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  • Stop forcing, start responding

    Stop forcing, start responding

    Jared Hamilton, CEO and Founder of DrivingSales, doesn’t beat around the bush. “Our industry is filled with a lot of crappy insight,” said Hamilton in his keynote presentation at the inaugural Canadian Dealer Forum held on June 22-23 in Calgary, Alta. As the owner of the Walla Walla Valley Honda […]

  • Cox Automotive buys Dealertrack for $4-billion

    Cox Automotive buys Dealertrack for $4-billion

    Cox Automotive has agreed to buy Dealertrack Technologies in a $4-billion deal that will help broaden its reach in the automotive industry. The sale was announced on June 15, 2015. Headquartered in Atlanta, Cox Automotive also includes household names such as Manheim, Autotrader, Kelley Blue Book, vAuto, Xtime and NextGear […]

  • Ford builds an amoured tanker at its Twin Cities plant in 1942. 
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    The War Years

    IN THE FOURTH PART OF OUR HISTORICAL SERIES ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF CANADA’S AUTOMOTIVE RETAIL INDUSTRY, WE LOOK AT THE WAR YEARS OF THE 1940S The Great Depression of the 1930s had created some of the worst times many people had seen, and had a huge impact on the auto […]

  • Georgian College Auto Show celebrates 30 years

    Georgian College Auto Show celebrates 30 years

    The Georgian College Auto Show is always a crowd pleaser, and the 2015 show was no exception. Held on June 5-7 in Barrie, Ont., the outdoor student-run auto show — the largest of its kind in North America — kicked it up a notch for its special 30th anniversary. This […]

  • May auto sales set an all-time record

    May auto sales set an all-time record

    Another month, another record. Actually, several records. New-vehicle sales in Canada in May were the highest for any month ever, according to DesRosiers Automotive Consultants. These sales set a new monthly record for the fifth month in a row and increased the string of consecutive year-over-year increases to 14 months. […]

  

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Brand loyalty reaches decade high

Brand loyalty reaches decade high

June 29, 2015 at 9:58 pm 0 comments

Paying attention to customer satisfaction is paying off in the U.S. market. Customer loyalty to automotive brands reached a 10-year high at 52.8 per cent during the first quarter of 2015, found IHS Automotive. Tom Libby, manager of automotive loyalty and industry analysis at IHS Automotive, said more choices for […]

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Millennials scared of other drivers

Millennials scared of other drivers

June 29, 2015 at 9:57 pm 0 comments

Millennials and Generation Z have come out about their biggest fears — and dangerous drivers is number one. Independent research company Penn Schoen Berland conducted a poll on behalf of Ford Motor Company, and found 88 per cent of the younger generation surveyed fear dangerous driving even more than public […]

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Selly launches new tools for dealers

Selly launches new tools for dealers

June 29, 2015 at 9:55 pm 0 comments

Selly Automotive has released a new, free mobile CRM sales app to help dealers prospect customers. Called Selly for the Salesperson, this freemium mobile CRM sales app functions like a CRM by managing prospect information, inventory and schedule. It can also showcase inventory with a visual gallery of photos in […]

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Mercedes-Benz Thornhill open for business

Mercedes-Benz Thornhill open for business

June 29, 2015 at 9:53 pm 0 comments

Mercedes-Benz said its new 130,000 sq.ft. Thornhill flagship retail facility is “sure to set a new benchmark in automotive retail experience.” The company announced construction has been completed on its new state-of-the-art facility, located at 228 Steeles West in Thornhill, Ont. just north of the city of Toronto. Located on […]

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Hyundai offers new service

Hyundai offers new service

June 29, 2015 at 9:51 pm 0 comments

Hyundai Auto Canada is stepping up its customer experience by providing a new service to get vehicles ready for summer driving. Called “Before the Service Experience,” Hyundai technicians will be on site to provide free vehicle inspections, regardless of make, which will include fluid, light bulb and battery checks, and […]

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New documents boost F&I efficiency

New documents boost F&I efficiency

June 24, 2015 at 2:34 pm 0 comments

Nova Scotia F&I managers will soon be armed to better handle F&I transactions. A new and exclusive partnership between the Nova Scotia Automobile Dealers Association and Reynolds and Reynolds, a provider of automobile dealership software, services and forms, will enable them to develop three new F&I documents for dealers. These […]

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AMVIC cracks down on curbers

AMVIC cracks down on curbers

June 24, 2015 at 2:32 pm 0 comments

The Alberta Motor Vehicle Industry Council is actively hunting down curbers selling vehicles to car buyers. A team of investigators tracked down curbers, or unlicensed, illegal automotive retailers, recently in Lethbridge and Taber, Alta. and in surrounding areas. The investigators identified 17 curbers, including AMVIC wholesale licensees who were selling […]

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Businesses ignoring information security threat

Businesses ignoring information security threat

June 24, 2015 at 2:30 pm 0 comments

Is your dealership properly handling sensitive information? Shred-it’s 2015 Security Tracker study has shown a growing divide between large organizations and small businesses when it comes to information security. Per the study, 65 per cent of executives say they have protocols in place for storing and disposing of confidential data, […]

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