Category: Australian Automotive Dealer Association

Get personal, Dealers urged

Devin Daly, CEO of SpinCar and special guest speaker at the 2019 AADA National Dealer Convention, has urged Australian Dealers to follow the lead of Netflix and Amazon by striving to make consumers’ online experiences as personalised as possible. In…

Cooperation the key to profitability: Voortman

New AADA CEO James Voortman has urged Dealers to work together, not just with each other, but with OEMs and governments, to restore a focus on profitability in dealerships. Speaking at the 2019 AADA National Dealer Convention, Mr Voortman said…

Canberra presence paying off: Keating

The establishment of an office in Canberra had helped AADA become one of Australia’s most effective business associations, AADA chairman Terry Keating has told the 2019 AADA National Dealer Convention. “The last twelve months has seen our association mature its…

Death of the Dealer greatly exaggerated: Koblenz

The approaching arrivals of electric and autonomous vehicles, and ride-hailing services, are supposed to herald the death knell of the retail automotive dealership. However, that is far from the case, NADA executive vice-president and chief legal counsel, Andy Koblenz, has…

Local auto industry “alive and kicking”: Minister

The “long and proud” history of the Victorian automotive industry will continue into the future despite the departure over the past few years of vehicle manufacturers, according to the Victorian Minister for Small Business and Local Government, Adem Somyurek. Speaking…

VOORTMAN TO TAKE OVER AS CEO

AADA is pleased to announce the appointment of James Voortman as the Australian Automotive Dealer Association’s new Chief Executive Officer, commencing his responsibilities on 1 July 2019. Mr Voortman has extensive policy and automotive advocacy experience and has worked as…

Car ownership here to stay: Wes Lutz

Consumers are nowhere near ready to give up their personal vehicles in favour of ride-sharing, NADA chairman Wes Lutz, told the keynote session of the 2018 AADA National Dealer Convention on Tuesday. Mr Lutz expressed his pride in the industry…

Disruption is normal: Mills

Disruption is not “the new normal”, it has always been normal, delegates at the AADA National Dealer Convention heard on Tuesday morning. In his address, titled ‘Mobility Is and Always Will Be the Dealer’s Business’, guest breakfast speaker Charles Mills…

A Global Perspective on the Future of the Franchised Auto Dealer

An elite panel of Australian and international retail automotive industry leaders has discussed the potential pitfalls and possibilities for the franchised automotive industry as we head into the future. The pre-convention session ‘A Global Perspective on the Future of the…

WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS SHOULDN’T STAY IN VEGAS

AADA Executive Director of Operations, Brian Savage, has just returned from Las Vegas where he attended the 2018 NADA Show. The NADA show incorporates the Dealer Convention and Expo, attracting 23,000 registered attendees. It included a large international contingency along…