In the coming years, the retail automotive industry faces significant change as technology advances at an ever-increasing rate. Innovation continues to alter the landscape in which we operate, and Dealers must not only be aware of new developments but actively engaged with both technological progress and the consumer desires that drive it.
For the 2017 AADA National Dealer Convention and Expo we have chosen the theme ‘Advancing Innovation, Technology and Engagement’, because we see these as pillars of our industry, both right now and into the future.
Car manufacturers are innovating technology, driving the development of electrical and autonomous vehicles. Ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft are changing the way people relate to and use motor vehicles. Governments are trying to keep pace with it all.
And then there are the car Dealers. They are the ones who must engage on all sides: with manufacturers experimenting with new technology; for customers to ensure we are helping them get what they want from this brave new world; and with governments so they are abreast of planning and legislative developments likely to impact their business models.
The next decade is likely to see more change in the retail automotive industry than in any before. It is an exciting time to be involved in our industry, but also a challenging one. The aim of the 2017 AADA National Dealer Convention and Expo is to inform and equip our members to best cope with that change.
To this end we have developed a three-track program of workshops, featured guests, keynote speakers and policy sessions to comprehensively cover the myriad of issues and challenges facing Dealers now and into the future.
We couldn’t be more excited about this year’s program. Join us in Sydney at AADA 2017.