Daewoo Motor America canceled its Monday make meeting and dealer advisory board meeting, infuriating dealers who said they were never informed.
The make meeting had been scheduled for 10:30 Monday morning in Room N262.
Daewoo conducted a regional road show the week of Jan. 8, which prompted the decision to cancel the NADA meetings. The advisory board meeting was canceled because a number of dealers would not be able to attend, Betz said.
"Eighty percent of the dealer body attended those (regional) meetings, so we felt it was redundant to have the meeting here. We should have done a better job of communicating. It's unfortunate this got all twisted up," Betz said.
Advisory board member Marc Treiber, owner of Rallye Daewoo in Monroe, N.Y., feels Daewoo's move is bush league. He was informed about the cancellation of the dealer council meeting on Thursday, but he didn't know about the make meeting's cancellation until Saturday.
"I can't believe this. I stayed specifically through Monday to be at the meetings. Normally, I would have gone home Sunday, because my wife is at home with two 3-year-olds," Treiber said. "We're all going to show up when it's supposed to be, just to see their faces."
Another multifranchise dealer, who declined to be named, said he missed the regional meetings because he expected to discuss issues at the convention.
"I think they don't want to answer questions," he said. "They make good cars. I can sell the heck out of them. But all their promises have been evaporating."
Daewoo has not rescheduled its dealer advisory board meeting. For now, Daewoo's Monday night reception at Paris Las Vegas is still a go.