Finding lots of fun on the social scene
Parties, receptions and awards ceremonies offer opportunities to make new acquaintances, renew old ones and celebrate dealers' accomplishments at the NADA convention.
Hyundai tells Genesis castoffs: Don't lose hope
Brian Smith, COO of Hyundai Motor America, said it's likely that the Genesis brand will expand its store count in the future.
Volkswagen dealers 'don't want to be second-rate' in U.S.
Volkswagen dealers continue to struggle with profitability as they climb back from the diesel emissions crisis and the subsequent buyback and repair of hundreds of thousands of vehicles.
Toyota dealers get a peek at new products
Dealers were also given a sneak peek at Toyota and Lexus products that aren't being shared with the public yet.
Wrangler-based pickup to hit FCA dealerships by next April
The long-awaited Wrangler-based pickup will go into production this year and should be in FCA US dealerships by April 2019, FCA dealers learned during their make meeting at the NADA Show.
Nissan says dealer profits a 2018 priority
Nissan retailers get assurances that the factory is shifting from its aggressive growth model to a new focus on dealer profitability.
Honda cuts back Accord output to reduce inventory
Honda may have built its best sedan ever in the 2018 Accord, but the automaker must face a tough reality: Sales are down and some in its vocal dealer network are sounding the alarm.
Kia awards, new product create dealer optimism
Kia dealers are riding high on vehicle quality awards and new product, but they are concerned about dealership profitability.
Porsche reassures dealers: You will be involved in subscriptions
Porsche isn't bypassing dealers with its subscription pilot program, Porsche Passport, but is simply trying to figure out how to make the model work before getting retailers more involved in a fluid process, the company told dealers.
Marketing, volume on Mini dealers' minds
Mini dealers brought three issues -- limited sales volume, marketing spend and dealership profits -- but many answers were deferred until a BMW meeting this month.
Redesigned RDX crossover feeds optimism at Acura
Brand chief Jon Ikeda said the redesigned crossover can be marketed "from an emotional perspective," not based on "value and deals."
New QX50 factors big for Infiniti dealers
Infiniti dealers are counting on the redesigned QX50 crossover to lift their profitability in 2018.
Volvo plans to focus on used sales, service
Volvo aims to help its U.S. dealerships become more profitable in 2018 in part by focusing on improving the used-vehicle and service businesses.
Continental sedan will get suicide doors again
Lincoln Motor Co.'s future product portfolio leans heavily on crossovers and SUVs, but dealers at the NADA Show were assured it doesn't plan to abandon its sedan offerings.
Mitsubishi promises more leasing support
Mitsubishi told its dealers that more support is on the way for financing, leasing and marketing as the brand looks for another growth year in 2018.
Mazda dealers get factory ad push
Mazda will roll out a major advertising campaign to reposition the brand, having heard from dealers who think its marketing has been lackluster in recent months and that the marque is losing its connection with consumers.
Audi focus: CPO tweak, new product
Audi's streak of month-over-month sales gains in the U.S. hit 100 as of February, and dealers came away from its NADA Show make meeting confident the brand can continue it while improving dealer profits.
GM dealers air grievances with using CDK
The problems they cited include untimely dealer support, "clunky" functionality and simply not having another GM-approved choice for websites.
Subaru dealers promised product to drive sales
Subaru of America leaders promised to give the brand's dealers the products, marketing and inventory to increase their per-store sales and profitability.
Mercedes subscription pilot starts in June
Mercedes will test a vehicle subscription service in two U.S. cities.
Ford to double ad money available to its dealers
Ford Motor Co. used its NADA Show make meeting to check off two items on many dealers' wish lists: details about future vehicles and more money to help sell what's in showrooms now.
Dealers will learn new AVP bonus plan in April
With more new and updated vehicles to launch, BMW will increase spending on U.S. marketing in 2018. BMW of North America CEO Bernhard Kuhnt confirmed the increase in an interview after the brand's make meeting at the NADA Show.
Caddy dealers feel a 'little bit of optimism'
Concerns are still being raised about product plans and standards under Project Pinnacle, Cadillac's ambitious and contentious program to overhaul its dealership operations.
Hyundai dealers grapple with Genesis selection process
There's a contingent of Hyundai dealers who are upset that they won't be one of the 100 or so operations that get a stand-alone Genesis store as the fledgling luxury brand charts its path forward.