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Electric Pickups Will Be Game-Changer

BC is a leader in electric vehicle adoption but as I have suggested previously, one significant challenge is the fact that there are no electric pickup trucks yet offered in the marketplace. After all, many people require a pickup for work or recreation purposes, and in many rural communities where...
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Celebrating 25 Years With SCRAP-IT

In 1996, the SCRAP-IT® program was established with one clear mission - to remove super polluting vehicles from our roads and highways in favour of newer, more fuel efficient and less polluting vehicles. Last week, I was proud to join program staff and hundreds of guests at a virtual event...
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National Survey Results and EV Adoption

New survey results released by the Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers' Association (CVMA) underscore that more needs to be done at a national level to convince Canadians to purchase electric vehicles (EVs). The survey, conducted by Leger for the CVMA and Global Automakers of Canada (GAC), offers insights into the barriers to...
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Spring Sales: Market Update

This time last year, things were looking bleak for the auto industry as the impact of the pandemic was really starting to sink in. Canadian sales of new light duty vehicles fell to just 45,833 units during April 2020 – the lowest sales number in that month since 1951. But...
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Spring Cleaning for Your Vehicle

Now is typically the time of year when I would pen a column on spring driving. However, with current travel restrictions in place, I would like to emphasize the need to stay close to home so we can all do our part to keep everyone safe. Sticking close to home...
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BC Leading EV Sales in North America

Last week’s provincial budget further solidified the government’s stance on helping BC maintain our leadership position in EV adoption. It was a welcome announcement and one that the New Car Dealers of BC were pleased to see. The province recently announced there are now more than 54,000 EVs on BC...
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BC Dealers Drive Local Economies

I have spoken extensively about the changes that dealerships have gone through to move to an increasingly online environment. This is obviously something we are seeing across many industries, not just in the auto sector, and something that has been accelerated by the pandemic. This time last year, though dealerships...
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