Floor it: Get up to speed at NADA
Set aside the NADA convention's impressive slate of workshops. The exposition hall alone has become a must-attend chance for dealers to get up to speed on technologies and profit opportunities.
What to make of VW's big make meetingAttendees said VW brand chief Herbert Diess and other executives offered no details about technical fixes for the diesel crisis or compensation for consumers, citing a government gag order.
Hyundai dealers get more crossoversHyundai plans to get more crossovers into the hands of dealers who are growing increasingly concerned with the brand's car-heavy mix amid a surge in demand throughout the industry for crossovers.
Audi to focus on dealer profitability and an increased marketing spend
Audi of America aims to boost sales and dealer profits and plans a major marketing boost to support key model launches in 2016.
Mitsubishi promises a turbocharged futureMitsubishi, an early adopter of turbocharging in the 1980s and 1990s, is going back to boosted engines to aid its turnaround.
Airbag parts on the way to Honda, Acura dealers
Honda and Acura expect an early break in the logjam of replacement parts for recalled airbags, the brands' executives told dealers.
Pull-ahead, CPO leasing will help manage BMW off-lease volume
BMW exec says the brand's lease pull-ahead program and CPO leasing will combine to help manage its growing volume of off-lease vehicles.
Toyota adds online purchase program
With the demise of Scion and its Pure Process Plus online buying program, the Toyota brand is quickly moving forward with its own online program, called Express Purchase.
Subaru starts second phase of FOX service program
Subaru of America CEO expects up to 80 more dealers to sign up a second phase of the Fix Operations Expansion or FOX service expansion program.
Porsche to revamp vehicle loaner program
Porsche is changing its loaner program to get more vehicles into dealer fleets. New vehicle launches could mean another sales record in the U.S. And customer deliveries - along with a track test drive - will begin at the Porsche Experience Center in Atlanta.
Mini is pushing its brand awareness in new ways
Fine-tuning of Mini's marketing message was a key topic at the brand's make meeting.