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The UAW's big pay challenge
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22
UAW President Dennis Williams said longtime auto workers deserve a wage increase after going without one for nearly a decade. ...


AutoTrader adds dealer reviews
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22
Bowing to the popularity of dealer reviews, AutoTrader.com will add those reviews to its website after long resisting them. ...


Dealertrack expands beyond U.S. with acquisition of German software provider
11:54 am U.S. ET | Dec. 18
Dealer software giant Dealertrack Technologies is expanding beyond North America with the acquisition of incadea, a dealer software provider based in Germany. ...


After decades of store confinement, the F&I office is inching digital
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 17 | UPDATED: 12/8/14 11:51 am ET - correction
Lou Bregou, a director of operations at Driver's Village in Cicero, N.Y., says he has embraced putting financing tools on the dealership group's e-commerce website. ...


AutoTrader.com joins rivals in offering dealership reviews
11:37 am U.S. ET | Dec. 16 | UPDATED: 12/16/14 12:34 pm ET - adds link
AutoTrader is adding dealer reviews to its website after long resisting them. The giant vehicle shopping site has agreed to post consumer reviews of dealerships collected ...


UAW's Williams eyes Detroit 3 wage boost, downplays strike threat
12:51 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 15
UAW President Dennis Williams said today that 2015 contract negotiations with the Detroit 3 must address a wage increase for long-time autoworkers and efforts to move new ...


Where are the GM program vehicles?
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15
The flow of retired rental vehicles that General Motors normally sells at auction to its dealers has slowed to a trickle since mid-November, dealers say. ...


UAW will propose works council at VW after partial recognition
12:14 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 9
The UAW said it will propose a German-style works council for Volkswagen’s plant in Chattanooga and continue its push for collective bargaining for members there fo ...


After decades of store confinement, the F&I office is inching digital
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8 | UPDATED: 12/8/14 11:51 am ET - correction
Lou Bregou, a director of operations at Driver's Village in Cicero, N.Y., says he has embraced putting financing tools on the dealership group's e-commerce website. ...


Little by little, UAW taking hold at VW Chattanooga
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8
The UAW is well on its way to representing the majority of the 1,500 hourly workers at VW Chattanooga despite the best efforts of right-to-work advocates and Tennessee po ...


No collective bargaining, but UAW prepares to talk pay at VW Chattanooga plant
4:15 am U.S. ET | Dec. 2
We're about to find out how much power a UAW local in Chattanooga can wield at the Volkswagen of America assembly plant there. ...


Manheim stocks used cars for Sonic
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17 | UPDATED: 11/17/14 9:38 am ET - Corrected
Sonic Automotive is contracting with Manheim to buy and stock used vehicles at a new-car store near Denver as part of an unprecedented pilot program. ...


Cox Automotive to buy Xtime for $325M, enters service software business
3:30 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 11
Cox Automotive has agreed to pay $325 million in cash to buy Xtime, a leading provider of service scheduling and workflow software to dealerships, the companies announced ...


Dealertrack is content in background
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10
Sites such as TrueCar Inc., Edmunds.com, AutoTrader.com and Cars.com, provide millions of leads to dealers. Critics say they do so by building their own brands, too. ...


VDPs prove to be MVPs for online vehicle sales
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10
By using advanced inventory software, Trent Waybright can predict when one of his used vehicles is about to sell based on how many people click into its vehicle detail pa ...


Alex Vetter named new CEO of Cars.com
12:50 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 7 | UPDATED: 11/7/14 4:15 pm ET - adds Vetter, Golub comments
Alex Vetter has been appointed CEO and president of Cars.com by owner Gannett, Cars.com announced today. He replaces longtime president Mitch Golub, who has announced his ...


Edmunds ad crisis obvious before it even happened
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3
Edmunds.com President Seth Berkowitz had the guts last week to ask me what I thought of the shopping site's controversial ads that spoofed price haggling at dealerships. ...


Edmunds.com buys startup, plans to offer texting services to dealerships
12:09 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 29
Edmunds has purchased a startup texting technology company that it helped nurture. The acquisition will enable Edmunds dealership subscribers to offer texting services to ...


Edmunds YouTube flap underscores tension with 3rd-party sites
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27
Edmunds.com's YouTube ad campaign that spoofed price haggling at dealerships lasted just two days. ...


Edmunds.com pulls anti-haggling ads after dealer complaints
4:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 23
Edmunds.com has pulled a YouTube ad campaign that spoofed price haggling but that dealers found offensive. ...


Dealers fume over new Edmunds videos that spoof price haggling
4:18 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 22 | UPDATED: 10/22/14 9:34 pm ET
New YouTube ads from Edmunds.com have provoked a backlash. Some dealers say the four videos perpetuate stereotypes of dealers as unscrupulous bargainers. ...


CarMax's U-turn: A return to Web leads
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20
Used-car powerhouse CarMax has begun posting vehicle inventory again on AutoTrader.com and Cars.com after a 16-month hiatus. ...


AutoNation won't up and quit 3rd parties
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20
Mike Maroone, COO of AutoNation Inc., said the dealership group intends to proceed cautiously in reducing its reliance on third-party online shopping sites. ...


Big-city store has a small-town mindset
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15
Schumacher European, a Mercedes-Benz dealership in Phoenix, is a big store in a major city. ...


TrueCar offers upfront pricing on document fees, dealer-added accessories
11:46 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15
TrueCar, bidding to increase transparency of vehicle transaction costs, said its 9,000 dealer franchisees agreed to reveal all vehicle accessory and nongovernmental docum ...


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