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Dominion Motors is Over 100 Years Old

over 100 years in businessWhen it comes to where you will decide to do business for the purchase of your next new Buick Car, new GMC Truck or pre-owned car of your choice, we hope we can sway you to give us a try at Dominion Motors of Thunder Bay. Sometimes, it helps to know the history of the business you are considering dealing with and so before we tell you all about our high quality sales, service and parts departments, let us give you a glimpse into Dominion Motors as a Buick Car Dealer in Canada and how it all began.

The dealership actually dates back over one hundred years ago. In fact, in 2011, Dominion Motors celebrated it’s 100th Anniversary. It is almost unheard of these days to find a car dealer in Canada, or any business anywhere, for that matter, that can say they have made it over a century and are still in business today! Our website speaks to this fact, “To survive over a century in business is remarkable, but to reach that milestone within one family is an accomplishment reached by only a select few. Owner and General Manager Tyler Dolcetti is proud to carry on his family legacy into a 4th generation.”

The year was 1911 when Tyler’s Great Grandpa, George Dolcetti, first started in the new car business. Throughout the years his two sons, Guido and Alfred took over two separate car dealerships in Canada. Guido passed away in 1968 and in 1970, his brother Alfred combined the two dealers and moved them to Thunder Bay South. As the information page of our Thunder Bay Dealer website explains, “In 1980 Tyler’s father John purchased the business and in 1988 built a new dealership at its present location.” Then, twenty three years later, in 2011, Tyler Dolcetti became the next generation to proudly own and operate Dominion Motors. Tyler says their success is due, in part to the way they “stay ahead of the curve” and do so by “keeping focused on improving our level of service and responding to the needs of our customers.”

The Details on GMC Truck Plant Improvements

improvement gearsWe mentioned in our most recent post about GMC trucks, that there were some investments made in technology and environmental upgrades to one of the primary North American plants where many of the GMC trucks are made for sales in the Canadian dealerships, such as Dominion Motors of Thunder Bay ON. We ran short on time and space before elaborating on the details of these changes and how they will help to reshape the sales of GMC trucks in Canada at dealers such as Dominion Motors of Thunder Bay. “The investment includes many technological and environmental upgrades:”

  • The addition of a new pre-treatment facility featuring thin-film paint pretreatment
  • The addition of E-coat paint customized to each vehicle style, resulting in superior coverage and curability for new GMC trucks
  • GM-patented radiant tube ovens for exceptional paint finish and lower energy use in the new truck plant
  • The addition of new equipment that accommodates the many variations of the new GMC truck cab and box being placed on the chassis
  • And finally, last but not least, the addition of new skillet conveyance systems for instrument panel assembly intended to improve worker ergonomics, leading to better product quality in the GMC trucks lineup upcoming.

The union representative for the GMC truck plant workers was quoted as saying, “These new technologies and equipment will help fulfill the mission of the men and women of Fort Wayne Assembly and UAW Local 2209 to build the best full-size trucks available,” said UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada. Another great point as it pertains to the new truck plant investments is related to the affects the changes can have on others, “The investment improves the plant’s competitiveness so we can continue contributing to the community as well.”

Android and Apple in Your Buick Cars

tablet and phoneWe are here to discuss Apple CarPlay and all that it means to you, the phone user and driver of new Buick Cars from 2016 on. The idea is to take the iPhone features customers want to access while driving and to put them on the Buick cars from Thunder Bay display in a smart and safe, user friendly manner. And, don’t worry, if you are an Android owner and user in Canada, it will only be a short matter of time before all of the same technology is available to your phone in your new Buick cars as well.

Also, you will be able to safely and completely through this new Buick Cars technology in Thunder Bay ON, listen to your favorite tunes and then some, “This allows drivers to make calls, send and receive messages and listen to music right from the touchscreen or by voice via Siri. Apple CarPlay-supported apps include Phone, Messages, Maps, Music and compatible third-party apps. A full list of those apps can be found at : Apple CarPlay is compatible with iOS 7.1 or higher.”

Android Auto will be the name of the software that allows for the same connectivity to your new Buick Cars with an android phone and will be structured around Google Maps, Google Now and the recent capability that Google has given for users to talk to Google. Also on the Android platform is the growing audio and messaging app ecosystem that includes to this date, things like WhatsApp, Skype, Google Play Music, Spotify and podcast players. You can access a full list of supported apps for your Buick cars connectivity in Thunder Bay by going online to In order to use the upcoming Android system, you much be running a phone on Lollipop 5.0 or higher in terms of your operating system.