Sheehy Ford Ashland's new dealership was built for one main purpose: to expand its service business. The new store in Ashland, Va., opened in June with seven additional Quick Lane service bays, new tire displays, larger tire inventory and more technicians and service advisers.
Selling tires is fine. But what Nestor Alvarez really likes about tires is that they provide an opportunity to sell alignment, brakes and other items in his dealership's service department. Alvarez is the service manager at Land Rover North Dade, a Miami dealership.
Toyota Motor Corp. rebounded sharply in 2012 to pass General Motors and Volkswagen AG and reclaim the global sales crown. But in 2013, all three automakers have a shot at taking the top spot and cracking the 10 million unit barrier.
Dealer Dick Olson and his wife, Debbie, are active in prison-ministry outreach through their church. Olson, who is president of Bison Ford in Great Falls, Mont., hands out books and Bibles to inmates weekly.
For Atlanta dealer Jim Ellis, a longtime contributor to mental illness causes, the connection is personal. Ellis and his wife of nearly 60 years, Billie, experienced the devastation that mental illness can cause when their son, Greg Ellis, was diagnosed with schizophrenia.
In April, parents flocked to Smith South Plains Ford-Lincoln-Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram in Levelland, Texas, to have qualified technicians check their vehicles' child safety seats for proper sizing and installation.
Working with kids and young adults has been a longtime passion for Paul Moak Jr. The second-generation dealer, with stores housing Honda, Subaru and Volvo cars in Jackson, Miss., grew up in Scouting and has been active in it as an adult.
When Tari Cash was trying to break into the auto business in 2008, her father, a Harvard University business professor, suggested she contact a former student and car dealer, Marcy Maguire, who might make time for a phone call or a job lead.
California megadealer David Wilson estimates that he and his dealerships have given away about $10 million over the years. But it's one of his smaller outlays that has commanded attention the past two years.
Most Sundays, a line of dirty cars waits to visit Glenn E. Thomas Dodge-Chrysler-Jeep-Ram. Almost every weekend for the past two decades, the dealership has hosted a charity car wash for local school and college groups from the Long Beach, Calif., area.
The most fun Valery Voyles has all year is when she hands over car keys to four dedicated teachers in her community each fall. Those teachers are all winners of local Teacher of the Year programs in suburban Atlanta, where Voyles, 56, runs her family's six dealerships.
Jay Cimino's childhood town, Trinidad, Colo., needed better health care. So in 2005 Cimino founded the Trinidad Community Foundation to raise money for health care and education. But he needed a place for Trinidad residents to go to get that health care.
Most Tuesday evenings Dick Olson is in prison. But not as an inmate. Dick and his wife, Debbie, distribute books and Bibles to more than 400 inmates at the Cascade County Regional Detention Facility in Great Falls, Mont.
Ask Colorado and Texas dealer Mike Shaw why he devotes so much time and passion to honoring the military personnel in his region, and he enthusiastically describes the dangerous and demanding job that the U.S. armed forces face every day.
Launched as Nissan Motor Co.'s Japanese luxury brand in 1989, Infiniti has had the odd history of never being offered in its home market. Infiniti's worldwide president wants to change that and introduce the brand to the nation that created it.
Automakers spent millions of dollars last night to be memorable. Automotive News’ 30,000-plus Twitter followers were eager to praise some commercials, while shredding others like wild dogs on fresh steak.
Japanese automakers are about to make another run at challenging Detroit's dominance in trucks. When it comes to pickups, loyalty runs deep. There is no model more important or more zealously defended by Detroit. The $8,000 to $10,000 in gross profit each truck hauls in for U.S.
AutoNation Inc.'s move to put its corporate name on most of its stores signals the next wave for a dealership business model that has moved from exclusively mom-and-pop stores in a short period of time. Some other large dealership groups -- Sonic Automotive Inc.
They are big and boring-looking, but light commercial vehicles are crucial to the financial health of many European volume brands. LCVs provide hefty profits -- as high as 9 percent -- and that cash has been invaluable to Renault, Fiat, Peugeot and Opel.
A fresh wave of enthusiasm for fuel cell vehicles among automakers is running up against an old problem. It's a Catch-22. Carmakers are reluctant to build fuel cell vehicles in significant volume without stations to refuel them.
Nissan North America Chairman Jose Munoz has a tough goal to meet: Raise the combined U.S. market share of the Nissan and Infiniti brands from 8.4 percent last year to 10 percent by March of 2017. » Watch the Video