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


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


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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.

Ontario Centres of Excellence, 325 Front Street West, Suite 300, Toronto, Ontario M5V 2Y1 Canada

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Media Research Continued


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

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More Media Reasearch


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


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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


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)


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


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. Continue reading

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Armoured car workers lobby on Parliament Hill


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. Continue reading

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


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


  • 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. Continue reading

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Mazda Canada reports sales for December and 2013 full-year


– 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. Continue reading

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Hyundai Canada achieves record 2013 sales


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. Continue reading

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


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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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DesRosiers Automotive Reports – January Observations‏


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Zipcar Launches Membership Offer with No Annual Fee


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. Continue reading

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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. Continue reading

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

 

 

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. Continue reading

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Residual Value of Light Vehicles on the Rise!‏


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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.

Read further about used vehicle market trends, and the complicated interactions between the new and used vehicle markets, in our DesRosiers Automotive Reports and AutoWatch newsletters. Contact Albena Saltcheva (905-881-0400 x.18) for pricing and subscription information.

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


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By Rachel Muenz

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.

Auto thefts in Toronto have been dropping steadily for the past few years, according to figures from the Toronto Police Service. In 2007, a grand total of 8,506 vehicles were stolen in the city, while in 2008, thieves made away with 6,687, a 21 percent drop from the year before.

And, so far this year, there’s been a further 20 percent decrease with 4,175 vehicles stolen as of Oct. 13.

Const. Wendy Drummond of the Toronto Police Service’s public information unit says this is likely because of increased knowledge of car theft and more focused policing.

“People are becoming wise to car security,” Drummond says. “The manufacturers are installing anti-theft products in the cars, people are using them and our general and overall police patrol have specialized units with auto theft.”

Thanks to information campaigns in the winter, more people know that thieves often steal cars when owners leave them running in their driveways with the keys in them, she adds. Drummond says Torontonians are also more aware of another type of auto theft that begins with a theft in their houses.

“We’ve had educational and public awareness alerting people to break and enters to their homes where usually high-end vehicles [are] parked in the driveway,” Drummond says. “[Thieves] would take the car keys knowing that they’re going to be right near the front door and then steal the car.”

Most of the new housing developments in Toronto also have secure parking garages to keep cars, which have also helped reduce theft, Drummond adds.

But there is one area where all drivers, not just ones from Toronto, could use a little more education – auto insurance.

In Ontario, there are mandatory types of auto insurance coverage and optional ones. Drivers need the mandatory coverages to drive legally in the province since they protect you if you’re injured in an accident or at fault in a collision.

But James Geuzebroek, manager of media relations at the Insurance Bureau of Canada, says the mandatory coverages do not cover auto theft.

To be covered if your car is stolen, you need to get comprehensive coverage, Geuzebroek says.

“Comprehensive, which covers theft, is one of those optional coverages,” he says. “So you don’t automatically have it.”

And, while Geuzebroek says most people know they need different kinds of coverages to protect against auto theft, there are still many who probably don’t.

“It’s true that many people just . . . don’t understand auto insurance well, so it is always a good idea to take the time to talk to your insurance provider and make sure that you do have the coverage that you want,” he says.

Geuzebroek says comprehensive coverage will give you the value of your car if it is stolen and not recovered, even if your car is left unlocked. However, comprehensive coverage is probably only worth getting if your car is worth stealing, he adds.

“If you’re driving an old beater, maybe [comprehensive coverages] aren’t necessary for you,” he says. “Maybe they’re not worth the premium that you have to pay for them.”

That cost varies depending on the make, model and year of your car and the kind of neighbourhood you live in, Geuzebroek adds. He says if someone makes a claim in a neighbourhood where auto theft is rampant their rates will probably go up. However, if a car is stolen somewhere where auto theft is rare, a claim likely won’t have an affect.

Also, there is one thing about auto theft coverage, in particular, most people don’t know.

If things are stolen from your car, unless they are auto accessories, they aren’t covered by auto insurance but by either home, condominium or tenant’s insurance. And some companies need evidence of a break-in to cover the theft, so if your car was left unlocked, you may be out of luck when making a claim.

Geuzebroek says many people don’t know items in their cars aren’t covered because most people don’t read up on their insurance.

“Insurance is a subject that is important . . . but it’s not one that many people are all that interested in taking the time to learn about,” he says. “We tend to buy it and renew it without really . . . giving much thought to what coverages our policy does have or what exclusions it has.”

To avoid getting stuff stolen from your car, both Geuzebroek and Drummond suggest keeping items, especially expensive electronics, cash, gifts and clothing in your home or at least out of sight. And, of course, keeping your car locked is always important.

“It’s a theft of opportunity,” Drummond says. “If you make it easy for the person they will target that vehicle as opposed to one that clearly has some type of security system or one that is locked or one that is secured in a secure garage.”

For more information on auto and other types of insurance, visit the Insurance Bureau of Canada website:
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For tips on preventing auto theft visit the Toronto Police Service’s auto theft webpage:
http://www.torontopolice.on.ca/crimeprevention/autotheft.php or the Ontario Provincial Police’s Provincial Auto Theft Team website:
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Book Review: Dennis DesRosiers’ The Best of Observations


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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.

