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Old May 30th, 2008, 06:12 PM   #1
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Cars in Canada!

So I am in Mexico right now for a couple months and have noticed (I haven't been here for about 6 years) and I cannot help but notice all the different makes and models of cars they sell here. It is wild! Here there is what we have in Canada: All the American companies, VW, all the Japanese, BMW, Mercedes, Volvo, Audi, Jag, Range Rover etc but they have so many European cars its not even funny. There is Renault, Seat, Peugeot, Fiat and Citroen. Also, they sell the Chinese made cars! They are sold through a Leon's or The Brick equivalent type of store.

When I was here many years ago the market was dominated by Americans, VW, Nissan and the premium European manufacturers. Now there is probably every car maker here in the world selling in this country.

Considering the Canadian perspective two things immediately popped into my head: Due to the market competition cars here are a lot cheaper. A fully loaded 2009 Honda Accord here 33,000 roughly w/ tax, in Canada the car is roughly 45,000 dollars (both cars without accessories)! Wooooow that is a big difference!

Also, considering our increasingly rising price of gasoline and our dependence on cars, why aren't these SUPER efficient European cars being sold in Canada! We are depending on car makers in Canada to give us all these hyrbid and super efficient diesel cars and they are not really providing. They already damn exist! We oooohhh and awww at the size of the smart car in Canada when these other Europeans have been selling similar cars for ages.


This has fully confirmed my belief that our government is well under the wings of GM, Dodge and Chrysler. Same deal for the Americans down south; so much for free capitalism.

If I had the money I would buy a whole bunch of these and import them into Canada!

That was my somewhat informative rant! (with lots of exclamation marks )
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Old May 30th, 2008, 06:51 PM   #2
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I think we need to start our own canadian car company. Use one of the car factories that gm is closing somewhere in Canada and licence designs and engines from other companies. We can make a fortune.
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Old May 30th, 2008, 07:06 PM   #3
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Trouble with importing cars from Mexico is that they aren't designed for Canada,
Now...Scooters on the other hand...I'd love a Mexican Honda Cub.

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I wonder if you are a bit out of touch - I think the prices have dropped pretty dramatically now.
So much so that cross border has effectively stopped AND a number of car suppliers in Canada are geared up for a record year. ..go figure


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I bet the safety standards are a lot less in Mexico, if not entirely missing.

No rust does make a car last a long, long time.

Just check out the antiques on the roads in Cuba.
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I think we need to start our own canadian car company. Use one of the car factories that gm is closing somewhere in Canada and licence designs and engines from other companies. We can make a fortune.
We have one - in Québec. But, until recently, they could only sell their cars in the USA, as Canadian transport law effectively banned 'em:

ZENN Motor Company

I think they're now available in BC, but nowhere else...


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We have one - in Québec. But, until recently, they could only sell their cars in the USA, as Canadian transport law effectively banned 'em:

ZENN Motor Company

I think they're now available in BC, but nowhere else...


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I just saw one of those in a commercial for a seniors residence in Seattle.

Thats not even close to what I'm suggesting however. I'm talking about cheap fuel efficient cars, and keeping some jobs here.
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Old May 30th, 2008, 08:42 PM   #8
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Not to mention the zen car is absolutely useless for 99% of this country (geographically, not population wise).

To get to anything from where I live you need to drive on a road with a speed limit of 80, where traffic moves at 100 usually.

I want a large sedan with a small diesel. It wont be a speed demon, but it will move fast enough and still be efficient!
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Old May 30th, 2008, 08:50 PM   #9
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Mark, ZENN cars are now legal in Manitoba as well. Since I could not buy one here in St.John's, I decided to buy stock in the company, when it dipped below $3 a share. I also bought stock in a small BC company called Western Wind Energy for about $1 about a year ago, during one of our typical wind storms. A local CBC Radio 1 commentator joked that NL would not need any oil if we could only harness the force of the winds that rage over our province for most of the year. This company is now setting up wind turbines in California .......... but not NL. Western Wind Energy

Still, if we can't buy their products, we can at least support a company like ZENN or Wester Wind Energy by buying their stock.
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Mark, ZENN cars are now legal in Manitoba as well. Since I could not buy one here in St.John's, I decided to buy stock in the company, when it dipped below $3 a share.
Thanks Dr. G. I didn't know that Zenn was a publicly traded company. I'll have to check out their stock
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