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NADA eyes beefed-up convention security after Vegas shooting

The National Automobile Dealers Association is reviewing security for its convention to take place in Las Vegas in March in light of the mass shooting there.

Nada auto The National Automobile Dealers Association is celebrating its 100th anniversary and Automotive News has marked the achievement with special coverage that examines NADA from its origins to its future. CLICK HERE for our special section.

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Waymo’s Krafcik, coach Saban to keynote 2018 NADA
Bob Mallon’s $13 million legacy

Bob Mallon, who died Aug. 3, left a major legacy with the National Automobile Dealers Charitable Foundation, which he founded.

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Let s continue Mallon s work

If there was ever a dealer you could call Mr. NADA, it was Bob Mallon, and I cannot begin to count the times I have repeated to myself his famous phrase, in perpetuity.

Dealers relying more on fixed ops

Car dealers are getting more of their profits from the service lane even as unit sales remain near record levels, an NADA study found.

Online car sales could soon be on fast track

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Auto industry leaders say the industry is within a year or two of being able to complete an entire vehicle transaction online. That includes pitching finance and insurance products and getting electronic signatures on key documents.

COMMENTARY: Keith Crain

NADA looks ready for next century

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The most striking part of the National Automobile Dealers Association convention was the large number of vendors offering digital or electronic services to dealerships.

Cadillac retailers in wait-and-see over Pinnacle changes

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Cadillac’s dealer council hasn’t decided yet whether to endorse Project Pinnacle, brand chief Johan de Nysschen’s overhaul of the standards retailers must meet and the way they are paid. That’s because Cadillac’s dealer body is still waiting to see the final product before it takes effect April 1.

Hyundai vows to refine marketing

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Hyundai will spend 2017 making “better” better. Seeking to revive its image as a challenger brand and to boost morale among dealers, the automaker plans to spend the year honing the “Make Things Better” message that it first released during the 2016 Super Bowl.

Ford targets retail market share growth

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Ford Motor Co. is hoping to ride its biggest vehicles to an increased retail market share in 2017. The automaker’s executives told dealers last week that they’re targeting 13 percent retail market share, a slight increase from last year.

Lincoln: Customer service is differentiator

Lincoln Motor Co. plans to follow up on its recent sales gains by focusing on unique customer service experiences.

Infiniti dealers expect fresh products in ’17

Infiniti’s redesigned QX50 crossover could become the brand’s volume leader when it reaches showrooms in the fourth quarter of 2017, dealers were told at the annual Infiniti franchise make meeting.

Acura details plans to update TLX

Acura’s midsize TLX sedan will use an upcoming refresh to visually distinguish the four-cylinder and six-cylinder models and will add an enthusiast-oriented A-Spec model.

VW dealers move past diesel scandal

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With a lineup richer in crossovers on the horizon and a costly and distracting diesel scandal behind them, Volkswagen dealers are back to focusing on their core business after their make meeting at the NADA convention.

More light trucks headed to Mercedes dealerships

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Mercedes-Benz is working on getting more trucks to U.S. dealerships to alleviate inventory shortages, including more units of the hot GLC compact crossover. Dealers are seeking profit gains, and the company aims to work with dealers to continue streamlining dealer programs.

How dealers can hire and keep top talent

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In the quest to recruit and retain talent, dealers must create a hiring process and a desirable culture that includes stable pay, good hours and career growth opportunities, experts said at the Automotive News Retail Forum.

Sonic CEO: We had to adapt or die

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Sonic Automotive Group had to change how it did business or fail, said CEO Scott Smith.

Cox exec sees surge in online vehicle sales

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About 10 percent of the auto industry’s transactions could be online by 2019, Cox Automotive COO Mark O’Neil said at the Automotive News Retail Forum.

Wanted: Talented technicians

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The industry must generate interest among young people in fixed ops careers, panelists said during a discussion at the Automotive News Retail Forum.

Take it Big Easy

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How better to celebrate 100 years of the National Automobile Dealers Association than with a roaring party that spread across New Orleans’ sprawling riverfront Mardi Gras World?

So much to see

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The convention is a whirlwind of activity, with concerts, award ceremonies and countless opportunities to explore on the exhibit floor. Here are a few scenes from this year’s gathering.


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