Premier Doug Ford made a good first impression with Trillium Automobile Dealers Association President Susan Gubasta on Monday. The premier officially killed the Drive Clean vehicle emissions program and vowed to fight the federal carbon tax. Gubasta called Ford "a breath of fresh air" compared to former Liberal premier Kathleen Wynne.
Plaza Auto Group’s Robert Stein leads a fourth-generation dealership group at a time when family-run enterprises are being gobbled up by corporations. For the Steins, expanding retail outlets boosts longevity, as does the desire to carry on the family legacy.
Benny Leung plans to build more dealerships on prime property in Toronto. If he gets city approval, he wants to build a bell tower on top of his headquarters and call it “Big Benny.” Hyundai Motor Canada CEO Don Romano loves Leung's "tenaciousness and personality" and calls him a true Canadian-immigrant success story.
Online car shopping will not replace the in-dealership experience, a panel of industry executives said Thursday at the Automotive News Canada Congress. "The customer will always need to touch and feel the product," Nissan Canada's Joni Paiva says.
People should focus more on how artificial intelligence is changing the auto industry instead of guessing when the technology will give the masses fully autonomous vehicles, says the chief technical officer of the Automotive Parts Manufacturer’s Association.
Ontario Minister of Economic Development Todd Smith accused Unifor of causing problems with their commercials attacking GM and said the union is not helping matters. Jerry Dias called the province "stupid." The automaker is urging cooperation.
Canadian dealers are preparing for the day when Chinese automakers start selling cars in Canada. "If they are going to sell them in Ontario, we want to sell them under our distribution model,” Trillium Automobile Dealers Association Executive Director Todd Bourgon says.