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Join us in Stratford Nov. 8 to drive forward the connected and autonomous vehicle revolution!

In Writing (all kinds) on November 7, 2017 at 11:08 AM

Ontario Centres of Excellence

Good evening,

You are cordially invited to join us at an exciting event that will mark Ontario’s next big step in the global transportation and mobility revolution.

The Government of Ontario, in partnership with the City of Stratford, the Automotive Parts Manufacturer’s Association (APMA), Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), and Invest Stratford will announce a major initiative related to connected and autonomous vehicles (C/AV) and technology in Stratford on November 8, 2017.

Join government, academic, and industry leaders for this landmark announcement related to the future of transportation and mobility in Ontario.

In addition to remarks from honoured guests, the event will include a technology showcase of local companies in the C/AV space.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Please RSVP to Kimberly Quines at kimberly.quines@oce-ontario.org to let us know you will join us.

Event Information

What: Major announcement regarding Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (C/AV)

When: Wednesday, November 8, 2017, at 2:00 p.m.

Where: Stratford City Hall, Market Square, 1 Wellington Street, Stratford, Ontario N5A 2L3

Note: Market Square is an outdoor location, please dress accordingly.

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[TPS] – Toronto Police Service supports provincial Drive Safe! campaign against driving under influence of drugs‏

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Toronto Police Service supports provincial Drive Safe! campaign against driving under influence of drugs

Thursday, May 22, 2014 – 4:28 PM
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The Toronto Police Service is supporting the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police’s 2014 Drive Safe! R.I.D.E. traffic safety campaign (#DriveSafeONT), which will focus on the dangers associated with driving under the influence of prescription medicines and illegal drugs: depressants, stimulants, hallucinogens, inhalants, cannabis, etc.

A 2010 study published in the Journal of Traffic Injury Prevention concluded that more than 10 per cent of drivers, randomly pulled over for a survey, tested positive for drug use compared to eight per cent who had been drinking alcohol. A 2012 study (http://ow.ly/wNop5) found a two-fold increase in the risk of an accident if there is any measurable amount of THC (active ingredient in cannabis) in the bloodstream.

“We are proud to support this important public-safety campaign. Driving after consuming alcohol poses tremendous dangers for motorists, other drivers, and pedestrians. Choosing to get behind the wheel of a vehicle after consuming certain prescription drugs or illegal substances can be just as dangerous,” said Superintendent Gord Jones of Toronto Police Service, Traffic Services. “Not only are you putting yourself and others in physical danger, but legal consequences are just not worth the risk.”

The campaign features a public information booklet with information on driving while impaired (alcohol and drugs), as well as traffic collision reporting, protecting consumers from fraud, and Ontario’s racing, seat-belt, and distracted-driving laws. To download the new “The Eyes Have It: Stoned Driving is Impaired Driving” booklet, please visit www.oacp.ca.

The 2014 Drive Safe! R.I.D.E. traffic safety campaign is made possible through the support of Accident Support Services International Ltd., arrive alive DRIVE SOBERŽ, Allstate Canada Group of Companies, Canadian Energy Pipeline Association, Canadian Tire Corporation, Canpar Courier, Government of Ontario, Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council, Personal Injury Alliance, RSR-Global, Smart Serve Ontario, Spirits Canada, Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Club, Trillium Automobile Dealers Association, and VIA Rail Canada.

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Constable David Hopkinson, Corporate Communications, for Constable Clint Stibbe, Traffic Services

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Mazda3 wins 2014 ‘Best of the Best’ Award from Canadian Automotive Jury

In Writing (all kinds) on March 1, 2014 at 3:00 AM

MONTREAL, Jan. 16, 2014 /CNW/ – The all-new 2014 Mazda3 compact car was named the winner of the fifth annual ‘Best of the Best’ award by The Canadian Automotive Jury (CAJ) today, beating out the two other finalists: the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and Jaguar F-Type.

