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NADA, Power Team Up on Dealer Data
This Tile, That Gray: Chevy's Store Plan by the Book
Dealerships Bristle at Carmakers' Demands for Showroom Renovations
Some Concept Cars Should Have Become a Reality
Mankato Auto Dealer Chit-Chats with Palin During Flight
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NADA, Power Team Up on Dealer Data

The National Automobile Dealers Association has formed a strategic alliance with J.D. Power and Associates in a step meant to help dealers protect data security while participating in market intelligence research. The alliance aims to increase dealer participation in the Power Information Network, which gathers point-of-sale transaction data. NADA officials say participating dealers will get benchmark information to help them improve their operations while ensuring that individual dealer data and customer information are secure. NADA also will use the information in part to improve the accuracy of the association's used-car guide and help inform its 20 groups. "It will give me more timely information of what is going on in our region, in my market," said Bill Willis, a Delaware dealer and NADA director who chairs the association's used-car guide committee. The issue of data security has been a growing concern for dealers with questions about who owns and controls the data, NADA officials said. Through the alliance with J.D. Power, NADA aims to lead by example on how best to gather and use the data.
Source: Automotive News

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This Tile, That Gray: Chevy's Store Plan by the Book

Laundry list of changes pits design vs. bonuses
Dealer Tommy Brasher is preparing to rip the metal exterior off his Weimar, Texas, Chevrolet store. And he's excited about it. Sure, it'll cost him more than $100,000 to install the bright blue aluminum-paneled archway and silver fascia required to comply with Chevrolet's dealer-image program. And the façade he has up now is still in good shape. But Brasher says he has "no problem with what they've asked me to do with the outside of the building. I think it'll look great, and I'll be proud of it." His enthusiasm fades, though, when the discussion turns to his interior renovations. Dealers with experience across the brand spectrum say Chevrolet -- reflecting the position of GM as a whole -- has one of the most prescriptive and stringent programs in the industry, except for a few of the luxury brands. And some of the meticulously detailed requirements have dealers shaking their heads. "They're micromanaging this process to a ridiculous degree," says Brasher, a former co-chairman of the Chevrolet National Dealer Council.
Source: Automotive News

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Dealerships Bristle at Carmakers' Demands for Showroom Renovations

North Jersey car dealers like [Tony] Fernandez [the principal dealer of Cadillac of Mahwah] have been spending millions of dollars on showroom and service center upgrades to comply with manufacturers' brand strengthening initiatives — sometimes reluctantly — as U.S. auto sales continue to rebound amid improved consumer confidence. But some dealers, especially those at [General Motors], believe they are not getting a fair share of the spoils and that carmakers' demands to modernize and standardize showrooms are unnecessarily expensive. Although they are asked to pay for the improvements, they have no assurance of a return on their investments, said Jim Appleton, president of the New Jersey Coalition of Automotive Dealers. "Sometimes [dealers] embrace the plans, but other times they say, 'You can't be serious,' " Appleton said. "Manufacturers have every right to manage their brand and image, but dealers are separate businesses, and they have to be free to make investments that make sense." The National Automobile Dealers Association last year commissioned a study of automakers' image-upgrade programs industrywide, in response to dealers' concerns.
Source: The Record (Woodland Park, N.J.)

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Some Concept Cars Should Have Become a Reality

The 2012 New York International Auto Show, which wraps up April 15, marks the end of this year's auto show season. Like many shows over the past few months, it's populated with any number of tantalizing glimpses of future products. Most seem truly outrageous, while others are merely thinly disguised concept vehicles. But some prove to be little more than a cruel joke. They are so stunning, so obviously great, one wonders why they are never produced.
Source: The Virginian-Pilot

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Mankato Auto Dealer Chit-Chats with Palin During Flight

When the auto dealer from Mankato and the politician/media star from Wasilla finished with their brief greeting and settled in for the flight from New York to the Twin Cities, the auto dealer shared the news on his Facebook page. “Interesting ride home,” Todd Snell wrote. “Sarah Palin sitting next to me. Alaska bound via MSP.” The CEO and president of Snell Motors figured that was pretty much the whole story, but he agreed to share a bit more of his impression of one of America’s best-known and most polarizing political figures. “It was a thrill to meet her,” he said....
Source: The Free Press (Mankato, Minn.)

Editor's note: Snell represents Minnesota as a board member of the National Automobile Dealers Association.

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The NADA story began in 1917 when 30 auto dealers traveled to the nation’s capital to convince Congress not to impose a luxury tax on the automobile. They successfully argued that the automobile is a necessity of American life, not a luxury. From that experience was born the National Automobile Dealers Association. Today, NADA represents nearly 16,000 new-car and -truck dealerships with 32,500 franchises, both domestic and international. For more information, visit www.nada.org.

 
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"It will give me more timely information of what is going on in our region, in my market."

   
-- Bill Willis, a Delaware dealer and NADA director, referring to NADA's new strategic alliance with J.D. Power and Associates, Automotive News, April 9


 

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