Convinced that automakers have been involved in service information, telematics and safety protocols, the National Automotive Trades Association says it intends to take a much more aggressive approach to advancing the existing voluntary agreement. “For nine years, things have been obsolete,” he said. “The car hasn`t been obsolete for nine years. This has been incredibly far in this period, but cooperation between industries, and the CASIS agreement has not advanced at all. “If you keep the OEMs` feet on fire, they can get their feet out of the fire and go away.” It`s a voluntary agreement,” he said. On the other hand, vehicle safety is not explicitly covered by the CASIS agreement, he acknowledged, but the majority of automakers have made it available for after-sales in Canada. “Instead of rewriting the agreement, I would like a concerted initiative to put the four hold-outs – Honda, Toyota, BMW and Mercedes – into play,” he said. “Everything is being done to get them into the agreement. We often met to convince them of the value of the program. But it is up to them. “It`s time to make a difference,” Cochrane told CARS magazine. “The agreement reached almost nine years ago does not reflect what is happening on the ground today.” Mr.
Tremblay acknowledges that some criticism of the CASIS agreement is rooted in a misunderstanding of what it covers. “The very content of the CASIS document – I read it myself to make sure I understand – is very clear about what it can do and what it cannot do. John Norris and Rob Lang have said it many times over the past nine years,” he said. “The agreement is not very strong. The provision of information is what it promises, but no one has agreed to make it simple or sustainable. “We all want this agreement to be successful,” said Diane Freeman, Executive Director of Automotive Aftermarket Retailers of Ontario, an association affiliated with NATA.
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