February, we had the opportunity to talk with key players from every facet of the auto industry, including the heads of almost all the Canadian OEMs. Without […]

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