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The Voice is out! What to expect?Back

The latest issue of NFDA’s quarterly magazine has been published. This Autumn 2017 edition includes an exclusive interview with Lookers Managing Director Nigel McMinn, an update on Brexit, as well as a summary of the latest NFDA Dealer Attitude Survey. Also, GDPR, diesel and mileage fraud are covered in the magazine.

“2017 is proving to be an extremely busy and challenging year for the industry” says NFDA Director, Sue Robinson, in the opening of The Voice. Legislative changes, such as GDPR, recent negative media coverage about diesel, as well as general confusion surrounding the whole emissions debate, make current times challenging. NFDA continues to actively engage with Government, parliamentarians and the official opposition to discuss important issues currently facing the sector. An update on your trade association’s activity in relation to these various issues is included in The Voice.

“In the real world of customers, people still want to buy cars, finance them and, if it goes wrong, they want us to fix them”, that’s what Nigel McMinn said during his interview with The Voice. Lookers MD talks about diesel and electric vehicles, and what other disruptors, if any, we are realistically likely to see in the next years. Also, he reveals the key personalities who most influenced him at the beginning of his career. Read the full interview on pages 8 and 9 of our magazine.

The briefing on mileage fraud reported in The Voice comes as we seek to further develop our ongoing campaign aimed at outlawing the problem. Following the NFDA’s response to the Government’s consultation which included a question on mileage fraud, the answer we received back was disappointing. Government said they would consider further measures against mileage fraud, “if any are needed”. We will continue to work closely with relevant stakeholders to raise awareness of what is a serious issue with both economic and safety implications. A lucid analysis of the Brexit negotiations, with an overview of the different phases seen so far, is what NFDA’s policy experts have prepared for the latest issue of the magazine.

Finally, The Voice provides an update on the latest NFDA Dealer Attitude Survey (DAS).  Since its launch nearly thirty years ago, the survey has established itself as the best tool in the industry to monitor the health of the relationship between franchised dealers and their manufacturers. Interestingly, the summer 2017 results showed that Kia has reached the top surpassing Mercedes. Notably, Audi was the top performer in terms of overall improvement.

Click HERE to download a copy of The Voice Autumn 2017.

Posted by Sue Robinson on 27/10/2017