Dear Colleague

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, 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:

Sue Robinson, NFDA Chief Executive