Buick and GMC — and General Motors more broadly — have signaled that they are committed to their franchised dealers, even as the automaker electrifies more of its vehicle portfolio and experiments with subscription services, said Bo Mandal, chairman of the Buick-GMC National Dealer Council.
In fact, said Mandal, CEO of Mandal Automotive Group in Biloxi, Miss., the brands have "no interest" in moving toward direct sales or taking more control in the consumer transaction.
"The one thing I love about General Motors, what they believe is that their dealers — all of their dealers — are a strategic advantage for them to go to market, whether it be ICE or EV," he said. "I mean, think about it: There's 4,000 brick-and-mortar signs and locations across America on every corner. It's a clear advantage. You can pop into any one of these places and look or buy an EV."