Dealer Groups and Dealerships

TrueCar hit with another dealer lawsuit

3:01 pm U.S. ET | July 31, 2015

A group of 100 auto dealerships that are part of TrueCar's network are suing the online car-buying service for not disclosing to consumers the nature of the fees that dealers pay the company for each sale.... Read More »

Penske Automotive Q2 earnings rise 29.5%

9:06 am U.S. ET | July 29, 2015

Penske Automotive Group reported second-quarter net income rose 29 percent driven largely by a higher volume of vehicle sales and a solid performance in all business segments.... Read More »

CDK sees 25 percent profit growth in 2016

3:37 pm U.S. ET | July 29, 2015

CDK Global CEO Steve Anenen predicted that earnings at the dealership software giant would jump in its 2016 fiscal year. On the strength of cost-cutting and better bundling of software products, CDK Global expects adjusted earnings to rise at least 25 percent in 2016 on revenue growth of 4 to 5 percent, Anenen told analysts during a year-end earnings call today.... Read More »

TrueCar, Sonic settle trademark lawsuit

3:00 pm U.S. ET | July 29, 2015

TrueCar and Sonic Automotive reached a settlement in TrueCar's lawsuit against the dealership group over trademark infringement. As part of the deal, Sonic agreed to transfer to TrueCar all rights to and use of its True Price, True View and all other True-related marks. Sonic also will lift a ban on using TrueCar at its dealerships.... Read More »

Public retailers boost F&I profits in Q2

12:30 pm U.S. ET | July 29, 2015

F&I profits increased at all six of the largest public new-car retailers in the second quarter. The nation's largest retailer, AutoNation, led the way with F&I revenue per new vehicle retailed of $1,528 on a same-store basis.... Read More »

HANNAH LUTZ

BLOG: AutoNation, Group 1 are neck and neck in F&I race

12:30 pm U.S. ET | July 29, 2015

AutoNation overtook former frontrunner Group 1 Automotive for the top spot among the public retailers in F&I profit per vehicle in the second quarter. Or did it? It depends on how you measure.... Read More »

As dealership sales climb, margins slide

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

On the surface, second-quarter results from five publicly traded dealership groups last week were solid. But behind the gains lurked a disturbing trend: At all five, profit margins on new-vehicle sales fell.... Read More »

TrueCar works on relationships

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

TrueCar's dealer relations ranks are getting a tune-up this summer, with a longtime industry insider leaving and two new execs joining the company. Separately, the company said problems converting enough shoppers into buyers hurt its second-quarter results.... Read More »

Energy prices, flood waters are no match for Group 1

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

From the outside, one might assume Houston's Group 1 would be hurting. But its adjusted net income jumped 20 percent to a second-quarter record of $47.9 million, as revenue climbed 8.6 percent to $2.73 billion.... 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 »

JASON STEIN

Store renovation blues are back

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

If you think you've just been transported to February 2012, you're right. Dealership renovations are hotter than the dealers who are steaming mad about them.... Read More »

TrueCar calls second quarter a 'wake-up call'; shares plunge

9:20 pm U.S. ET | July 23, 2015

TrueCar's CEO warned the online car-shopping company will miss its previous guidance on second-quarter earnings, calling the shortfall a “wake-up call to focus on the business.”... Read More »

Group 1 profit up 20% on record revenue

7:45 am U.S. ET | July 23, 2015

Group 1 Automotive reported strong second quarter earnings, thanks to rising vehicle sales and firm pricing in the U.S. and the United Kingdom, and improvements in its Brazilian division despite tough economic conditions in that country.... Read More »

JAMES B. TREECE

BLOG: Group 1 makes terrific lemonade

1:03 pm U.S. ET | July 23, 2015

Don't feel sorry for Group 1 Automotive. They're doing just fine, thank you. More than fine, in fact.... Read More »

Lithia prepares for next acquisition

1:41 pm U.S. ET | July 22, 2015

Lithia Motors expects its DCH Auto Group division to acquire more stores in a major coastal market in the next few months.... Read More »

Sonic rethinks the appeal of captive finance arm

11:30 am U.S. ET | July 22, 2015

Wary of regulators, Sonic Automotive is slowing its plans to establish a captive finance arm. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s investigations and citations of automakers’ finance arms have given Sonic pause.... Read More »

AutoNation's Q2 net rises 15%; revenue up 9%

8:00 am U.S. ET | July 22, 2015

AutoNation's net income rose 15 percent in the second quarter from the year-earlier period to $115.1 million. Revenue rose 9 percent to $5.22 billion, boosted by higher sales of premium luxury, domestic and import brands, and higher results in new vehicles, used vehicles, parts and service, and finance and insurance operations.... Read More »

Lithia's Q2 net jumps 34% on DCH purchase

9:19 am U.S. ET | July 22, 2015

Lithia Motors' second-quarter profit and revenue soared, largely because of its acquisition last year of DCH Auto Group along with improving new- and used-vehicle sales volumes.... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR FROM SCOTT PAINTER

TrueCar does not misuse dealer data

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20, 2015

Some media reports have raised concerns about how TrueCar uses data. The truth is TrueCar has requested the same data from our dealer partners for 10 years. We have never sold the data. We do not use the data for marketing. Suggestions that TrueCar may misuse data are untrue and misleading.... Read More »

Painter: 'A very deliberate step on our part'

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 13, 2015

For TrueCar CEO Scott Painter, the split with dealership giant AutoNation is about the need for data to support market transparency. When AutoNation wouldn't supply that data, the relationship had to end.... Read More »

Inside the AutoNation-TrueCar divorce

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 11, 2015

A dispute over demands for access to data on all AutoNation sales, not just TrueCar-related ones, led the two companies to part ways. A close-up look at how their relationship went south.... Read More »

TrueCar: AutoNation underreports sales generated from shopping site

7:15 pm U.S. ET | July 10, 2015

The dispute between TrueCar and AutoNation took a bitter turn Friday after the car-shopping website alleged the giant auto retailer has been underreporting sales generated by TrueCar leads.... Read More »

AutoNation drops TrueCar in contract dispute

3:15 pm U.S. ET | July 9, 2015

AutoNation is severing ties with TrueCar following a protracted contract dispute centered on access to customer data. AutoNation informed TrueCar executives that its dealerships would stop using the Internet vehicle shopping service at the end of July. AutoNation says 226 of its 240 U.S. stores use TrueCar.... Read More »

TrueCar's Painter says split with AutoNation presents consumers with 'a choice'

6:45 pm U.S. ET | July 9, 2015

TrueCar founder and CEO Scott Painter is portraying the split with dealership giant AutoNation as a clash of old and new approaches to auto retailing.... Read More »

Used-vehicle prices rise after 4 down months, Manheim says

2:55 pm U.S. ET | July 8, 2015

Wholesale prices of used vehicles in June were up slightly after four consecutive months of decline, the Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index released today shows.... Read More »

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