Articles by: Zara McAlister

Saunders Subaru sold to Pattison

Saunders Subaru sold to Pattison

August 24, 2016 at 2:37 pm 0 comments

After 36 years of operation in Victoria, B.C., Saunders Subaru owners Bob and Norma Saunders announced they have sold their dealership to The Jim Pattison Auto Group. It’s the largest Subaru retailer in Canada, and the addition of the Saunders Subaru store will make it the group’s fifth Subaru location […]

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Global auto sales gain momentum

Global auto sales gain momentum

August 24, 2016 at 2:36 pm 0 comments

Global auto sales have been stronger than expected, rising five per cent through July, reported Scotiabank. According to the bank’s latest report, gains reflect a modest acceleration among the G7, especially western Europe, as well as a rebound in purchases across emerging markets. Though gains are expected to moderate through […]

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OpenRoad VW celebrates with beach bash

OpenRoad VW celebrates with beach bash

August 24, 2016 at 2:35 pm 0 comments

OpenRoad VW in Vancouver, B.C. recently celebrated its grand opening with a west coast beach party that featured an outdoor beach volleyball court, collector VW displays and a gourmet barbecue. More than 500 guests attended the event, including Maria Stenstrom, President of Volkswagen Canada, and Christian Chia, President & CEO […]

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Auction veteran named TradeRev manager

Auction veteran named TradeRev manager

August 24, 2016 at 2:34 pm 0 comments

John Farquharson has been named manager of operations for TradeRev in Canada, announced company founder and CEO Mark Endras. Farquharson will be responsible for overseeing the support and arbitration departments and administrative operations throughout Canada, said TradeRev. He will also work on developing and improving processes that deliver customer service, […]

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Dixie Toyota celebrates grand opening with Japanese flare

Dixie Toyota celebrates grand opening with Japanese flare

August 18, 2016 at 4:39 pm 0 comments

It was a long time coming but Dixie Toyota was finally able to open the doors to its new home at 1600 Toyo Circle in Mississauga, Ont. “To be able to open these doors after seven years is a very special feeling,” said Mario Toyotoshi, Chief Experience Officer of Toyotoshi […]

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Quebec’s first FCEV delivered to customer

Quebec’s first FCEV delivered to customer

August 18, 2016 at 4:38 pm 0 comments

A Quebec man was recently handed the keys to a 2016 Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell vehicle, the first to arrive in the province. The customer is Paul-Yvan Deschenes with the Centre de Gestion de l’Equipment Roulant (CGER), which manages vehicle fleets for Quebec provincial ministries. The lease is in partnership […]

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TRADER makes use of ‘big data’

TRADER makes use of ‘big data’

August 18, 2016 at 4:36 pm 0 comments

Dealers can now use predictive analytics and data to learn more about their customers on autoTRADER.ca. TRADER Corp. has announced a partnership with Toronto-based Coherent Path that leverages the company’s data mining and predictive analytics platform. This ‘big data’ will show dealers where consumers are and where they are headed […]

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Lease credit approvals drop to lowest level

Lease credit approvals drop to lowest level

August 18, 2016 at 4:35 pm 0 comments

Despite a healthy demand for leasing, credit approvals in the U.S. are at the lowest level for 2016, according to Swapalease.com. The automotive lease marketplace said that car lease credit applicants registered a 58.3 per cent approval rate for July — the lowest single-month tally for 2016 so far. Last […]

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