Examining the intersection between Washington politics and the auto retail industry.



An Interview with the Interviewer

Audrey LaForest, Automotive News’ government and lobbying reporter, takes a turn in the hot seat to tell listeners what it’s like to cover the auto industry through a political lens. LaForest, who started her position in February, has reported on COVID-19 relief efforts, the new USMCA agreement, and a variety of regulatory issues impacting dealers. […]




Mid-Year Dealer Review with Cody Lusk

AIADA President and CEO Cody Lusk joins this episode of Beltway Talk to discuss AIADA’s recent work on behalf of dealers this summer, why he’s encouraged at how dealers are forging ahead and serving their communities in the midst of a pandemic, and what he sees through the rest of 2020.




Introducing Autos Drive America

Capitol Hill veteran Jennifer Safavian is leading a new association dedicated to international automaker operations in the U.S. In this episode of Beltway Talk, Jennifer answers our questions about Autos Drive America – and explains what’s driving her to ensure that the international nameplate industry is fairly represented in Washington, D.C.




Charlie Chesbrough’s Sales Round Up

In today’s Beltway Talk, Cox Automotive’s Charlie Chesbrough gives listeners an overview of 2020’s second quarter auto sales. He touches on a number of subjects, including segment winners and losers for the year to date, what brands are best equipped to weather the recovery ahead, and how inventory constraints could impact sales for the remaining […]




AIADA Chairman Jason Courter on Selling Cars Amidst a Pandemic

In this episode of Beltway Talk, Washington State Honda dealer and AIADA Chairman Jason Courter discusses what it’s like operating a dealership at ground zero for COVID-19 in the United States. Listen to find out how he is tackling new restrictions on his stores, protecting his employees and customers, and keeping AIADA focused on its […]




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