To The Point with Marcus Amick

To The Point with Marcus Amick

We cut through all the noise to discuss what matters most, driving the world of automotive sales.


February 15, 2023 20 mins

Kia is in the midst of a major transformation when it comes to its product portfolio and brand identity. In this episode of To the Point, we explore how marketing is helping to drive the transformation to redefine Kia, from both a consumer and retail perspective. 

Guest [Russell Wager, Vice President, Kia America] 

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In this episode of To the Point, we wrap up our biggest takeaways from the 2023 NADA Show, where we interviewed top industry leaders in auto retail. This episode – the final installment of our two-part NADA series − features Phil Langley, head of dealer network development for Stellantis; Natalia Giner, CEO of A2Z Sync; Mike Overfelt, a GM with Carter Myers Automotive; and Marco Schnabl, Executive Chairman of RockED. 

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January 25, 2023 16 mins

In this episode of To the Point, we delve into the rising cost of insurance rates, which is the focal point of a study, entitled The State of Auto Insurance in 2023 by ValuePenguin by LendingTree.

Guest [Divya Sangameshwar, Insurance Expert & Spokesperson, ValuePenguin by LendingTree] 

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January 18, 2023 25 mins

Make no mistake about it – when it comes to understanding car buyers, going directly to the source is the best approach. In this episode of To the Point, we delve into the Deloitte 2023 Global Automotive Consumer Study, which surveyed a wide scope of consumers from around the world about their preferences when it comes to purchasing and servicing vehicles. We also examine the implications of the study as it relates to the future of...

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January 11, 2023 24 mins

Automotive retail is in the midst of sweeping change, which has become a major point of discussion throughout the auto industry. In this episode of To the Point, we delve into some of the factors driving that transformation and how it could all impact the business, with Steve Greenfield, author of the book The Future of Automotive Retail.     

Guest: [Steve Greenfield, CEO & Founder, Automotive Ventures]

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Holoride – a company that offers a highly unique VR passenger experience – is one of the most buzzed about tech startups in the world of in-vehicle entertainment. From its groundbreaking platform to its Hollywood partnerships, the company has totally revolutionized the experience associated with riding in a car.  In this episode of To the Point, we explore how Holoride is poised to help drive the Metaverse of car experiences, dubbe...

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December 28, 2022 21 mins

This past year included several defining moments for the automotive industry. But what were the most interesting and monumental things that impacted the business in 2022 and what effect will it all have on the auto industry in 2023?  To assess those questions, To the Point elicited the insight of some leading auto insiders in the business in areas, spanning market analysis to new vehicle reviews.

Guests: Various      

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December 21, 2022 18 mins

The world of in-car infotainment is undergoing a major evolution, and Harman is playing a pivotal role in that transformation. But what will drive the next era of vehicle cockpit innovations? And how will it all play a role in the future of vehicle sales? We tackle those questions and more in this episode of To the Point, with Huibert Verhoeven, SVP of Digital Cockpit, Harman Automotive.  

Guest: Huibert Verhoeven [SVP of Digital Co...

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December 14, 2022 15 mins

Among all the concept vehicles unveiled in 2022, the Buick Wildcat EV is arguably one of the most intriguing. The sleek, all-electric concept has quickly come to represent the future of the brand as it transitions into full electrification amid some notable market challenges. To get a clear understanding of exactly what the Wildcat EV Concept says about Buick, To the Pont talked to two of the key GM executives who are helping to dr...

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December 7, 2022 22 mins

Tekion has become one of the most buzzed about companies in automotive digital retail. But why? What is it about the tech company’s approach to the business that has driven so many to adopt its digital solutions?  In this episode of To The Point, RockED talks one-on-one with Jay Vijayan, the CEO and founder of Tekion, exploring those questions and more.

Guest: Jay Vijayan [CEO and Founder, Tekion]

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November 30, 2022 17 mins

The luxury vehicle market has quickly become one of the most competitive in the business – and is on pace to grow even faster down the road. In this episode of To the Point, we delve into how Alfa Romeo managed to top the 2022 J.D. Power U.S. Sales Satisfaction Index Study in the luxury segment and what it says about the Italian brand moving forward.

Guest:   Larry Dominique, Senior Vice President, Alfa Romeo, North America

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November 23, 2022 19 mins

The national auto show circuit might not quite be what it used to be in the automotive industry, but the shows still provide a lot of insight on the future of the business. In this episode of To the Point, we unpack a few things spotlighted at the 2022 Los Angeles Auto show  ̶- from new vehicle debuts to product marketing trends  ̶  with esteemed automotive journalist, Nicole Wakelin.  

Guest: Nicole Wakelin [NACTOY, Juror; Contribu...

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November 16, 2022 16 mins

From enhanced safety features to more infotainment options, automakers are making huge investments in connected car technology and services, with even more innovations in the works. But based on a recent study by the research group, LexisNexis, dealerships are missing the mark, when it comes to informing car buyers about connected services.   

Guest:  Adam Hudson [Vice President & General Manager, U.S. Connected Car, LexisNexis ...

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November 9, 2022 16 mins

This week on To the Point we explore whether automotive brand loyalty still wields the power it once did with car buyers, as the industry goes through a major transformation. Tyson Jominy, Vice President of Data & Analytics, with J.D. Power, lends his insight on the topic, following the company’s recent study identifying the automakers that rank the highest in brand loyalty.  

Guest:  Tyson Jominy [Vice President, Data & Ana...

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In Part 3, the final installment of Building Forward: Buick GMC on the Value of D, E & I, To the Point explores the business case for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, with two people who speak to the benefits of the Buick GMC Inclusive Dealer Program on a personal level as well as other measures aimed at diversifying auto retail as it undergoes one of its most transformative periods in history.   

Guests:  Breanna Hubbard [Sale...

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In Part 2 of Building Forward: Buick GMC on the Value of D, E & I To the Point explores the benefits and business case for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, with Sherry Schultz, Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources for the Walser Automotive Group, based in Minnesota and Wanda Howell, the owner of Cronic Buick GMC in Georgia - ̶  winners of the first-ever Buick GMC Inclusive Dealer Recognition award. 

Wanda Howell [Chr...

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In a three-part series, To the Point delves into Buick GMC’s focus on enhancing its Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts, zeroing in on the automaker’s first-ever inclusive dealer recognition program – amid some contention over such measures. Part 1 of Building Forward: Buick GMC on the Value of D, E & I features an interview with Duncan Aldred, Global Vice President of Buick GMC, discussing what promoted the dealer...

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October 12, 2022 14 mins

Jeep is arguably one the most recognized brands in the world, due in large part to its off-road appeal. However, the brand is now looking to position itself in the luxury market, with the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer. This week on To the Point we delve into how Jeep has worked to position itself in the luxury segment, with a focus on the design of the Wagoneer’s interior.      

Our Guest: Chris Benjamin [Vice President, Interior Desi...

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October 5, 2022 14 mins

As more consumers turn to the digital world for experiences, more companies are starting to embrace new technology to engage consumers in that digital space. But how is the shift to more high-tech engagement experiences impacting automotive and more specifically, auto retail? This week on To the Point we tackle that question with a company helping automakers make the connection.      

Our Guest: Elizabeth Baron [Enterprise Solutions...

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September 28, 2022 16 mins

On this episode of To the Point, we set out to discuss the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program to assess the actual feasibility of the plan to help enhance the EV charging infrastructure in the U.S. But in the end, we unearth some deeper sight on the future of electric vehicles. 

Our Guest: Javad Mohammadi [Associate Professor, Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering at The Univer...

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