Industry Tailwinds Offset Headwinds, Toyota Exec Says

A top Toyota U.S. executive foresees “a solid car market for everyone” in the industry this year and next following a shaky 2020 because of COVID-19’s widespread effects, reports WardsAuto.

Biden to Order Review of U.S. Supply Chains with Early Focus on Autos

President Joe Biden will issue an executive order Wednesday directing a review of U.S. supply chains with a special focus on key sectors affecting the U.S. auto industry, including semiconductor manufacturing, high-capacity batteries used in electric vehicles and rare earth minerals.

For Ohio Dealer, Virtual Sales Manager is the Real Deal

Just a year ago, the idea of adding a virtual sales manager — who worked from home and monitored showroom traffic via online cameras — would have earned a chuckle from John Connelly, owner of Acura Columbus in Dublin, Ohio.

Dealer Lots Could Stay Emptier Long Term

According to Automotive News' 2021 Dealer Outlook Survey of 183 dealership executives in January, most dealers — 59 percent of respondents — expect inventory to meet demand by the end of June, but 25 percent say that won't happen until at least next year.