HOLDEN’S SHOCK ANNOUNCEMENT TO CLOSE DOWN

An uplifting dealership experience sparks chagrin and dismay From a strict business analysis standpoint, Holden’s announcement on 17 February that they were withdrawing from Australia and NZ was a logical and understandable determination. From a sentimental standpoint however, it was…

UPDATE ON AUTOMOTIVE CODE DRAFT REGULATIONS

Australian automotive Dealers have long known the Franchising Code of Conduct (the Code) has not done enough to protect franchisees in the power imbalances that characterise franchisor-franchisee relationships. Dealers often find themselves in defenceless positions where the Code is unable…

AUTOMOTIVE CODE DRAFT DISAPPOINTING

AADA was extremely disappointed with the draft regulations released by the Federal Government to incorporate automotive industry-specific protections into a Schedule to the Franchising Code. AADA is disappointed with both the breadth of the issues covered, and by the tepid…

MERCEDES USES EVS TO TRIAL AGENCY MODEL

Mercedes-Benz Australia is trialling the agency model via its new electric SUV, the EQC. Nine Mercedes-Benz Dealers have been operating under the model since the EQC 400 4MATIC went on sale on December 9, 2019. The agency model only applies…

SALES FALL FOR 24TH STRAIGHT MONTH

Australia’s new vehicle sales for the twenty-fourth consecutive month in March, according to the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries’ (FCAI) VFACTS report. Sales for the month totalled 81,690, consisting of 21,777 passenger vehicles for a 26.7 percent share of the…

AUSSIE DEALERS LEARN FROM THE BEST AT NADA

Australian Dealers joined nearly 22,000 members of the US and global automotive industry at the 2020 in February at NADA Show. Dealers from all over the world came together for four full days of education, OEM franchise meetings, and the…

PATRICK TESSIER RECEIVES OAM

January 2020 Australia Day Honours List: Patrick Tessier receives OAM “For service to the community”. AADA Convention Director and former interim CEO, and long-time contributor to the Australian retail automotive industry, Patrick Tessier, was awarded an Order of Australia Medal…

AADA CONVENTION BIGGER & BOLDER IN 2020

The AADA 2020 National Dealer Convention & Expo will return to Sydney’s ICC at Darling Harbour from 1 to 3 September. The billion-dollar ICC Sydney is a world-class business and function facility right in the heart of Sydney’s gorgeous Darling…