Category: Australian Automotive Dealer Association

Discussion paper a step towards franchise balance

The AADA has welcomed the release of the Morrison Government’s discussion paper on the second stage of the Automotive Franchising reforms. The paper will specifically investigate the merits of a stand-alone code, options for mandatory binding arbitration and the need…

Collective Bargaining Class Exemption

The new class exemption granted by the ACCC for collective bargaining will allow Dealers, through their Dealer Councils, to negotiate with Manufacturers on behalf of their network, without having to go through the previous notification procedures which were administratively burdensome,…

The Future is Electric

Electric vehicle (EV) sales grew over the past year and will continue to do so, with help from the NSW Government’s Electric Vehicle Strategy and nearly $500 million in investment to encourage growth in zero emissions vehicles. The annual report…

Mitsubishi decision sets dangerous precedent

The recent decision by the Supreme Court of Victoria to uphold the finding of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) that Mitsubishi Motors Australia Limited (MMAL) and one of its Dealers had deceived and misled a consumer with the…

Auto Franchising Reforms Good News for Dealers

The automotive franchising reforms introduced in July will bring greater fairness to the commercial relations between Australian car Dealers and overseas Manufacturers. The new regulations released as part of significant changes to the Franchising Code of Conduct took effect as…

AADA responds to Productivity Commission

On 10 August 2021, AADA submitted its response to the Productivity Commission’s Draft Report into Right to Repair. The AADA welcomes the opportunity to provide feedback given the automotive industry is somewhat advanced on the issue. With car Manufacturers obliged…

Questions Remain Over Agency Model

Proposed moves to agency models are a hot topic in our industry, yet many questions remain about how the model will work in practice. The move by some OEMs to a fixed price agency model is by far the most…

Service Management Structures that Increase Returns

We’re all familiar with the saying “the best customer is the one you already have”, and understand that customer retention is one of the key pillars of profitability. But with consumers these days having so much choice, understanding the importance…

AADA2021 CONVENTION & EXPO: DEALERSHIP OF TOMORROW UPDATE

US automotive researcher and friend of AADA, Glenn Mercer, returns to AADA 2021 Future Focused to present an update of his ongoing Dealership of Tomorrow research. Attendees at the 2018 AADA National Dealer Convention & Expo rated ‘The Dealership of…