February 2016 Cover Story: Auto Industry

North Country’s Auto Industry Rolls with Change

Construction continues on the interior of F.X. Caprara Honda off interstate 81 at Bradley Street in Watertown. The dealership is on schedule to open to customers in April, marking the return of a Honda franchise to the north country after the former DealMaker Honda closed its doors in 2010. Photo by Amanda Morrison, NNY Business.

Construction continues on the interior of F.X. Caprara Honda off interstate 81 at Bradley Street in Watertown. The dealership is on schedule to open to customers in April, marking the return of a Honda franchise to the north country after the former DealMaker Honda closed its doors in 2010. Photo by Amanda Morrison, NNY Business.

With Honda franchise set to open after years-long hiatus, dealerships across the north country invest in growth

By Joleene Moody, NNY Business

Traveling south on Interstate 81 from the north country to Syracuse, one can’t miss the F.X. Caprara car complex just south of the Pulaski exit. Less than two years old, the campus is the Caprara family’s largest dealership to date. It’s not their first family-owned dealership and it won’t be their last. Charlie Caprara, president of F.X. Caprara Chevrolet Buick and Ford in Pulaski is proud to add a shiny, new Honda franchise to the portfolio of auto dealerships. [Read more…]

Auto dealers continue growth after coralling more sales in 2012

Waite Toyota dealership general manager Darrick N. Pleskach stands at the renovated service center on outer Washington street. The dealership, and most others in the greater Watertown area, are reporting brisk sales in the first six months of 2013. Norm Johnston/ Watertown Daily Times

Talk during the recession about the auto industry’s demise has vanished at dealerships in the north country, where sales began an uphill climb in 2012 and have gotten even stronger during the first half of 2013.

Auto dealers from Watertown say the turnaround in 2012 was buoyed by the so-called “full nest” of military troops from Fort Drum during the spring and summer. Unusually strong sales this year, they say, have been fueled mainly by consumers who were waiting for the economy to improve before buying, said Richard E. Weigand, vice president of operations for Davidson Auto Group. Davidson’s Chevy, Nissan and Ford dealerships have posted a 40 percent increase in year-to-date sales compared with the same period in 2012. [Read more…]