Category: Australian Automotive Dealer Association

GOVERNMENT JOINS DEALERS IN CALL FOR GM ARBITRATION

AADA has welcomed the Australian Government’s call for General Motors (GM) and Australia’s Holden Dealers to settle their dispute via arbitration. Several government members made statements in parliament calling out General Motors’ poor treatment of Holden Dealers, as two days…

A YEAR OF INTERESTING TIMES

DROUGHT | BUSHFIRE | HOLDEN CLOSURE | HONDA ANNOUNCEMENT | COVID-19 “May you live in interesting times.” Many believe this statement to be a Chinese curse, although it appears to actually have become a saying via Chinese Whispers rather than…

THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS

The outbreak of COVID-19 has prompted the government to restrict various businesses from opening. AADA can advise that at this stage, dealerships will NOT be restricted from opening. The Federal Government’s announcement of a $130 billion package to assist employers…

NAVIGATING A PATH THROUGH COVID-19

AADA appreciates that in this difficult time, our partners are offering useful suggestions for strategies Dealers can adopt to cope during this unprecedented crisis. On 30 March, Deloitte Motor Industry Services hosted an online webinar to detail their view on…

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…