Dealer Groups and Dealerships

FCA's sales streak rides on minivans

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 29, 2016

If Fiat Chrysler ekes out its 74th consecutive year-over-year sales increase in May, as expected, it will likely do so with a big assist from a segment often dismissed as a has-been -- minivans.... Read More »

Leasing drives boom in outstanding Q1 auto loan balances

11:45 am U.S. ET | May 25, 2016

The combined outstanding balance for auto loans and leases jumped 12 percent in the first quarter, bolstered by a 28 percent surge in leasing, according to part one of Experian's latest State of the Automotive Finance Market report. Lease balance hit $76.9 billion in the quarter; loan balance jumped 11 percent to $1.005 trillion.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: Bigland new Alfa, Maserati chief

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 24, 2016

FCA's Bigland named Alfa, Maserati chief; Toyota adds 1.6M vehicles to airbag recall; Tesla loses in N.C.; Report: Nissan may sell stake in supplier; Still not sold on self-driving.... Read More »

North Carolina denies Tesla a dealership license

4:49 pm U.S. ET | May 23, 2016

North Carolina denied Tesla Motors' bid to attain a second dealership license in the state, saying the automaker must go through a third-party dealership group.... Read More »

Penske rolls out online shopping across U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 23, 2016

Penske Automotive Group's Preferred Purchase online shopping tool will be available on all 115 of its U.S. dealerships' websites by month end.... Read More »

RouteOne CEO departs for FordDirect

11:30 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2016

Mike Jurecki, after 14 years as CEO of RouteOne, will leave the company to take the same title at FordDirect, effective June 6. FordDirect is a joint venture between Ford Motor and its Ford and Lincoln retailers. It offers dealers digital marketing and advertising services, call tracking, lead management solutions, dealer websites and search optimization.... Read More »

BEST PRACTICES

For Lamborghini dealer, Instagram clicks

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 16, 2016

Brett David, CEO of Prestige Imports Lamborghini in North Miami Beach, Fla., primarily uses social media such as Instagram to promote the muscular, aggressive-looking exotic cars he sells.... Read More »

Tech appeal

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 16, 2016

A sampling of online ads seeking auto mechanics... Read More »

FIXED ON A CAREER

Auto-tech contest winners got the bug early

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 16, 2016

The winners of this year's National Automotive Technology Competition found their love of working on cars early. That clear focus helped convince their parents of the wisdom of pursuing careers as automotive technicians.... Read More »

FIGHTING FICTION

Grandpa's 'grease monkey' label hampers tech recruitment

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 16, 2016

Despite the high-tech skills required of technicians, the grease monkey label persists. Recruiters say that can make it tough to convince parents that it's a wise career choice for their children.... Read More »

RAISING LIFT SAFETY

Fixed ops boss and supplier innovate to light the way

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 16, 2016

Here's how the fixed ops boss at Larry H. Miller Dealerships and a lift supplier worked together to improve the safety of mechanics working under two tons of automobile.... Read More »

M-B pickup decision will be 'whenever'

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 15, 2016

Mercedes-Benz USA's new CEO says no timetable exists for deciding whether to bring a new midsize pickup under development to the U.S.... Read More »

Subprime lender GO Financial pulls out of auto loan market

5:00 am U.S. ET | May 12, 2016

Subprime lender GO Financial, which began originating auto loans in December 2011, has pulled out of the origination market as part of a shift in strategy.... Read More »

Manheim expands vehicle inspections to meet selling dealers' needs

4:19 pm U.S. ET | May 10, 2016

Manheim is expanding its vehicle inspection services -- and testing enhancements to those services -- to accommodate the growing number of dealers who want condition reports on vehicles they buy and sell at auction, the company said today.... Read More »

EDITORIAL

3rd-party providers and auto retailers must work together

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 9, 2016

After a rancorous and public breakup in July, AutoNation and TrueCar are working together again -- a reconciliation that is a welcome sign for U.S. auto retailing.... Read More »

Is the F&I manager an endangered species?

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 9, 2016

While experts are mixed on whether the F&I manager position will be around much longer, they agree that the F&I role is evolving.... Read More »

AutoCanada's Q1 net jumps 46%, but dealership group cuts dividend

10:12 am U.S. ET | May 6, 2016

AutoCanada's first-quarter net surged 46 percent to $7.3 million Canadian ($5.6 million U.S.) as revenue rose 5.3 percent to C$666.9 million, due largely to dealership acquisitions over the past year.... Read More »

VIDEO: First Shift: GM, Lyft to test self-driving

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 6, 2016

GM, Lyft to test self-driving taxis; TrueCar posts Q1 loss; Ford's clean-diesel move; '17 Honda Ridgeline output begins; New angle on car color; Museum's Mustang mashup.... Read More »

