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| Jim Henry is a special correspondent for Automotive News.|
SAN FRANCISCO -- Bill Fox, incoming NADA chairman, tripped and fell in San Francisco earlier this week, requiring five stitches in his chin and three trips to the dentist so far for repairs, according to outgoing NADA Chairman Forrest McConnnell.
McConnell subbed for Fox in a presentation Thursday at the American Financial Services Association Vehicle Finance Conference. ...
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| Larry P. Vellequette covers FCA for Automotive News.|
SAN FRANCISCO -- There are six basic questions that journalists use to write and explain what’s going on around us. They’re expressed very simply, but on occasion, incredibly hard to answer.
Who? What? Where? When? Why? And How?
And when you think about Jeep -- specifically the brand that tallied over 1 million global sales in 2014, including 692,348 sales in the U.S. -- most of thos ...
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| Dave Versical is Automotive News' director of editorial operations.|
Dealers spoke. NADA listened. So this year’s convention started a day earlier, to get you home for the entire last-week-of-the-month sales push.
That nod to time is a rising industry issue.
We hear a lot about the 60-minute transaction. The thinking: Impatient millennials will be drawn to stores that can close a deal on a $30,000 car in just twice the time Domino’s delivers a pizza.
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| James B. Treece is a News Editor at Automotive News.|
Maybe you saw this: Four states received a “Luddite Award” from a Washington, D.C., think tank for laws preventing Tesla from opening its own stores.
The four -- Arizona, Michigan, New Jersey and Texas -- collectively were one of 10 organizations or individuals that got the dubious award for having “done the most in 2014 to smash the engines of innovation,” the Information ...
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| Jamie LaReau covers the automotive retail beat for Automotive News.|
DETROIT -- Even in good times, there are things that will keep most dealers awake at night.
At the Detroit auto show last week, I sat down with the outgoing chairman of the National Automobile Dealers Association, Forrest McConnell, and the incoming chairman, Bill Fox, to talk about what gives them restless nights.
On the surface everything seems wonderful: Many analysts are calling for a 17 mil ...
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