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Media Research Continued

In Business, cars, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on August 9, 2016 at 3:00 AM

Here is more research on the automobile industry done with the Media Research Institute:

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More Media Reasearch

In Business, cars, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on August 8, 2016 at 3:00 AM

Here is some more media research on cars done when I worked for the Media Research Institute taken from August 2005:

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It Makes Cents: Saving Money on Getting Around

In Business, cars, Writing (all kinds) on June 1, 2016 at 3:00 AM

Sometimes the Smaller the Car - the Easier to Get Around

Sometimes the Smaller the Car - the Easier to Get Around

Getting around can be an expensive thing to do. Even if you take public transit – there are many ways to save on getting around your town. Here are some tips that make getting around easier and less expensive:

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16 Handy Tips on Cheap Car Maintenance

In Business, cars, Writing (all kinds) on April 1, 2015 at 3:00 AM

Next to owning a home, cars are the second biggest expense you can have in your life. Here are some tips, from lowering car insurance prices, gas prices, car maintenance and a whole more to help you save a bundle of cash.

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Getting around for less (originally published with The Shoestring.com)

In Business, cars, Writing (all kinds) on February 20, 2015 at 3:00 AM

Getting Around for Less

With high gas prices now it helps to know how to get around for less money. There are so many options; all you have to do is choose.

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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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416-808-1900

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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Improving Driver’s Licence Renewal for Seniors‏

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on April 6, 2014 at 3:00 AM
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Improving Driver’s Licence Renewal for Seniors

January 28, 2014

Ontario Government Committed to Supporting Seniors

Ontario is enhancing its driver’s licence renewal program to help seniors who are fit to drive renew their licences.

Starting April 21, 2014, drivers aged 80 and over will no longer have to complete a written knowledge test. Instead, they will participate in a shorter, simpler renewal program that includes:

  • a vision test
  • a driver record review
  • an improved, in-class group education session
  • two short, in-class screening exercises

The new screening exercises are simple, non-computerized tasks that help identify drivers who may need further assessment, such as a road test or medical review. Samples of both exercises are available online.

Enhancements to the senior driver’s licence renewal program are supported by the latest scientific research and are part of the Ontario government’s plan to make it easier for people to access important government services, when and where they need them

QUICK FACTS

  • The new renewal session will take approximately 90 minutes, or less than half the time of the current program.
  • Ontario drivers age 80 and over must renew their licences every two years.
  • In 2012, 117,237 drivers age 80 and older attended a group education session.
  • Ontario is the only province in Canada with a mandatory education component for senior driver’s licence renewal.
  • The current cost of renewal for seniors will remain the same at $32.There is no additional cost for a road test.

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“Ontario’s senior driver programs aim to keep seniors driving for as long as they can safely do so. These changes will help seniors stay on the roads safely with a more streamlined renewal process, while also better flagging those who shouldn’t be driving.”
— Glen Murray, Minister of Transportation, Minister of Infrastructure
“We want to help seniors stay connected and active in the communities they helped to build. Ontario’s senior driver programs will help senior drivers who are fit to drive, and pose no risk, renew their licences faster and with less stress.”
— Mario Sergio, Minister Responsible for Seniors Affairs
“Driving plays an important role in helping seniors maintain their independence. These changes strike the right balance in keeping everyone safe on the road by using evidence-based methods to test the ability to drive safely.”
— Susan Eng, CARP vice-president, advocacy

CONTACTS

Patrick Searle
Minister’s Office
416-327-1815

Bob Nichols
Communications Branch
416-327-1158

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

 


 

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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 »

Armoured car workers lobby on Parliament Hill

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on February 13, 2014 at 1:19 PM

Taskforce on armoured car sector needed

OTTAWA, Feb. 13, 2014 /CNW/ – Workers in the armoured car sector are on Parliament Hill today to urge the Minister of Public Safety Steven Blaney and Members of Parliament to strike a taskforce on safety in the industry. The lobby takes place on the heels of two robberies of armoured cars in Montreal and Toronto.

