2016 NADA Convention turns out record attendance
Maybe it was the new March/April timeframe, or the best new car sales climate in the industryês history. Whatever it was, dealers turned out big time, and were feeling optimistic as they converged on the 2016 NADA Convention in Las Vegas, March 31 to April 3. March sales came in strong, and most dealers have had a good year especially if they sell light trucks and SUVs. A record number more than 25,000 new-car and truck dealers and their managers, including dealers from more than 30 countries, automaker executives and exhibitor staff attended the convention.
The exhibit floor was sold out, packed with more than 600 companies offering equipment and technological aids for all dealership departments. Workshops were as busy as ever, especially the ones on new topics such as auto cyber-hacking and technology and the workshops featuring Facebook and Google. Dealers could choose from 120 workshops, with 64 new topics.
Convention attendees enthusiastically crowded the convention hall to hear the face-off between Republican pundit Karl Rove and Democrat Howard Dean who presented their divergent outlooks on Americaês future and who will, and will not, be the next president.
Before the convention started, NADA donated a new delivery van valued at $52,000 to Three Square Food Bank. This donation supports the NADA Convention and Expoês longtime host city of Las Vegas through Three Squareês mission to provide nutritious food to more than 305,000 people who are at risk of hunger in Southern Nevada, said 2015 NADA Chairman Bill Fox. Fox is a multifranchise dealer in upstate New York.Download Bulletin PDF