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Tesla argues New Jersey regulators can't stop direct sales
2:06 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 17 | UPDATED: 9/17/14 5:42 pm ET - corrected
Tesla Motors, in a court filing submitted Tuesday, argued that New Jersey regulators have no authority to shut down direct sales at the electric-vehicle maker's stores in ...


AutoNation adds 4 stores, but won't buy much more this year
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15
AutoNation Inc.'s deal to buy four Bellevue, Wash., luxury-brand dealerships is the company's biggest acquisition since late 2012. ...


How two old friends made the AutoNation-Barrier deal happen
11:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 11
Jimmy Barrier's decision to sell his Seattle-area luxury-brand dealerships to AutoNation was more than 30 years in the making. That's how far back Barrier goes with AutoN ...


AutoNation to buy 4 luxury dealerships in Seattle market
9:15 am U.S. ET | Sept. 10 | UPDATED: 9/10/14 12:05 pm ET - adds link
AutoNation is expanding its footprint in the Pacific Northwest by buying four luxury-brand dealerships in the Seattle market that generate more than $350 million in annua ...


GM dealerships' buy-sell activity jumps
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8
GM stores are by far the most sold and acquired in the dealership buy-sell market this year. ...


Phony deals cost dealers reputation, vehicles and lenders
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8
For employees in a dealership's finance and insurance office, spotting a potentially fraudulent deal is top priority. ...


Porsche goes for faster and fuel-efficient
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8
Porsche is exploring other segments, including an entry-level roadster, a small sedan and a sports car that would slot above the 911. ...


Dealership buy-sell pace is hottest in years
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 7
Dealership acquisitions continue to soar, positioning 2014 to be one of the most active years for buy-sells in more than a decade, say advisers who track transactions. ...


Dealers in Georgia petition to shut Tesla down
5:53 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 29
Auto dealers in Georgia are the latest seeking to shut down Tesla's factory-owned stores. ...


Rick Case career talks move workers up
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25
Rick Case dealer group interviews every single employee to find out what kind of job each employee ultimately wants. The idea is to retain employees who might otherwise l ...


Sonic details plans for used-car network
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18 | UPDATED: 8/18/14 10:44 am ET - adds link
Sonic Automotive is naming its new used-vehicle business EchoPark and eventually aims to put the stand-alone stores in more than 50 markets across the country. ...


Sonic exits Mich., looks elsewhere
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4
After divesting the last of its four stores in Michigan last month, Sonic Automotive Inc. plans to use the proceeds of the sales to buy more dealerships in other markets. ...


Asbury to double pace of acquisitions
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28
Asbury Automotive Group Inc. aims to double its acquisition pace during the next 18 months. ...


Sonic 'delighted' with rollout of new retail plan
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28
Three weeks into Sonic Automotive Inc.'s customer experience initiative, customers at the pilot store aren't yet getting the promised iPad-enabled transaction with a sing ...


Porsche is dropping base Cayenne
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28
Porsche is dropping -- at least for now -- its base-model Cayenne, which had started at $50,595. ...


AutoNation: Recalls crimp service
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 26
The record recalls this year are creating capacity bottlenecks in the service shops of the country's largest new-vehicle dealership group. ...


Porsche Cayenne to offer new twin-turbo engine, plug-in hybrid for '15
1:15 pm U.S. ET | July 25
The freshened '15 Porsche Cayenne will offer a new twin-turbo engine, a plug-in hybrid model, and prices that range from 3 to 11 percent higher, when it goes on sale Nov. ...


Sonic's Q2 profits triple on extraordinary items; expenses rise
12:18 pm U.S. ET | July 22 | UPDATED: 7/22/14 4:18 pm ET - adds stock close
Sonic Automotive posted higher revenue and net profit during the second quarter, but expenses increased as the retailer continues to ready its launches of a new customer- ...


Asbury posts Q2 double-digit profit, revenue gains
7:07 am U.S. ET | July 22 | UPDATED: 7/22/14 10:55 am ET -- adds details
Improving car sales and a double-digit revenue jump helped drive second-quarter profits up 33 percent at Asbury Automotive Group, as all parts of its business showed gain ...


AutoNation preps for online sales
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21
By Christmas, AutoNation Inc. customers will be able to initiate a vehicle purchase online. ...


AutoNation's Q2 net rises 12% on 8% revenue gain
7:30 am U.S. ET | July 17 | UPDATED: 7/17/14 2:44 pm ET
AutoNation posted a double-digit gain in second-quarter net income but fell shy of analysts’ profit expectations as digital investment drove expenses higher. ...


Sonic bets new plan will transform automotive retailing
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14
After more than five years of internal work and external carping, Sonic Automotive Inc. will roll out a bet-the-farm change in how it sells cars late this month at a Toyo ...


Sales staff gets more responsibility, higher pay
12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14
Sonic Automotive began preparing its staff for the transition to its One Sonic-One Experience initiative years ago when it launched its playbooks, or guides for how to se ...


Alliance drops suit over Florida warranty reimbursement law
5:40 pm U.S. ET | July 2
The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers asked a federal court to dismiss its six-year-old lawsuit over Florida legislation on warranty reimbursement. ...


Until Macans arrive, buyers offered short leases on other Porsches
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 30
U.S. buyers of the new Porsche Macan, which went on sale in May, face a wait of more than six months for delivery. ...


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