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Mich. blocks Tesla's sales model by plugging loophole
2:19 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 21
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed a bill today that effectively bars Tesla Motors' direct-sales model in the state. ...


Pulling the plug: EV battery module exchange put to test
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20
A team of engineers at the University of California, San Diego, plans to make a cross-country trip in an electric vehicle -- without plugging the car in once. ...


Tesla blasts Michigan bill as 'raw deal'
2:31 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 17
Tesla says it's getting a “raw deal” in Michigan and is speaking out on a bill that would block its direct-sales model in the state -- and prevent it from ope ...


Anti-Tesla bill reaches Michigan governor's desk
12:50 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 15 | UPDATED: 10/15/14 5:32 pm ET - adds Tesla statement
Legislation that would prevent Tesla Motors from directly selling its EV lineup in Michigan has cleared the state's legislative chambers and is awaiting the signature of ...


Manager's personalized paychecks encourage, praise dealership staffers
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15
Michelle Petrenko adds extra value to her employees' paychecks. ...


How to get the most from millennial staffers
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15
If dealers want to attract the best and brightest from the most diverse generation to date, job descriptions should cast the car business as a career with hurdles that mi ...


Colorado Ford, Subaru dealer Carlson in line to become '16 NADA chairman
4:03 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 14 | UPDATED: 10/14/14 5:33 pm ET
The National Automobile Dealers Association chose Colorado dealer Jeff Carlson as its next vice chairman, putting him in line to become chairman after Bill Fox of New Yor ...


Mercedes tops BMW in monthly luxury sales
5:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 1
Mercedes-Benz's record September in the United States was enough to top the BMW brand in the luxury sales race, but BMW held a small lead for the first nine months of the ...


Chrysler revamps line to boost pickup output
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29
With thousands of suggestions from line workers, Chrysler Group modified the Warren Truck Assembly Plant in suburban Detroit to build about 100 additional Ram 1500s each ...


Chrysler's revamped line to build about 100 more Ram 1500s a day
3:05 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 25
Chrysler Group says its Warren Truck Assembly Plant will build about 100 additional Ram 1500s each production day, or 28,565 per year, to meet demand. ...


Chrysler recalls nearly 350,000 vehicles from 2008 to fix ignition switches
2:52 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 25
Chrysler is recalling an estimated 349,442 vehicles from the 2008 model year to fix an ignition switch problem. The automaker says it will correct conditions that may cau ...


Guardian automotive glass units to be acquired by Japanese supplier
3:57 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 17 | UPDATED: 9/17/14 4:57 pm ET - adds comment
Japan's Central Glass Company has agreed to purchase the outstanding shares of two automotive units of Guardian Industries, a longtime Detroit area automotive glass suppl ...


Toyota FT-1 gets the souped-up 'Gran Turismo' treatment for video game
3:02 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 16 | UPDATED: 9/16/14 3:20 pm ET - includes video
Toyota has joined the “Gran Turismo” parade of video game racers with a beefier version of its FT-1 concept. ...


OnStar, police are hitting the brakes on stolen cars
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15
OnStar has worked in tandem with law-enforcement agencies for years to recover more than 60,000 stolen vehicles. ...


Lawyers reaching for in-car data
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14
Information gathered by vehicle telematics systems is garnering increased attention from lawyers who see the data as a puzzle piece in building court cases. ...


Up-to-the-minute maps will be critical for autonomous cars
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 13
Autonomous vehicles will sport sophisticated sensors and radar systems to read and react to their surroundings, but their robotic drivers still will require vivid and cur ...


Universal map accuracy will be crucial to autonomous vehicles, transport official says
3:54 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 9
Michigan transportation chief Kirk Steudle today shared stories of some GPS mishaps to highlight one of the critical issues facing autonomous vehicles: They’ll need ...


NFL receiver, sidelined by a suspension, gets a car sales job
2:35 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 5
Suspended Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon, known for dodging truck-sized NFL defenders, will try his hand at selling trucks -- and maybe some cars, too. ...


Toyota targets shoppers with location-based mobile ad tool
4:08 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 28
Toyota is using a location-based mobile ad tool to supercharge its annual clearance sale. ...


Acura TLX's new assembly line is on Twitter
5:25 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 21
Acura is advancing the social marketing spectrum with an interactive TLX launch campaign that allows Twitter users to build their own versions of the premium sedan within ...


The Rolls-Royce that took 8 months to build
1:56 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 19
Turn 10 Studios needed extra time to digitally translate the Rolls-Royce Wraith's craftsmanship into “Forza Motorsport 5” on the Xbox One. ...


Crash rule threatens Aston Martin, dealer says
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18
Aston Martin's U.S. stores could be put out of business when a new federal safety rule lands next month, a top dealer said in a petition. ...


A Rolls for the masses: Video game adds Wraith
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars last week debuted the Wraith in "Forza Motorsport 5" on the Xbox One. ...


A (virtual) Rolls-Royce for the masses
1:38 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 12
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars debuted the Wraith in “Forza Motorsport 5” on the Xbox One today, a historic moment for driving game enthusiasts and an example of the ...


Race a concept car? Gamers get to put virtual designs to the test
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11 | UPDATED: 8/11/14 9:25 ET - adds Toyota teaser video
Grandiose exotic sports car concepts are usually saved for auto shows, with spectators left to ogle behind a velvet rope. ...


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No. 1 store empowers, retains employees

No. 1 store empowers, retains employees

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