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Editorials by Larry Lantz

TADA President 2017 - 2018

  • 02/17/2018
    Auto education and careers take centre stage at the 2018 AutoShow
    As the retail automobile industry continues to grow and evolve, career opportunities in this sector for men and women of all ages have never been greater. At this year’s AutoShow, the Trillium Automobile Dealers Association is highlighting many of those careers, along with the educational requirements and guidance for landing a job in this exciting industry.
  • 02/10/2018
    Rev your engines for the 2018 Canadian International AutoShow
    Without question, the most exciting automotive event of the year is the Canadian International AutoShow (CIAS) in Toronto. The largest consumer show in Canada in size and attendance, the 45th Canadian International AutoShow takes place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (North and South buildings) Feb. 16-25.
  • 02/03/2018
    Getting the most out of your Canadian International AutoShow experience
    There’s lots to see at this year’s show, including the 50th Anniversary of Hot Wheels exhibit, the 70 Years of Porsche display, and so much more
  • 01/27/2018
    Could hydrogen-powered vehicles become a viable alternative?
    Plenty of media attention is paid to all-electric and hybrid vehicles, but not to hydrogen-powered fuel-cell cars. That is about to change, as hydrogen-powered cars could become a viable alternative to the internal combustion engine within the next decade.
  • 01/20/2018
    The future of car tech and transportation is upon us
    The annual Consumer Electronics Show gives us a glimpse into what’s next in automotive technology and innovation, Larry Lantz writes.
  • 01/13/2018
    Auto shows are more popular and relevant than ever
    These shows continue to attract huge audiences, as manufacturers embrace new technologies shaping the auto industry, Larry Lantz writes.
  • 01/06/2018
    Electric vehicles are here to stay
    There is no question that EVs will continue to gain market share as automakers perfect battery technologies and as consumers come to feel more comfortable owning these vehicles.
  • 12/30/2017
    2017 gave us lots to celebrate in the automotive industry
    Frank Sinatra once sang, “It was a very good year,” and that sentiment could apply to the retail automobile industry in Ontario in 2017. As of this writing, the Canadian automobile industry was on track to surpass 2 million new vehicles sold in one year. If so, it would be the fifth consecutive year of record sales.
  • 12/24/2017
    Dealerships have a proud history of giving back
    Readers may be unaware of how involved dealerships are in their communities. From January to December, dealerships support an enormous range of activities, including local events, children’s sports teams, service clubs (Lions, Kiwanis, Rotary), parades, street festivals, toy drives, food drives, arenas, hospitals, and non-profit organizations.
  • 12/16/2017
    Car-buying journey includes hundreds of micro moments
    In 2016, Google released a study that revealed how consumers are shopping for vehicles today. In the old days (only 20 years ago), car buyers would read an ad in the newspaper or watch a car ad on TV, and then visit multiple dealerships in search of their dream car.
  • 12/09/2017
    The rising popularity of luxury automobiles
    One of the most defining automotive trends in Canada in recent years, aside from the record-breaking number of vehicles sold, is the rising popularity of luxury vehicles. I am referring to top-tier, mid-level and semiluxury brands. Not exotics, such as Ferrari, Lamborghini, or McLaren, or ultraluxury, such as Bentley or Rolls-Royce.
  • 12/02/2017
    Comprehensive vehicle reports provide transparency
    One of the benefits in buying a pre-owned vehicle from a registered car dealer in Ontario is the wealth of information available on all vehicles offered for sale. In today’s marketplace, a vehicle’s condition and history are revealed to prospective buyers before any transaction takes place. This type of complete transparency was not available prior to 2000.
  • 11/25/2017
    To lease or to buy your vehicle; that is the question
    Deciding whether to lease or purchase an automobile is an important consideration for car buyers, and there is no ‘one size fits all’ answer. That decision depends upon a person’s lifestyle, driving habits and finances.
  • 11/18/2017
    Consumers can benefit from all-in pricing from everyone
    Nearly eight years ago, a new provincial law and its regulations pertaining to contracts, disclosure, warranties, and business practices for auto dealers in Ontario came into effect. This law is the Motor Vehicle Dealers Act 2002 (MVDA), and all registered auto dealers are required to comply with the act.
  • 11/11/2017
    Greater gender equality is evident at dealerships
    In recent years, women have broken through various glass ceilings and are excelling in all areas of automotive dealerships.
  • 11/04/2017
    Auto detailing restores pride of ownership
    When car owners drive a new vehicle off a dealership lot, they feel pride of ownership and they genuinely enjoy the driving experience. That good feeling can last months, if not years.
  • 10/28/2017
    How to avoid a flood-damaged vehicle when buying pre-owned
    The Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council (OMVIC) has issued an alert to consumers who are in the market to buy a pre-owned vehicle.
  • 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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