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Mitsubishi's net rises 8 percent as U.S. sales soar
3:28 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 29
Mitsubishi Motors said net income rose 8 percent in the latest quarter, aided by results in North America. ...

Why loan length doesn’t matter
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 22
There’s another reason not to fret over longer new-car loans: The numbers can be misleading. ...

In praise of the Best Dealerships To Work For
3:07 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 17
The stores honored this week as the Best Dealerships To Work For retain employees at a rate that puts the industry to shame. ...

Forget big vs. small; it's the Best vs. the rest
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15
The differences among small, medium and large Best Dealerships To Work For are far less striking than their similarities. ...

Dealers movin' on up
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15
With increased competition for spots on the Best Dealerships To Work For list, 48 dealerships repeated from last year. And many of those slid in the rankings. But not all ...

For Buffett, long drive to next Cadillac
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6
Warren Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway Inc.'s purchase of the Van Tuyl Group means he probably won't be going back to Huber Cadillac, the Omaha, Neb., dealership where he bou ...

How to end predatory auto-loan practices
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29
Americans won't abide companies that gouge minorities and other vulnerable consumers. ...

Exeter CEO sees steady growth of 15-20%
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 17 | UPDATED: 9/17/14 5:23 pm: Correction
Exeter Finance, a subprime auto-financing specialist, should post “just steady growth” of 15 to 20 percent a year, CEO Mark Floyd says. ...

Pay disparities are hurting morale, dealership retention, expert warns
11:45 am U.S. ET | Sept. 10
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 ...

How Jim Harbour and David Power improved the U.S. auto industry
6:39 am U.S. ET | Sept. 9
Jim Harbour, who died Saturday at age 86, was one of two men who dramatically improved the American auto industry at a time when Detroit was deeply in denial about how fa ...

Searching far and wide for service techs
9:30 am U.S. ET | Aug. 20
How far is your dealership willing to go to get well-qualified service technicians? GM dealers in the Mideast went all the way to the Philippines. ...

Toyota, supporter of Korean culture
12:28 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 8
Would you do a double-take if Volvo were the sponsor of the Country Music Awards? How about if BMW were the primary sponsor, and the only automotive sponsor, of a museum ...

GM Financial subpoena shifts investigation away from dealers
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6
When dealers saw headlines saying the U.S. ...

A failure to punish fails members
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4
A New York Times report on July 20 cast some car dealerships once again as unscrupulous businesses. Both the NIADA and NADA issued strong statements against the pr ...

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