In a landmark ruling released last month, two-person, one man all off armoured car crews were declared unsafe by a federal health and safety officer after an exhaustive investigation. Read the rest of this entry »

Subaru Canada: 2013 Marks Another All-Time Annual Sales Record

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on January 31, 2014 at 3:00 AM
  • Subaru sells a record 36,760 units in 2013, increasing sales by a whopping 18.7 percent over 2012.
  • All regions set new records for annual sales.
  • BRZ, Forester and XV Crosstrek outshine their previous December records, with increased sales of 61.1, 51.1 and 19.7 percent respectively. Read the rest of this entry »

Best-ever year for Lexus helps Toyota Canada Inc. increase sales by 1.7% in 2013

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on January 30, 2014 at 3:00 AM
  • Best-ever year for TCI truck sales
  • Toyota RAV4, Tacoma 4X4, Prius c and Scion FR-S set annual sales records

TORONTO, Jan. 3, 2014 /CNW/ – Toyota Canada  Inc. (TCI) reported total sales of 195,360 vehicles in 2013, an increase of 1.7% versus 2012. It was the best year ever for Lexus, with sales of 15,949 luxury vehicles, up 5.6%.

Led by the Canadian-made RAV4, it was also a record year for TCI truck sales, up 8.6% at 92,781. The RAV4 has had 11 consecutive monthly sales records, bringing the compact SUV’s 2013 total to 33,156, surpassing the previous annual record of 25,942 set in 2012. Read the rest of this entry »

Mazda Canada reports sales for December and 2013 full-year

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on January 26, 2014 at 3:00 AM

– 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 »

Drivers to Pay Less for Drive Clean Test‏

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Drivers to Pay Less for Drive Clean Test

December 18, 2013

Ontario Committed to Fair Pricing and Clean Air

Starting April 1, vehicle owners will pay five dollars less for their Drive Clean emission tests.After 12 years in deficit due to start-up costs, Drive Clean went into surplus in 2011. The province is reducing the test fee from $35 to $30 to make sure the program does not take in more money than it costs to run.

According to the Ontario Medical Association, smog contributes to 9,500 premature deaths each year. Repairs made to cars and trucks as a result of Drive Clean tests reduce smog emissions by more than one-third.

Ensuring fair prices for government programs and services is part of Ontario’s plan to invest in people, build modern infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.

QUICK FACTS

  • Drive Clean has kept more than 335,000 tonnes of smog-causing pollutants from entering the air since 1999.
  • Drive Clean fees for heavy duty vehicles are set by individual facilities at market rates and are not covered by this fee reduction.
  • Drive Clean has reduced light duty vehicle emissions of carbon monoxide, an air pollutant, by about 3.2 million tonnes.
  • Smog can lead to serious health problems such as respiratory and cardiovascular illnesses, and death.

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QUOTES

“We are fulfilling a commitment to reduce the Drive Clean test fee for drivers, effective April 1. This fee reduction will ensure Drive Clean is revenue neutral while it reduces automobile pollution and protects public health.”
— Jim Bradley, Minister of the Environment

CONTACTS

Contact information for the general public
416-325-4000
1-800-565-4923

Kate Jordan
Communications Branch
416-314-6666
Kate.Jordan@ontario.ca

Lyndsay Miller
Minister’s Office
416-314-6739
Lyndsay.Miller@ontario.ca

Ministry of the Environment
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Minister to Announce Drive Clean Changes‏

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on January 13, 2014 at 3:00 AM
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Minister to Announce Drive Clean Changes

December 17, 2013

Jim Bradley, Minister of the Environment, will make an important announcement about the Drive Clean program.

Date: Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Ontario Legislature Building, East Lobby Doors
Queens Park, Toronto

Note: Media not currently accredited by the Legislative Assembly should contact Gerald Christopher, Press Gallery Coordinator, for press conference access. Please call 416-325-7922 or email gerald_christopher@ontla.ola.org.

 


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Drive Safe This Winter

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Pets, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on December 7, 2013 at 3:00 AM
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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
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Province Offers Online Driver’s Licence Renewal‏

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on October 9, 2013 at 3:00 AM
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Province Offers Online Driver’s Licence Renewal

September 25, 2013

Ontario Making it Easier to Access Important Government Services

Ontario is now allowing drivers to renew their licences online ­– the first province in Canada to do so.Ontario drivers need to renew their licences every five years.  Now, eligible drivers who renew online at ServiceOntario.ca/DriversLicence will be able to use their existing licence photos for an additional five-year renewal cycle, meaning they will only need to renew in person every ten years.

When drivers renew their licences online, they can also get licence plate stickers, driver abstracts and other driver and vehicle products in the same transaction.

Offering more online services is part of the Ontario government’s plan to help people in their everyday lives and make it easier for them to access important government services, when and where they need them.

