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By Blair Qualey Published in Postmedia The automotive industry is at the leading edge of innovation and the recent 2019 Vancouver International Auto Show put many of these leading advancements and latest technologies on display. When one conjures up an image of auto innovation, electric vehicles, hybrids and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles pop to mind […]

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By Blair Qualey Published in Post Media For the last several years, I have dedicated a great many columns to the issue of electric vehicles (EV) and the challenges we face in trying to increase the adoption rate of EVs in BC. And while there certainly remain challenges, in the last several months, we have […]

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By Blair Qualey Published by PostMedia Wrap Up of 99th Vancouver International Auto as Attention Now Turns to 100th Anniversary of Event   The curtain has dropped on the 99th Vancouver International Auto Show and, once again, the people of British Columbia demonstrated their love of everything automotive. Over six-days, more than 115,000 converged on the […]

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Posted March 29, 2019 Postmedia News HEARD INSTINCT: Vancouver International Auto Show executive director Jason Heard’s blood contains more than father Phil’s Y chromosome. There’s gasoline, too. Heard Sr. has been involved with automobiles since 1990, when he launched Vancouver’s Molson Indy races as general manager. He’d already staged boat, floating-boat and RV shows. Inheriting […]

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By Blair Qualey Published by Post Media, March 15   In only a matter of days, the curtain will be drawn back on the Vancouver International Auto Show –a gathering place for car and truck lovers who will be dazzled by the latest vehicles, classics, modified supercars, and specialty one-off creations. But there are also […]

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By Blair Qualey Published by Postmedia, March 8 The Vancouver International Auto Show returns to the Vancouver Convention Centre, March 19th through 24th. For those who want to view a wide variety of advanced technology electric vehicles, the event is the place to be, as the world’s leading auto manufacturers display their latest products, including […]

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BC Budget Response

February 27, 2019

By Blair Qualey Published in Postmedia As the President and CEO of the New Car Dealers Association of BC, I had the opportunity to take part in the BC Budget 2019 media and stakeholders lock-up during which the Provincial Finance Minister presented her government’s fiscal plan for the next three years. The Budget was important […]

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By Blair Qualey Published by Post Media, February 22, 2019 Final new car sales results for 2018 are in and show the Canadian auto industry saw its second best year on record with just under 2-million vehicles sold across the country, according to Desrosiers Automotive Consultants Inc. The results are down 2.6 per cent compared […]

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Countdown to BC Budget Day

February 13, 2019

By Blair Qualey Post Media Column- February 15, 2019 The Provincial budget 2019 will be delivered in a matter of days, and the New Car Dealers Association (NCDA) will be awaiting news on legislative, regulatory or tax measures that have the potential to have a direct impact on auto dealers, their 30,000 employees and customers. […]

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Published in Post Media, by Blair Qualey Spring is just around the corner but it’s important to remember that winter isn’t over when it comes to road conditions. Obviously winter and road conditions are going to vary, depending on what area of the province you reside in or travel. For those of you who may […]

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