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Blogs from the NADA Convention
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| Jim Henry is a special correspondent for Automotive News|
There’s a disconnect in the F&I space that’s getting more obvious.
Many dealers, including some of the big publicly traded dealership groups, say they’re limiting their F&I menus to three or four items: extended-service contracts, GAP policies, prepaid maintenance and perhaps another.Continue reading "The dealer, F&I vendor disconnect" » Feb 13, 2013 12:01 am U.S. ET Post Comment
| Mike Colias covers General Motors for Automotive News.|
ORLANDO -- Opinions on what flavors and themes should infuse Chevy's brand messaging are as diverse as its sprawling vehicle lineup.
Play on heritage, and you signal that your best days are behind you. Identify Chevy with technology like the Volt, and risk appeasing the greenies at the expense of your core pickup owners. Some ... Continue reading "Why Chevy's new advertising road looks promising" » Feb 11, 2013 11:22 am U.S. ET Post Comment
| David Barkholz is a reporter for Automotive News.|
ORLANDO -- After reviewing nearly 3 million dealer Web site visits at 3,000 dealers recently, AutoTrader
found that 32 percent of dealer Web visitors go to the site for something other than shopping.
One ... Continue reading "AutoTrader: Only 2 of 3 of dealership Web visits are for vehicle shopping" » Feb 11, 2013 11:42 am U.S. ET Post Comment
| Edward Lapham is executive editor of Automotive News.|
ORLANDO -- It caught my eye immediately.
Parked at a booth in the NADA exhibition hall was a DeLorean time machine. It looked as if it had just blown in from the "Back to the Future" movie trilogy -- complete with blinking dashboard lights and a flux capacitor.
M5 Management Services Inc. a ... Continue reading "Why 'Back to the Future' resonates at NADA" » Feb 11, 2013 9:01 am U.S. ET Post Comment
| Jason Stein is associate publisher and editor of Automotive News.|
ORLANDO -- The location is unknown at this point (let’s get crazy and assume it’s Las Vegas). The state of the industry is unclear (here’s hoping it’s healthy). But when the 2025 National Automobile Dealers Association convention rolls around, the vision for retail is: The big winners will have service as their middle name.Continue reading "Look for innovation overdrive in the service drive" » Feb 10, 2013 5:12 pm U.S. ET Post Comment
| Amy Wilson covers auto dealer issues for Automotive News|
ORLANDO -- What a difference a year makes.
While facility programs continue to cause great concern -- and consternation -- among dealers, the intensity surrounding the issue has subsided since 2012's National Automobile Dealers Association convention.
You could see it at the press conferenc ... Continue reading "Some dealers look past facility programs to sales, profits" » Feb 10, 2013 4:30 pm U.S. ET Post Comment
| Diana T. Kurylko covers various U.S. import brands for Automotive News.|
Mini boosted U.S. sales 15 percent to a record 66,123 vehicles last year, more than Jaguar, Land Rover, Mitsubishi and Porsche -- and a few thousand units short of Volvo.
And all of those brands have their own make meetings at NADA. But Mini USA and parent company BMW weren’t ready for that until this year.Continue reading "Why Mini’s make meeting was so important" » Feb 10, 2013 3:13 pm U.S. ET Post Comment
| Jamie LaReau covers auto dealers for Automotive News.|
ORLANDO -- Meeting up with EasyCare’s CEO at the National Automobile Dealers Association convention is not easy.
I tracked him down at the NCM Associates booth.
That’s because EasyCare is boothless.
And that’s just how CEO Larry Dorfman ... Continue reading "An NADA booth isn’t for everyone, but the convention is" » Feb 10, 2013 2:30 pm U.S. ET Post Comment
| James B. Treece is industry editor for Automotive News.|
ORLANDO -- Three generations of the family behind Colussy Chevrolet in Bridgeville, Pa., outside of Pittsburgh, are at this year's NADA convention: Tim, 55, the dealer principal; his father, Skip, 84, who remains part owner; and Tim's son, Dan, 22, who is learning the ropes in the parts department.
Skip is no stranger to NADA ... Continue reading "Three generations at NADA" » Feb 10, 2013 2:15 pm U.S. ET Post Comment
| Lindsay Chappell is the Mid-South bureau chief for Automotive News.|
ORLANDO -- Was it all of three or four years ago that the buzz at the auto retailers convention was all about dealer Web sites? Who was doing them well? Who was missing the boat? Who was making sure they met standards, and what bright new promise did they held for the auto industry?
And suddenly last year the buzz shifted to ... Continue reading "This year’s buzz: Dealer apps" » Feb 10, 2013 10:13 am U.S. ET Post Comment
| Bradford Wernle covers Ford for Automotive News.|
ORLANDO -- Jim Farley didn't join Ford Motor Co. until November 2007. But Ford's executive vice president of global marketing, sales, service and the Lincoln brand has already amassed a wealth of historical knowledge and trivia about the company and its dealers around the world.
Holding court with journalists at Ford's Salute ... Continue reading "Farley accumulates fascinating facts over the years" » Feb 9, 2013 6:11 pm U.S. ET Post Comment
| Jason Stein is associate publisher and editor of Automotive News.|
A lifetime ago -- like, way back in the bad old times of early 2010 -- you could have shot a cannon down one side of the Orange County Convention Center and not hit a soul.
This convention's last trip to Orlando was a wake. Deals were being made, but with admittedly hushed tones. General Motors wasn’t here. And nearly 2 ... Continue reading "Mood swing in Orlando: This year, deals are everywhere" » Feb 9, 2013 6:43 pm U.S. ET Post Comment
| Arlena Sawyers covers remarketing for Automotive News.|
ORLANDO -- The roads are blocked, businesses are closed and people have hunkered down in their homes as the Northeast rides out the great blizzard of 2013.
But come Monday morning auto auctions located in the snow-covered Northeast will be ready for business, predicts Paul Lips, president of the National Auto Auction Associat ... Continue reading "Heavy snow won’t stop auction action, NAAA president says" » Feb 9, 2013 6:22 pm U.S. ET Post Comment
ORLANDO -- There are lots of young companies on the expo floor at the NADA convention pushing this product or that service to help dealers.
But as far as I can tell, there's only one so young that it ought to be wearing diapers.