The CAJ’s ‘Best of the Best’ is an automotive award of excellence that is presented annually. As any vehicle (or family of vehicles) on sale in Canada on September 1 is eligible for the award, and the previous year’s overall ‘Best of the Best’ winner is automatically invited back to defend its title, the award is unique as it recognizes “the one and only, best of the best.”  The initial Best of the Best selection process narrows the list of vehicles to 12 finalists, with the winner coming from this group. Read the rest of this entry »

Mazda Canada reports sales for December and 2013 full-year

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– Strong growth by Mazda3, CX-5 helps fuel positive year-end —

RICHMOND HILL, ON, Jan. 3, 2014 /CNW/ – Mazda Canada announced sales for December 2013 today totaling 4,558, which represents an increase of 28% compared to December 2012. Read the rest of this entry »

Hyundai Canada achieves record 2013 sales

In Writing (all kinds) on January 25, 2014 at 3:00 AM

MARKHAM, ON, Jan. 3, 2014 /CNW/ – Hyundai Auto Canada Corp. announced today its full-year 2013 sales of 137,100 vehicles has set a new company record. Buoyed by strong performances last year from its Elantra compact car, Genesis Coupe sports car, Santa Fe Sport SUV, as well as the addition of the new 6-or-7 passenger Santa Fe XL, the company has achieved regular, annual sales growth since 2004. Read the rest of this entry »

Drive Safe This Winter

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Drive Safe This Winter

November 14, 2013

Ontario Government Committed to Keeping Roads Safe

As winter weather arrives across the province, Ontario is reminding drivers to be prepared for challenging driving conditions.

Follow these simple and important road safety tips to help keep roads safe this winter:

 

  • Be in the know. Check your local weather forecast and road conditions before you go. If the weather is bad, consider postponing or cancelling your trip until it improves.
  • Be prepared. Plan your route ahead of time. Make sure you have a winter survival kit in your vehicle. Get your vehicle winter ready and clear all ice and snow from your vehicle and windshield.
  • Be safe. Slow down and stay in control. Use snow tires and adjust your driving to current road and weather conditions. Keep a safe distance from other vehicles.

 

Each year, about 70,000 collisions occur in the winter months — roughly 30 per cent more than in the summer.

QUICK FACTS

  • Ontario’s roads are among the safest in North America.
  • More than 1,000 snowplows and salt/sand spreaders are used to fight winter storms on provincial highways.
  • The province is deploying 50 additional combination snowplow/spreader units and 5 tow plows this winter — 42 of them in Northern Ontario.
  • Road salt helps clear the highway of ice and snow until temperatures drop below -12 degrees Celsius. In colder temperatures, sand is used to provide traction.
  • Ontario has 16,900 km of highway and 2,756 bridges that must be maintained during the winter.

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QUOTES

“Winter weather can make driving challenging, and keeping our highways safe is our priority. Our winter maintenance standards are among the best in North America. While we are doing our part to keep roads safe, I urge all drivers to do their part – slow down, be prepared and be aware of the hazards while driving during the winter.”
— Glen Murray, Minister of Transportation and Minister of Infrastructure
“Road safety is a shared responsibility. Collisions during winter weather can be prevented if drivers adjust their driving to the weather and road conditions. Conditions can change rapidly and without warning, so please stay alert and drive accordingly.”
— Chief Superintendent Don Bell, Commander, OPP Highway Safety Division
“Ontario winters can be severe, especially in Northern Ontario. Be aware of winter road conditions and be prepared for the unexpected. Being alert, slowing down and staying in control will help you get home safely to your loved ones.”
— Rick Bartolucci, MPP for Sudbury

CONTACTS

Ajay Woozageer
Communications Branch
416-327-1158

Bob Nichols
Communications Branch
416-327-1158
Bob.Nichols@ontario.ca

Patrick Searle
Minister’s Office
416-327-1815
patrick.searle@ontario.ca

Ministry of Transportation
http://www.ontario.ca/transportation

 


 

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Great Offer from Ford: Exclusively for Eligible Costco Members

