Ontario’s auto dealers to speak with one voice

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The Toronto and Ontario dealers’ associations are no more. Members voted to merge the two bodies on Feb. 16 at the special annual general meeting.

The new organization is dubbed the Trillium Auto Dealers Association. It will have about 850 members – 340 from the GTA and 500 from the Ontario association out of 1,190 new-car dealers in Ontario.

TADA vice-president Frank Romeo (Airport Nissan) told Canadian AutoWorld:  “It’s a great thing to have both organizations speak with one voice.”

Romeo said the issues that separated GTA dealers from their colleagues in the rest of the province had faded away.

Former TADA president Joel Cohen (Erin Park Lexus, Toyota) agreed.

“It’s important that we speak with one voice to government agencies, our suppliers and our manufacturers. It’s a global industry, so we have to speak with a provincial voice,” he said.

Romeo said the vote was “no cliff hanger. There wasn’t naysayer on either side.”

The TADA was formed in 1908; the OADA in 1947.