The National Automobile Dealers Association has introduced a satellite broadcast system that will send interactive training programs and industry news directly to dealerships.
The system, NADA SkyLink, will cost $1,595 to $1,995 a year. The cost varies based on the number of programs purchased.
The system is being showcased this week at the NADA Services booth at the association's annual convention in San Francisco.
SkyLink will offer 24 training classes in its first year of operation. Topics include new- and used-vehicle sales, sexual-harassment prevention, service operations and dealership computer systems.
Each class will take one to three hours. Viewers will be able to ask questions using a toll-free phone number. Questions will be answered live on the air.
Students will receive an e-mail address and phone number so they can ask follow-up questions for a limited time after the broadcast.
SkyLink also will provide coverage of NADA events such as the annual Industry Relations Symposium and Washington Conference.
NADA says it plans to make the system available for use by automakers and large dealership groups to transmit broadcasts to their dealership networks.