Sure, U.S. vehicle sales may have plateaued. But business is still booming for many franchised auto dealers, who came to the annual convention eager to celebrate the last year's successes and get educated and motivated for the year ahead. Retailers also took time to network and shop on the show floor.
A great time to be in auto retailing
Outgoing NADA Chairman Mark Scarpelli, left, told dealers to be proud of their lobbying efforts during the past year that protected dealership profitability. Incoming Chairman Wes Lutz urged retailers to not fear change but embrace it.
University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban gave dealers advice on how to create successful businesses.
Mark LaNeve, left, Ford Motor Co. vice president of U.S. marketing, sales and service, greets 2017 NADA Chairman Mark Scarpelli at the Ford exhibit.
NADA President Peter Welch, left, congratulates KC Crain, group publisher of Automotive News, on Automotive News' 50th year as an exhibitor at the NADA Show.
John Krafcik, CEO of Waymo, Google's self-driving vehicle project, says his operation is seeking dealers and other traditional industry players as partners.
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