The 2.4-per-cent sales increase for September looks rosy on the surface, but it masks an ongoing inventory challenge that’s hurting some brands. Low supply — from pickups to compact cars — has yet to recover from emergency auto-plant shutdowns during the early weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Despite the ongoing pandemic, the Canadian heads of several automakers expressed an optimistic outlook for the new-vehicle market as they reported third-quarter sale. While a majority of companies posted declines, a handful managed to post gains.
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and “continued safety measures to stem the spread of the virus,” led Canadian International AutoShow organizers to move the show online from the floor of the Toronto Convention Centre. A virtual edition of the Montreal exhibition will be free of charge.