QUICK FACTS

  • The new online driver’s licence renewal service is added to the more than 40 services already offered online. These include renewing licence plate stickers, changing addresses and applying for birth, death or marriage certificates.
  • ServiceOntario processed more than 1.6 million driver’s licence renewal transactions last year.
  • Drivers can now use Interac® Online, in addition to major credit cards, to pay online.
  • ServiceOntario meets its online service guarantee for more than 99 per cent of transactions.

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QUOTES

“With the launch of the new online driver’s licence renewal service, Ontario becomes the first province in Canada to provide drivers with the option to renew their licence online. We are committed to making it easier and more convenient for the people of Ontario to access important government services.”
— John Milloy, Minister of Government Services

CONTACTS

Jenna Mannone
Minister’s Office
416 327-0948

Christian Hasse
Communications Branch
416-212-6404

Ministry of Government Services
http://www.ontario.ca/government

 


 

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Great Offer from Ford: Exclusively for Eligible Costco Members

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Home Decor, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Pets, Radio Podcasts, Religion, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on May 27, 2013 at 3:00 AM
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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.

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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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DesRosiers Automotive Reports – January Observations‏

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Zipcar Launches Membership Offer with No Annual Fee

In cars, Writing (all kinds) on January 25, 2013 at 3:00 AM

Zero Membership Fee ‘Access Plan’ Starts in Canada

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Jan. 4, 2013 /CNW/ – Zipcar, Inc. (Nasdaq: ZIP), the world’s leading car sharing network, today announced a new weekday, no annual fee driving program called the ‘Access Plan,’ which will be introduced as a pilot program in Toronto and Vancouver, Canada. Read the rest of this entry »

DesRosiers Automotive Reports – Canadian Sales December 2012‏

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Sports, Technology, travel, Writing (all kinds) on January 19, 2013 at 3:00 AM

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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 »

Boxing Week Specials‏

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DesRosiers Automotive Reports – December Observations‏

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DesRosiers Automotive Reports – November Observations‏

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DesRosiers Vehicle Import Study – “Four times more Porsches imported than Hyundais”‏

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Ø  42 percent of ‘used’ vehicle imports in 2011 were from current model years

Ø  Four times more Porsches imported than Hyundais

Ø  Chevrolet, Ford and Toyota the largest volume brands for imports

 

A new report from DesRosiers Automotive Consultants Inc. indicates that the majority of ‘used’ vehicles imported into Canada are from recent model years with the 2010-12 model years combined representing approximately 42% of all imports in 2011.  The DesRosiers Vehicle Import Study, new from DesRosiers Automotive Consultants Inc. (DAC), demonstrates the effects that cross-border trade continues to have on Canada’s new and used vehicle markets. Read the rest of this entry »

DesRosiers Automotive Reports – Observations

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Opinion, Radio Podcasts, Technology, travel, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on August 22, 2012 at 3:00 AM

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Residual Value of Light Vehicles on the Rise!‏

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Sports, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on August 11, 2012 at 3:00 AM

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Torontonians wise to vehicle theft but not auto insurance, sources say

In Business, cars, Culture, Education, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Writing (all kinds) on July 1, 2012 at 3:00 AM
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A little education can go a long way. It can vault someone into a higher-paying career, help people understand different cultures and keep them off the streets. It can also help reduce car theft.

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Book Review: Dennis DesRosiers’ The Best of Observations

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Technology, travel, Writing (all kinds) on June 29, 2012 at 3:00 AM

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By Rachel Muenz

Apart from working in auto parts factories for a couple of summers, I have little knowledge or interest in the Canadian automotive industry. But, I found Dennis DesRosiers’ collection of articles on this topic not only informative but also quite fascinating at times. Read the rest of this entry »

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

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Technology, travel, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on April 1, 2012 at 3:00 AM

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[TPS] – Open House, Sunday, January 15, 2012, noon, 53 Division, 75 Eglinton Avenue West‏

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Technology, travel, Writing (all kinds) on January 14, 2012 at 2:11 PM

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Nissan Canada delivers first 100% electric Nissan LEAF to Canadian consumer

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Living, Media Writing, Technology, travel, Writing (all kinds) on September 28, 2011 at 3:00 AM

– Ottawa Resident Receives Keys to 2011 Nissan LEAF from President of Nissan Canada –