TrueCar losses stabilize as dealer count rebounds

5:35 pm U.S. ET | May 5, 2016

Car-shopping website TrueCar posted a first-quarter loss of $11.7 million, up slightly from $11.6 million, as the company expanded its roster of dealers and had a hand in more transactions.... Read More »

Off-lease cars, repos buoy ADESA Q1 revenue, profits

2:55 pm U.S. ET | May 4, 2016

The parent company of ADESA reported double-digit increases in net income and revenue in its fiscal first quarter, which ended March 31, largely due to a strong performance by the auction giant. Auction revenue benefited from an increase in the number of off-lease and repossessed vehicles.... Read More »

CU Direct's credit union network reaps biggest gain in auto originations

11:45 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2016

Credit unions on CU Direct's lending network as a group reaped more growth in originations during the first quarter than any individual bank or captive among the top 10 auto lenders. After CU Direct, Chase Auto Finance reported the most significant rise in originations at 8.8 percent, slightly more than half the growth of CU Direct.... Read More »

Why Lithia plans to ratchet up tech hires

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 2, 2016

Lithia Motors expects its service and parts business -- both warranty and customer-pay -- to rise due to the back-up of recalled vehicles and the increased number of cars on the road.... Read More »

Braman technician training becomes a community service

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 2, 2016

Dealer Norman Braman gives back to the Miami community by giving its young adults all-expenses-paid training to become service technicians.... Read More »

AutoNation, TrueCar kiss and make up

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 2, 2016

Here's how TrueCar successfully wooed AutoNation to resume using it as a third-party lead provider, reversing their bitter July 2015 split.... Read More »

KRISHNAN M. ANANTHARAMAN

Fixing the U.S. recall loophole is a job for 'someone else'

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 2, 2016

Last year, AutoNation staked out a bold and admirable position on recalls, pledging to go beyond federal law and not sell new or used vehicles with pending recalls. Turns out, AutoNation couldn't live up to its promise.... Read More »

 
Why Mercedes is overtaking German rivals in China


12:01 am U.S. ET | May 27 2016

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Mercedes which used to be far behind Audi and BMW in China's luxury market, is rapidly closing the g ...
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McLaren goes to new heights with the 570GT

Douglas A. Bolduc
2:45 am U.S. ET | May 26 2016 UPDATED: May 26 15:45 CET -- adds photos

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McLaren went to new heights for the media launch of its latest model. ...
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Germany deserves rebuff from Italy and Fiat

Christiaan Hetzner
10:20 am U.S. ET | May 25 2016

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No European government looks good when it comes to auto industry oversight, but Germany appears to b ...
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Entrusting my life to Audi's self-driving car

Christiaan Hetzner
7:44 am U.S. ET | May 18 2016

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Having entrusted my life to quite a few frightening and potentially defective roller coasters in my ...
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VW pays out high rewards for failure

Christiaan Hetzner
6:15 am U.S. ET | May 17 2016

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UK hedge fund TCI says VW Group's top management together will have been paid about 400 million euro ...
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Risk rises for in-car buttons as gestures take control

Douglas A. Bolduc
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 15 2016

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The future of in-car switches and buttons looks uncertain as Continental has developed a solution th ...
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In Paris, a feast of urban mobility options

Bradford Wernle
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 13 2016

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If you want to see how a future city without cars is beginning to take shape, take a quick trip to P ...
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VW is wrong to seek to clear its leadership over its diesel scandal


4:41 am U.S. ET | May 12 2016

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Volkswagen's plan to ask shareholders at its annual meeting to ratify the actions of its management ...
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Radio's surprising role in race to reduce CO2

Douglas A. Bolduc
7:39 am U.S. ET | May 12 2016

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Audi disagrees with radio broadcasters in Europe that FM, digital and internet audio services need to be offered side by side in future cars because the move would hamper... ...
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Audi could be mulling a Maybach rival

