Dealers

Racketeering case against M-B store fails

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

A Texas Mercedes-Benz store that stopped selling factory parts to a repair shop whose owner testified against it in a lawsuit has beaten an allegation of civil racketeering by the shop and its owner.... Read More »

Updated Smart ForTwo convertible is due next summer

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

The convertible version of the redesigned Smart ForTwo will debut next month at the Frankfurt auto show and go on sale in the U.S. early next summer.... Read More »

PHOTO ESSAY

Getting the luxury treatment at Porsche's Experience Center

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

Porsche employees moved into the company's new $100 million U.S. headquarters in Atlanta in January. The integrated Porsche Experience Center, a test track and other attractions, were unveiled in early May. Now U.S. dealers are using the facility to entertain clients.... Read More »

Dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

Dealers featured this week include Michael Kennedy at Kennedy Ford in Sheboygan Falls, Wis.; Brian Kelly at Kelly Infiniti in Danvers, Mass.; and James Petty at Giant Chevrolet-Cadillac in Visalia, Calif.... Read More »

25 with Hyundai

Dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2015

Michael Schmitz, principal owner of Hyundai of Dothan in Dothan, Ala., receives a 25-year award from Dave Zuchowski, CEO of Hyundai Motor America.... Read More »

Sanderson's showpiece

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 24, 2015

Sanderson Ford in Glendale, Ariz., has a 1950s-style stainless steel diner and a 15,000-square-foot museum of classic cars and memorabilia. The facilities help the store connect with the community, hosting fundraisers, car shows and other events.... Read More »

BEST PRACTICES

Connecticut offers EV rebates to jolt sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 23, 2015

In May, Connecticut became the first state to offer cash-on-the-hood rebates to customers who buy EVs or plug-in hybrids, such as the Nissan Leaf, Chevrolet Volt or and Ford C-Max Energi.... Read More »

North America churning out vehicle records

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 22, 2015

Production of cars and trucks in North America is running at historic levels. In July, 1,382,380 vehicles were produced, an increase of 6.9 percent and a new record for the month. It also marked the 48th straight month in which North American output surpassed 1 million.... Read More »

Hot July thins inventory

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2015

U.S. light vehicle inventory is a bit leaner than it was a month earlier after July's surprisingly strong auto sales pace. The Aug. 1 inventory is down 174,100 units from July 1 to 3,415,100.... Read More »

Harley-Davidson seeks dealer diversity

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2015

Harley-Davison Motor Company, whose customer-base and dealership network is mostly white and mostly male, wants to become more culturally diverse. The company is interested in adding minority dealers and the annual NAMAD conference is a good place to find candidates.... Read More »

Fleet buyers eased off in July

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2015

Consumers really did overachieve on those unexpectedly robust July auto sales, because many fleet buyers took the month off.... Read More »

Lexus revs for run at luxury title

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10, 2015

Thanks to the NX small crossover, Lexus bested BMW and Mercedes-Benz in July sales and is poised to take a serious run at the luxuxy sales crown.... Read More »

Ohio's future dealers learn to lobby, network

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10, 2015

Ohio Automobile Dealers Association's Next Gen Dealer Program helps budding dealers learn legislative issues, processes and network.... Read More »

Dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10, 2015

Dealers featured this week include Kip Lager, president of Lager's Inc. (Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram) in St. Peter, Minn.; David and Doug Waikem of Waikem Honda in Massillon, Ohio; and David Halvorson, dealer principal at American Chevrolet in Modesto, Calif.... Read More »

Bet the Uber

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10, 2015

Toyota of Plano offers its best deals to Uber drivers, who make up about 6 percent of the store's new-car buyers and provide word-of-mouth advertising for the dealership.... Read More »

Scion's single-trim strategy benefits dealers but also has risks

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 8, 2015

Plenty of automakers limit the number of a la carte options or even packages as a way to reduce manufacturing complexity and time. For Scion, the rationale is different.... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

TrueCar raises dealers' selling costs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

TrueCar wants to leach money from dealerships by trying to create an unnecessary third-party intermediary in the purchase process. All it does is raise the selling costs of participating dealers.... Read More »

AutoNation's online pilots edge forward

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

AutoNation Inc. says the rollout of AutoNation Express, its online car-selling platform, is ahead of schedule. But the retailer has slowed two key elements of the platform.... Read More »

35 with Mazda

Dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Thane Hawkins, left, dealer principal at Polar Mazda in White Bear Lake, Minn., receives a 35-year award from Scott Farabee, Mazda North American Operations' Midwest regional general manager.... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Painter's business model is flawed

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Scott Painter's model is flawed if he needs to access dealer data to determine who his customer is.... Read More »

Penske reports strong 2nd quarter, expands its online sales pilot

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Penske Automotive Group reported big gains in second-quarter net income on rising unit sales and a solid performance in all business segments. It also said it is expanding its online sales initiative.... Read More »

TrueCar, Sonic settle suit over 'True' usage

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

TrueCar Inc. and Sonic Automotive Inc. have reached a settlement in TrueCar's lawsuit against the dealership group over trademark infringement.... Read More »

Infiniti: App will add sales panache

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Infiniti launches a tablet software tool to help streamline its showroom process.... Read More »

SHAREHOLDER VALUE REPORT

Retailers, suppliers pace 2nd-quarter shareholder returns

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

Shareholder returns among global automakers in the second quarter drooped in a down global economy, but U.S. publicly owned retailers and global suppliers handily outperformed most indexes.... Read More »

Dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

Dealers featured this week include members of the Brasher family at Brasher Motor Co. (Buick-Chevrolet-GMC) in Weimar, Texas; Hilary Haron and Randy Haron of Haron Land Rover in Fresno, Calif.; and Joseph Suresky, dealer principal of Suresky Hyundai in Goshen, N.Y.... Read More »

 
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