Next item on the agenda: discussion of whether American, Asian and European auto makers treat their U.S. dealers differently. Suddenly, some conference participants start carefully choosing their words like foreign diplomats. “People are being delicate about this topic,” observes Larry Silvers, an attendee of the California New Motor Vehicle Board's fourth annual industry roundtable, a dealer-manufacturer gathering in Palm Springs, CA. Silvers is an attorney who represents dealers. He ...

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