Category: Australian Automotive Dealer Association

GOVERNMENT RELEASES ITS RESPONSE TO THE 2019 FRANCHISING CODE REVIEW

On 20 August 2020, the Australian Government released its long awaited response (Government Response) to the Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services inquiry (Inquiry) into the operation and effectiveness of the Franchising Code of Conduct report: Fairness in Franchising…

GOVERNMENT CHANGES TO FRANCHISING CODE PENALTIES ‘WEAK’

The Federal Government has doubled the penalties that apply for a breach of the Franchising Code, but AADA believes this response is still ‘far too weak’ to change anything. AADA Chief Operating Officer Brian Savage said “the penalties are still…

FIXED-PRICE SALES MODEL CONCERNS

As Honda and Mercedes-Benz continue to plan to shift to a set-price distribution model, AADA CEO James Voortman has expressed concern to a Senate Committee about the detrimental effect such a move would have on Australian Dealers. Honda has announced…

NEW GM BRAND ‘UNTHINKABLE’

In the wake of the decision by General Motors’ (GM) to withdraw from the Australian market, AADA has expressed concern over the company’s announcement that it will be launching a new vehicle brand. “The launch of General Motors Special Vehicles…

VIRTUAL EXPO TO DELIVER REAL SOLUTIONS

A feature of the annual AADA National Dealer Convention is the Expo, and with this year’s online “AADA 2020 Moving Forward” we will present a comprehensive “Virtual Expo” of vendors’ products and services in an engaging expo hub. The AADA…

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…