DesRosiers, who heads DesRosiers Automotive Consultants Inc., is said to be one of Canada’s most prominent automotive industry analysts. His monthly “Observations” columns have looked at trends and problems in various sectors of the auto industry for almost 20 years. The Best of Observations, as the title suggests, is a collection of the best of these columns from the early 1990s to 2009. Though clearly meant for those who work and or invest in the auto industry, The Best of Observations is also a great read for the average person.

The articles are organized into nine sections which cover each sector of the Canadian auto industry as well as market outlook, strategy and policy issues.

DesRosiers provides his thoughts on where each of these areas is going, a bit of the history involved, problems and blunders in the industry and what he believes are the best ways to fix them. He supports these points well with both hard data and some ballpark guesses. Though these facts and figures can be boring at times they’re mostly presented in a way readers can relate to. Overall, the book is not data-heavy and is an easy and engaging read.

The language is straightforward though often lively with a dash of humour as well. DesRosiers clearly loves what he does and is passionate about the auto industry and this shines through in his writing. But, the book does have a bit of industry lingo and business acronyms which sent me off on some Google searches – OEM, for example, stands for “original equipment manufacturer.”

Also, the book can sometimes be repetitive since there is some overlap between articles. For example, the fact that most vehicles lasted around 150,000 km in the 1960s and now last around 300,000 km today is mentioned often throughout the collection.

Yet, as a whole, a little repetition doesn’t take away from the important insights in this book.

In particular, I found the articles on the recent crash of the Detroit Three automakers the most enlightening. DesRosiers examines how and why the decline happened, what he thinks of how it’s being addressed, what else should be done to improve these manufacturer’s fortunes and how things are likely to play out in the industry. And, while DesRosiers is realistic he also leaves us with the feeling that all hope is not lost for the auto industry.

However, though the older articles give an idea of how past trends are affecting the present, they may not interest everyone. Also, because the articles are not always in chronological order in their respective sections, this might make it difficult for some readers to see how some of the past articles connect to the present.

That small complaint aside, DesRosiers is also not afraid to make controversial statements, resulting in some very interesting arguments.

For example, when leasing was popular for both auto dealers and consumers in the 1990s, he wrote that for most consumers it is a terrible idea. Through solid numbers and examples he shows that leasing a car, while it can be a good idea in the short-term, actually costs more in the long-term than getting a car loan. Prospective vehicle buyers should find this section very useful in figuring out when it’s a good idea to lease.

The more recent articles in the book also have some very compelling points about fuel efficiency.

DesRosiers argues that government targets for fuel efficiency are impossible for automakers to meet by the 2020 deadline. He shows that an improvement of about 10 per cent in fuel efficiency has taken 25 years to achieve in the Canadian auto industry. Therefore, making a greater improvement in 12 years is just not feasible.

His main criticism of these government environmental policies is that they target automakers when consumers are also to blame for poor fuel efficiency. DesRosiers also points out that, considering the weak economy, governments should give automakers a chance to recover before making them tackle fuel efficiency. While environmentalists might not like the suggestion of putting money before fuel efficiency, DesRosiers does have a point. You do need money to invest in clean technology, after all.

In the end, this book has a lot of valuable information about the Canadian auto industry and makes you think about the changes and policies meant to improve it. Whether you want to be a better consumer, want to know what the future holds for the auto industry or you just want something intelligent to read, you’ll likely find something to enjoy in this collection.

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


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Toronto Police Service
News Release

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


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Toronto Police Service
News Release

Open House, Sunday, January 15, 2012, noon, 53 Division, 75 Eglinton Avenue West

Saturday, January 14, 2012 – 6:00 AM
53 Division
416-808-5300

On Sunday, January 15, 2012, between noon and 4 p.m., at 75 Eglinton Avenue West, Staff Inspector Heinz Kuck is inviting the residents and business community of 53 Division to attend the annual Open House.

Community members are welcome to attend 53 Division to meet local officers and take a tour of the station. The tour will involve crime prevention and educational displays and visitors will have a rare opportunity to view an original 1957 Chevy police car.

On hand will be members of the TPS Mounted Unit, Police Dog Services, the Marine Unit and the Emergency Task, Force.

Refreshments will be served.

53 Division’s boundaries are Lawrence Avenue West to the north, Bloor Street to the south, the Don River to the east and Bathurst Street to the west.

For further information, please call Staff Sergeant Peter Henry at 416-808-5354.

Constable Tony Vella, Corporate Communications, for Staff Sergeant Peter Henry, 53 Division

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


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– 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.

“This is a significant milestone in the movement that brings sustainable mobility within our grasp and at Nissan we’re excited to be leading the way by bringing the world’s first all-electric car to the mass market, which was also recognized as the 2011 World Car of the Year,” said Allen Childs, President of Nissan Canada, Inc. “Today we made history by handing over the keys to Mr. Borba, the first Canadian consumer to purchase a Nissan LEAF. This represents the freedom to choose a car that has no tailpipe, produces no emissions and will never have to visit a gas station.”

