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

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

Ontario Centres of Excellence

Good evening,

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

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

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

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

We look forward to seeing you there.

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

Event Information

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

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

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

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

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

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 »

DesRosiers Automotive Reports – January Observations‏

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Movie Reviews, Music, Pets, Radio Podcasts, Restaurant Reviews, Sports, Technology, travel, Video Work, Writing (all kinds) on February 7, 2013 at 3:00 AM

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A full version of this article can also be found in the  DesRosiers Automotive Reports published by DesRosiers Automotive Consultants Inc. For more information on these reports please contact Pina Vaccaro at (905)881-0400 x18 or pina@desrosiers.ca or visit www.desrosiers.ca


 

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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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DesRosiers Automotive Reports – November Observations‏

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Health, Living, Media Writing, Sports, Technology, travel, Writing (all kinds) on November 25, 2012 at 3:00 AM

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

In Beauty, book reviews, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Living, Media Writing, Sports, Technology, travel, Writing (all kinds) on November 15, 2012 at 3:00 AM

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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. Read the rest of this entry »

My Story of Transportation

In book reviews, cars, travel, Uncategorized on November 6, 2011 at 3:00 AM
A memoir of transportation

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My Story of Transportation

If you love the sound of planes, trains, and automobiles…you will love my personal memoir of transportation called My Story of Transportation. It can be bought at http://stores.lulu.com/kakonged. Click on the link below.

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Light Vehicle Sales – October 2010‏

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 9, 2010 at 8:00 AM

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

Dennis Desrosiers Thoughts for the Day

In Beauty, Business, cars, Contact Information, Creative Writing, Culture, Education, Entertainment, Environment, Events, Living, Media Writing, Opinion, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on January 6, 2010 at 8:34 PM

Dennis Desrosiers – January 6, 2010

By Dennis Desrosiers

Attached are sales for 2000 to 2009 for passenger cars versus light trucks and for the D-3 nameplates versus the import nameplates although I don’t know why we analysts break out the D-3 from the import nameplates anymore. The three of them are radically different especially after the last 12 months of crisis. Each also is very different from a structural point of view and position and performance in the market. But none the less this is still how the industry looks at things so I’ll also do it this way. I will promise to send you through an analysis by brand in the next day or two that doesn’t have this problem so bear with me.

With the exception of this past year ( 2009 ) the split between passenger cars and light truck sales in Canada was relatively constant at roughly 55 percent passenger car and 45 percent light truck. There as a slight bias toward more light truck share as the decade progressed but it wasn’t until 2009 that light trucks actually took a noticeable market share from passenger cars. In 2009 light truck share grew to 48.8 percent. At the beginning of the decade, most would have forecast light trucks to significantly outperform passenger cars. It never happened. This actually is quite surprising in that the whole fuel efficiency debate centred around the notion ( at least in Government eyes ) of car good .. truck bad. This notion is wrong but is the overwhelming perception of many who write about this industry. But much higher energy prices and a Government machine biased against light trucks ( especially SUV’s ) one would have expected a huge upswing in passenger car sales as energy prices soared and our Governments pushed the fuel efficiency button. In fact, the opposite happened. Canada ended up through the decade with a growth in light truck share. This shows how wrong some of the fundamental notions that evolve about our industry can be. In actual fact the notion of … car good – truck bad .. is highly flawed. There are many light trucks that are more fuel efficient than passenger cars. Indeed if you take out the commercial use light truck which because of their use have no choice but to have more powerful engines then the difference in fuel economy between light trucks and passenger cars is very slight. And that is one of the reasons that consumers bought so many of them.

Another insight from this mix of sales is the power of the consumer. Governments can foist their views onto the consumer all they want but at the end of the day the consumer is much more powerful than any politician and will buy what they want to buy not what some politician tells them to buy. And the vehicles companies simply respond to these consumers needs. They do have a role in shaping consumer thinking but much of the desire of the consumer emanates from their day to day need NOT what any vehicle company says their needs should be and certainly not from what any politician tells them to buy.

Indeed if you look at the second block of data on this chart you will see exactly what I mean when I say that OEMs do not control the consumer but instead respond to the consumer. This second section breaks out the D-3 nameplates from the import nameplates. Despite their serious problems, the D-3 remain incredibly powerful entities in the market and there is no argument that they were the most powerful companies by a wide margin at the beginning of the decade. If OEMs dictated what consumers bought then how is it that the three most powerful players ( the D-3 ) at the beginning of the decade accounted for 66. 1 percent of light vehicle sales but by the end of the decade they accounted for only 43.8 percent of sales.

There is a frightening view in policy circles that any OEM can dictate to the consumer what they should purchase and thus our policymakers put in place a process where OEMs are being asked to make sure certain benchmarks are met. But in reality, our policymakers should be taking on this responsibility NOT any OEM. The OEMs in Canada simply sell to the consumer the products the consumers desire. If the policymakers want consumers to buy the more fuel-efficient product then they need to alter consumer behaviour. And they have tools at their disposal to do exactly this with the most powerful tool being the tax system and the regulatory system. They could legislate old gas guzzlers off the road for instance through an inspection program like they do in many countries around the world. But politicians refuse to take responsibility because they don’t want to tell consumers or better put … FORCE … consumers to do something they fundamentally don’t want to do. After all, they might lose their vote. So they vacate this responsibility and push it onto the OEMs to do their dirty work for them. But the OEMs little to no control over the consumer and thus not a lot gets done.

I don’t deny that the OEMs have some responsibility but if our political masters want more fuel efficiency then they also should take more responsibility for this agenda item.

Sorry to get off topic a little but my mind wanders.

Back to the D-3 import nameplate decade of sales. It was needless to say a very difficult decade for the D-3. All three lost market share which I’ll highlight in more detail in one of my next e-mails. But GM declined from 30.5 percent of the market to 17.4 percent, Ford’s share was up in 2009 but they still declined from 18.2 percent of the market to 15.4 percent and Chrysler declined from 17.3 percent of the market to 11.2 percent. Collectively the D-3 lost 22.2 points of market share a record for any one decade. Import nameplates grew from about 525K units in a 1.55 million market to about 820K in a 1.46 million market an incredible performance that ultimately led to the near bankruptcy in Canada of both GM and Chrysler. The same happened in the US and it did result in Chapter 11 filings.

I’ll send some more decade level information out over the next few days and weeks and take a very close look at the decade through multiple windows. I’ll also try to avoid getting into these rants about our policymakers.

My thoughts for the day.

Dennis

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