The NFDA took part in a Competitions and Market Authority (CMA) roundtable this week. The meeting was productive and it was positive to see the franchised sector featured predominantly in discussions. A number of key stakeholders from the industry were represented at the meeting.
In the past week, the Austrian Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling on manufacturer-dealer relationship. The court ruled that Peugeot cannot tie customer satisfaction to dealer payments. It also prevented the subsidising of vehicle prices at its manufacturer-owned sales outlets. The NFDA will be working with the European franchised dealer body on understanding the implications of the ruling and will keep members apprised. We have previously published a legal briefing on this matter, which can be found HERE, and it will be updated in due course.
In anticipation of dealers being able to re-open on 12 April, the NFDA will once again be issuing a best-practice guidance on how to safely welcome customers back to the showrooms. Please do get in contact by calling the member helpline 01788538303 or through email, NFDA@rmif.co.uk if you require any assistance. We will be there to support you as you re-open.
NFDA is the voice of automotive retailers: we are your trade association, please get in touch if you require any assistance or would like to receive any of the documents currently available to you; member helpline: 01788 538303 – email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sue Robinson, NFDA Chief Executive