A lot has changed for Ford and Lincoln dealers since the last National Automobile Dealers Association conference 14 months ago in New Orleans.
A new CEO, with a new organizational structure, took over in May. The president of North America was abruptly ousted in February over "inappropriate behavior," and replacing him produced a chain reaction that installed a new Ford Motor Credit Co. boss and new brand chief for Lincoln.
And if the executive upheaval wasn't enough, there's been a refocusing of the product portfolio and a new vision of the future, complete with driverless cars, smart cities and alternative models to vehicle ownership.
It's enough to raise a few eyebrows — and even more questions — among Ford's dealer network. But the company in recent weeks has worked to address concerns among some dealer groups and is expected to continue that offensive with those gathered this week in Las Vegas.