Borba, a 44-year old electrical engineer, and software developer with IBM currently lives in Ottawa, Ontario with his wife and son. His new Nissan LEAF will be the family’s primary car providing ample range for their day-to-day commutes.

“My family and I were starting to look for a new car last year when the Deepwater Horizon oil spill occurred and prompted us to think about alternatives to gas-powered vehicles,” said Borba. “We considered several options and the Nissan LEAF was the one that best fits our needs. It’s all-electric and looks and drives just like a regular car with five seats, ample cargo space and loaded with high-tech features. It’s smooth, quiet and has incredible acceleration. In other words, it’s fun to drive!”

Delivery of Model Year 11 Nissan LEAFs will continue in the coming weeks across Canada. In late October, Nissan Canada will open its online reservation process for its allocation of Model Year 12 Nissan LEAFs. Reservations are eligible to those registered on the Nissan LEAF microsite (www.nissan.ca/LEAF) and living within the vicinity of the 27 EV-certified dealers across Canada. By the end of MY12 Nissan anticipates 600 Nissan LEAFs on Canadian roads.

Coinciding with the event is the Ottawa stop of Nissan’s Drive Electric Tour (DET), a one-of-a-kind consumer driving experience. Hosted at the 27 EV-Certified dealers across Canada, the DET provides prospective Nissan LEAF owners and those curious about all-electric mobility with the opportunity to learn about the car, its technology, and features, and take it for a test drive. More information about the DET and reservations for test drives are available at http://www.nissan.ca/driveelectrictour.

“We’re thrilled to host the event today representing the arrival of the Nissan LEAF to the Canadian market,” said Jean Malouin, President of Hunt Club Nissan. “We’ve had a lot of consumers come into the dealership asking questions about the Nissan LEAF, really curious about an all-electric car and how it would fit into their lifestyle. It’s very exciting to be at the forefront of the sustainable mobility movement.”

About the Nissan LEAF

One of the industry’s most-discussed vehicles for a good reason, Nissan LEAF™ is the world’s first mass-marketed all-electric car made for the real-world driving needs of consumers and was recently named the 2011 World Car of the Year.

Nissan LEAF is a medium-size hatchback with ample cargo space and seating for five adults comfortably. With a range of 160 kilometres (EPA LA4 cycle) on one full charge, Nissan LEAF provides 90% of Canadians with the range needed for daily commutes. With a 240 volt home charging dock full charge is achieved in seven hours, and with a Level 3 Quick Charger, 80% charge can be achieved in just 26 minutes.

Powered by a lithium-ion battery, Nissan LEAF generates 107 horsepower, 207 lb-ft of torque providing a highly responsive, fun-to-drive experience. Because there’s no traditional engine, Nissan LEAF is ultra-quiet and for safety reasons, a sound had to be added so pedestrians could hear the car coming. In April, Nissan LEAF was awarded a “Top Safety Pick” rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The instrument panel provides the driver with regular updates on a range and driving efficiency, and using a telematics system called CARWINGS, the driver can communicate with the car via a smartphone with the ability to turn on the air conditioning or heat remotely and manage and monitor charging.

More information, high-res images, and b-roll are available at http://www.media.nissan.ca or upon request.
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About Nissan Canada Inc.

Nissan Canada Inc. (NCI) is the Canadian sales, marketing, and distribution subsidiary of Nissan Motor Limited and Nissan North America, Inc. With offices in Vancouver (BC), Mississauga (ON), and Kirkland (QC), NCI directly employs 250 full-time staff. There are 171 independent Nissan dealerships and 29 Infiniti retailers across Canada. A pioneer in zero-emission mobility, Nissan made history with the introduction of the Nissan LEAF, the first affordable, mass-market, pure-electric vehicle, and winner of numerous international accolades including the prestigious 2011 European Car of the Year and World Car of the Year awards.

More information about Nissan in Canada and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at http://www.nissan.ca and http://www.infiniti.ca.

About Nissan

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan’s second largest Japanese automotive company by volume, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan and is an integral pillar of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 150,000 employees globally, Nissan provided customers with more than 4 million vehicles in 2010. With a strong commitment to developing exciting and innovative products for all, Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of fuel-efficient and low-emissions vehicles under the Nissan and Infiniti brands. A pioneer in zero-emission mobility, Nissan made history with the introduction of the Nissan LEAF, the first affordable, mass-market, pure-electric vehicle, and winner of numerous international accolades including the prestigious 2011 European Car of the Year and World Car of the Year awards.

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


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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.

“On behalf of Oshawa City Council, a sincere thank you to Oshawa residents and to community and advocacy groups for voicing their strong opposition to the construction and operation of a colossal ethanol refinery at the Oshawa Harbour,” says Mayor Henry. “Your opposition letters have been hand delivered to the Federal Government and I am optimistic that your comments will have a huge impact on the Public Consultation Review process.”

The City faced a number of obstacles during the six-week widespread campaign.

