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Marc Cannon explores the key drivers of change in the automotive industry

The automotive industry is off to a strong start in 2024, leveraging stable consumer demand and improving economic conditions to drive sales. However, while dealers and manufacturers are certainly performing well, headwinds still remain that could complicate their plans as the year progresses.

On this episode of Inside Automotive, host Jim Fitzpatrick is joined by Marc Cannon, former chief customer experience officer at AutoNation. Leveraging his experiences as a leading executive, Cannon shares his insights into the near-term future of the automotive industry and the challenges dealers and automakers are likely to see in the coming months.

Key Takeaways

1. Cannon notes the automotive industry has seen significant shifts in recent months due to changes in consumer preferences and competitive dynamics. For example, Hyundai recently surpassed Stellantis, still one of the world’s largest car manufacturers, in U.S. market share.

2. There is a considerable focus on the transition to electric vehicles among dealers and automakers, with most discussions delving into topics of sales strategy, consumer readiness, and infrastructure. Due to the slower-than-expected adoption rate of EVs, the need for a more gradual transition supported by infrastructure development has become apparent.

3. The automotive industry is adjusting its strategies in response to market feedback. This includes a shift to producing more affordable models and reevaluating their approach to EVs, signaling a more consumer and dealer-responsive approach.

4. In addition to consumer preferences, automakers and dealers must be sure to consider broader economic issues as well, such as vehicle pricing, interest rates, and the potential impact of these factors on purchasing behavior.

5. With an upcoming election, political pressures may also impact the automotive industry, not just in terms of demand but also in terms of EV policies and automaker incentives. Cannon underscores the interconnectedness of politics, consumer behavior, and industry strategies.

"There is no question that there is a lot of growth opportunity going forward. I mean, think about it. When interest rates start to settle back down, which is going to happen sometime this year, that's all good signs for our industry." — Marc Cannon

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Colin Velez
Colin Velez
Colin Velez is a staff writer/reporter for CBT News. After obtaining his bachelor’s in Communication from Kennesaw State University in 2018, he kicked off his writing career by developing marketing and public relations material for various industries, including travel and fashion. Throughout the next four years, he developed a love for working with journalists and other content creators, and his passion eventually led him to his current position. Today, Colin writes news content and coordinates stories with auto-industry insiders and entrepreneurs throughout the U.S.

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