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Lending by credit unions, others grew in 2014
11:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 28 | UPDATED: 1/29/15 11:49 am ET - Corrected
Credit unions and other lenders are beginning to release data that confirm what the industry knows: Last year, when U.S. new light-vehicle sales rose 6 percent, was a ver ...


Retailers set the pace in shareholder return for 2014
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26
Publicly traded U.S.-based auto retailers continued to build shareholder value in 2014, while global automakers and suppliers returned to earth. ...


Dealers see another good year in 2015
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26
Dealers expect 2015 to be another good year, though perhaps not quite as good as 2014. ...


Hyundai's ready for cars coming off lease
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25
Hyundai Motor America, despite concerns from some analysts, is ready to handle a wave of vehicles coming off lease, CEO Dave Zuchowski promises. ...


Where are you spending your dollars on digital?
5:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23
The impact of digital tools on dealerships' marketing has grown exponentially. Those tools have been a hot topic at the last few NADA conventions. But it may be time for ...


Building a new fortress to protect data
2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23
When it comes to protecting sensitive data against hackers, the days of building thick digital walls and moat are over. ...


Long-term trends to siphon off sales, NADA economist says
1:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23
Steven Szakaly, NADA's chief economist, reiterated his forecast of 16.9 million U.S. light-vehicle sales in 2015. ...


Now's the time to invest, Cox's Schwartz says
7:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22
Dealers should take advantage of the current good times to invest for the future, Sandy Schwartz, president of Cox Automotive, told the Automotive News Retail Forum Thurs ...


Luddites? Really?
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 22
Maybe you saw this: Four states received a “Luddite Award” from a think tank for laws preventing Tesla from opening its own stores. The four are Arizona, Mich ...


Pay disparities are hurting morale, dealership retention, expert warns
12:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22
Rising disparities in pay between the F&I and sales departments are leading to morale problems and high turnover at dealerships, a noted F&I authority said at a conferenc ...


Strong job market defangs default threat
11:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 21
There’s a simple economic reason not to worry about auto-loan delinquencies, says Tom Webb, Manheim’s chief economist. ...


Sunny, squalls -- brand meetings will be mixed
12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19
Another year, another baker's dozen brands celebrating record sales. ...


What's that racket?
4:47 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12
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It's back - Scion's swag dispenser
2:47 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12

Scion's swag machine is back again, offering gifts and encouraging media to post something on Instagram about the brand. ...



Buick displaces broccoli
3:45 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 10
Buick vs. broccoli. The all-new Cascada convertible vs. carrots. ...


NHTSA had lots of help making roads safer
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 29
Here's some good news you didn't read much about this year: U.S. roads are safer. The number of people who died in U.S. traffic crashes fell 3 percent in 2013. ...


Acura expects leasing to rise
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22
Acura should see a "steady lift" in leases as part of its U.S. sales volume in 2015, Mike Accavitti, Acura general manager, said. ...


Regulation vs. technology -- why are U.S. roads getting safer?
9:21 am U.S. ET | Dec. 20
Here's some good news you didn't read much about this year: US roads are safer. The number of people who died in traffic crashes fell 3 percent in 2013, the National High ...


Acura boss sees rise in leasing in 2015
11:15 am U.S. ET | Dec. 17
Acura should see a “steady lift,” rather than a big jump, in leases as a portion of its U.S. sales volume in 2015, the brand's general manager says. ...


FTC finds fine print too fine, imposes fines
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 14
Dealers should remember Americans are getting older. And while smartphone screens are getting bigger, they're still dinky compared to that big-screen TV on your wall. Thi ...


Why the bid-rigging? Ask the automakers
12:29 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 26
Toyota employees are taught to solve problems with the “Five Whys.” Ask why it happened, and why that happened, and so on until you get to the fundamental pro ...


Ford's Odell: Sharp, talented and respectful
7:17 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10
Ford of Europe boss Stephen Odell's focus on respecting the customer will be a good start when he becomes the automaker's global sales and marketing chief. ...


Ford's Odell: Sharp, talented and respectful
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10
I know Ford's Jim Farley was considered a marketing wunderkind. But I don't think Odell is by any means a step down as marketing boss. ...


Art program could help shape auto industry's next creative minds
1:33 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 7
Thursday night, I went to a fundraiser, called #onthefridge, for Art Road. The group's latest art on display was cool, but I was more drawn to some of the earlier years&# ...


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