City consultants were denied access to the proposed site by the Oshawa Harbour Commission (OHC), which was integral to preparing the City’s EA comment submission.
The OHC refused to share any business cases, leases or data related to the proposed ethanol refinery.


The Federal Government extended the 30-day public consultation period only by two weeks, even though Oshawa Council requested a 60-day public review period extension.
The City of Oshawa is being portrayed as “anti-job creation” by the OHC and FarmTech when in fact the proposed ethanol refinery will have an extremely low employment density per acre (approx. 40 staff employed on the 30.4-acre site).

The City’s comprehensive submission is based on an in-depth review of the Environmental Assessment (EA) Screening Report from a legal, land use planning and scientific perspective. The submission emphasizes that the Screening Report does not comply with the legal requirements of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA), fails to address serious land-use compatibility issues, and does not provide the data and analysis necessary to evaluate the environmental effects of the ethanol refinery. More specifically, the submission:

Denounces the “develop first, plan later” approach that fails to comply with the July 2010 Settlement Agreement between the OHC, the City, and the federal government. According to the Agreement, future development is to be conducted cooperatively between the City and the OHC until a land use plan is in place.

Stresses that the proposed ethanol refinery represents “a very real danger” to the City, its residents, and nearby ecological features, pointing out that FarmTech has failed to conduct a quantitative analysis of the likelihood of significant adverse environmental effects.

Asserts that CEAA assessment requirements were not met regarding environmental effects on surrounding land uses and ecological features from air emissions, noise, odour, vapour, surface water contamination, groundwater contamination and cumulative effects.

Calls attention to FarmTech’s failure to assess risks to human health posed by the project’s emissions of “fine particulate matter,” a toxic substance listed under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act and linked to causing premature deaths in Canada.

Emphasizes that the proposed ethanol refinery has been misclassified under Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment Land Use Compatibility Guidelines – a serious and far-reaching deficiency as the classification was used to limit the assessment of adverse environmental effects.

For details, download the Overview of the City’s Comment Submission or read the complete response submission at http://www.oshawa.ca/harbour.

Backgrounder

The City launched its awareness campaign on July 1, 2011, in response to a letter received late June from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada notifying the City that an EA Review was underway for a proposed ethanol refinery to be located on Crown Land at the Oshawa Harbour.

The campaign message is that an ethanol refinery does not belong on the waterfront and is much more suited to an agricultural location. The City quickly spread the word through social media, news releases, local advertisements and the printing of opposition form letters. During the six-week campaign:

Brock Township, also located in Durham Region, announced its interest in hosting the ethanol refinery as it is an agricultural-related use that would be suited to their rural community.
The David Suzuki Foundation, Margaret Atwood, and Maude Barlow, National Chairperson, Council of Canadians, sent influential response letters supporting the City’s position.
Oshawa MP Colin Carrie reaffirmed that he is behind the community’s opposition to an ethanol refinery at the Oshawa Harbour.
Approximately 3,300 Durham Region residents signed letters of opposition.
The Canadian Environmental Law Association, Friends of Second Marsh and Lake Ontario Waterkeeper announced their vehement opposition to an ethanol refinery at the Oshawa Harbour.

The enormous facility would include four-grain silos, each standing 125 feet high (equivalent to four 12-storey buildings). In addition, the shipment of raw materials and end product into and out of the ethanol refinery would generate hundreds of daily truck trips near the harbour.

The refinery would be capable of producing 210 million litres of ethanol annually, which would require processing 525,000,000 kilograms of corn each year (approximately 10 per cent of Ontario’s annual corn crop) and would result in approximately 168,000,000 kilograms of carbon dioxide (a greenhouse gas) emitted annually as a byproduct of the fermentation process.

This would be the only ethanol refinery located along the Canadian shoreline of Lake Ontario. It would be adjacent to the Waterfront Trail and to the Second Marsh, a Provincially Significant Wetland. The proposed facility would be near the picturesque Lakeview Park, a 46-acre community hotspot with a sandy beach, boardwalk, playgrounds, picnic areas, sports fields and scenic trails.

For updates, follow the campaign on Twitter, Facebook or YouTube by searching “OshawaCity.”

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Canada Road Safety Week Campaign Results


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Thursday, May 26, 2011 – 4:12 PM
Traffic Services
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

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


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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.

“Drugging and Driving” facts

* In 2006, drug use while driving was estimated to be a factor in over 13 percent of traffic fatalities in Canada.
* In fact, a study of fatal car crashes in Canada from 2000–2007 showed that more drivers who were 18 or under had drugs in their system as opposed to alcohol (30.4 percent vs. 29.6 percent).
* More than 60 percent of those who use illegal drugs are between 15–24 years old, according to the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse in Ottawa.

The non-fatal consequences of impaired driving
Consequences if a young driver tests positive for alcohol or drugs at a roadside stop:

* Automatic licence suspension for 90 days;
* Charged under section 253a of the Criminal Code of Canada — operating a vehicle while impaired.