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Eligible Costco Members Get an Additional $1,000 Offer* For a limited time eligible Costco members can receive an additional $1,000 offer* on most 2013 Ford models. Offer ends May 31, 2013 Learn More
Plus for a limited time: Get 0% APR Purchase Financing For Up To 72 Months On most New 2013 Fiesta, Focus Fusion, Escape and Edge. Plus for a limited time: Get up to $8,500 in Manufacturer Rebates + $1,000 Towards Ford Custom Accessories on Most New 2013 Trucks

Vehicle(s) may be shown with optional equipment. Dealer may sell or lease for less. Limited time offers. Offers may be cancelled at any time without notice. See your Ford Dealer for complete details or call the Ford Customer Relationship Centre at 1-800-565-3673. For factory orders, a customer may either take advantage of eligible Ford retail customer promotional incentives/offers available at the time of vehicle factory order or time of vehicle delivery, but not both or combinations thereof.

* Offer only valid from April 2, 2013 to May 31, 2013 (the “Offer Period”) to resident Canadians with a Costco membership on or before March 31, 2013. Use this $1,000CDN Costco member offer towards the purchase or lease of a new 2013/2014 Ford vehicle (excluding Fiesta, Focus, C-Max, Raptor, GT500, Mustang Boss 302, Transit Connect EV & Medium Truck) (each an “Eligible Vehicle”). The Eligible Vehicle must be delivered and/or factory-ordered from your participating Ford dealer within the Offer Period. Offer is only valid at participating dealers, is subject to vehicle availability, and may be cancelled or changed at any time without notice. Only one (1) offer may be applied towards the purchase or lease of one (1) Eligible Vehicle, up to a maximum of two (2) separate Eligible Vehicle sales per Costco Membership Number. Offer is transferable to persons domiciled with an eligible Costco member. Offer is not combinable with any CPA/GPC or Daily Rental incentives, the Commercial Upfit Program or the Commercial Fleet Incentive Program (CFIP). Applicable taxes calculated before $1,000CDN offer is deducted. Dealer may sell or lease for less. Limited time offer, see dealer for details or call the Ford Customer Relationship Centre at 1-800-565-3673.

44Until April 30, 2013, receive $500/ $750 /$1,000 /$1,250 /$1,500 /$2,000 /$2,500/ $3,000/ $3,750 / $4,500 /$5,500 /$7,000 /$7,500 /$8,000/$8,500 in Manufacturer Rebates with the purchase or lease a new 2013 Focus BEV, Edge FWD SE/ Focus (excluding S, ST, and BEV), Fiesta (excluding S)/Focus ST, Flex SE, Explorer (excluding Base), Escape 2.0 (Excluding S) / Fiesta S/ Flex (excluding SE), E-Series/ F-150 Regular Cab 4×2 XL (Value Leader), F-350 to F-550 Chassis Cabs /Mustang V6 Coupe (Value Leader), SE, Edge AWD (excluding SE)/ Transit Connect (excluding Electric)/Edge FWD (excluding SE) / Mustang V6 Coupe and Convertible Premium, Expedition / Mustang GT, Taurus (excluding SE), F-250- F-450 Gas (excluding Chassis Cab) / F-150 Regular Cab 4×4 (excluding 5.0L), F-150 Regular Cab 4×2 (excluding XL and 5.0L) /F-150 Regular Cab 4×4 5.0L, F-150 Regular Cab 4×2 (excluding XL) 5.0L, F-250-F-450 Diesel (excluding Chassis Cab) / F-150 Super Cab and Super Crew (excluding 5.0L)/ F-150 Super Cab and Super Crew 5.0L – all Raptor, GT500, BOSS302, and Medium Truck models excluded. Manufacturer Rebates are not combinable with any fleet consumer incentives.

