Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of NIADA with newly inducted Pres. Joe McCloskey
The National Independent Automobile Dealers Association (NIADA) has a new President. During the Association’s 75th Annual Convention and Expo, Joe McCloskey, Owner of McCloskey Motors, was named President, succeeding Louis Tedeschi. On today’s show, we’re pleased to welcome Joe McCloskey to discuss NIADA’s agenda as we wrap up the year and head into 2022, and we’ll also dive into a few challenges independent dealers are facing today. Watch the complete segment here.
Sources say Toyota shipments from pandemic suppliers will recover in December, regaining almost one-third of production lost due to supply shortages. Last month, with an increase in COVID cases, production at parts plants in Malaysia and Vietnam was slowed down. Sources say the Japanese automaker has asked suppliers to make up lost production so they can build 97,000 additional vehicles between December and the end of March. Toyota did not confirm the production increase. “Nothing has yet been decided about production plans beyond November”, a Toyota spokesperson said.
LG Electronics has reached a deal with General Motors to reimburse up to $2 billion dollars to pay the automaker for the cost of the recall of the Chevrolet Bolt EVs due to fire risks. In August, GM expanded the recall to more than 140,000 bolt EVs to replace LG battery modules. GM stated last month that production has resumed for battery modules and customers could start getting replacements this month.
Vroom is moving to acquire automotive finance firm United Auto credit Corporation for $300 million in an all-cash transaction. The deal will add financing options for Vroom customers. Vroom stated that United Auto will retain its brand name and the deal is expected to close in next year’s first quarter.
The Feldman Automotive Group has acquired the Jorgensen Ford sales dealership in Detroit. Feldman partnered with Eddie Hall lll and Cliff Cicotte. This makes Jorgensen Ford the only minority-owned dealership in the city. The store was renamed Feldman Ford of Detroit. It is the first ford dealership for Feldman, which has grown to 17 locations in Michigan and Ohio.
Four more dealership groups or partners have made acquisitions in Q3 and Q4. Fowler Holding Company of Norman, Oklahoma, has added its ninth dealership, Pollard Jeep of Boulder. It has been renamed Fowler Jeep of Boulder. Young Automotive Group of Layton, Utah has added three dealerships. The group purchased Layton Hills Chrysler-Dodge-Ram and Audi Layton-Cutrubus Volkswagen of Layton. Martin Dinh, Roland Smith, and Melissa Smith of El Toro Auto Group in Boerne, texas purchased Kinsel Ford Pleasanton and Kinsel Ford Three Rivers. Frank Tackett and Frank Espositio have acquired Bell Ford in Woodbridge Township in New Jersey. The dealership was renamed Woodbridge Ford.
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