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Toronto dealers recruit staff by listing jobs, cars
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 21
Attacking a problem that plagues all dealerships, new-vehicle dealers in Ontario have launched a multipronged campaign to get more high school and college students to con ...


Why GAAP and the bottom line matter
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9
Generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP, is how accountants keep score across highly different industries. ...


Car stores could be just like Apple stores, right?
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23
"How's it going?" I asked my friend Gene-Erik Marketer. I hadn't seen him since the NADA convention. "Great!" he replied. ...


North of U.S. border, mixed blessings from oil's skid
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 14
In the U.S., the drop in oil prices is seen as a boost for most of the economy, with some localized pain in the oil patch. In Canada, the view is reversed. ...


In praise of consumer-focused auto shows
2:00 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 13
It was eye-opening to attend media day, and the VIP Night preshow gala, this week at the Toronto auto show, officially known as the Canadian International AutoShow. ...


In Canada, celebrating the classics
3:29 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 12
This week at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto, an exhibit called “Art and the Automobile” includes a number of classics and historically signif ...


Vancouver couple leases first fuel cell Hyundai Tucson in Canada
3:18 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 12
At the Toronto auto show Thursday, Hyundai introduced its new Tucson fuel cell vehicle -- and the car's first Canadian buyers. ...


Group 1's adjusted Q4 net hits record; GAAP operating profits, net fall
8:56 am U.S. ET | Feb. 5
Group 1's fourth-quarter adjusted net income rose 41 percent to a record $41 million, on an 11 percent rise in revenue, the nation's third-largest auto retailer said toda ...


CU Direct adds concierge-style auto shopping service
11:00 am U.S. ET | Feb. 4
CU Direct, which links credit unions and dealerships’ F&I offices through its CUDL lending platform, is working with select dealerships to create a concierge-style ...


Cox Automotive's CEO to dealers: Now is the time to invest
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2
Dealers should take advantage of current good times to invest for the future, Sandy Schwartz, CEO of Cox Automotive, told the Automotive News Retail Forum. "Today is the ...


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. ...


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