46Offer valid from March 1, 2013 to April 30, 2013 (the “Program Period”). Receive CAD$1,000 towards select Ford Custom truck accessories, excluding factory-installed accessories/options (“Accessories”), with the purchase or lease of a new 2012/2013 Ford F-150 (excluding Raptor) or Super Duty Duty (excluding Chassis cabs) (each an “Eligible Vehicle”) delivered or factory ordered during the Program Period (the “Offer”). Offer is subject to vehicle and Accessory availability. Offer is not redeemable for cash and can only be applied towards eligible Accessories. Any unused portions of the Offer are forfeited. Total Accessories may exceed CAD$1,000. Only one (1) Offer may be applied toward the purchase or lease of an eligible vehicle. Customer’s choosing to forego the Offer will qualify for CAD$750 in customer cash to be applied to the purchase, finance or lease price of an Eligible Vehicle (taxes payable before customer cash is deducted). This Offer is not combinable with CPA, GPC, Daily Rental Allowances, the Commercial Upfit Program, or the Commercial Fleet Incentive Program (CFIP). Limited time offer. Offer may be cancelled at any time without notice. Some conditions apply. Offer available to residents of Canada only. See Dealer for details.

66 April 30, 2013, receive 0% APR purchase financing on new 2013 Ford [C-MAX, Edge (excluding FWD SE)]/[ Fusion, Escape (excluding S)]/[ Fiesta (excluding S), Focus (excluding ST and BEV)], models for a maximum of [48]/[60]/[72] months to qualified retail customers, on approved credit (OAC) from Ford Credit. Not all buyers will qualify for the lowest interest rate. Example: $25,000 purchase financed at 0% APR for 48/60/72 months, monthly payment is $520.83/ $416.66/ $347.22, cost of borrowing is $0 or APR of 0% and total to be repaid is $25,000. Down payment on purchase financing offers may be required based on approved credit from Ford Credit. Taxes payable on full amount of purchase price.

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Canadian vehicle companies often rely on single models for bulk of sales‏

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Sports, Technology, travel, Writing (all kinds) on February 17, 2013 at 3:00 AM

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Canadian vehicle companies often rely on single models for bulk of sales

 

Platform sharing, flexible manufacturing and brand narrowcasting allow vehicle manufacturers to target ever-narrowing consumer niches with highly differentiated product offerings, but bread-and-butter models still account for majority shares of their parent OEMs’ sales.

 

Despite these trends, many manufacturers – including full-line automakers such as Ford and Toyota – remain heavily invested in individual model nameplates. The F-Series and Corolla, for example, accounted for 39.4 percent and 23.9 percent (respectively) of total Ford and Toyota light vehicle sales in 2012. This, despite the fact that these brands each fielded vehicle lines numbering in the double digits.

 

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It is important to note that this analysis contains certain data anomalies due to the way in which vehicle brands report sales. For instance, while Fiat only fields a single model at present (500), variants of that car (i.e., convertible, Abarth) are reported as separate models. This practice contrasts with those of manufacturers like BMW or Ford, which report all 3-Series and F-Series variants under single respective banners. We have chosen to adhere to each company’s preferred model breakdown.

 

Of special interest is the degree to which many manufacturers rely on C-size vehicles. Mazda (Mazda3 @ 54.9%), Honda (Civic @ 49.4%) and Volkswagen (Jetta @ 45.5%) derive the lion’s share of their brand volumes from single compact models. Hyundai (Elantra @37.4%), Toyota (Corolla @ 23.9%), Nissan (Rogue @ 19.3%) and Kia (Forte @ 19.1%) all possess strengths in B and D-size segments, yet all achieve disproportionate success with their C-size product. Likewise, luxury brands like Lincoln (MKX @ 61.8%), Porsche (Cayenne @ 54.2%), Lexus (RX @ 47.2%) and Cadillac (SRX @ 46.7%) are notably dependent on D-size crossovers to drive volume and profits.

