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California auto market shows resilience despite Tesla’s decline in market share – Brian Maas | CNCDA

Tesla registrations are down in the state of California. According to the California New Car Dealers Association’s first quarter 2024 Auto Outlook report, the quote “love affair with electric vehicle giant Tesla may have peaked.” On today’s episode of Inside Automotive, we’re diving into the numbers and the state of the industry in California. Brian Maas, the President of the California New Car Dealers Association (CNCDA), joins us.

Key Takeaways 

1. Despite a slight deceleration compared to previous years, the California auto market is still showing signs of improvement. Brian Maas, president of CNCDA, mentions in the interview that the market is expected to reach approximately 1.8 million new vehicles sold, just below pre-COVID levels. This indicates a robust recovery and resilience in the state’s automotive sector.

2. Maas discusses Tesla’s decline in market share, which marks a notable shift in California’s automotive landscape. The reasons cited include heightened competition from other OEMs offering more diverse and compelling product lines. Additionally, Maas notes that Tesla’s product lineup has not seen significant refreshes, leading to consumer interest waning over time. This decline in market share for Tesla is a departure from its historical dominance in the electric vehicle (EV) market, signaling changes in consumer preferences and competitive dynamics within the industry.

3. The conversation delves into the challenges and considerations of transitioning from internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles to fully electric cars. This includes consumer concerns about charging infrastructure reliability and the gradual shift towards EVs in the automotive landscape.

4. Additionally, Maas addresses concerns regarding Volkswagen and Honda’s potential shift towards direct sales to consumers rather than utilizing franchise dealer networks. Moreover, the president of the CNCDA emphasizes the importance of OEMs using their franchise dealers for retail sales.

5. Nevertheless, Maas discusses how regulatory frameworks, such as California’s emission standards, and political changes, such as potential shifts in presidential administrations, can impact the automotive industry, particularly concerning EV adoption and dealership models.

"One is that the OEMs that our franchise dealers represent have a lot more competitive product in 2024 than they had. That's for sure, even a year or two ago." – Brian Maas

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Jaelyn Campbell
Jaelyn Campbell
Jaelyn Campbell is a staff writer/reporter for CBT News. She is a recent honors cum laude graduate with a BFA in Mass Media from Valdosta State University. Jaelyn is an enthusiastic creator with more than four years of experience in corporate communications, editing, broadcasting, and writing. Her articles in The Spectator, her hometown newspaper, changed how people perceive virtual reality. She connects her readers to the facts while providing them a voice to understand the challenges of being an entrepreneur in the digital world.

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