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Joe Herman's lessons about the business will live on

Posted 9:46 am U.S. ET, Nov. 8
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Joe Herman joined the Kuni Automotive Group in 2010 as COO and helped double the group's annual revenue from under $500 million to $1.05 billion in 2013.
ATLANTA -- When my friend and former colleague Donna Harris left Automotive News in 2011, she suggested I get to know retailer Joe Herman. I talked to him on the phone here and there over the next couple of years -- he was always helpful and accessible -- but I never met Joe in person until early this year at the NADA convention in New Orleans. We made plans to meet on Su ...
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How two old friends made the AutoNation-Barrier deal happen

Posted 11:01 am U.S. ET, Sept. 11
Jimmy Barrier’s decision to sell his Seattle-area luxury-brand dealerships to AutoNation Inc. was more than 30 years in the making. That’s how far back Barrier goes with AutoNation CEO Mike Jackson. They met at manufacturer meetings in the 1970s, when Barrier was a partner in stores in his hometown of Charlotte, N.C., and Jackson was managing partner of a deal ...
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Tesla is the latest chapter in factory vs. dealer franchise fights

Posted 10:40 am U.S. ET, Jan. 27
NEW ORLEANS -- When it comes to Tesla CEO Elon Musk and the franchise system, Connecticut dealer Jeff Aiosa says he's seen this movie before. Manufacturers will keep challenging dealer protection laws, and dealers will keep pushing back.Like many other dealers I've spoken with here in New Orleans, Aiosa believes that dealer franchise laws will hold up despite Musk's threat ...
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Can dealers push back like it's 1989?

Posted 12:18 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 26
NEW ORLEANS -- Twenty-five years ago this month, Ron Tonkin rolled into New Orleans ready to take on the automakers.“Like the characters from the movie 'Network,' we're mad as hell and we're not going to take it anymore,” Tonkin vowed as he became president of the National Automobile Dealers Association for 1989.A legend was born. When he died last week at 82, ...
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2014 Detroit auto show: Why Porsche fans like the 'real' 911 Targa

Posted 1:22 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 13
With the 2014 model unveiled today at the Detroit auto show, Porsche aficionados are applauding the return of what some describe as the "real" 911 Targa.The difference with this model versus the sports car brand's recent iterations of the semi-convertible variant? It's all about the Targa roof bar, which debuted on the original 911 Targa show car in 1965. Porsche ditched t ...
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