Consequences if a young driver is convicted of impaired driving:

* Fined a minimum of $600;
* Licence suspension for a minimum of one year;
* Ineligible to buy car insurance from a standard insurer for three years and will have to buy from a very expensive high-risk insurer;
* Damage to a young driver’s reputation, as an impaired driving conviction could follow them for the rest of their life, potentially damaging their chances at future employment;
* Explain their reckless behavior to their friends and family.

As part of its commitment to keep Canada’s roads and communities safe, Allstate Canada is a proud sponsor of MADD Canada’s Project Red Ribbon campaign. Allstate Canada encourages members of every community to visit their local Allstate Agency to pick up a MADD Canada Red Ribbon in support of sober driving this holiday season. Drivers who display the red ribbon on their car, are making a personal commitment to driving sober this December and throughout the year. For more information about impaired driving, visit goodhandsadvice.ca.

Video

A new video is available to embed on online news websites. It tells the tragic story of Terri Callaway and shows young people the many consequences of impaired driving.

To view and embed: http://bit.ly/impaireddriving

Extended Broadcast Quality Broll footage is also available. It includes interviews, a simulated arrest, jail scene and drug and alcohol testing.

Broadcast quality download: http://bit.ly/impaireddrivingbroll
Quotes

“Your parents would rather get a late night call from a party than from the hospital or the police station. We are asking young drivers to be responsible and call a taxi or stay at a friend’s house if you are not in a condition to drive.”

Saskia Matheson, official spokesperson for Allstate Canada

“Incidents involving young drivers are especially troubling as the level of driving experience is low. Anything that impairs their ability to react to a dangerous situation only increases the risk of serious injury or death.”

Chief Armand La Barge of the York Regional Police

“Although the misuse of drugs has long been considered a major social problem, the acute and devastating consequences of driving while under the influence of drugs has only recently come to the forefront as a public health and safety issue.”

Douglas J. Beirness, researcher at the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse
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About Allstate Insurance Company of Canada

Allstate Insurance Company of Canada is one of Canada’s leading producers and distributors of home and auto insurance products. “The Good Hands Network®” enables consumers to contact Allstate Canada through one of 93 community-based Agencies, directly online at http://www.allstate.ca and through the Customer Contact Centre at 1-800-Allstate. Allstate Canada is committed to making a positive difference in the communities in which it operates and has partnered with organizations such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD Canada), Crime Stoppers, United Way and Junior Achievement. In 2010, Allstate Canada, in partnership with the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA), created the Allstate All-Canadians program, a mentorship program designed to guide the next generation of Canada’s hockey youth. Learn more at http://www.allstate.all-canadians.com.

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SUBARU CANADA: BEST NOVEMBER SALES ON RECORD


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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.

Strong sales of Forester and Outback contributed to the best November ever for both models: Forester sales rose by 32.6 percent over the same month last year, also making this past month the best one on record for this true SUV. Similarly, sales were up 27.5 percent over last November for the 2011 Outback, which was recently named Auto123.com’s Wagon of the Year for the second year in a row.

“Canadians have embraced our vehicle lineup because it offers a compelling blend of excitement, efficiency, safety, quality, and reliability – in all seasons and under all road conditions,” said Shiro Ohta, president, and CEO of SCI. “We remain committed to building vehicles that will resonate with drivers who value their time behind the wheel.”

Subaru Canada, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, the company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of over 85 authorized dealers across Canada.

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Les ventes de Chrysler Canada bondissent de 34 % en novembre


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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 %
* Meilleures ventes pour un mois de novembre des véhicules Dodge Grand Caravan et Dodge Journey et des camionnettes Ram

WINDSOR, ON, le 1er déc. /CNW/ – Chrysler Canada a annoncé aujourd’hui une croissance des ventes pour un douzième mois consécutif avec 15 308 unités vendues, soit un bond de 34 % par rapport à novembre 2009, et des ventes cumulatives annuelles en hausse de 28 %. Les ventes au détail ont affiché une hausse de 80 %, le meilleur résultat à ce chapitre depuis 2002 pour un mois de novembre.

« Nous sommes dans le dernier droit d’une très bonne année », a déclaré Reid Bigland, président et chef de la direction de Chrysler Canada. « La production est en hausse de 76 % dans nos usines canadiennes, les ventes ont progressé de 28 %, et nous avons 14 nouveaux produits en cours de lancement. »

Trois véhicules, la Dodge Grand Caravan, le Dodge Journey et la camionnette Ram, ont affiché des résultats records pour un mois de novembre. La Dodge Grand Caravan, troisième véhicule le plus vendu au Canada, a enregistré des ventes de 4 413 unités, en hausse de 29 % par rapport au mois de novembre 2009. Les ventes du Dodge Journey, le véhicule multisegment le plus vendu au Canada, ont fait un gain de 30 %, à raison de 2 146 unités vendues. La camionnette Ram a affiché des ventes de 4 372 unités, une hausse de 138 % par rapport à 2009. De plus, les ventes du Ram Heavy Duty primé ont bondi de 296 % en novembre.

