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



Charlie Chesbrough’s End-of-Year Sales Round Up

Cox Automotive’s Charlie Chesbrough calls in to give listeners an overview of 2020’s auto sales and a peek at what lies ahead. He touches on a number of subjects, including his concerns for the 1st quarter of 2021, why dealers could see a blow-out second half of the year, and segment trends. This is a […]




The Year That Was

AIADA chairman Jason Courter takes a look back at 2020 and his year at the helm of the association. In a period filled with challenges, Courter chooses to focus on the resilience of dealers. He discusses what it was like to watch the COVID-19 epidemic unfold in his own community in March, his efforts to […]




Georgia’s On Her Mind

Following our eventful 2020 election cycle, AIADA’s Vice President of Government Relations calls into the Beltway Talk studio to discuss the results. D.C. veteran Rachel Robinson breaks down the surprises she saw in the House, what remains to be decided in the Senate, and how the outcome of the presidential race could impact auto dealers. […]




Q&A With NAMAD’s Damon Lester

Damon Lester, president of The National Association of Minority Auto Dealers (NAMAD), joins Beltway Talk to discuss his organization’s mission, the challenges they face, and his vision for a more inclusive auto retail industry. NAMAD celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, and looks forward to many more decades of advocating for its members.




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. […]




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