Of the about 18,000 dealers in the U.S., just 261 were owned by African-Americans at the end of last year — down from about 750 before the recession, according to the National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers. Just two had been added as of July this year, said Damon Lester, president of association, speaking at the Rainbow PUSH Coalition’s Global Automotive Summit.
“Opportunities are not being awarded to us,” Lester said.
Eric Peterson, GM’s newly appointed U.S. vice president of diversity dealer relations, said the company likely will add the dealers near the end of the fourth quarter.
From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20131002/AUTO01/310020101#ixzz2ggEydt58