« La technologie diesel dont nous avons doté le Ram Heavy Duty est vraiment payante », a déclaré Dave Buckingham, vice-président des ventes, Chrysler Canada. « À la différence des clients de nos concurrents, les acheteurs de nos camions n’ont pas à subir la dépense et l’inconvénient d’avoir à remplir un réservoir d’urée distinct dans leur véhicule. »

Les véhicules de marque JeepMD ont connu un excellent mois, alors que le tout nouveau Jeep Grand Cherokee continue d’arriver chez les concessionnaires dans tout le pays. Les ventes du Jeep Grand Cherokee ont bondi de 121 % avec 984 unités vendues, un troisième mois de croissance consécutif de plus de 100 %. Les ventes du Jeep Wrangler ont progressé de 41 % avec 646 unités vendues et celles du Jeep Patriot, de 68 % avec 975 unités vendues

La Dodge Challenger construite à Brampton, en Ontario, a affiché une hausse des ventes de 12 % avec 123 unités vendues. Les ventes cumulatives annuelles de ce véhicule légendaire sont en hausse de 19 %.

Véhicules

Ventes en novembre

Novembre 2010
Novembre 2009
Variation en %

Nombre total
15 308
11 460
34 %

Modèles
Novembre 2010
Novembre 2009
Variation en %

Dodge Grand Caravan
4 413
3 411
29 %
Ventes records en novembre

Camionnette Ram
4 372
1 834
138 %
Ventes records en novembre

Dodge Journey
2 146
1 648
30 %
Ventes records en novembre

Jeep Grand Cherokee
984
446
121 %

Ventes cumulatives annuelles
Novembre 2010
Novembre 2009
Variation en %

Nombre total
190 548
149 360
28 %

Modèles
Novembre 2010
Novembre 2009
Variation en %

Dodge Grand Caravan
51 392
36 407
41 %
3e rang des ventes cumulatives annuelles au Canada

Camionnette Ram
49 341
28 068
76 %
4e rang des ventes cumulatives annuelles au Canada

Dodge Journey
21 918
13 564
62 %
1er rang des ventes cumulatives annuelles de véhicules multisegments au Canada

Chrysler Canada
Fondée en 1925 sous le nom Chrysler Corporation, Chrysler Canada Inc., établie à Windsor, en Ontario, célèbre son 85e anniversaire en 2010. Chrysler Canada est une filiale en propriété exclusive de Chrysler Group LLC, l’un des principaux constructeurs d’automobiles au monde. Dans la gamme de produits de Chrysler Canada figurent certains des modèles les plus reconnus au monde, dont la Dodge Grand Caravan, le JeepMD Wrangler et la Chrysler 300.

Pour obtenir de plus amples renseignements et des nouvelles de Chrysler, veuillez consulter le site Web http://www.media.chrysler.com.

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BMW Group Canada achieves best ever November retails


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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.

BMW Brand.
BMW reported best-ever November sales with 2510 retails, up 20.5 % from November 2009. Year-to-date BMW has reported sales of 24,950 units, an increase of 9.0% over the same period last year.

BMW Pre-owned.
BMW pre-owned reported 1021 retails in November, an increase of 30.4 % compared to November 2009. Year-to-date BMW pre-owned sales were up 18.7 % to 11,719 units versus the same period last year.

MINI Brand.
MINI reported 446 units sold in the month of November, an increase of 29.0 % from November 2009 and the strongest November on record. Year-to-date, MINI has reported 4,186 retails, an increase of 5.8 % over the same period last year.

MINI Pre-owned.
MINI pre-owned reported sales of 82 units in November, an increase of 28.1% compared to November 2009. Year-to-date MINI pre-owned sales have increased 79.3% percent over 2009 to 1282 units.

BMW Motorrad.
BMW Motorrad Canada reported retails in November of 41 units, an increase of 10.8% over the same period in 2009. BMW Motorrad breaks through CY2009 total retails, with year-to-date sales of 1,906 units, an increase of 8.0% over last year.

BMW Group Canada
BMW Group Canada, based in Richmond Hill, Ontario, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BMW AG and is responsible for the distribution of BMW luxury performance automobiles, Sports Activity Vehicles, Motorcycles, and MINI. BMW Group Financial Services Canada is a division of BMW Group Canada and offers retail financing and leasing programs and protection products on new and pre-owned BMW and MINI automobiles, as well as retail financing for new and pre-owned BMW Motorcycles. A total network of 41 BMW automobile retail centres, 19 BMW motorcycle retailers, and 26 MINI retailers represents the BMW Group across the country.

BMW Group
The BMW Group is one of the most successful manufacturers of automobiles and motorcycles in the world with its BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce brands. As a global company, the BMW Group operates 24 production facilities in 13 countries and has a global sales network in more than 140 countries.

The BMW Group achieved a global sales volume of approximately 1.29 million automobiles and over 87,000 motorcycles for the 2009 financial year. Revenues totaled euro 50.68 billion. At 31 December 2009, the company employed a global workforce of approximately 96,000 associates. The success of the BMW Group has always been built on long-term thinking and responsible action. The company has therefore established ecological and social sustainability throughout the value chain, comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to conserving resources as an integral part of its strategy. As a result of its efforts, the BMW Group has been ranked industry leader in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes for the last six years.

