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Oct. 22, 2021 | Breaking down Stellantis’ future in Windsor
Stellantis says it will reduce minivan output to a single shift in Windsor, Ont. But, Unifor Local 444 President David Cassidy says the company has promised new product and the return of three shifts, eventually. Sam Fiorani of AutoForecast Solutions says product is earmarked for the factory, but it’s contingent on the next collective agreement. Meanwhile, Ontario Premier Doug Ford says the province is willing to offer financial assistance to the automaker.
Oct. 15, 2021 | Mitsubishi Canada’s Steve Carter on burgeoning digital retailing
Mitsubishi Canada Marketing Director Steve Carter says the company’s dealer network supports the automaker’s virtual showroom ClickShop. He also says the brand is weighing whether to participate in auto shows moving forward.
Oct. 8, 2021 | Don Romano: Chip crisis has Hyundai Canada with 7,000 vehicles on order
Hyundai Canada CEO Don Romano says the global microchip and inventory shortages are “100 per cent” behind the automaker’s third-quarter, nine-per-cent sales decline, but he insists “demand is at record levels,” too. He also notes other kinks, such as a lack of shipping containers and truckers, are affecting the service bay.
Oct. 1, 2021 | Volvo Canada’s Girgis talks sustainability, XC40 Recharge and inventory
Volvo Canada Managing Director Matt Girgis explains how the company’s unique shoe deal with Casca footwear came to be, and how it went international. He also discusses the importance of sustainability, how upgrades at the Port of Vancouver benefit Canadian dealers, and when inventory might get back to normal.
Sept. 24, 2021 | Pfaff CEO Chris Pfaff explains why he sold to Lithia Motors
Pfaff CEO Chris Pfaff explains how U.S.-based Lithia Motors went from “kicking tires” to buying Pfaff Automotive Partners “on our terms.” Pfaff also talks about why the deal was good for his company, and what’s next.
Sept. 17, 2021 | Plug ’N’ Drive’s Cara Clairman on the federal parties’ EV promises
Plug ’N’ Drive CEO Cara Clairman says there is more to electric-vehicle policy than just incentives. The next federal government needs to also focus on infrastructure and EV manufacturing.