Originally Posted by georgied
Hey Rocket. I don't understand the dealer nuances but my local dealer is a large Harley dealer. He is also a large Triumph dealer and he displays his Triumphs in a different room on the main floor of the building. Harley is certainly aware of this because the CEO visited this spring to give him the Silver Shield award. Maybe he carries more weight because of his sales record.
I don't think the plan to put the Triumph in the basement was anything more than a snub. There is a large Triumph dealer, under different ownership and management, next door. The logical thing from my perspective would have been for them to wholesale the Triumph to the Triumph dealer.
FWIW, most of the H-D dealerships we see in my area are exclusive H-D. However, there are exceptions. In Louisville, for example, there is an H-D dealer that also has BMW.
Hey, even Bruce Rossmeyer had his H-D dealership and his Triumph Ducati dealerships in different buildings.
Most of the manufacturers would like you to have a room, or a floor, devoted to their exclusive showcase, but it doesn't always work out. Probably how much product you can move for them is a big factor in what they'll tolerate.