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DARCARS keeps focus amid lawsuit, CEO says

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 3, 2015

DARCARS Automotive Group faced a human- and public relations nightmare after the founder's daughter, Tamara, sued her father and the company while media coverage of the rift prompted calls for a boycott. Yet DARCARS CEO John Darvish says he's keeping employees focused on their jobs and profits on track.... Read More »

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BLOG: Family takes Dave Smith name forward

1:58 pm U.S. ET | May 1, 2015

Ken Smith wants his dad’s name to live on. And it’s about to, in a much bigger way.... Read More »

AutoNation says no to captive

11:45 am U.S. ET | April 29, 2015

AutoNation, after exploring whether to launch its own captive finance company, is saying no to the idea. CEO Mike Jackson says the retailer will generate a better return from other investments.... Read More »

Group 1, AutoNation set F&I revenue per vehicle records; most other publics improve

12:15 pm U.S. ET | April 29, 2015

The six largest publicly traded new-vehicle retail groups nearly all improved in F&I revenues per vehicle retailed in the first quarter, led by Group 1 and AutoNation, which both topped $1,500 for the quarter.... Read More »

Group 1's net income rises 14% in Q1

7:50 am U.S. ET | April 28, 2015

Group 1 Automotive reported net income rose 14 percent to $36 million in the first quarter, driven by solid gains in sales of both new and used vehicles in its core operations in the robust US market.... Read More »

AutoNation Ford store in Bellevue, Wash., burns down

10:45 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

AutoNation Ford Bellevue in Washington state was still burning today after a fire tore through the dealership Saturday morning. The local fire department is calling it a total loss.... Read More »

Best April sales in decade expected, driven by light trucks

1:09 pm U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

New-vehicle sales in the United States are projected to reach the highest April level in a decade, capping the best four-month start to a year since 2001. Four forecasts -- calling for a year-over-year increase of about 5 percent to 6 percent this month -- show the industry remains on track to finish 2015 right around 17 million units, a threshold last crossed in 2001. TrueCar.com recently increased its full-year forecast to 17.... Read More »

Public dealerships plan for growth

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

AutoNation, Sonic, Asbury and Lithia gave updates on their new projects as they reported generally robust first-quarter earnings. Here's what they said.... Read More »

Whole lotta wholesalin' goin' on

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

Soaring new-vehicle sales for the last few years mean that used vehicles are more plentiful. Dealers have become more selective about the vehicles they stock, and more willing to wholesale the ones they cull.... Read More »

Manheim expands its mobile auctions

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

Manheim is expanding its mobile auction business, which the company says could grow to 20 percent of its revenues eventually from less than 5 percent today.... Read More »

RFJ buys Dave Smith Auto

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 25, 2015

Fast-growing dealership group RFJ Auto Partners is expanding in the Northwest by buying Dave Smith Auto Group, which operates two of the highest-volume stores in the U.S. RFJ, backed by private equity, aims ultimately to become one of the biggest dealership groups in the country.... Read More »

Dealers missing out on digital F&I sales, study finds

11:30 am U.S. ET | April 22, 2015

Consumers want F&I product information online rather than all-at-once at the end of their vehicle purchases, a new study finds. The survey by MakeMyDeal indicates that consumers want to learn about F&I products online before entering a new-vehicle store.... Read More »

Lithia's Q1 net income soars 64% on broad gains, DCH integration

11:03 am U.S. ET | April 22, 2015

Lithia Motors' net income surged 64 percent to $41 million in the first quarter from a year earlier, on strong sales across all divisions and the continued integration of its purchase last year of DCH Auto Group, the dealership group said today.... Read More »

Asbury, Sonic see below-average F&I revenue at new-initiative stores

11:30 am U.S. ET | April 22, 2015

Two of the nation's biggest publicly traded dealership groups said early, small-scale results from their nontraditional dealerships -- either stand-alone used-vehicle stores or ones that use techniques such as no-haggle pricing -- showed below average F&I revenue per vehicle retailed.... Read More »

AutoNation's Q1 net income rises 17%

7:00 am U.S. ET | April 22, 2015

AutoNation is picking up its acquisition pace as its profits continue to rise. Net income for the nation's largest new-car retailer jumped 17 percent in the first quarter to $111.5 million, the company said today.... Read More »

Sonic Q1 revenue up, net income down on costs for new initiatives

9:06 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2015

Sonic Automotive reported a nearly 5 percent revenue increase in the first quarter, but a drop in net income mostly because of costs associated with its One Sonic-One Experience no-haggle program and EchoPark, its new used-car business.... Read More »

Asbury's first quarter net income rises 14%

9:06 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2015

Asbury Automotive Group's net income jumped 14 percent in the first quarter of 2015 from the year-earlier period, to $35.9 million, as all parts of its business experienced profit gains.... Read More »

Mercedes' Cannon recruits fellow execs for a personal mission

11:34 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2015

A few months ago, Steve Cannon called on the heads of Group 1 and AutoNation for big favors -- and it had nothing to do with selling more cars. Instead, the CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA had a different mission in mind.... Read More »

Toyota plots Prius comeback

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 18, 2015

As Toyota prepares to introduce a redesigned Prius later this year, both car and company are at turning points. First introduced in 1997, the hybrid is no longer the green-car darling of the Hollywood set. That sort of buzz now surrounds the EVs produced by Tesla.... Read More »

GM launches software that flags recalled vehicles on dealer lots

1:54 pm U.S. ET | April 15, 2015

General Motors is rolling out new software this month for dealerships to make it harder for them to mistakenly sell a new vehicle that's subject to a recall, without first performing the recall work as required.... Read More »

Penske targets 'I' in F&I to boost per-vehicle revenue

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13, 2015

Penske Automotive Group Inc. is refining its training process on insurance product sales to boost overall finance and insurance revenues.... Read More »

Toyota's Costa Rica retailer expands in U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13, 2015

Costa Rica's distributor of Toyota Group vehicles wants to own five to seven Toyota dealerships and "a couple" of Lexus stores in the U.S. within three years, its CEO said. Purdy Motor Group is not quite halfway to that goal.... Read More »

CarMax finance arm won’t become major subprime player

11:30 am U.S. ET | April 8, 2015

CarMax’s finance arm will continue its subprime lending test and might expand it in the future. But the unit won’t become a “full player” in that space, says company CEO Tom Reedy. CarMax Auto Finance will continue to originate loans under the test at its current rate of 5 percent of subprime vehicle sales or a little less than 2 percent of overall loan originations.... Read More »

VIDEO: Opting for the online auction lane

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 7, 2015

Online used-vehicle shopping is changing how dealers and auction companies operate.... Read More »

VIDEO: Manheim Pennsylvania's legacy in the lanes

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6, 2015

Manheim Pennsylvania, the birthplace of the nation's largest auction company, celebrates 70 years in business.... Read More »

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