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Mercedes-Benz AG vehicles sit on display at the Daimler AG booth during the Chicago Auto Show on Feb. 9, 2017. The change in policy at Mercedes-Benz is a breakthrough for AutoCanada, which is not permitted to own dealerships selling some of the leading brands in the country. (Daniel Acker/Bloomberg)
Mercedes-Benz AG vehicles sit on display at the Daimler AG booth during the Chicago Auto Show on Feb. 9, 2017. The change in policy at Mercedes-Benz is a breakthrough for AutoCanada, which is not permitted to own dealerships selling some of the leading brands in the country. (Daniel Acker/Bloomberg)

Mercedes-Benz allows for public dealership in policy shift Add to ...

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The strong growth of dealership groups in Canada helped persuade Mercedes-Benz Canada Inc. to change its policy and allow a publicly traded dealership company to own a franchise, says Brian Fulton, the auto maker’s president.

That publicly traded company is AutoCanada Inc., which was granted approval this month to buy a Montreal-area Mercedes dealership.

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