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Cadillac retailers in wait-and-see over Pinnacle changes

Cadillac's dealer council hasn't decided yet whether to endorse Project Pinnacle, brand chief Johan de Nysschen's overhaul of the standards retailers must meet and the way they are paid. That's because Cadillac's dealer body is still waiting to see the final product before it takes effect April 1.

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Cadillac retailers in wait-and-see over Pinnacle changes

Cadillac's dealer council hasn't decided yet whether to endorse Project Pinnacle, brand chief Johan de Nysschen's overhaul of the standards retailers must meet and the way they are paid. That's because Cadillac's dealer body is still waiting to see the final product before it takes effect April 1.


Hyundai vows to refine marketing

Hyundai will spend 2017 making "better" better. Seeking to revive its image as a challenger brand and to boost morale among dealers, the automaker plans to spend the year honing the "Make Things Better" message that it first released during the 2016 Super Bowl.


Ford targets retail market share growth

Ford Motor Co. is hoping to ride its biggest vehicles to an increased retail market share in 2017. The automaker's executives told dealers last week that they're targeting 13 percent retail market share, a slight increase from last year.


Infiniti dealers expect fresh products in '17

Infiniti's redesigned QX50 crossover could become the brand's volume leader when it reaches showrooms in the fourth quarter of 2017, dealers were told at the annual Infiniti franchise make meeting.


Acura details plans to update TLX

Acura's midsize TLX sedan will use an upcoming refresh to visually distinguish the four-cylinder and six-cylinder models and will add an enthusiast-oriented A-Spec model.


VW dealers move past diesel scandal

With a lineup richer in crossovers on the horizon and a costly and distracting diesel scandal behind them, Volkswagen dealers are back to focusing on their core business after their make meeting at the NADA convention.


More light trucks headed to Mercedes dealerships

Mercedes-Benz is working on getting more trucks to U.S. dealerships to alleviate inventory shortages, including more units of the hot GLC compact crossover. Dealers are seeking profit gains, and the company aims to work with dealers to continue streamlining dealer programs.


Impreza cure for the sedan blues

It's no secret that sedan sales have dipped in recent years as consumers turn to more versatile crossovers. But when it comes to the Impreza, Subaru dealer John Ellis sees a different story.


Kia may limit dealers who can sell Stinger

Kia's new Stinger luxury hatchback was the hit of the Detroit auto show when it debuted in January, and the brand has big plans for its impact on Kia's image. But not all dealers will get to sell the Stinger when it arrives to market late this year.


FCA pares fleet sales to lift residuals

Fiat Chrysler has pared its daily rental fleet sales and will do so even further to boost its lineup's sagging residual values and make leasing more affordable, dealers said.

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