Hawaiian shirt dayAuto/Mate CEO Mike Esposito speaks with Randy Farnsworth, the owner of Farnsworth Chevrolet in Canandaigua, N.Y., at Auto/Mate's Hawaiian-themed booth.
Under constructionBob Stewart, president of Dealer Solutions & Design, poses with Josh Currie and Natalie Hersel at the company's construction-themed booth.
Women dealersAttendees of the Women Dealers Networking Event on Saturday exchanged ideas on bringing financial literacy programs into their local communities. "We want to lead the way," said Annette Sykora, dealer principal at Smith South Plains in Levelland, Texas, and 2008 NADA chairman.
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VW dealers pledge cooperationIn a press conference today, five VW dealers pledged to work with Volkswagen AG on recovering from the automaker's diesel crisis. Dennis Gaudet, Alan Brown, Jason Kuhn, Michael Difeo and Doug Miles discussed the situation. Said Kuhn: "The dealer body is unified in the thought process that it is not in our best interest at this moment to take a litigation posture with our partners."
VW's Diess releases statementVolkswagen brand CEO Herbert Diess, after meeting with his U.S. dealers, released this statement in Las Vegas today: "Right now, our most important task is to solve the diesel emissions issue and to rebuild trust among our customers, employees and dealers. Volkswagen is a great brand with great potential and we remain fully committed to the American market."
Minority dealers' receptionLisa Wardell, COO of RLJ Cos., center, is embraced by Perry Watson, left, the chairman of the National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers, and Jay Rosario of Wesley Chapel Nissan in Wesley Chapel, Fla., during the NADA Minority Dealers’ reception at the Encore Resort on Friday.
Zoom zoomBig Lucky vocalist Val Peterson, right, and Paul Frederick serenade Mazda dealers with "Fly Me To the Moon" and "Kansas City" at the Wynn Las Vegas Resort on Friday night.
FCA dealersDealer Lisa Copeland, Fiat of Austin, Texas, left, is entertained by Gualberto Ranieri, Fiat Chrysler senior vice president of communications, at the FCA reception at the Encore Hotel and Resort on Friday night.
NADA 100Keith Crain, editor-in-chief of Automotive News, told dealers on Friday about next year's NADA 100 special edition. Automotive News will publish the special edition Jan. 23 dedicated to NADA's centennial. The issue will be sent to Automotive News subscribers and distributed at the 2017 NADA convention.
Foxworthy was newsworthyComedian Jeff Foxworthy took to the main stage at NADA Friday to admit that, though he's met presidents, athletes and celebrities, "nothing intimidates me like a car dealer." The best selling author also encouraged "the eight of you in the audience who weren't nominated for Time Dealer of the Year to keep trying harder."
Dealertrack exhibitNADA attendees pack the DealerTrack exhibit on the convention floor. The company is promoting a variety of dealership connection capabilities all weekend.
Ford dealership modelNADA attendees view a Ford dealership model on the convention floor on Friday.
Fields tourFord CEO Mark Fields is greeted by NADA 2016 Chairman Jeffrey Carlson on the floor of the NADA convention on Friday.
Expecting a crowdThese signs were already printed before Volkswagen's make meeting was relocated from a convention center meeting room to a pair of ballrooms in the adjacent Westgate Hotel and Casino. Following a special plea by dealer council chairman Alan Brown for dealers around the country to come to Las Vegas, NADA officials are now expecting far more people than the meeting rooms, with a seating capacity of about 340 people, could accommodate.
NADA CEO Peter Welch and new President Jeff Carlson prepare for this morning's opening ceremonies.
Saying farewellOutgoing President Bill Fox says so long.
Open for businessThe floor opens in Las Vegas at the 2016 National Automobile Dealers Association convention.
Familiar facesFred Diaz, right, head of North America trucks for Nissan Motor Co., entertains dealer and former Chrysler Group co-president Jim Press at the Nissan North America dealer reception on Thursday night in the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas. Before his tenure ended at Chrysler in 2009, Press spent much of his career with Toyota, where he was president of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A.
Hall of Fame QBSteve Young, NFL Hall of Fame quarterback and co-Chairman of AutoAlert, makes the keynote address at the Automotive News Retail Forum on Thursday at the Encore Hotel and Resort.
A popular venue
More than 23,000 people are expected to attend the NADA convention this weekend. Las Vegas has hosted the convention 15 times since 1965.