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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.

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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

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Light Vehicle Sales – October 2010‏


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

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60th birthday and 25th anniversary of our company‏


By Dennis DesRosiers

This Sunday, September 12’th I turn the big 60 and this November the 28’th the company completes its 25’th year in business.

I guess 25 years is proof that there is a need for the kinds of things that we do around here. And turning 60 explains some of the cynicism that I’m accused of in recent writings. After studying and writing about this sector for close to 41 years I still believe I only understand a small fraction of how this sector works. The one really good thing about having to write my “Observations” column each month is that it forces me to noodle through another issue and to my surprise I still come up interesting stuff most months … not all months … but most months. Re-read the Observations I sent out for August for instance. I think it is quite interesting and one of the better ones I’ve written in recent years.

My staff was wanting to have a big open house and we were trying to pull it off for this week but it was eating a lot of time, I took the summer off so I wasn’t around to Sheppard it through and it was going to cost a fair amount to host. So today I canned the idea entirely. Instead, we are going to make a very generous donation to our Endowments at the University of Windsor and Georgian College.

You will remember that the proceeds from my book went towards establishing two “DesRosiers Endowments for the Advancement of Automotive Studies” … one for each school. All together we were able to raise just under $150,000 for these Endowments and the proceeds are already going to students starting today the first day of school. We funded eight .. yes “EIGHT” scholarships for students this year. This is the best birthday present a 60-year-old could ask for. Coming from a grease monkey family any success I’ve had in life goes back to the decision to seek higher education and it thrills me that my book and other fundraising activities have raised enough money to help send eight young adults on their way to a higher education with an automotive emphasis as the focus of their studies.

So I apologize to anyone who was looking forward to our planned open house but I think funding young adult’s higher education is an adequate replacement.

By the way, I have absolutely no plans to retire. As I tell anyone that asks I plan to be carried out of here in a box and quite frankly a company like ours is not easily sellable so it is unlikely that I can cash out and go into retirement through that window.

Like this year and three years ago I do plan on taking more time off each year and hopefully working my way down to about 7-8 months on and 4-5 months off but being a “type A” personality I’m not sure I’ll reach that goal. I also set a goal of losing 50 pounds by my birthday and failed miserably … got to just over 30 but fell back a few the last week or so and am now only a little over halfway. But I do plan on staying on the treadmill and watching the calories ( I find it nearly impossible to formally diet ) and will hopefully get to my goal eventually. Man o Man is it hard to lose weight as you get older. But this is extremely important since if I want to work I have to stay healthy, so losing weight is top of mind.

Thanks to all my clients for 25 years of support, we strive to exceed our customer’s expectations on every project. And thanks to all my family, friends, extended family and friends and industry executives for the support over our 25 years.

Dennis

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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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Decade in Review – Part 44 – WD Store Counts – 2000 to 2009


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Dennis DesRosiers - August 26, 2010

By Dennis DesRosiers

Dennis DesRosiers – August 26, 2010

Attached are store counts for the major WD/Buying Groups in Canada for 2000 to 2009.

Warehouse Distributors/Buying Groups for those not knowledgeable about the aftermarket are the companies that own massive warehouses that distribute aftermarket parts to thousands of wholesalers across Canada ( if in the US they would be called Jobbers and are often called Jobbers north of the border as well ). These wholesalers, in turn, supply the approximately 20 thousand service outlets in Canada and these service outlets operate about 107 thousand service bays. With this many bays to supply you can see why Canada needs so many wholesalers.

We track 11 of these groups although some have consolidated in recent years so there are fewer players than what readily appears. In addition, we consider every new car dealer in Canada a wholesaler as well since they have become very active supplying aftermarket parts into the traditional aftermarket but these are NOT profiled in this analysis.

There has been a relatively slow growth in the number of wholesalers across Canada this past decade although some significant changes for any particular group. In 2000 there were 2,552 ( excluding car dealers ) wholesalers in Canada and in 2009 there were 2,763 wholesalers in Canada a relatively small change. Most WD’s have relatively stable store counts or declining store counts. The exception is Modern Sales Co-op who have seen their counts increase from 172 stores to 338 stores, Lordco out of BC/Alberta who have grown from 61 stores to 119 stores, PartSource who have grown from 27 stores to 87 stores and UniSelect who through acquisition have grown from 690 stores to 713 stores but also own Bumper to Bumper out West who add an additional 98 stores to their total. This makes UniSelect the largest WD in Canada by store count. NAPA with 577 stores would be the second largest WD and Modern Sales Co-op the largest Buying Group.

In my next note, I’ll profile some performance variables for this group of players which will provide a better understanding as to performance by market.

Dennis

ps. I’m still on vacation.

