Amy Wilson

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Recent articles
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. ...


Cap on Tesla Pennsylvania stores closer
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 30
Pennsylvania is halfway to placing a cap on the number of stores that Tesla Motors Inc. can open in the state, muting legislation that helped spark a confrontation betwee ...


Five-store Tesla compromise reached in Pennsylvania
1:49 pm U.S. ET | June 26
The pro-Tesla legislation in Pennsylvania that helped spark a confrontation between dealers and other automakers earlier this month is now halfway to passage -- but with ...


At publics, buybacks beat acquisitions
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 23
Contrary to expectations, public dealership groups are spending more on stock buybacks than on U.S. acquisitions. ...


Dealership buy-sells jump in first quarter
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 23
Driven largely by private buyers, dealership acquisition activity rose strongly during the first several months of 2014, dealership brokers say in two new reports. ...


Sonic targets 1-price, 45-minute transactions
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 22
Sonic Automotive is spending tens of millions of dollars to transform the customer buying experience in the company's dealerships. The goal is to get buyers in and out th ...


Lexus lifts cap on how many stores a group can own
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 21
Lexus dealers are cheering the brand's having expanded a cap that had limited retailers to owning no more than six Lexus stores. ...


State franchise laws, sparked by Tesla, go too far, other automakers charge
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 16
Dealers' opposition to Tesla Motors' model of factory-owned stores has led states to propose laws defending franchised dealers. ...


Automakers oppose Pennsylvania’s bill allowing Tesla stores
4:26 pm U.S. ET | June 10
Automakers are fighting Pennsylvania legislation that would allow electric-vehicle maker Tesla Motors to operate an unlimited number of factory-owned stores in that state ...


Product menus: Shorter is better
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 9
At Germain Nissan in Columbus, Ohio, customers typically are pitched five products when they finalize their vehicle purchase in the finance and insurance office. ...


Retailers want piece of huge used-car market
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 26
The used-car business is hot, prompting franchised new-car dealers across the nation to pay more attention than ever to their used-vehicle operations, in some cases openi ...


NADA: Dealer revenues like never before
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 26
Dealerships have more than bounced back from the recession. Fewer stores and the recovery in vehicle sales meant record revenues and profits for dealerships last year. ...


Sonic: E-sales offices speed replies to leads
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 26
In the past five years, Sonic Automotive dealerships have slashed average response times to electronic leads to seven minutes. E-sales offices now operating in most of th ...


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