"You could offer personal protective equipment and everything else, but we don’t have PPE. All we have is cars,” says Tony Del Gobbo, who is a dealer principal or co-owner of six stores in the province and loaning the vehicles free of charge.
The coronavirus pandemic is expected to have a negative impact on new-vehicle sales in Canada, with the luxury segment taking the biggest hit in the short term, says industry forecaster Dennis DesRosiers. He said a critical element of a luxury purchase is "the wealth effect,” and after the stock market crash, many people won't feel too wealthy in the coming months.
After the company fell from fifth to 21st spot in a dealer satisfaction survey between 2016 and 2018, Volvo Canada Managing Director Matt Girgis took a logical but rare approach for a solution. One dealer calls the automaker’s outreach and two-way dialogue on goals and expectations "uplifting.”
Citing the most recent data, the Canadian Automobile Dealers’ Association estimated that in 2018, men made up 78 per cent of the dealer workforce, while only about five per cent of dealer principals were women. "We need to get fresh new faces," says 2020 CIAS President Susan Gubasta.
Nav Bhatia, Hyundai Canada's top dealer, has become popular in the basketball world as the Toronto Raptors’ Superfan. The native of New Delhi, India, is being honoured by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in a new wing devoted to National Basketball Association super fans.
The provincial government is committing $550,000 to Sheridan College’s Brampton Campus pre-apprenticeship programs. Earlier this week, the province unveiled a plan to create 4,000 paid job placements by pumping $14 million in the automotive and advance manufacturing sector.
As Volvo readies its plan to introduce a new electric vehicle each year through 2025, company executives say they’re confident Canadians — especially in major cities — will embrace EVs, saying "there are pockets around Canada that are extremely hot."
Autonomous Transportation Canada, which gets some funding from Transport Canada, focuses on issues such as the socio-economic impacts on emerging autonomous transportation, mobility, data and a vision of autonomous transportation.