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Tuesday, November 28, 2016
Los Angeles, CA    

2016 AutoConference LA Agenda

11:00 A.M.Registration Opens

12:00 P.M.Welcome Remarks
Bob Smith, Executive Director, Great LA Dealer Association
Jeff Carlson, Chairman, NADA

12:15 P.M.Lunch  

12:30 P.M.Industry Featured Speaker
Dietmar Exler, President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA, will offer insights into future consumer expectations related to autonomous driving.

Dietmar Exler, President and CEO, Mercedes-Benz USA

Q&A: KC Crain, EVP, Director of Corporate Operations, Group Publisher, Crain Communications, Inc.

1:05 P.M.Networking Break

1:20 P.M.ACLA Welcome remarks
John Humphrey, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Global Automotive Division, J.D. Power
Charlie Gilchrist, Industry Relations Chairman, NADA

1:30 P.M.The Dealership of Tomorrow
Researcher Glenn Mercer will share an overview of the findings of the recently completed Dealership of Tomorrow project launched by NADA earlier this year. The intent of the project is to provide NADA member dealers with insights into the developments that will likely alter the vehicle-retailing business over the next decade. The project cast the net wide to garner input from dealers (public and private), OEMs, attorneys, vendors, investors, and many other stakeholders in order to assemble a picture of what 2025 might look like. The intent is to provide dealers with some context for their own long-term planning process.

Glenn Mercer, Automotive Consultant, GM Automotive LLC

2:10 P.M.The Dealership of Tomorrow Discussion

Peter Welch, President, NADA

Glenn Mercer, Automotive Consultant, GM Automotive LLC
Dave Conant, CEO, Conant Auto Retail Group

2:30 P.M. Gen Z—They’re On the Move!
Much has been written about the fastest growing automotive customer base—Gen Y, many now pushing 40. However, the next generation—Gen Z, ranging from 7-21 years old—is beginning to gain their independence on the road. There are many questioning if those in Gen Z want to own a car or to even drive. Will they be open to such concepts as shared ownership or autonomous driving? Will they trust their vehicle to make decisions for them? This discussion will voice the sentiments and trends of our newest drivers.

Renee Stephens, Vice President, U.S. Auto Quality, J.D. Power

2:50 P.M.Vehicle Autonomy/Ride Share
David Strickland, Partner at Veneable LLP will discuss the state of individual mobility, which encompasses connected vehicles, the regulatory issues regarding testing and deployment, and potential impact on the industry.

David Strickland, Partner, Venable LLP

Q&A Renee Stephens, Vice President, U.S. Auto Quality, J.D. Power

3:25 P.M.Networking Break

3:45 P.M.Ushering in a New Normal
CAFÉ and ZEF standards have been heated topics of debate for decades but now the game has changed. What were once theoretical and philosophical conversations between academics, industry pundits, federal regulators, and environmentalists, are now day-to-day operating discussions taking place in OEM board rooms everywhere.

We are seven short years away from mandatory compliance and while significant progress has been made, much work remains to be done. Absent an urgent catalyst, like skyrocketing fuel prices, there is presently not sufficient consumer demand to close the compliance gap by 2025. Failure is not an option; the costs of non-compliance are too prohibitive. So let’s talk about how the industry will jump-start “green” demand and mainstream alternative fuel vehicles and why Hyundai will play a key role in providing the thought leadership and innovation so desperately needed to meet that challenge.

Dave Zuchowski, President and CEO, Hyundai Motor America

Q&A: Jason Stein, Vice President, Publisher and Editor, Automotive News, Crain Communcications, Inc.

4:20 P.M.Volkswagen's North American Future
The all-new Volkswagen family SUV offers the first real-world example of how the company will draw on six decades of experience in North America to chart a new, more independent course. Volkswagen will offer new details about its commitment to the region and its evolving product lineup.

Hinrich Woebcken, President and Chief Executive Officer of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. and CEO of the Volkswagen North American Region

Q&A: Jason Stein, Vice President, Publisher and Editor, Automotive News, Crain Communcications, Inc.

5:00 P.M.Closing Comments
Peter Welch, President, NADA

5:00 – 7:00 P.M.Networking Reception
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