Amy Wilson

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Recent articles
N.J. weighs direct EV sales; states covet gigafactory
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 31
The Tesla vs. dealers clash was already intense. Now the fight has escalated, with the addition of presidential politics and bidding for a battery factory. ...


Texas dealers argue against altering franchise laws to lure Tesla plant
3:39 pm U.S. ET | March 28
Texas dealers defended the state's franchise laws today, just days after Gov. Rick Perry suggested that the laws should be reviewed and perhaps changed to let Tesla Motor ...


AutoNation CEO will get base salary raise in 2014
3:42 pm U.S. ET | March 24
AutoNation CEO Mike Jackson is getting a salary increase for the first time since 2002. Jackson will be paid a base salary of $1. ...


Old repair bill is a powerful tool for F&I team
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 19
When the air conditioning compressor in LeAnna Cowan's car failed in the Las Vegas heat, the $1,250 repair bill wasn't a hardship. ...


Presidio founder to head automotive practice
12:20 pm U.S. ET | March 18 | UPDATED: 3/18/14 3:18 pm ET - adds detail
Presidio, a key player in the buying and selling of auto dealerships in the United States, last week named a new head of its automotive investment banking practice after ...


Tesla: N.J. can't pull plug on us
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 17
Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk says the electric-vehicle maker will explore "judicial remedies" to restore its ability to sell directly from two factory-owned stores in New J ...


Tesla may be forced to shut N.J. stores after state commission vote
12:22 pm U.S. ET | March 11 | UPDATED: 3/11/14 5:46 pm ET
Tesla may have to shut down its factory-owned stores in New Jersey starting April 1 after the state's motor vehicle commission on Tuesday adopted new rules on dealership ...


Old repair bill is a powerful tool for F&I team
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 10
When the air conditioning compressor in LeAnna Cowan's car failed in the Las Vegas heat, the $1,250 repair bill wasn't a hardship. ...


Looking to sell more prepaid maintenance? Try using a worksheet
10:06 am U.S. ET | March 5
At Team Ford Lincoln in Las Vegas, F&I managers use a special worksheet to sell customers on prepaid maintenance. ...


Latest battles in states likely to yield mixed results for Tesla
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 3
A new round of state legislative battles between Tesla Motors Inc. and dealers looks like a draw so far. ...


Dealership profits keep soaring
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 3
The auto retail business is red hot and getting hotter as dealership profits continue to rise. ...


Sonic's big changes to begin in N.C.
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 3
Sonic Automotive's iPad-enabled bid to reduce transaction time and transform customers' car-buying experiences kicks off in July in Charlotte. ...


Tesla's state-by-state battle with dealers
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 1
A breakdown of where states with Tesla storefronts stand on the issue. ...


How U.S. dealers can boost their margins, according to McKinsey study
11:28 am U.S. ET | Feb. 26
U.S. dealerships can significantly improve on the industry's average profit margin if they upgrade the capability of sales and service employees and pursue new sales form ...


Lithia, Sonic: Service is key to '14 growth
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 24
Lithia and Sonic Automotive, the nation's third-largest dealership group, see significant opportunities for revenue growth this year by improving customer experience and ...


Sonic extends hours to make up for time lost to weather
3:15 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 21
Sonic Automotive is extending store hours in parts of the country hit by severe winter weather in an effort to make up vehicle sales and service revenue lost during the s ...


Sonic posts 8% drop in Q4 profit, but expects new pricing strategy to prevail
8:52 am U.S. ET | Feb. 19
Sonic Automotive today posted an 8 percent slide in fourth-quarter net income, but the retailer says it continued to gain traction on a new pricing strategy that some of ...


Porsche dealerships expand as brand's new-car sales rise
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17
Porsche's new-car sales have more than doubled in the past four years. Now Porsche dealerships are expanding to accommodate the extra traffic. ...


Public retailers scout for U.S. stores
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17
Public retailers Group 1 Automotive Inc. and Asbury Automotive Group see opportunities to buy more U.S. dealerships this year and are wasting no time getting started. ...


Ohio dealers launch new front in anti-Tesla battle
12:41 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 13
Ohio auto dealers are renewing their bid to block Tesla Motors' factory store model. ...


AutoNation, Asbury boost spending plans
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10
Two of the nation's largest publicly owned retailers are preparing to invest more in their businesses in 2014 than they did last year, according to numbers released with ...


Store mines second-chance sales
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10
For Ford dealer Ryan Kirkpatrick, 140 simple characters are rescuing potential sales that otherwise might have gone elsewhere. ...


Macan may push Porsche's 2014 U.S. sales to near 50,000
Feb. 7, 2014 06:01 CET
U.S. Porsche sales, with an expected lift from the Macan compact crossover due at dealerships in late spring, are likely to approach 50,000 units in 2014. ...


Subprime, delinquencies, loan terms will grow, Experian says
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 5
Subprime financing -- and delinquencies -- are likely to grow in 2014, and vehicle loan terms, which hit an average of 65 months for new cars during the first 10 months o ...


Asbury Auto profit rises 18% in Q4
7:04 am U.S. ET | Feb. 4 | UPDATED: 2/4/14 3:12 pm ET - new story
Rising volume, higher revenues and double-digit gross profit gains in all areas of the business lifted Asbury Automotive Group's net income 18 percent during the fourth q ...


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