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Target Mazda acquired

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The New Glasgow News is reporting that the NB-based Smith family has acquired New Glasgow, NS’s Target Mazda car dealership.

The Smith family also own Mazda dealerships in Dieppe, NB and Truro, NS, while Target Mazda claims to be the oldest Mazda dealership in Atlantic Canada.

This is another in a long series of transactions in the consolidating auto dealer industry, which has been commented on in this blog many times.

Written by Dan Jennings

December 7, 2018 at 1:20 pm

Congrats to Clark Toyota in Fredericton

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Congratulations to the Clark family in Fredericton, NB on closing the sale of their Toyota dealership.  The purchaser was the Girvan family, owners of Acadia Toyota in Moncton.

For readers of this blog, you know that this is yet another example of the rapid consolidation of the Canadian new car dealership sector, which is happening all across Atlantic Canada.

Written by Dan Jennings

June 19, 2016 at 11:29 am

Still more car dealer consolidation

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Halifax-based Steele Auto Group has acquired Coleman’s Autohaus, a Volkswagen dealership in Bridgewater.

As discussed here previously, there is probably no other industry currently that has (and continues to) consolidate faster than the Canadian car dealership sector.  This is largely driven by the economics of the industry, including the capital-intensive nature of the business.

Written by Dan Jennings

February 14, 2015 at 9:26 am

The auto dealership consolidation trend continues …

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Halifax-based O’Regans Automotive Group has acquired Ed Backman’s Halifax BMW.

The consolidation trend in the retail auto industry has been going on for some time and has only accelerated, given the capital intensity of the dealership business and the aging demographics of owners.  It is now said that over 60% of dealerships in Canada are owned by dealer groups, of which O’Regans is but one of many (including in our region).

Written by Dan Jennings

September 5, 2013 at 3:57 pm

Another car dealer transaction

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On Facebook yesterday, Moncton’s Rallye Motors announced that it had acquired Champlain Nissan, also in Moncton.

This is another in a long list of consolidations in the retail automotive industry, where multi-brand dealer groups (large and small) are now said to control over 50% of dealerships in the country.

Written by Dan Jennings

May 3, 2013 at 11:38 am