Auto Summit 2016 - A Fulfilling Experience

Dear friends,

FADA’s Auto Summit 2016 went off very well and lived up to the expectations of participants, according to the inputs and feedback we have received from various quarters. It was a fulfilling experience for all of us in FADA and rewarding for the tremendous efforts put in by the Organising Committee and other members of FADA.

With people and most of our customers becoming internet and digital savvy, the theme: ‘Digital Dealer – Accelerate Opportunities’ aptly reflected the current and emerging scenario in which digital experience is going to be the ‘X’ factor in acquiring and retaining customers.

I am delighted by the overwhelming response generated by the Summit that witnessed engaging and lively deliberations right from the start to the end. Perhaps, this Auto Summit saw the best ever attendance since its commencement in the year 2000.

I am grateful to our esteemed guests and speakers, particularly, Mr Jayant Sinha, Minister of State for Finance, Government of IndiaI; Mr R C Bhargava, Chairman, MSIL; Mr Ravi Pisharody, VP, SIAM and ED - CVBU, Tata Motors; Mr Katsushi Inoue, President & CEO, HCIL; Mr Rajan Anandan, VP & MD, Google South East Asia and India; and Mr Arun Malhotra, MD, Nissan Motor India, who took time off  their busy schedule to be in our midst at the Summit. I am also thankful to our other guest speakers, namely, ; Mr Jnaneswar Sen, Sr VP - Mktg & Sales, HCIL; Mr Veejay Nakra, Sr VP - Sales, Mktg & Customer Care (Auto Div), M&M: Mr P Ravishankar, EVP - Sales, Mktg and Aftermarket, VECV; Mr Malind Kapur, CMO & Sr VP, Piaggio Vehicles;                             Mr Rudratej Singh, President, Royal Enfield; Mr Eric Vas, President - Motorcycle, Bajaj Auto; Mr Ashok Bhasin, Head – Sales, Mktg & Customer Care, Hero MotoCorp; Ms Delna Avari, Head – Mktg Communication & Services, Tata Motors; Mr Rajan Pental, Group President, Yes Bank; Mr Rakesh Batra, Partner and Sector Leader Automotive, EY; Mr Sharad Verma, Partner & Director, Boston Consulting Group; Mr Siddharth Puri, CEO, SVG Media Group; Mr Yashish Dahiya, CEO & Co-Founder, PolicyBazaar.com; and Mr Amit Jain, Mr Umang Kumar and other senior officials of CarDekho.com, who participated as speakers, moderators and panellists in various sessions. My thanks are also due to fellow dealers, viz. Mr Nitin Himatsingka (Mukesh Hyundai), Mr C S Vigneshwar (Annamalais Toyota), Mr K Chandrasekhar (KLN Motors) and Mr Shrish Jadhav (Niksia Group) for their ably coordinating the discussions and presenting the dealer viewpoint in interactive sessions/workshops.

We would not have been able to organise the Summit at such a grand scale but for the support of our sponsors. I, therefore, acknowledge with gratitude the support extended by Google AdWords; Ashok Leyland; VE Commercial Vehicles; Yes Bank; Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India; Shell India; Tata Motors; M&M Financial Services; Piaggio Vehicles; L&T Finance; LeasePlan India; Universal Sompo General Insurance Company; HDFC ERGO General Insurance; AU Financiers India; and EY.

I shall be failing in my duty if I do not acknowledge the the colossal effort put in by members of the Organising Committee, led ably by Dr Kailash Gupta and Mr Binod Agarwal, as also the other members of FADA, to make the Summit a grand success.

My profound thanks and gratitude to CarDekho.com, especially its MD & CEO – Mr Amit Jain, for partnering with FADA in organising the Auto Summit. The enthusiasm and dedication displayed by the entire CarDekho team was commendable.

I am also thankful to Network18 that has partnered with FADA for the Automotive Dealership Excellence Awards (ADEA) since its inception in 2009. The 9th edition of ADEA evoked stupendous response, thanks to the untiring efforts of Network18 team.

Lastly but not the least, it was enthusing to see a massive response and keen interest of my fellow dealers, who came from every nook and corner of the country to participate at the Summit, making its proceedings lively. My congratulations, thanks and gratitude to you and other participants for making it virtually a perfect day for all of us.

With best wishes,

Yours sincerely,

K V S Prakash Rao

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