Beltway Talk: Meet 2023 AIADA Chairman Mike DeSilva

New Jersey dealer and AIADA Chairman Mike DeSilva recently visited the Beltway Talk Podcast Studio to discuss some of the legislative challenges facing auto retailers, what drew him to get involved in AIADA, and how international nameplate dealers everywhere can make their voices heard on Capitol Hill.

Dealership Count Up, Throughput Falls in '22

The number of U.S. dealerships rose slightly in 2022 after dropping two years in a row, though new-vehicle sales per franchise, or throughput, declined nearly 9 percent amid reduced new-vehicle availability, according to Automotive News' annual dealership census.

March New Vehicle Sales to Rise 6.2% Over Last Year

A joint forecast issued by J.D. Power and LMC Automotive projects that new-vehicle sales for the month of March will reach 1,330,700 vehicles. The figure, which includes both retail and non-retail sales, represents a 6.2 percent increase over the same month last year.

Will U.S. Car Buyers Order…and Wait?

It’s the American way to buy vehicles. Unlike their European counterparts who go to inventory-thin dealerships to order vehicles and then wait for automakers to build them, U.S. consumers tend to shop for what’s available, whether online or in person.