Auto executives always seem to feel that when the vehicle manufacturers are off on holiday, the automobile world screeches to a halt.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
Yes, the factories are shut down, and there are lots of empty offices at corporate headquarters as executives take their 10-day hiatus.
But the retail part of the business keeps on churning.
I often wonder whether the executives who are playing golf somewhere should be spending the week working in dealerships in one of the 50 states.
I have a feeling that they would return to their offices with a different perspective on the business.
True, manufacturing activities are quiet, but all week long thousands of people are shopping for new cars and trucks. And many of those folks will be buying vehicles this week.
Thousands more are pulling into service departments to get their vehicles repaired, and plenty of others are getting the bumps removed from their vehicles.
There are thousands of new-car dealerships open for business this week, all over the country, doing what they have been doing all year long. They are selling and servicing cars and trucks -- and just for good measure they are selling a few used cars, too.
It doesn't matter what else is happening in the country, the new-car dealer keeps the country rolling regardless of the season. This business goes on rain or shine.
The factories may be shut down, but customers don't stop needing the assistance of local dealers.
And those dealers will be getting busier in 2011. Next year they will sell more cars and trucks than in 2010 -- maybe a bunch more.
The industry is getting stronger by the month.
It is the automobile business that will lead the way out of the recession in America.
Let's all hope for a healthy 2011. Happy New Year.