September 23, 2011 @ 07:30PM

MISSISSAUGA, ON – Today Nissan Canada made history when it delivered the first all-electric Nissan LEAF to a Canadian consumer at an event in Ottawa. Ricardo Borba, an Ottawa resident and the first person in Canada to place a Nissan LEAF order, received the keys to his black Nissan LEAF SL from Allen Childs, President of Nissan Canada. Hunt Club Nissan in Ottawa hosted the event and is also hosting the Ottawa stop of Nissan’s cross-Canada Drive Electric Tour. Read the rest of this entry »

Oshawa submits a compelling case against a proposed ethanol refinery at its harbour

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on August 30, 2011 at 3:00 AM

City of Oshawa hand delivers its 300-page response along with 3,300 opposition letters to Ottawa

August 15, 2011 @ 07:00AM

OSHAWA – The City of Oshawa’s six-week successful public awareness campaign opposing a proposed ethanol refinery by FarmTech Energy Corporation (FarmTech) on the shoreline of Lake Ontario has resulted in the delivery of the City’s 300-page comment submission to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Ottawa. Accompanying the submission are approximately 3,300 resident letters in opposition, as well as influential letters from the David Suzuki Foundation, Council of Canadians and Margaret Atwood. Read the rest of this entry »

Canada Road Safety Week Campaign Results

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Radio Podcasts, Technology, travel, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on May 27, 2011 at 3:00 AM

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“Canada Road Safety Week,” from Monday, May 16, 2011 to Monday, May 23, 2011, Read the rest of this entry »

Young and Newly Licensed Drivers Especially Vulnerable to “Drugging and Driving” During Holidays

In Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Disability, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Living, Media Writing, Technology, travel, Writing (all kinds) on December 21, 2010 at 8:00 AM

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Allstate Canada’s Home for the Holidays program emphasizes impaired driving consequences

December 06, 2010 @ 06:00AM

TORONTO – At a time when the incidence of impaired driving due to prescription and illegal drug use is on the rise, many young and newly licensed drivers will be spending their first holiday season on the road, vulnerable to the temptations of over-indulgence. Allstate Insurance Company of Canada has created the Home for the Holidays program to educate these young drivers in particular about the breadth of consequences that will ensue should they decide to drive while impaired. Read the rest of this entry »

SUBARU CANADA: BEST NOVEMBER SALES ON RECORD

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Technology, travel, Writing (all kinds) on December 16, 2010 at 1:00 AM

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Sales surpass 25,000 units for best year ever

MISSISSAUGA, ON, Dec. 1 /CNW/ – Subaru Canada, Inc. (SCI) is thrilled to announce that sales of its lineup of Subaru symmetrical full-time All-Wheel Drive vehicles have set a new record for November as well as a new milestone in company history. Total sales climbed to 2,567 units, up 15.9 percent over last November. These record-breaking results also catapulted Subaru over the 25,000-unit mark, making 2010 the best year in company history with still another month left to continue the momentum. Year-to-date sales are up 20.7 percent, fortifying Subaru Canada’s position as the fastest growing Japanese manufacturer in Canada for 2010. Read the rest of this entry »

Les ventes de Chrysler Canada bondissent de 34 % en novembre

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Technology, travel, Uncategorized, Writing (all kinds) on December 15, 2010 at 3:00 AM

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* 12 mois de croissance consécutifs d’une année sur l’autre
* Les ventes totales font un bond de 34 % en novembre
* Les ventes les plus élevées depuis 2002 pour un mois de novembre
* Les ventes de véhicules de marque JeepMD progressent de 41 %
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BMW Group Canada achieves best ever November retails

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Technology, travel, Writing (all kinds) on December 14, 2010 at 2:00 AM

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BMW and MINI brands set all-time November records

RICHMOND HILL, ON, Dec. 1 /CNW/ – BMW Group Canada (BMW and MINI brands combined) achieved its best ever November retail sales with 2956 units, an increase of 22.0 % compared to November 2009. On the year, BMW Group Canada reported sales of 29,136 units, representing an increase of 9.0 % over the same period last year. Read the rest of this entry »

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

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Technology, travel, Writing (all kinds) on December 12, 2010 at 6:00 AM

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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. Read the rest of this entry »

November 2010 Car Sales

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Technology, travel, Writing (all kinds) on November 27, 2010 at 8:00 AM

OBS2010-11-A Window of Opportunity

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. What ever it is called it looks pretty good for selected players in the coming years.

Dennis

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