 

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[TPS] – Heavy snow forecast, Winter driving tips‏

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Education, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Technology, travel, Writing (all kinds) on February 16, 2013 at 3:00 AM
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Heavy snow forecast, Winter driving tips

Wednesday, February 6, 2013 – 10:54 AM
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Thursday’s forecast is anticipating increased snowfall in the Toronto area. To ensure you are ready, here are some reminders from the Toronto Police Service: Read the rest of this entry »

DesRosiers Automotive Reports – Canadian Sales December 2012‏

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Numbers to look for in year-end sales

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With December year-end sales due to be released tomorrow, count with us as we mark several key milestones that we will be looking for in the year-end numbers. Read the rest of this entry »

DesRosiers Automotive Reports – December Observations‏

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Residual Value of Light Vehicles on the Rise!‏

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Light Vehicle Residual Values Supported by Off-Lease Supply Restrictions

A recovery is well established among residual values of younger used vehicles. DAC analysis of data from Canadian Black Book shows that the residual values of three-year-old used passenger cars have risen steadily in recent years, from 49.0 percent in 2010 to 50.8 percent in 2011 and again to 54.6 percent in 2012. Light trucks have also seen gains, climbing from 48.2 percent in 2010 to 50.6 percent in 2012. Used vehicles are hot and the market seems willing to tolerate higher prices.

These improvements in residual values speak, in part, to past trends in the leasing and fleet sales markets. In the case of the former, Canadians were forced to modify their purchasing habits during last decade’s recessionary years as vehicle manufacturers pulled back their leasing programs. As a result, leasing dropped from a massive 42.4 percent of the total vehicle market in 2007 to just 7.1 percent in 2009. The supply of off-lease and off-fleet used vehicles – particularly in popular segments such as compact passenger car and intermediate sports utility – has diminished considerably; wholesalers and resellers are facing a relative supply desert, and the prices charged for the vehicles trickling through the off-lease tap reflect this shortage.

Some of the lack of supply has been made up by high levels of imports of used vehicles from the U.S., but the pricing of younger used vehicles in Canada remains robust, at least for now.  Dynamics in other segments of the used vehicle market vary considerably, however, reflecting the complex nature of this important market.

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[TPS] – Road safety is everyone’s responsibility, but it begins with you‏

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Road safety is everyone’s responsibility, but it begins with you

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 – 5:10 PM
Traffic Services
416-808-1900

With the return of warmer weather and sun-filled days, the Toronto Police Service would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that they play a very important role in road safety.

With the longer daylight hours and warmer temperatures, there are much more people using the roads in various modes of transportation.

Bicycles powered assisted vehicles such as e-bikes and e-scooters, motorcycles, roller blades, skateboards, scooters, and walking have all seen a boost in use for a variety of reasons, but the bottom line is that we all need to slow down, look around, and share our roads with each other.

People operating vehicles need to be mindful of the “smaller” road-users. They must make sure every movement they make can be done safely. All road-users must be mindful that the rules of the road must be followed, not just because they’re the law. They save lives.

Road safety is everyone’s responsibility, but it starts with you, deciding to do your own part to make our roads safer.

Constable Wendy Drummond, Corporate Communications, for Constable Hugh Smith, Traffic Services

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Canada Road Safety Week Campaign Results

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Thursday, May 26, 2011 – 4:12 PM
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416-808-1900

The Toronto Police Service joined police across the country to support
“Canada Road Safety Week,” from Monday, May 16, 2011, to Monday, May 23, 2011,

See the previous release.

Canada Road Safety Week is a national traffic safety and enforcement initiative, conducted in partnership with the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, police services from across Canada and Transport Canada. This coordinated effort between policing agencies aims to achieve the goal of making Canada’s roads the safest in the world.

The one-week campaign was bolstered in Ontario by the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police launching their annual “Drive Safe! R.I.D.E Campaign, geared towards raising the awareness of the dangers of distracted and impaired driving.

Police were asked to pay particular attention to the four leading causes of collisions and injuries related to collisions during the one-week campaign.

The categories of those offences are:

1) Impaired Driving (by drug or alcohol),
2) Occupant Restraint (including child−safety−restraint systems),
3) Aggressive Driving (including speeding, racing and stunt driving),
4) Distracted Driving.