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State of Canadian Auto Manufacturing … one year later


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Dennis DesRosiers - August 25, 2010

Dennis DesRosiers – August 25, 2010

By Dennis DesRosiers

Well, it’s been a year now since GM and Chrysler emerged from bankruptcy with a billion of taxpayer dollars in their pockets. I looked at a long list of issues in the industry lately ( I’m on vacation as a write this … call me anal ) and the results with one exception were impressive … let us see now

. GM and Chrysler appear to be making progress out of bankruptcy …. check
. Ford is picking up market share … check
. some import nameplate brands are yielding market position to Detroit … check
. cost of manufacturing vehicles at the Detroit three has been adjusted downward and is now more competitive with the new domestics … check
. the markets in Canada, Mexico, and the USA are slowly returning to normal … check
. we haven’t noticed a supplier failure in months … check
. employment is returning to previous levels … NOT!!

Oh no, say it ain’t so Joe. The most important political variable in the automotive equation and the critical reason that our collective Governments dumped over a hundred $ billion into the Detroit three ( note: Ford got money to help meet new fuel efficiency requirements ) was to arrest declines in jobs. Indeed to increase jobs in the automotive sector. I haven’t looked at the US or Mexico but Statistics Canada has new employment numbers out for the year to date to the end of April and they are ugly … indeed very ugly.

We count four subsectors as part of the automotive manufacturing equation. Assembly of vehicles and automotive parts are at the core but we also put in motor vehicle body and trailer jobs and MTDM jobs ( machine tool die and mold ). Together they peaked at just under 200,000 jobs in Canada in 2001. Today they stand at 123,829 jobs a decline of about 80K and the lowest level since 1982. This is the fifth year in a row that automotive manufacturing employment has declined. The big loss was last year when over 34,000 jobs evaporated and panic reigned in Ottawa and Queen’s Park. But any politician that planned to pull a George Bush and stand on a frigate and announce “mission accomplished” had better wait for the next flight. Employment across all four industry sub-sectors continues to deteriorate this year. Close to 10,000 jobs have been lost compared to the identical period a year ago and remember a year ago the industry was in deep trouble so to be down from the depressed levels of a year ago indicates that the automotive and parts sector in Canada or at least the manufacturing side of the automotive sector is in seriously bad shape.

The assembly sector is the best of the bunch stabilizing at about 36K jobs down a bit from the lost year but no longer in a free fall. Still down over 21K jobs from their peak but at least stable. But the real job producer in this sector has always been the parts producers and they continue their free fall with employment down another 5,000 plus jobs this year. Employment in the parts sector peaked at just over 100 K in 2001 but since that time the auto parts sector has shed over 42,000 jobs with no end in sight.

And very troubling is the fact that one of the core capabilities in our automotive parts sector has always been its close link to the tooling sector and with the auto parts sector in the toilet this has devastated the Canadian tooling sector. The MTDM sector has traditionally been the most stable of our automotive-related manufacturing activities … rarely declining and usually slowly picking up employment. Between 1991 and 2006 this sector grew by 18K jobs to over 28K jobs. Virtually every one of them very highly skilled. Four years later in 2010, it is back to 1991 levels of employment. And most disconcerting is that these are typically the highest skilled jobs in the automotive sector. Canada was never going to be able to hold onto low skilled jobs but high value-added jobs seemed to be saveable. If Canada can’t hang onto high value-added jobs then vehicle and parts manufacturing in this country are in serious trouble.

Politicians should be very worried. We are seeing the willowing away of our vehicle and parts manufacturing sector and I quite frankly don’t see much ability for any politician to stop this. We don’t even know WHY these jobs are disappearing and until we understand this issue then any response by any Government will just be a shot in the dark.

My thoughts on this sunny day written from my secret vacation hideout.

Dennis

DesRosiers Automotive Consultants Inc
Dennis DesRosiers
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Caution Ahead


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Jennifer Winters - July 28, 2010

Written by: Jennifer Winters

There are speed limits, caution signs and construction warnings all over the world when driving.

These also apply to our life when you break it down. Time goes by so fast; I have talked about how we should not live in the past, but living, for now, that is a whole other ball game. It is mind-blowing how fast the time goes by; sometimes we even need photographs and listen to music that reminds us of where the time went just to slow down and see what has happened in our lives to get us to now. I recently took a new approach to life; I always thought I was living just so I could die. I was quite depressed about it, and then a little light bulb had clicked. Death is not now, so don’t worry about it now, appreciate the little things and don’t take anything for granted because you never know when your last day will be. The green light is to move forward and to continue with the appropriate speed limit. Let’s consider the yellow light a warning, to slow down and stop if it is safe. The red light is the one that everyone has trouble with, as it seems. We are supposed to STOP if it read it’s a good indicator to not go through if we do accidents may happen. Sometimes we just need to stop what we are doing and take a breather. There are two things that are unavoidable in life: Like a traffic light we have choices, it’s what we do about is what matters. There is very little that we do have control over so staying honest and true to ourselves while living in the moment is a simple suggestion. Everything does happen for a reason, we need to acknowledge that once in awhile or else you might as well run through the red light. Death and Taxes, neither of these we can legally cheat.

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