As we close out the year, it’s more important than ever for dealers to understand how to drive profits and consumer satisfaction. Therefore, on the latest episode of Inside Automotive, we’re checking back in with someone who knows a thing or two about going above and beyond. The 2023 TIME Dealer of the Year, President of Gary Rome Hyundai, and Gary Rome Kia, Gary Rome, joins us. Watch the full segment here.
Next up, reporting by Reuters reveals a political divide over electric vehicles (EVs) in the U.S. ahead of the 2024 presidential election. Republican presidential contenders, including former president Donald Trump and Florida governor Ron DeSantis, have criticized EVs as detrimental to American jobs and beneficial to China. However, EVs are becoming a significant source of tax revenue and employment in key swing states. President Joe Biden and some Democrats are leveraging this to gain support, capitalizing on the roughly $128 billion invested in domestic EV and battery manufacturing since the 2022 Inflation Reduction Act. Notably, $48 billion of this investment is concentrated in Georgia, Arizona, Nevada, and Michigan, pivotal states in the upcoming election. Read More
The dispute between Swedish unions and Tesla has escalated, with around 50 workers at Hydro Extrusions in Vetlanda, Sweden, joining a sympathy strike in support of IF Metall union. This affects the supply of aluminum profiles for Tesla’s Model Y to the Berlin factory and marks the first Swedish Tesla supplier to join the strike. The union’s aim is to pressure Tesla into collective bargaining, with growing concerns about the long-term impact on suppliers like Hydro Extrusions. The strike, initially involving Tesla mechanics in Sweden, has expanded across various sectors, highlighting a clash with Tesla’s anti-union stance in a country where unionization is deeply ingrained in the labor model.
The car dealership business demands flexibility of thought and action. We’ll use agility to describe the ability to see a potential problem as an opportunity instead of a threat. Let’s discuss some of the ways that agility can help automotive managers and owners overcome how they see potential changes instead of panicking, and see problems as a moment to build and grow their dealership. Agility requires the ability to think your way through a scenario and know that many of the facts you thought you know might change in a hurry. The recent pandemic poses one of the most recent major threads to the auto business in recent memory. I do definitely remember as an online marketing manager wondering how impending lockdowns in my home state were going to affect business with people traveling significantly less. Read More
Public relations (PR) is a crucial yet often underestimated and unused tool for automotive dealerships. PR is an integral element of any dealership’s strategy, far from being something reserved for OEMs and large dealership groups. 5W PR correctly states that “PR …can transform the future and profitability of a business.” It provides the roadmap to navigate complex challenges, manage crises effectively, and curate a positive brand image in an intensely competitive industry. And best of all, if you need any ROI justification, all of that PR work will also get you more leads. Read More