Most years, a glance at a brand's prior-year sales results will indicate what to expect at the NADA make meeting.
If U.S. sales soared, the meeting usually will end with everyone smiling.
If sales tanked, the automaker will try to soothe unhappy dealers with talk of coming new or freshened models, pumped-up incentives or both.
But it's not that simple this year.
Take Lexus. Lexus sales slumped 13 percent in 2011. But dealers understand that a product shortage in the aftermath of Japan's earthquake and tsunami was to blame, not a poor lineup or weak marketing. So they won't be out for blood from Lexus managers, just assurances that plenty of vehicles are headed their way.
Here are our forecasts for which of this year's make meetings will be love fests and which might be confrontational.