Automotive News Canada - February 2020 - v2 - 1

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Ford GT 'flip' tests automaker's supercar resale limits
By ERIC FREEDMAN

Rare sports car resold to Hong Kong buyer within weeks of its sale
in Canada, despite two-year hold agreement, automaker alleges

FORD MOTOR CO. IS SUING
participants in an alleged
civil conspiracy to improperly acquire a custom-built 2018
Ford GT supercar, resell it for a
profit and swiftly resell it again
for yet another

profit, all within a matter of
weeks.
Ford charges the defendants with flipping a new GT
model worth $690,800 and sell-

LEGAL CORRESPONDENT

Auto shows aren't
going away, but the
digital era demands
more than cars to
look at on the floor
By JOHN IRWIN
TORONTO BUREAU

ing it for more than double that
price within a few weeks, in
violation of the manufacturer's
24-month prohibition against
reselling the vehicle, according to a case in the Ontario
Superior Court of Justice.

The defendants are Timothy
Quocksister, president of
Silver Arrow Cars in Victoria,
B.C.; Bradley Nullmeyer, former CEO of Element Fleet
Management Corp. of Toronto;
Steven Hudson, former CEO of

CIAS

THE AUTO SHOW SEASON IS
rolling in Canada without some
key automakers, but many of those
remaining appear committed, although
their approaches and attitudes are definitely changing.
Honda, despite internal company debate over whether to stay on the
show circuit, has doubled down with
a new booth that's lighter on cars and

A SHOW OF
RELEVANCE

Element Financial Corp.; and
Engineered Automotive, a vehicle servicing firm in Concord,
Ont.
It's a complex, high-stakes
tale in which all defendants
deny wrongdoing while sometimes pointing an accusing figure at others among them. The

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and more engaging."
Honda Canada CEO Dave Gardner
challenged marketing staff to justify
spending resources on auto shows as
the automaker invests large amounts
into electrification, he said.
"I think it's a very positive sign
that we will be [staying at auto
shows], but it was put in question,"
Leclerc said. "I think our challenge
from our president was to say,
'Give me a reason to stay the
course on auto shows.'"
Honda also debuted a new
stand at the Los Angeles
Auto Show featuring bright
lights, trees and plants alongside its vehicles and displays highlighting the
company's safety

heavier on interactive displays highlighting its history, manufacturing
footprint and plans to reduce greenhouse gases. The booth first appeared
at the Montreal auto show in January
and a similar setup is planned for the
Canadian International AutoShow
(CIAS) in Toronto, Feb. 14-23.
"There's still a lot of people that
come to auto shows," said Jean Marc
Leclerc, Honda Canada's senior
vice-president of sales and marketing.
"I think that what we want to do is
make it more entertaining for them,
addressing their need for entertainment and doing something different

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Auto execs search for silver lining in predicted 2020 sales decline
Ford, for one,
sees the continuing
shift to utility
vehicles as playing
to its strength
By JOHN IRWIN

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS CANADA

MONTREAL - CANADIAN
automaker chiefs expect a
manageable decline in new-vehicle sales this year as consumers continue to move away
from passenger cars toward
crossovers and SUVs.
"It's actually a story of seg-

 

Ford Canada CEO Dean
Stoneley says the automaker
is well positioned with its
light-truck lineup.

 
 

mentation more than anything," said Ford of Canada
CEO Dean Stoneley, speaking

 

PHOTO: JOHN IRWIN

at the Montreal auto show in
January.
New-vehicle sales fell again
in 2019 to 1.92 million vehicles,
a 3.6-per-cent drop from 2018.
Car deliveries dropped 16 per
cent to 491,875 units, accounting for 25.6 per cent of the total
market. Light-truck sales,
accounting for crossovers,

 

 

 

 

SUVs and pickups, rose 1.6 per
cent on the year to 1.43 million
units, making up 74.4 per cent
of the market.
"When we talk about the
market being down last year
over three per cent, it's actually the traditional sedans that
were down. SUVs were up,"
said Stoneley.

 

  

"So, when we look at the
market as Ford, we're excited because we see this shift
in consumer preference, and
that's where we're investing."
Auto executives who spoke
with Automotive News Canada
at the Montreal show antic-

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