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The lucrative opportunities in the commercial vehicle market – Kathryn Schifferle and Jim Press

In a rapidly changing automotive landscape, the key to success lies in embracing new opportunities. In today’s episode of Driving Solutions, Kathryn Schifferle, the founder and Chief Vision Officer of Work Truck Solutions, and Jim Press, senior advisor of Work Truck Solutions and former President of Toyota NA and president/Vice-Chair of Chrysler, delved into the transformative potential of the commercial vehicle market. Their insights highlight how dealers can navigate current challenges and leverage emerging trends to drive profitability and growth.

Key Takeaways:

1. The automotive market has shifted dramatically from limited vehicle availability and high profit margins to an influx of inventory and increased competition. This change has prompted dealers to seek new revenue streams and adapt to evolving market conditions.

2. Commercial vehicles are a consistent and dependable market with steady margins. The pandemic highlighted their essential nature, creating opportunities for OEMs and dealers to focus on this segment, which has historically been underemphasized.

3. Understanding the differences between business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-consumer (B2C) sales is crucial. B2B relationships often involve multiple vehicle purchases from a single customer, fostering long-term loyalty and additional business from the customer’s network, such as employees and family members.

4. The commercial vehicle segment offers significantly higher gross margins and service revenues compared to retail. Commercial buyers in need of reliable vehicles to avoid downtime are willing to pay more for prompt and effective service, thus enhancing dealers’ profitability and motivating them to explore this lucrative market.

5. Dealers are encouraged to expand into the commercial vehicle market to increase volume and reduce expenses. The sector not only promises immediate financial benefits but also builds long-term customer relationships. Forward-thinking dealers are already investing in this area, recognizing its potential for sustained growth and stability.

“Innovation is really the ability to see change as an opportunity.” – Kathryn Schifferle

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