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Automotove News honors the 2017 All Stars

Automotive News recognized winners of its 2017 All-Stars awards and honorees from previous years during a dinner at the Detroit Zoo last week.


More info needed on store valuations

It is important to be open to the other person's point of view. I could not tell if Moshe Stopnitzky was objecting to using a multiple for arriving at an asking price for the dealership or for just arriving at an asking price for the blue sky.

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Cadillac, Lincoln could help dealers

Lots of rules these days from brands that have very little market share. Lexus started out with rules that are no longer required, such as advertising guidelines, that Cadillac and Lincoln still hold dealers to.

GM-Lyft relationship? It's complicated

General Motors has reaped financial benefits and learnings from its $500 million investment in the ride-hailing company Lyft; however, the long-term parameters of the relationship between the two remain uncertain.

Genesis aiming for 85 to 90 stores

Hyundai Motor America plans to tell dealers by year end which markets it has designated for stand-alone Genesis stores, said Brian Smith, who joined the automaker from Toyota in October.

Hybrids are better for autonomy, Ford says

Ford countered GM's vision for a large-scale self-driving car deployment in 2019 by detailing plans to launch an autonomous hybrid in 2021 for more diverse commercial uses.

On recalls, Honda goes the extra mile

It took a while for Honda to recognize the scope of its problem with bad Takata airbag inflators, but since it did, the company has led the way in finding affected vehicles and getting their owners to come in for repairs.

GM making big changes to lighten pickups

It would be the largest-scale automotive application of carbon fiber, whose long, labor-intensive production process and high cost relative to steel and aluminum have limited its use mostly to luxury vehicles and sports cars.

BMW roasts big dealer in countersuit

Megadealer Norman Braman filed a federal lawsuit against BMW in September, arguing that changes to a bonus program illegally modified franchise agreements. Now BMW has issued a scorching response.

Lamborghini bets on power with Urus SUV

Lamborghini's 650-hp, $237,000 Urus is poised to enter at the top of the ultraluxury SUV segment, which already includes the Bentley Bentayga and Mercedes-Benz G 65 AMG, with Aston Martin, Ferrari and Rolls-Royce poised to enter the fast-growing sector .

Industry right-sizes its stocks

Automakers have worked off a yearlong surplus of inventory and enter the busy December selling season with stocks slightly below normal for this time of year.

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