Missing groups: You might have been contenders
The Automotive News list of top 125 dealership groups in the United States last year has some omissions.
Several large, privately held groups that probably would make the list did not respond to our survey, which didn't allow us to accurately list them.
Among those groups:
Atlantic Automotive Corp. of Baltimore, which does business as MileOne Automotive. Its Web site boasts 63 dealerships in Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
The site says MileOne sells 28 brands and has 15,000 vehicles in stock sold under dealership names Hall; Heritage; Herb Gordon; Mercedes-Benz of Annapolis; MotorWorld; Audi, BMW and Porsche of Silver Spring; and Mercedes-Benz of Silver Spring.
DCH Auto Group, of South Amboy, N.J., with 29 dealerships in California, Connecticut, New Jersey and New York, selling 12 brands. DCH is owned by the family of Chinese founder B.Y. Lam and the Wing On Group of Hong Kong.
Luther Automotive Group of Minneapolis, with 29 dealerships in Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin, its Web site says.
Last week, its site listed 8,499 new and 2,957 used cars and trucks for sale.
These three groups probably had enough retail new-vehicle sales in 2012 to make the top 100.
We welcomed back some groups to our list this year. Among them: Victory Automotive Group of Canton, Mich., at No. 48 and March/Hodge Automotive of Tampa, Fla., at No. 120.
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