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Canada’s Motor Vehicle Manufacturing Industry: Autumn 2009

The Conference Board of Canada, 14 pages, December 18, 2009
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The Canadian Industrial Outlook Service includes detailed five-year forecasts in 16 key Canadian industries. This report examines the short-and medium-term economic and profitability outlook for Canada’s Motor Vehicle Manufacturing Industry.

Document Highlights

  • U.S. Recession—Motor vehicle sales have hit bottom in the United States, but will remain weak well into 2012 as consumers retrench from the global financial crisis.
  • Assembler Solvency—Chrysler and General Motors have survived thanks to public assistance, and both have announced firm schedules for repaying Canadian and U.S. government loans.
  • Manufacturer ownership—The high degree of U.S. union ownership of one or more of the Detroit Three parent companies could bias investment in favour of U.S. plants.