Factory-dealer relations are sailing in relatively calm waters these days, but if you think dealers have no complaints, you simply do not know auto dealers.
All except Lexus, that is. Lexus dealers are so busy counting their blessings that they don't have time to complain.
Automotive News talked to the dealer council chairmen or representatives for almost all of the car and light-truck brands sold in the United States.
The interviews will be published in the four Automotive News NADA Dailies.
Here's a condensed list of goals, gripes and "gimmees."
Chevrolet dealers want to be No. 1 in sales again, a position they haven't enjoyed since 1986.
Elsewhere at General Motors, Buick and Saturn want more product, and Pontiac and Cadillac want successful product launches.
Ford dealers ask that the factory develop an acceptable replacement for the unpopular Blue Oval program, and Lincoln dealers sum up their wants very simply: New products.
Chrysler dealers also wish for more new products, and Dodge dealers desire that their new vehicles will be launched efficiently.
Toyota dealers are pretty content, though they would like more Prius models.
Honda dealers would appreciate better quality, and Nissan retailers would be pleased to have more marketing and advertising support for the Titan pickup and other vehicles.
The wishes of other Japanese dealer organizations: Mazda - more high-volume products; Infiniti - a certified used-vehicle program; Suzuki and Mitsubishi - more brand awareness; Isuzu - new products and programs to boost dealer morale; Subaru - a shorter product cycle.
Among dealers handling European brands, Saab pleads "don't strip our cars," and Volvo hopes for more consistency in factory management.
BMW and Mercedes-Benz dealers want the factory to preserve dealer profitability, and Mercedes folks add a plea for better quality.