BLOG: Amy Wilson

Tesla is the latest chapter in factory vs. dealer franchise fights

Posted 10:40 am U.S. ET, Jan. 27
blogs Amy Wilson covers retailing for Automotive News.
 
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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Dislike dealer franchise laws? There's a White House sign-up sheet

Posted 12:01 am U.S. ET, April 21
Just a day after Monday's Automotive News report that Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk will consider federal options in his fight with dealers over his factory-store sales model, a petition popped up on a White House Web site urging the Obama administration to overturn state franchise laws.Musk tweeted a link to the petition on Wednesday, asking supporters to "please vote here." ...
     Continue reading "Dislike dealer franchise laws? There's a White House sign-up sheet" » Apr 21, 2013 12:01 am U.S. ET
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