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California dealers sue TrueCar

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 25
The California New Car Dealers Association is suing TrueCar Inc., accusing the vehicle-shopping site of breaking California laws on dealer licensing, brokering, advertisi ...

California dealer group sues TrueCar, claims website acts as dealer

UPDATED: 5/20/15 5:04 pm - adds TrueCar reaction
The California New Car Dealers Association is suing TrueCar, accusing the vehicle-shopping site of breaking California laws on dealer licensing, brokering, advertising an ...

U.S. Boxster, Cayman to get 4-cylinders in '16

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18
After more than 20 years, Porsche will bring a four-cylinder engine back to the U.S. in 2016. The U.S. will start getting four-cylinder Boxsters and Caymans in the middle ...

AutoNation marks milestone with $20 million ad campaign

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18
AutoNation is celebrating a pending milestone — 10 million vehicles sold — with its largest advertising campaign in history. ...

AutoNation launches private-label products

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11
This month in its Texas stores, AutoNation will start selling self-branded extended service contracts. It's the beginning of AutoNation's plan to sell private-label F&I p ...

Porsche 911 plug-in hybrid decision to come this year

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11
Porsche AG is considering whether to produce a plug-in hybrid version of the 911 sports car, and company leaders will make a decision later this year. ...

Porsche to give retailers a test track deal

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11
Porsche dealers will get a special deal on booking track time for customers at the brand's $100 million Atlanta headquarters and test track in June. Porsche executives ex ...

Porsche U.S. chief: Raise customer satisfaction

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 9
Porsche has been at the top of many automotive customer satisfaction surveys. But that's not enough for US chief Detlev von Platen, who is calling for dealers and the com ...

Porsche's Atlanta center opens in June

UPDATED: 5/7/15 2:18 pm ET - adds photo gallery
Beginning in June, potential Porsche buyers can test drive the brand's cars and crossovers at the company's new $100 million US headquarters and customer experience cente ...

California court case reworks technician pay plans

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4
Dealers often bemoan California's legal climate. Two of their biggest legal headaches there are labor-law challenges and class-action lawsuits. ...

California dealers attract buyers despite business climate

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4
Dealers are eager to buy dealerships in California again. ...

Family takes Dave Smith name forward

1:58 pm U.S. ET | May 1
Ken Smith wants his dad’s name to live on. And it’s about to, in a much bigger way. ...

AutoNation says no to captive

11:45 am U.S. ET | April 29
AutoNation, after exploring whether to launch its own captive finance company, is saying no to the idea. CEO Mike Jackson says the retailer will generate a better return ...

Public dealerships plan for growth

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27
AutoNation, Sonic, Asbury and Lithia gave updates on their new projects as they reported generally robust first-quarter earnings. Here's what they said. ...

Manheim expands its mobile auctions

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27
Manheim is expanding its mobile auction business, which the company says could grow to 20 percent of its revenues eventually from less than 5 percent today. ...

RFJ buys Dave Smith Auto

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 25
Fast-growing dealership group RFJ Auto Partners is expanding in the Northwest by buying Dave Smith Auto Group, which operates two of the highest-volume stores in the U.S. ...

AutoNation's Q1 net income rises 17%

UPDATED: 4/22/15 10:13 am ET - adds Jackson M&A comments
AutoNation is picking up its acquisition pace as its profits continue to rise. Net income for the nation's largest new-car retailer jumped 17 percent in the first quarter ...

Asbury's first quarter net income rises 14%

UPDATED: 4/21/15 3:12 pm ET - adds details
Asbury Automotive Group's net income jumped 14 percent in the first quarter of 2015 from the year-earlier period, to $35.9 million, as all parts of its business experienc ...

Tailor shopping to your customers, studies suggest

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13
If auto dealers and manufacturers would give customers a better shopping experience, those customers would visit dealerships more often and even buy more vehicles, two ne ...

'Experience the brand, drive the cars' heart of Porsche campaign

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6
Porsche will launch a new brand campaign dubbed "Forever Amazing" in May that aims to highlight recent product introductions and new customer-experience centers, complete ...

Buffett extends a hand to dealers -- 'If we shake hands, we've got a deal'

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6
With the deeper pockets of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. now backing it, the former Van Tuyl Group intends to add dealerships going forward. ...

Pa. dealership group gains from market-based pricing

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6
Eighteen months after #1 Cochran Automotive launched a customer experience initiative centered on market-based pricing and transparency, the dealership group says its mar ...

U.S. Porsche dealers to receive more Macans

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 5
Porsche is increasing US allocation for the midsize Macan crossover. "We do not want to continue to have a situation where we have a waiting list of five to six months," ...

Porsche anticipates rush of demand for Boxster Spyder

12:55 pm U.S. ET | April 1
Porsche executives expect the rush for the new Boxster Spyder unveiled today to be similar to what they’ve seen for other recently introduced special versions of ex ...

Sonic to expand initiative piece by piece

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30
Sonic Automotive Inc.'s rollout of its customer experience initiative to stores in the Charlotte, N.C., area came slower than expected, in part due to a malfunctioning we ...
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