During the campaign, Toronto officers laid the following charges:

Alcohol-Related Offences:

– three-day Warn Range Suspensions: 47
– seven-day Warn Range Suspensions (2nd Warn Range Violation): 5
– 45-Day Vehicle Impound: 7

Impaired Driving / Over 80 / Refuse: 46

Aggressive Driving Related Offences:

HTA Section 172 (Stunt / Racing Legislation): 9
Careless Driving: 106
Unsafe Manoeuvers: 3,094

Speeding: 4,972

Occupant Restraint:

Adult Seatbelt Offences: 312
Child Safety Seat Offences: 61

Distracted Driving:

Drive – Handheld communication device: 816
Drive – Handheld entertainment device: 25
Drive – Screen visible to driver: 40

Traffic Services is dedicated to ensuring the safe and orderly movement of traffic within the City of Toronto. Stay informed with what’s happening on Twitter, Facebook Fan Page, Facebook Group and on Blog

Constable Tony Vella, Corporate Communications, for Sergeant Tim Burrows, Traffic Services

Mercedes-Benz Canada reports its best November ever and delivers the first smart fortwo electric drive vehicles in Canada

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TORONTO, Dec. 1 /CNW/ – Mercedes-Benz Canada reported today that the group achieved its best November ever on record with a total of 2,631 Mercedes-Benz and smart units retailed throughout the month. This is up 17.5% compared to November 2009 and propels overall growth to 14.2% with a total of 28,428 vehicles delivered year-to-date.

A total of 2,383 Mercedes-Benz passenger cars and luxury light trucks were retailed in November. This represents the best November ever, a gain of 15.1% compared to November 2009, and overall year-to-date-growth of 13.0% for the brand. Total passenger car sales are ahead by 9.7% or 1,326 units on a year-to-date basis, while luxury light truck sales are up by 18.2% or 1,600 units for the same period.

Strong B-Class, C-Class, E-Class, S-Class, GLK-Class, M-Class and GL-Class model sales contributed to November’s record-breaking results. Sales of the GLK-Class and M-Class were ahead by an impressive 41.0% and 28.9% respectively for the month.

The diesel take rate was 60.9% for the month, while permanent all-wheel drive 4MATIC™ units accounted for 79.9% of overall passenger car and light truck sales in November (excluding smart).

smart Canada launched the first electric vehicle program designed specifically for automotive retail customers this month with Toronto Hydro and was pleased to officially mark the beginning of this revolutionary new program by delivering the first smart for two electric drive vehicles in Canada. Overall, a total of 136 smart for two units were retailed for the month and 1,875 vehicles have been sold so far in 2010.

A total of 112 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter units were delivered to customers throughout November.

Mercedes-Benz Pre-owned sales reported 845 vehicles delivered for the month. This represents an increase of 28.4% or 187 units over November 2009 and overall growth of 27.5% or 2,090 vehicles for national Pre-owned sales year-to-date.

“Our versatile range of fuel-efficient BlueTEC cleanest diesel vehicles is very well-suited to Canadian driving patterns and continues to be a popular choice right across the country. This month, we were also extremely proud to provide a glimpse into the future of intelligent, local emission-free urban transportation by delivering the first smart for two electric drive vehicles to customers in Canada,” said Marcus Breitschwerdt, President, and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Canada. “Our company’s global vision for sustainable mobility encompasses a myriad of forward-thinking solutions and advanced technologies. We will continue to pursue innovation with a sustained, unrelenting focus to ensure that we remain at the forefront of advanced technology and design to offer our customers an unmatched range of fascinating, safe and environmentally responsible vehicles.”

About Mercedes-Benz Canada
Mercedes-Benz Canada is responsible for the sales, marketing and service of the four brands within the Mercedes-Benz Group in Canada: Mercedes-Benz, smart, AMG, and Maybach. Headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Mercedes-Benz Canada Inc. employs approximately 1,250 people in 19 locations across Canada. Through a nationwide network of 14 Mercedes-Benz owned retail operations and 39 authorized dealerships, Mercedes-Benz Canada sold 26,942 vehicles in 2009, the best year ever reported for Mercedes-Benz Canada Inc.

