AADA 2020 MOVING FORWARD

The COVID-19 pandemic has made large gatherings such as the annual AADA National Dealer Convention & Expo impossible to hold at this time, but that doesn’t mean AADA is not still going to provide an event for Dealers to learn…

CONNECT WITH THE NEW DIGITAL CAR BUYER

In a profound shift for our industry, the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the transition to digital vehicle sales and heightened the importance of effective virtual showrooms. In this not-to-be-missed keynote research presentation on the behaviour of car buyers, Autotrader and…

SENATORS HEADLINE FEATURE SESSIONS

AADA 2020 Moving Forward will include a series of feature sessions, delivering high quality content on subjects of importance to the retail automotive industry. In “The Automotive Code – Lessons From Holden”, AADA CEO, James Voortman, and Labor Senator, Deborah…

AADA LEADS ATTACK ON GM AT SENATE INQUIRY

AADA CEO James Voortman has led a chorus of criticism of the way General Motors has handled the Holden brand’s withdrawal from the Australian market, testifying before a Senate Inquiry last month. On Monday 3 August, the Senate Committee conducting…

THE NUMBERS GAME

May 2020 VFACTS arrived in all its expected ugliness – but with a few surprises both positive and negative. The accompanying chart shows which franchises won or lost – although perhaps given the COVID-19 crisis it’s more a case of…

AMENDMENTS TO THE FRANCHISING CODE TO SUPPORT DEALERS

On 1 June 2020, the Federal Government announced amendments to the Franchising Code directly aimed at better protecting the interests of new vehicle Dealers. Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, Karen Andrews, said that the amendments “balance the need to…

NISSAN PULLS OUT OF EUROPE’S COMPACT CAR MARKET

Nissan has announced it will end sales of two compact cars in Europe and Russia, citing a consumer swing away toward utilities in the segment. It follows General Motors’ announcement it would to cease production of right hand drive vehicles,…