Thursday, Mar. 21, 2013 3:56PM EDT
This might very well be the year Hyundai puts on the crown worn by the car company with the best-selling car in Canada.
Maybe. Perhaps. Though a warning: the sales results from two winter months do not make a trend. Not yet, anyway.
Still, as DesRosiers Automotive Consultants notes in its latest list of Top 10 best sellers, the compact or C-size Elantra was Canada’s No. 1 selling car through January and February of this year. Elantra sales were up 12.8 per cent, while Civic sales – Canada No. 1 car for 15 straight years – tumbled 36.0 per cent.More »
Tuesday, Mar. 19, 2013 1:49PM EDT
Let’s call this the fuel economy ratings fiasco.
How is it that governments in both Canada and the United States have managed to fail car buyers so miserably on something as simple and straightforward and important as fuel economy ratings? How is this possible?
Take Canada. As Globe Drive’s Richard Russell reported last week, Transport Canada hasn’t done fuel economy testing since the spring of 2010. Three years! The fuel economy numbers you see pasted on new vehicles are provided by the car companies themselves – using an antiquated and arguably discredited testing procedure.More »
Thursday, Mar. 14, 2013 11:05AM EDT
Despite the arrival of key new models such as the ES, GS and LS in the last year, Lexus Canada sales are down 2.3 per cent on the year and in February they were off an even more worrisome 5.1 per cent. Just wait for May, however.
That’s when Lexus – not just in Canada but around the world – plans to launch its first global advertising campaign, reports Automotive News. The global campaign, confirmed by Lexus Canada spokesperson Sandy DiFelice, is being kept largely under wraps, though some details are emerging.More »
Tuesday, Mar. 12, 2013 1:55PM EDT
Canadians have become much pickier about acquiring a new car or light truck, and one reason is surely the slowing economy.
New vehicle sales in Canada were down 2.2 per cent in February, compared with the same month in 2012. Some normally high-flying car companies had a tough month: Toyota down 12.5 per cent, Honda down 26.5 per cent, Mercedes-Benz down 11.4 per cent, Audi down 26.2 per cent and Nissan down 17.7 per cent.More »
Wednesday, Mar. 06, 2013 10:54AM EST
And so another Geneva auto show opens to the public after two press preview days. I walked the seven halls of the Palexpo exhibition centre for both those days and can now share my thoughts on the ugly, the bad and the good.
Rolls-Royce Wraith. In a word, this coupe version of the Ghost sedan is tasteless. In two words: utterly tasteless. What we have here is a big block of a two-door car. Overwrought and overdone. From my perspective it should be over and out for this one. The Wraith is a car for the sadly insecure rich man who is desperate to compensate for serious inadequacies in other parts of his life.More »
Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013 6:22PM EST
It would be fair to call the 40th anniversary edition of the 2013 Canadian International Auto Show a success.
Toronto’s auto show drew 305,322 visitors. Show organizers say this was the third highest on record. Of all we saw, I was hugely impressed with the new Chevrolet Stingray (Corvette). The car looks good, but it’s the performance that is so wonderfully shocking. I hope General Motors’ marketing efforts are as strong as the product itself.More »
Monday, Feb. 25, 2013 3:59PM EST
I am starting to see Fiat 500s dotting the urban landscape in numbers that I did not expect to see in Canada.
Surprise, surprise – in 2012, Chrysler Canada’s Fiat brand sold 8,474 500 coupes and cabriolets. Fiat’s sales in Canada were up a pretty impressive 57.2 per cent over 2011, reports DesRosiers Automotive Consultants. Last year Canadians bought about 500 Fiat 500s a month. Not bad at all for a brand that sells only minicars.More »
Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013 4:05PM EST
I had all but given up on Volvo in Canada – and truthfully, Volvo in the rest of the world, too – when a prominent Volvo dealer approached me at the Toronto auto show. Do I want to meet the new Volvo Canada president?, he asked.
That would be Marc Engelen, who took over the top job in Canada on July 1. He replaced Jeff Pugliese, who seems to have been something of a disaster. But don’t believe me; believe the numbers. Volvo Canada’s sales were down 18.2 per cent last year, in a market that was up 5.7 per cent. Volvo sold 5,578 cars to Canadians last year. The premium car market in Canada is booming, yet Volvo’s sales last year were a bust.More »
Monday, Feb. 18, 2013 5:42PM EST
I spoke to a large group of Canadian car dealers just before this year’s 2013 Canadian International Autoshow in Toronto opened to the public. One question they asked me: How can dealers be better at serving their customers?
I looked out from the stage at a couple of hundred dealers and asked my own question: How many women do we have here today? All the women in the room, please raise your hands. About half a dozen went up.More »
Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013 8:15PM EST
Now here’s a question about pickups: why can’t the Japan-based auto makers “crack the code?” as auto analyst Dennis DesRosiers put it so succinctly in our talk about this year’s 2013 Toronto auto show.
And why are they unlikely to make a mark in pickups for the foreseeable future? DesRosiers’ take, and I agree, is that the guy – and pickup buyers are almost exclusively guys – who has been buying a Ford F-Series for decades, who’s had three, four, five, six, 10 of them in his lifetime, is not going to switch. He’s been pretty happy so far and sees no reason to change – and the Detroit Three know how to take care of him with an extensive and comprehensive array of large pickup offerings and configurations.More »