November 2010 Car Sales

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By Dennis DesRosiers

My Observations for November … this month I discuss the Outlook for the Automotive Aftermarket or as some in the industry call it … the parts and service business or as car dealers call it … Fixed Operations. Whatever it is called it looks pretty good for selected players in the coming years.

Dennis

Light Vehicle Sales – October 2010‏

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By Dennis DesRosiers

Light Vehicle Sales – October 2010

SAAR – Monthly Canadian sales

Attached are light vehicle sales for the month of October and year to date. Sales in October were up only 1.4 percent and given the massive amount of incentives in the market this year compared to a year earlier it appears that the vehicle companies are not getting much bang for their buck. That being said October 2010 at 123.2 thousand units was the best October since 2002 ( 134.7K units) and the second best October on record. And this is reflected in the SAAR ( attached ) which came in at 1.61 million units. If you look at the six-month trailing average number you will see that each month it is creeping up slightly which is positive for the short-term outlook for vehicle sales in Canada.

The 1.4 percent increase for October brings YTD sales up by 6.6 percent to 1.329 million units and puts us on track for about a 1.56 million total this year an increase of at least 100K units about 2006. But again with the amount of incentive money in the market one would have expected better. Indeed I’m beginning to wonder whether to actually lower our forecast for next year. I don’t believe the OEMs who have huge money on the windshield of their vehicles can maintain this pace and I don’t have much faith that the general economy will improve enough to offset any reduction in incentive money. So I can build a case that sales could be actually lowered next year than this year. I’m not there yet and would like to see the final two months before formalizing our forecast but there isn’t a lot in these stats to be optimistic about sales for next year. They could and probably will increase but I suspect by relatively modest amounts. We are not out of this auto slump just yet.

Ford remains the number seller of vehicles in Canada in October and YTD and is pulling away from GM slightly as GM continues to see difficult sales month in and month out. GM’s sales in October were actually down 4.8 percent while Ford’s sales were up 8.1 percent. Chrysler is actually close to catching GM with sales up 5.0 percent in October. Indeed the Detroit three ( even with a poor month from GM ) continued to take share from the import nameplate brands. In April of this year the D-3 outperformed import brands as a group for the first time in over a decade and each month since April this has continued. Some of this performance was because of poor comparables from a year ago but after seven consecutive months, we are beginning to see something more fundamental develop. D-3 performance is rooted in the spectacular year that Ford is achieving, a turnaround at Chrysler especially with their light trucks, stabilization at GM and terrible years at both Toyota/Lexus and Honda/Acura.

Toyota’s sales in October were down by 23.2 percent and are now tracking down 12.8 percent on the year. Lexus sales were down 16.4 percent in October and are now down 7.0 percent YTD. With heavy incentive money Honda was able to increase sales in October by 20.7 percent but are still down on the year by 0.9 percent. Acura sales were down by 17.2 percent on the month and are now down by 3.4 percent on the year.

I also am closely following our friends from Europe and especially from Germany who universally is having great years led by Audi up 25.5 percent for the month and up an astonishing 33.3 percent on the year. Audi now outsells Lexus and is close to catching Acura in the Luxury brands.

VW was up 21.5 percent on the month and are up 12.0 percent in the month. They tell me they can sell every TDI they can get their hands on … yea Diesel ( I’ve always been a big fan of diesel products ).

