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Editorials by Larry Lantz

TADA President 2017 - 2018

  • 10/21/2017
    Roundabouts bring a new challenge to drivers
    It’s possible for an Ontario motorist today — whatever her/his age or driving experience — to approach a roundabout for the first time and be completely unaware of what it is or how to navigate it.
  • 10/14/2017
    Augmented reality about to make serious inroads in the auto industry
    Already a few automakers are using AR technology to design vehicles, providing engineers with a more accurate picture of how a vehicle will perform on the road.
  • 10/07/2017
    Light trucks now dominate the Canadian car market
    One of the dominant trends in the auto industry over the past four decades has been the steady rise of pickups and SUVs as a market segment. In the 1960s and ’70s, pickups occupied a niche market among farming communities and construction companies. They were the preferred mode of transportation because pickups were inexpensive, practical, dependable, and versatile.
  • 09/30/2017
    Fall auto maintenance will provide peace of mind
    If I could share one piece of advice with motorists as the cold weather approaches, it would be not to skimp on auto maintenance. This message may sound familiar, but too many motorists treat car maintenance as an afterthought. They are frustrated when their vehicle breaks down because of neglect, and later, when their vehicle — as a trade-in — is worth less than what they imagined it would be.
  • 09/23/2017
    Dealerships take health and safety laws seriously
    Modern car dealerships make steep investments to ensure that their facilities are both visually appealing and brand compliant. Behind the scenes, equal effort and investment is made to ensure a safe, healthy, and accessible environment for employees, customers, vendors, contractors, and visitors.
  • 09/20/2017
    Biometrics will Radically Alter Driving Experience
    A report indicates one in three cars will have biometric sensors by 2025.
  • 09/16/2017
    Biometrics will radically alter driving experience
    The media has focused much attention on electric and autonomous vehicles as the automotive industry steers toward wider adoption of those technologies. There is another exciting development happening with automobiles that is just starting to see the light of day: in-car biometrics.
  • 09/02/2017
    Distracted driving column resonated with readers
    No Wheels column that I’ve written has generated as much feedback as the one I wrote about distracted driving (published July 22, 2017). The blunt message in that column was an appeal to drivers who continue to engage in activities that divert their attention from driving (talking and texting on their mobile phones, reading, shaving, applying makeup, etc.).
  • 08/26/2017
    Classic car auctions are a joy ride through the past
    On a recent weekend in June, I attended the Barrett-Jackson 2nd Annual Northeast Auction in Uncasville, Conn. This four-day event featured a variety of American muscle cars, European classics, exotics, sports cars, and one-of-a-kind custom cars. More than just an auction for classic cars, the Barrett-Jackson Northeast Auction bills itself as a “world-class automotive lifestyle event.”
  • 08/19/2017
    What happens to a car when its life cycle ends?
    Although automobiles are built to last longer than ever before, the reality is that all vehicles have a lifespan. In Canada, the lifetime average age of a typical vehicle is 15 years.
  • 08/12/2017
    Automotive dealerships aren’t going anywhere
    At the height of the dot-com boom in the early 2000s, there was speculation about the future of automotive salespeople. Many so-called experts predicted that salespeople would become redundant once consumers could buy vehicles online.
  • 08/05/2017
    Why on-board technology has changed the way we drive
    In the late 1960s when I first began driving, the most advanced electronic feature on my car was an AM-FM radio with an eight-track tape player. Throughout my life, I’ve observed the evolution of electronics in cars, from those clunky AM-FM radios to the sophisticated computerized engines and telematics. (In automotive terms, telematics is the monitoring of a vehicle using on-board GPS and diagnostics systems, to determine a car’s movements and its mechanical operation.)
  • 07/29/2017
    The automotive retail business is still all about the customer
    If you have purchased a vehicle from a registered new car dealership in the past decade, you have probably used the internet to assist you in that process. In fact, more than 90 per cent of all vehicle purchases now originate online, and, as a result, consumers are visiting fewer dealerships in their quest to find their next dream car.
  • 07/22/2017
    Distracted driving needs to stop — now
    What is it going to take to get motorists to put away their mobile devices while driving? This is a question that police departments, government agencies, automotive associations (including the Trillium Automobile Dealers Association) and insurance companies have been grappling with for more than a decade.
  • 07/15/2017
    A car’s journey, from concept to showroom
    The next time you’re viewing new models in a dealership, you will have a greater appreciation of all it takes to make a particular vehicle ready for market.
  • 07/08/2017
    Compensation fund keeps dealers accountable
    Any consumer who has bought from an Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council-registered dealer may contact its free complaint handling service. I recently wrote about OMVIC, the Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council, and how it has impacted dealers and consumers since it began regulating vehicle sales in Ontario in 1997.
  • 07/01/2017
    Birth of the automobile in Canada worth celebrating
    From the sun-dappled forests of Vancouver Island to the towering granite cliffs of Newfoundland, this weekend Canadians will be celebrating the 150th birthday of this great nation.
  • 06/24/2017
    Auto industry applauds asbestos ban
    Canadian consumers and automotive technicians might be surprised to learn that select aftermarket parts pose a serious health risk to the technicians who work with these materials.
  • 06/19/2017
    Birth of the automobile in Canada worth celebrating
    TADA President Larry Lantz proudly recounts the history of Canada's automobiles and the exceptional efforts of the men and women who work in the auto industry.
  • 06/02/2017
    Operating a dealership in a small town has its benefits
    From population, to the weather, and the the atmosphere of a small town community TADA President Larry Lantz expands on the differences between rural and urban dealerships.
  • 05/27/2017
    Georgian College Auto Show a unique experience
    For many of the students enrolled at the Automotive Business School of Canada at Georgian College in Barrie, the Georgian College Auto Show represents one of the high points in their academic year.
  • 05/20/2017
    An automotive success story
    At new car dealerships across Ontario, thousands of men and women are enjoying tremendous success in their chosen careers and making a positive difference in their communities.
  • 05/13/2017
    Dealer review, rating sites are highly influential
    In the early 1980s, a new measurement tool called the Customer Satisfaction Index was introduced into the retail automobile industry. A CSI survey is the evaluation form sent to new car buyers from manufacturers and third-party firms to gauge how satisfied customers are with their dealers, their products and services.
  • 05/06/2017
    What to consider before replacing a car
    A question that car owners will inevitably ask themselves is, "When should I replace my current vehicle?'
  • 04/29/2017
    An Automotive education can change your prospects
    For those who want to pursue a career in the auto industry, there’s plenty of post-secondary school options available. Most professional careers today require some form of post-secondary education, and the retail automobile industry is no exception.
  • 04/14/2017
    Dealer’s Voice column has new voice
    Larry Lantz, of Hanover Honda, is the new president of the Trillium Automobile Dealers Association.

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  • BOB REDINGER SIGNS OFF AS TADA PRESIDENTThis is my final Wheels column as president of the Trillium Automobile Dealers Association (TADA). It has been my pleasure serving as president, and I’ve also thoroughly enjoyed being a Wheels columnist in Canada’s largest circulation newspaper for the past year.


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