2012 NADA Conference & Exposition http://wardsauto.com/taxonomy/term/575001/more en It’s a Fine World After All http://wardsauto.com/blog/it-s-fine-world-after-all <div class="node-body blog-body">It was mostly smiles at the NADA convention in Las Vegas, where everything seemed to be breaking the dealer body’s way for 2012.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/final-inspection">Final Inspection</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/blog/it-s-fine-world-after-all" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/it-s-fine-world-after-all#comments Blog Auto Makers Dealers North America U.S. Chrysler Dealerships Ford Hyundai 2012 NADA Conference & Exposition Dealership Management John Krafcik Paul Taylor Sergio Marchionne Final Inspection Thu, 09 Feb 2012 17:05:00 +0000 452651 at http://wardsauto.com Oz Firm Brings Repair-Analytics Service to U.S. Market http://wardsauto.com/dealerships/oz-firm-brings-repair-analytics-service-us-market <div class="node-body article-body">A long list of auto makers now is onboard and supplying Infomedia with parts data to help dealers compile fast, accurate service quotes. Here in the U.S., the company has deals with GM, Toyota and Chrysler so far.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/dealerships/oz-firm-brings-repair-analytics-service-us-market" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/dealerships/oz-firm-brings-repair-analytics-service-us-market#comments Public Dealers Suppliers North America U.S. Dealerships Suppliers 2012 NADA Conference & Exposition Fixed Operations Information Technology General Motors Infomedia Jaguar-Land Rover Jason Thorpe Kia Mitsubishi and Honda Richard Graham Toyota Wed, 08 Feb 2012 18:49:00 +0000 451331 at http://wardsauto.com <p> <strong>Superservice guides technician through multipoint inspection process.</strong></p> Obama Snub of International Brands at Recent DC Show Shortsighted, Exec Says http://wardsauto.com/dealerships/obama-snub-international-brands-recent-dc-show-shortsighted-exec-says <div class="node-body article-body">The president’s short list at the car show failed to recognize the billions of dollars non-domestic brands have invested in the U.S. auto industry, from factories to dealerships, says Jim Smail, outgoing AIDA chairman.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/dealerships/obama-snub-international-brands-recent-dc-show-shortsighted-exec-says" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/dealerships/obama-snub-international-brands-recent-dc-show-shortsighted-exec-says#comments Public Politics Dealers North America U.S. Auto Makers Dealerships Retail 2012 NADA Conference & Exposition Tariffs Trade Barack Obama Cody Lusk Jim Smail Mark Templin Ray Mungenast Rick Case Rita Case Tue, 07 Feb 2012 16:45:00 +0000 450051 at http://wardsauto.com <p> <strong>New AIADA Chairman Ray Mungenast vows to &ldquo;fight to the end.&rdquo;</strong></p> New NADA Chief Calls for CAFE Debates http://wardsauto.com/dealerships/new-nada-chief-calls-cafe-debates <div class="node-body article-body">The dealer group insists the technology to achieve the higher fuel standards will drive up the costs of cars, pushing millions of American consumers out of the market.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/dealerships/new-nada-chief-calls-cafe-debates" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/dealerships/new-nada-chief-calls-cafe-debates#comments Public Politics Dealers North America Dealerships 2012 NADA Conference & Exposition Fuel Economy American International Automobile Dealers Association corporate average fuel economy standards William Underriner Tue, 07 Feb 2012 16:10:00 +0000 449991 at http://wardsauto.com <p> <strong>Underriner: &ldquo;We simply don&rsquo;t understand the rush.&rdquo;</strong></p> Bush: No Regrets on Bridge Loan to Auto Makers http://wardsauto.com/politics/bush-no-regrets-bridge-loan-auto-makers <div class="node-body article-body">The former U.S. president says circumstances forced his hand in the auto industry bailout, but without it confidence in the country may have been destroyed. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/politics/bush-no-regrets-bridge-loan-auto-makers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/politics/bush-no-regrets-bridge-loan-auto-makers#comments Public Auto Makers Politics Dealers North America Chrysler General Motors Politics 2012 NADA Conference & Exposition National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) George W. Bush Tue, 07 Feb 2012 14:30:00 +0000 449071 at http://wardsauto.com <p> <strong>President Bush answers questions from former NADA Chairman Stephen W. Wade at this year&rsquo;s convention. (NADA photo).