TORONTO - Canada's national dealer organization has a new and more logical name, but its structure hasn't changed. In action, if no longer in name, CADA still is a federation of automobile dealer associations - an umbrella organization for the country's provincial, regional and city dealer associations.

The transformation from FADA to CADA wasn't the only bout of name-changing at the Toronto convention. The title of the association's rotating dealer leader was changed from president to chairman.

The president title was transferred to Ken Graydon, previously executive vice president. Graydon is, in effect, the full-time chief executive officer responsible for the day-to-day running of the organization.

Ironically, the change that introduced 'Canadian' into the organization's title was announced at the last national convention to be held on Canadian soil, at least for a while.

For now, CADA has decided to piggy-back its conventions onto the NADA convention in the United States. The first joint convention will be at Las Vegas in February 1996.

But that doesn't mean Koch will serve as chairman until February. The changing of the guard will continue to be in October at the annual meeting of the board of directors.

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