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BMW China dealers press automaker for more financial support
In a fresh rift between BMW AG and its distributors in China, a group of dealers said it would miss sales targets this year unless it gets better financial terms from the German luxury car maker. - Wall Street Journal, 4/15/15

Dealers balk at Sunday car shopping idea
The first time he introduced a bill to lift the ban on Sunday car sales by Illinois dealerships, state Sen. Jim Oberweis thought he’d be a hero to auto dealers. - The Telegraph, (Alton, Ill.), 4/19/15

Auto dealer fined $50,000 for ad targeting military
Middle Tennessee auto dealer, Wholesale Inc., has agreed to immediately change its advertising practices and pay the State of Tennessee $50,000, Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III announced Monday. - The Leaf-Chronicle, (Clarksville, Tenn.), 4/20/15

Car-less showrooms coming to India?
French carmaker Renault will soon allow TVS & Sons to pilot a new concept of showcasing cars on digital screens. The showroom will have no cars. - Economic Times, (India), 4/13/15

Qoros Automotive’s CEO plans to increase number of dealers to boost sales
The former China head of General Motors Co. pledged to overhaul an upstart Chinese car maker Qoros Automotive, planning to almost double its number of dealers in an effort to boost disappointing sales. - Wall Street Journal, (Shanghai, China), 4/13/15

Deputies: Suspect shot during struggle at South Carolina car dealer
The Anderson County Sheriff's Office is investigating an attempted vehicle break-in that ended in gunfire at a car dealer early Thursday morning. - FOX Carolina, 4/9/15

Police looking for thief who drove Indy 500 pace car through dealership’s window
Police are looking for someone felt the need to destroy a perfectly good replica Indy 500 pace car by driving it through a car dealership window. - Consumerist, 4/9/15

Why Warren Buffett is wrong on car-dealer model
Warren Buffett recently said he thinks the car-dealership franchise model isn't going to change. I wouldn't be so sure. - CNBC, 4/9/15

Brother of fugitive New Jersey luxury car dealer Bobby Khan arrested
The brother of fugitive luxury car dealer Afzal “Bobby” Khan is being held in the Bergen County Jail on charges stemming from an alleged auto-sales scam at the Emporio Motor Group in Ramsey. - Bergen Record, (N.J.), 4/2/15

Direct auto sales could raise car prices
There is growing political pressure in several states — including Texas, Arizona and Connecticut — to pass legislation that could curtail American consumers’ ability to price shop among competing independent dealers by allowing automakers to sell directly to the public. - Detroit News, 4/2/15

Car dealers must adapt to Tesla's challenge
It might behoove car dealers to think about adapting. - Hartford Courant, (Conn.), 4/1/15

Marco Rubio's 2016 campaign could depend on a billionaire car dealer
Billionaire car dealer Norman Braman is not your typical GOP mega donor -- and he may single-handedly keep Marco Rubio in the GOP presidential race. - Mother Jones, 3/30/15

Auto industry pumps brakes on Sunday car sales
Senate Bill 1780 would repeal the Sunday prohibition for business "offering for sale, barter, exchange, or lease for a period of one year or more, any motor vehicle, whether new or used." - Chicago Tribune, 3/30/15

3 Indiana car dealers drive change on Ind. 37 in Noblesville
Three car dealers are opening along Ind. 37 in Noblesville, transforming the highway into a sales corridor that rivals any in the metro area. - Indy Star, 3/20/15

Longtime Kansas car dealer Mel Hambelton dies at 81
Mel Hambelton was one of the last of a generation of car dealers. - The Wichita Eagle, (Kan.), 3/24/15

Honda motorsports dealership proposed in Miami
A car dealer applied to build a Honda motorsports dealership in southern Miami-Dade County. - South Florida Business Journal, 3/19/15

Car dealer admits pocketing $175,000 from customers that was meant to pay sales tax
A car dealer will be spending a year in jail after charging customers more than $175,000 in sales tax and pocketing the money, according to state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office. -, (New York), 3/19/15

FBI offers $20K reward for former Ramsey car dealer accused of conning customers out of millions
The FBI is offering up to $20,000 for anyone who can help it locate a former Ramsey car dealer accused of scamming customer and banks out of millions. -, (Newark, N.J.), 3/20/15

Uber signs deal with China auto dealer to offer discounts
Uber Technologies Inc. signed an agreement with an auto dealer in China to help partners of the ride-hailing company including car rental firms upgrade their fleets at preferential rates. - Bloomberg, 3/18/15

Trend in car pricing? At least one local car dealer says goodbye to haggling
The car shopping experience is changing and it may mean the days of negotiating are going away. - WDBJ Television, (Roanoke, Va.), 3/18/15

An open letter to Tesla, from your friendly local car dealers
According to a mock letter from Car and Driver, 85 percent of car shoppers love going to the dealer, while 15 percent super-duper love it. - Car and Driver, 3/17/15

Failed by law and courts, troops come home to repossessions
Charles Beard, a sergeant in the Army National Guard, says he was on duty in the Iraqi city of Tikrit when men came to his California home to repossess the family car. - New York Times, 3/16/15

Prosecutors claim Raymond Reggie billed car dealerships $1.2 million for ad purchases he never made
Federal prosecutors in Baton Rouge have pegged the value of the fraud committed by politically connected Mandeville businessman Raymond Reggie against a group of south Louisiana car dealerships at roughly $1.2 million. - The Advocate, (Baton Rouge, La.), 3/17/15

Christie to decide on allowing Tesla electric car company to restart sales in N.J.
The New Jersey Legislature has acted to change the anti-Tesla aw, with the state Senate today giving final legislative passage to a bill that would allow Tesla to restart sales at its two New Jersey showrooms, and to open two more. -, 3/16/15

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