Amy Wilson

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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 ...


Justices paved way for suit against TrueCar
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 16
The dealer lawsuit accusing vehicle-shopping site TrueCar Inc. ...


Asbury plans to hire 200-400 technicians
11:04 am U.S. ET | March 16
Asbury Automotive Group says it will hire between 200 and 400 technicians during the next one to two years in a bid to meet potential growth opportunities in its parts-an ...


AutoNation drops chief accounting officer
12:40 pm U.S. ET | March 13 | UPDATED: 3/13/15 1:04 pm ET -- corrected
AutoNation is searching for a new chief accounting officer after removing Michael Stephan from the post this week. The change is connected to “an internal realignme ...


TrueCar blasts dealers' suit over advertising claims as 'meritless'
11:27 am U.S. ET | March 11
TrueCar blasted a lawsuit filed this week by dealers over its advertising claims as “meritless. ...


Berkshire Hathaway completes Van Tuyl acquisition
10:51 am U.S. ET | March 10 | UPDATED: 3/11/15 4:51 pm ET - corrected
Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway completed its purchase of the Van Tuyl Group, the largest dealership acquisition in industry history. All aspects of the sale were fin ...


Open-air designs create F&I privacy puzzle
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9
Though walls and locked doors still are considered the sure-fire way to keep customer data safe today, manufacturers and some automotive retailers are exploring ways to m ...


TrueCar sued by dealers for 'false advertising'
5:45 pm U.S. ET | March 9 | UPDATED: 3/9/15 6:44 pm ET - adds TrueCar statement
Dealers representing 117 new-car franchises are suing TrueCar for more than $250 million, claiming they are victims of false advertising and unfair competition. ...


Porsche: New variants to boost Cayenne sales
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9
Porsche Cayenne sales will rebound in 2015 as several variants of the freshened crossover go on sale, the brand's U.S. sales chief said. ...


Porsche's pricey special editions find frenzy of customers in U.S.
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9
Porsche sold nearly one-third of its 918 Spyders in the U.S., making the country the largest market for the limited-edition supercar. And Porsche's U.S. sales chief expec ...


Buffett says Berkshire's job is to perform, grow in auto retail
11:16 am U.S. ET | March 2
With Berkshire Hathaway's purchase of the Van Tuyl Automotive dealership group materially complete, Warren Buffett already is looking toward how to expand his companyR ...


High-rise parts bins ease space crunch
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2
Electronic parts storage machines that allow small parts to be stacked vertically and retrieved automatically at the touch of a button or scan of a bar code are gaining a ...


Porsche dealers eager to upgrade
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23
About 150 of the 189 U.S. Porsche dealerships are renovating or expanding as the brand's sales have soared. ...


Porsche may close a few U.S. dealerships
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23
A handful of U.S. markets still have too many Porsche dealerships, Porsche Cars North America COO Joe Lawrence said, and the company may use its right of first refusal to ...


Car dealer wannabes must pay the price
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16
Last month medical industry entrepreneur Taseer Badar became a dealer the way most do these days: by forking out huge sums, in this case to Gerald Hollingsworth for his M ...


AutoNation promotes 2 executives
2:53 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 9
AutoNation is expanding roles for two executives and increasing the number of executives who report directly to CEO Mike Jackson. ...


Public dealerships keep buying despite rising prices for stores
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9
Despite an influx of outside investors in auto retailing, leaders of several public dealership groups said they're still scouting for deals without worry that pricing on ...


AutoNation Q4 profit boosted by gains across board
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9
Strong year-end vehicle sales and improvements in all business categories pushed AutoNation Inc. to 12 percent gains in revenue and operating income in the fourth quarter ...


For Q auto, expansion to follow profit
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9
Asbury Automotive Inc. has put opening more Q auto used-vehicle stores on hold this year while it works to turn a profit at its three existing stores. ...


Asbury's Q4 net income falls on financing charge; operating income up 15%
11:17 am U.S. ET | Feb. 4
Despite higher revenue and operating profit, Asbury Automotive Group's net income dropped by more than half in the fourth quarter because of a loss on the extinguishment ...


AutoNation's Q4 profits rise on strong gains in all segments
7:00 am U.S. ET | Feb. 3 | UPDATED: 2/3/15 12:59 pm ET - adds detail
AutoNation's fourth-quarter net income rose 7 percent to $117 million, powered by strong year-end vehicle sales and improvements in all business categories. ...


What dealers can do in good times to prepare for the bad
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2 | UPDATED: 2/3/15 9:04 pm ET - corrected
Amid forecasts of a sixth year of rising U.S. auto sales, dealers at the NADA convention said they were keenly aware of this industry's cycles. ...


Moguls, superrich families and private-equity titans prowl for dealerships
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2
First Warren Buffett. Then George Soros. Who's next? Outside investors are shopping for auto retailers in greater numbers - and with larger checkbooks - than the industry ...


One of the new breed -- from 0 to 24 stores in 1 year
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2
A year ago, Rick Ford was COO of another dealer's group. Today, with the backing of private equity investors, he's leading a new 13-store dealership group poised to nearl ...


A deal-killer: Automakers' right of first refusal
12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2
Expect automakers to exercise their right of first refusal on dealership buy-sell deals more often. ...


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