Date registered: Dec 2006
Vehicle: 2013 VW Golf Sportwagen TDI, 2011 Mazda 2, 2000 E320 4Matic Wagon (retired),1994 C280 (retired)
Location: Toronto, Canada
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You're going to see a ton of pressure coming down from the manufacturers onto the dealers in the US to not sell to Canadian customers. When I worked for Toyota about 10 years ago, the 4Runner Limited was the hottest ticket going, and we had US dealers trying to buy our vehicles from us all the time. Since the exchange rate worked the other way, we could make huge profit selling them the vehicles. Toyota Canada told any dealer in no uncertain terms that if they were caught exporting to the US they would lose vehicle allocation. Toyota Canada needed to protect its total vehicle allocation as set by the parent company in Japan. If Japan felt there was more market for the cars in the US, it would send them directly to the US.
You'll see the same thing happening in the US. The foreign manufacturers need to protect their vehicle allocation for next year, and will take heavy-handed steps to make sure that cars intended for the US market remain in the US market.