</strong></p> Still Strength in New-, Used-Vehicle Pricing, NADA Says http://wardsauto.com/sales-amp-marketing/still-strength-new-used-vehicle-pricing-nada-says <div class="node-body article-body">Used-car price gains will peak in March-June. That, in turn, “will fuel a good new-car environment,” says analyst Jonathan Banks.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/sales-amp-marketing/still-strength-new-used-vehicle-pricing-nada-says" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/sales-amp-marketing/still-strength-new-used-vehicle-pricing-nada-says#comments Public Dealers Sales & Marketing North America U.S. Dealerships Sales & Marketing 2012 NADA Conference & Exposition National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Jonathan Banks new vehicle prices Paul Taylor used vehicle prices Mon, 06 Feb 2012 21:49:00 +0000 447531 at http://wardsauto.com <p> <strong>&ldquo;OEs know dealers need both used cars and new cars to attract customers,&rdquo; NADA&rsquo;s Taylor says.</strong></p> Saab North America Won’t Fight Dealers on Bankruptcy Petition http://wardsauto.com/dealerships/saab-north-america-won-t-fight-dealers-bankruptcy-petition <div class="node-body article-body">Saab’s meeting with dealers at the 2012 NADA convention Monday was “very cordial,” says a top U.S. executive. “We’re trying to do the right thing.”</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/dealerships/saab-north-america-won-t-fight-dealers-bankruptcy-petition" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/dealerships/saab-north-america-won-t-fight-dealers-bankruptcy-petition#comments Public Auto Makers Management & Strategy Dealers North America U.S. Sweden Saab 2012 NADA Conference & Exposition Finance National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Restructuring Timothy Colbeck Mon, 06 Feb 2012 20:44:00 +0000 448731 at http://wardsauto.com <p> <strong>Colbeck: &ldquo;We&rsquo;re trying to work toward the best possible solution.&rdquo;</strong></p> VW Retools to U.S. Tastes, Finally http://wardsauto.com/blog/vw-retools-us-tastes-finally <div class="node-body blog-body">It wasn’t that VW didn’t make good cars. It did. Instead, it made cars for its home market, expecting Americans to adjust to Euro-tastes.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/retail-front">Retail Front</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/blog/vw-retools-us-tastes-finally" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/blog/vw-retools-us-tastes-finally#comments Blog U.S. Volkswagen Retail 2012 NADA Conference & Exposition Jetta Jonathan Browning Volkswagen Retail Front Mon, 06 Feb 2012 16:02:00 +0000 448571 at http://wardsauto.com Lincoln Wants Dealers to Think Small http://wardsauto.com/dealerships/lincoln-wants-dealers-think-small <div class="node-body article-body">The auto maker says small-town dealers can teach their metro counterparts a thing or two about personalized service. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/dealerships/lincoln-wants-dealers-think-small" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/dealerships/lincoln-wants-dealers-think-small#comments Public Auto Makers Dealers North America U.S. Dealerships Lincoln Retail 2012 NADA Conference & Exposition Brown Motors Ford Glenn Gardner Jim Farley Kidd Ford Lincoln Lincoln Terry Kidd Vince Trasatti Mon, 06 Feb 2012 15:49:00 +0000 448431 at http://wardsauto.com <p> <strong>&ldquo;We want customer to come back,&rdquo; says Lincoln dealer Terry Kidd.</strong></p> New Facilities Program, Used-Car Help on Way From Ford http://wardsauto.com/retail/new-facilities-program-used-car-help-way-ford <div class="node-body article-body">The new showroom upgrade program is expected to be more dealer-friendly and designed to make business sense. Details will be released in a letter to dealers in the next week.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://wardsauto.com/retail/new-facilities-program-used-car-help-way-ford" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://wardsauto.com/retail/new-facilities-program-used-car-help-way-ford#comments Public Auto Makers Dealers North America U.S. Dealerships Ford Retail 2012 NADA Conference & Exposition National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Chevrolet Silverado Escape F-150 Fusion Jim Farlety Ken Czubay NBC Super Bowl Sun, 05 Feb 2012 22:15:00 +0000 447721 at http://wardsauto.com <p> <strong>Czubay: Ford working with suppliers, union to ensure no production shortages in 2012.</strong></p>