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Several large, privately held groups that probably would make the Automotive News list of the top 125 dealership groups based in the United States did not respond to our latest survey. That means we can't accurately list them.

One is DCH Auto Group of South Amboy, N.J., led by Chairman Shau-wai Lam. Its Web site boasts that the group owns 27 new and used-car dealerships in New York, New Jersey and California, selling Acura, Audi, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Honda, Kia, Lexus, Nissan, Scion and Toyota.

Boch Automotive Enterprises of Norwood, Mass., owned by dealer Ernie Boch Jr., also chose not to participate. The company's Web site says it operates Honda, Toyota, Scion, Ferrari and Maserati dealerships in Massachusetts.

Last week, Boch Automotive listed 2,487 new and 1,087 used vehicles for sale.

A shoutout and thank you to groups that participated in our survey for the first time and to those that responded after being away for a while.

Among them is Luther Automotive Group of Minneapolis, led by CEO David Luther. Luther Automotive appears on our list for the first time, debuting at No. 14.

In addition, Prestige Automotive Group of Saint Clair Shores, Mich., led by CEO Greg Jackson, returned to the list this year at No. 91.

Rising in the ranks
The groups that moved up the rankings the most in 2013, ranked by new-vehicle sales units
 2013 RANKgain VS. 2012
1. Roundtree Automotive Group8124
2. Shammas Automotive Group6220
3. Wilde Automotive Group6515
4. Future Automotive Group9013
5. Anderson Automotive Group8411
5. Germain Motor Co.8311
7. Ed Morse Automotive Group7310
8. Fox Motors768
8. Kuni Automotive718
8. Victory Automotive Group408

You can reach Arlena Sawyers at asawyers@crain.com



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