And then there is the battle between our two luxury giants BMW and Mercedes Benz. On their core brands, Mercedes Benz is slightly outselling BMW. MB was up 6.7 percent in October while BMW was up 5.0 percent in October. This allowed MB to maintain their sales edge YTD over BMW selling 24,057 units at MB compared to 22,440 units for their southern countrymen. Both companies deserve a lot of credit. MB is near the top of its product cadence cycle and has resurrected itself as the number one selling luxury marque in Canada. It wasn’t that long ago that Mercedes had fallen to I believe the fifth position amongst Luxury brands. Meanwhile, BMW is holding it’s sales levels well considering it is at the bottom of its product cadence cycle. Indeed it is amazing that BMW has been able to maintain sales their current sales pace in a segment that is so much about the product and with the product that is relatively long in the tooth. And if you add Mini to BMW ( mini is having a good year) and if you add smart to MB (smart is having a terrible year ) then the combined BMW/Mini brands are outselling the combined Mercedes Benz/smart brands ( 24,057 to 22,440 units ).

And speaking of Europe one has to remember Volvo, Porsche, and the Tata brands … Jaguar and LandRover … Jaguar is tiny and is down on the year by 4.2 percent but Land Rover is up quite a bit to 2,130 units an increase of 35.9 percent. Porsche is also up nicely to 1,705 units ( up 17.6 percent ) on the year. And finally, Volvo is also up slightly … 3.2 percent.

All together European based brands are taking a lot of market share away from the Japanese brands in Canada. Eight of the ten Japanese brands are underperforming the market this year and some by a lot. Infiniti and Subaru are the two exceptions.

And I can’t forget our two Korean brands who chug along at a record pace. Hyundai sales in October were up 8.6 percent and Kia’s sales were up 24.6 percent.

With Ford and Chrysler doing so well it also results in a very strong market for light trucks ( Chrysler’s core best products and to degree Ford as well although Ford also has a strong passenger car line up). Light truck sales were up 13.6 percent in October and are now up 19.3 percent YTD. Passenger car sales were down by 10.5 percent on the month and are now down 5.3 percent on the year.

Till next month.

Dennis

July 2010 Car Sales

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By Dennis DesRosiers

I was away on vacation last week ( yes I do take time off once in a while) when the July sales numbers were released so didn’t do a write-up. But I wanted to at least send out some quick thoughts.

July was a great month for sales and it shows in the SAAR tracking that we do now. The SAAR at 1.69 million units, in fact, was the best in two years ( see attached chart ). Not at the level we achieved through most of the last decade but still very respectable and trending in the right direction. You will also notice that at 148.8 thousand units it was just under the monthly totals achieved in 2008 and 2005 and above the monthly levels achieved the rest of the decade. This is a good sign. The major concern is the amount of incentive money needed to move this much product and the ability of the OEMs to maintain this level of spending per unit.

July also continued the trend of Ford and to a degree Chrysler and GM taking market share away from the import nameplate brands. Ford was up 22.4 percent for the month, GM was up 22.4 percent and Chrysler was up 40.0 percent. You have to be careful with the GM and Chrysler performance since the comparable year-ago month is tainted by their bankruptcies in the US but Ford’s number is the real meal deal. As a result, the Detroit three’s share this year is tracking at couple points higher than last year at 46.6 percent compared to only 44.2 percent in 2009.

July also continued the trend of the light truck sector significantly outperforming the passenger car side of the market. So much for fuel efficiency targets. Light trucks were up 22.0 percent versus passenger cars down 7.8 percent for the month. YTD results are similar. Some of this is centered on the return of the Detroit three but most of it is the simple fact that much of the light truck market is commercial use related and these customers have no choice but to renew their fleet as the economy improves. Indeed business-related vehicle purchases were more severely hurt by the deteriorating economy the last couple years so companies are taking the opportunity of a better economy to come back into the market to update their fleets. The Detroit three are more focused on commercial fleets than the import nameplates and this is one of the reasons they are having a better year. It will be interesting to see retail vs fleet sales when the numbers are finally released. For some reason, these have been slow to come to light this year but we are hopeful that they will be available shortly.

One of the issues everyone should be careful with anywhere you look at the automotive sector is comparisons to last year. Indeed virtually all comparables should be treated with extreme caution since 2009 was so volatile as well as unique. It would be fairer in most instances to compare performance to two years ago but even that creates some analytical problems so just take the year over year comparisons with a grain of salt and look at the broader picture whenever possible.

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