After yet another solid sales year, most make meetings at this year's National Automobile Dealers Association convention are expected to be the equivalent of a sunny day in Honolulu. But whenever two fronts collide -- in this case, dealers and the factories -- there's the potential for storm clouds to gather. Here's our forecast for what may happen, offered with the caveat that even the National Weather Service has been known, sometimes, to get it wrong.
Sunny and fine
Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram: Dealers are enjoying higher sales and profits. Inventory shortages hurt both new-car lots and parts-and-service operations, but those are trifling issues for dealers who love the lineup, the quality and the marketing. Just don't mention Fiat.
Porsche: Dealers are coming off two years of record sales and, with the Macan due in showrooms this year, they are cruising toward hitting the brand's 2018 goal well before then. Profits are revved and more consistent now that Porsche has gone beyond seasonal sports cars.
Subaru: Five years of record sales and another on the horizon. In 2013, more than 60 percent of its customers were new to the brand. Love -- it's what makes a Subaru make meeting a Subaru make meeting.