Dear Colleague

Last week, I attended the NADA Convention in San Francisco where I met with a number of key automotive associations and attended informative workshops. Overall, electric cars as well as relationships with the consumer via Twitter, Google and Facebook, featured high on the agenda.

I had meetings with key European dealer organisations including NFDA’s German counterpart, the German Federation for Motor Trades and Repairs (ZDK). We will have further meetings to discuss common issues, especially in the light of Brexit. I also met with the Federation of Automobile Dealers Associations of India (FADA) and the Australian Automotive Dealer Association (AADA) – an ideal opportunity to examine their new code of conduct for dealers, we will keep you updated on this.

I also attended an international industry roundtable and had discussions with NADA officials. It was interesting to note that we share the same concerns with regards to the relationships with manufacturers and future legislation.

The NFDA Parliamentary Engagement Programme continues: today, Friday 1 February, Stephen Timms MP visits NFDA member Jardine’s Porsche dealership. The MP discussed with Jardine CEO, Neil Williamson, new and used car sales, levels of investment and employment in the industry. More details in today’s newsletter.

Less than a week to Driving Digital 2019 – last few spaces available!
NFDA’s first main event of the year will be back on 7 February 2019 at Villa Park, Birmingham. A line-up of top industry speakers will share practical tips to apply to digital marketing and automotive retail. The event is FREE for franchised dealers, email louise.woods@rmif.co.uk to reserve your place. For more information: www.driving-digital.co.uk.

NFDA is your trade association: we represent, you benefit. Please contact our member helpline on 01788 538 303, if you require any assistance.

Sue Robinson, NFDA Director