Light-vehicle sales in Canada have set records for the last three years. In 2015, nearly 1.9 million cars, trucks, vans and utility vehicles were sold, which is about 47,000 more than were sold in 2014.
But what's in store for 2016 and beyond? There are a few reasons why the growth might slow this year, but the continued low price of crude oil and the resultant effect of growing unemployment in Alberta seem the most obvious.
According to Statistics Canada, Alberta lost 66,000 jobs from late 2014 to the end of 2015, and that likely includes skilled workers coming from other provinces to work in the oil patch.
Five dealer principals across Canada were contacted to name some of the biggest problems they currently face, and some of the solutions they have implemented to address them.