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Nissan gets new U.S. sales boss; Meunier takes Infiniti role

Nissan has promoted former Saturn executive Dan Mohnke to lead sales and marketing for the brand in the United States; he succeeds Christian Meunier, who becomes a global vice president for Infiniti.

Sonic issues earnings warning because of hurricanes

Sonic Automotive lowered its estimated third-quarter results because of devastating storm damage, but kept its full-year forecast unchanged.


Tesla's former battery director joins farming startup Plenty

Tesla's former director of battery technology has joined Plenty to lead the vertical farming startup's plan to build indoor growing rooms around the world.

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Braman sues BMW, Audi over bonuses

The lawsuits by the big Florida luxury group say changes to incentive programs amount to unfair and illegal alterations to their franchise agreements.

Triple damage award stands

A Little Falls, N.J., Toyota dealership that canceled a RAV4 owner's extended service contract without telling her or sending a refund also failed to persuade an appeals court to overturn her triple damage award.

Darwin parent hits Reynolds with suit

Superior Integrated Solutions, owner of Darwin Automotive, filed an antitrust suit against Reynolds for indirectly blocking Superior's access to dealership systems.

Dealer: Toyota retaliated over recall software

A Toyota dealer and his two California stores have accused Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. of fraud and bad faith, alleging it took retaliatory action after the dealer developed software to notify owners about open recalls.

UAW-FCA case grows as a 4th is charged

Four people have now been charged in connection with a $4.5 million embezzlement case involving the UAW and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. The ongoing federal investigation appears likely to ensnare more high-ranking officials.

California Ford store's win overturned in Spanish-language case

California dealerships that negotiate with a customer primarily in Spanish must provide a Spanish-language translation of his or her sales contract, even if that customer also speaks English. That's the lesson from the California Court of Appeal as it held a Ford dealership in Tustin, Calif., liable for failing to do so.

Fraud claim revived against Illinois store

A Chicago-area Fiat Chrysler Automobiles dealership will be spending more time in court over a claim it committed fraud when it sold a Dodge Charger as new despite repair work to the roof.

Markup checks bring charges

The former general manager of Ford Motor and Fiat Chrysler dealerships in Jasper, Ala., faces prison, a $250,000 fine and $914,000 in restitution if convicted of conspiracy, bank fraud and wire fraud in an alleged scheme to rip off the stores.

Toyota's massive repair job

A proposed legal settlement to replace rusting truck frames will translate into complex shop work for Toyota dealers.

Dealership group loses suit over Volvo incentive plan

Dealers often complain about incentive programs that favor exclusive dealerships over ones that share space with other brands. But a dealership group that sued over such unequal treatment has had its day in court, and lost.

Dealership challenge foiled by letter of the law

When Rick Case Maserati applied to open a new point in Davie, Fla., nearby competitor Maserati of Fort Lauderdale wasn't pleased. So it filed a protest with the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. Now, after multiple legal battles, the Fort Lauderdale store has given up its fight.

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