Jay Ramey
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11 2016

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Audi is thinking about taking on Mercedes-Benz at the very top of the luxury market by fielding a mo ...
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VW Group sales flat as Audi, Skoda growth eclipsed by core brand's decline
VW Group sales were flat last month as growth at Audi and Skoda failed to offset a decline in delive ...
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European car sales rise 9% in April; VW brand back to growth
European new-car sales rose 9 percent in April with nearly all automakers recording sales increases ...
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Russia car sales fall to 10-year low
New-car sales in Russia fell 8. ...
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Western Europe car sales increase 8% in April
Western European car registrations increased 8 percent in April as demand rose last month in Germany ...
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UK car sales rise 2% in April
UK new-car registrations rose 2 percent last month even as sales of the market's three best-selling ...
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German car sales rose 8% in April, adding to France, Italy, Spain gains
German new-car registrations rose 8 percent in April, joining robust growth in France, Italy and Spa ...
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French car sales rise nearly 7% in April
French new-car sales rose nearly 7 percent in April, boosted by strong gains at foreign automakers i ...
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European car sales rise 6% in March but VW brand dips
European new-car sales rose nearly 6 percent last month despite a fall in sales for Volkswagen's cor ...
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Russia's March car sales drop 10% as decline slows
New-car sales in Russia fell 10 percent in March, the smallest decline in 15 months, causing a leadi ...
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Western Europe car sales rise 5% in March
Western European car sales rose 5.2 percent in March on strong growth in the UK, France and Italy. F ...
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Porsche names IT expert Koslowski as head of a new digital unit
Porsche named automotive IT expert Thilo Koslowski as head of a newly created digital unit tasked wi ...
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Porsche names IT expert Koslowski as head of a new digital unit
Porsche named automotive IT expert Thilo Koslowski as head of a newly created digital unit tasked wi ...
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Alfa and Maserati get new chief
Reid Bigland replaces Harald Wester as head of Alfa Romeo and Maserati. Bigland will also continue a ...
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Cadillac Europe's chief to lead the brand in China
Andreas Schaaf, Cadillac's European chief, has been appointed the brand's vice president for China, ...
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Tesla taps Audi exec to oversee manufacturing
Tesla hired Audi executive Peter Hochholdinger as vice president of vehicle production. ...
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Qatar will nominate former IT minister to VW board
Volkswagen investor Qatar will nominate former IT minister Hessa Al-Jaber to represent the emirate o ...
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Nissan adds a sustainability chief
Nissan appointed its first chief sustainability officer, charged with leading the company on such issues as resource conservation, vehicle safety, quality and fuel efficiency. ...
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PSA's marketing revamp will be headed by Renault veteran
PSA Group's new head of sales and marketing, Stephen Norman, will lead an overhaul of the automaker' ...
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Porsche development chief Hatz to leave company
Porsche said its development chief, Wolfgang Hatz, has left the company amid parent VW Group's emiss ...
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BMW promotes Petter Witt to N.A. vice president of operations
BMW has rewarded a regional manager who “fully embraced” the automaker's efforts to create its Future Retail dealership standards. ...
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Audi SQ7's electric compressor banishes turbo lag
Audi's SQ7 is the world's first production vehicle equipped with an electric powered compressor, whi ...
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F-Pace set to become Jaguar's top-seller
Jaguar expects the F-Pace to become the brand's best-selling model to date after record advance sale ...
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Porsche turbocharges new Boxster
Porsche is repositioning its latest Boxster with a new name, a higher price tag, and a new four-cyli ...
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Toyota counts on big boost from greener, zippier Prius
Toyota expects to solidify its position as the region's leader in hybrid sales with the new Prius, w ...
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High-tech E class pushes Mercedes ahead of rivals
Mercedes-Benz makes a big leap toward self-driving cars with the new E class, which debuts a hands-f ...
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Kia renews Sportage but drops the price
Kia has reduced the price of its new Sportage in the key German market even though the SUV is roomie ...
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Audi focuses on battery to make Q7 e-tron stand out from plug-in rivals
Audi expects its Q7 e-tron plug-in hybrid to stand out from a fast-growing list of competitors that ...
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Subaru wants Levorg to help brand forget losing Legacy
Subaru expects its new Levorg station wagon to have success in Europe that eluded the vehicle it rep ...
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SsangYong adds diesel, awd to Tivoli SUV
SsangYong hopes the addition of a diesel engine will boost sales of its Tivoli in Europe's booming s ...
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Range Rover Evoque convertible is not a 'niche too far'
Land Rover says its Range Rover Evoque created a new niche for sporty premium compact SUVs when the ...
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Suppliers to the new Alfa Romeo Giulia
Assembly of the all-new Alfa Romeo Giulia began in March at parent Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s ...
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Suppliers to the new Audi A4
Assembly of the fifth-generation Audi A4 began in July 2015 at Audi's factory in Ingolstadt, Germany ...
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Suppliers to the new Skoda Superb
Assembly of the third-generation Skoda Superb began in April 2015 at Skoda's factory in Kvasiny, Cze ...
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Suppliers to the new Ford S-Max
Assembly of the second-generation Ford S-Max began in May 2015 at Ford's factory in Valencia, Spain. ...
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Suppliers to the new Mercedes GLC
Production of the first-generation Mercedes-Benz GLC began in June 2015 at parent Daimler's factory ...
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Suppliers to the new Jaguar XF
Assembly of the second-generation Jaguar XF began in June 2015 at Jaguar Land Rover's factory in Cas ...
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