Dealers

Uber launches car leasing unit, makes entry into financial services

11:56 am U.S. ET | July 30, 2015

Uber Technologies has launched its own auto leasing subsidiary to seek more drivers, injecting the fast-growing ride services company directly into the financial services sector for the first time.... Read More »

U.S. House committee approves limit on CFPB's oversight of auto lending

5:15 pm U.S. ET | July 29, 2015

The U.S. House Financial Services Committee approved a bill Wednesday that would significantly limit the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's guidance over auto lending.... 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 »

Dealer satisfaction grows when auto lenders embrace e-contracting

12:00 pm U.S. ET | July 29, 2015

Dealers like e-contracting. That's one of the key findings from the 2015 U.S. Dealer Financing Satisfaction Study by J.D. Power released this week. Another takeaway: Dealers are willing to pay lenders a premium for good service.... 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 »

Ally's second-quarter auto lending flat despite GM pullback

11:45 am U.S. ET | July 29, 2015

Ally Financial's second-quarter auto lending originations declined just 1 percent from a year earlier to $10.8 billion, despite a sharp drop in lease originations for GM vehicles. For the first time, GM accounted for less than half of Ally's auto originations.... 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 »

Sonic President Scott Smith named CEO

12:10 pm U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

Sonic Automotive is shuffling some executive positions, naming its co-founder Scott Smith to the post of CEO, effective immediately, the company said in a statement today.... 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 »

BEST PRACTICES

Tomes' 10-foot rope a measure of success

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

At Bob Tomes' Ford and Subaru stores in McKinney, Texas, any staffer who gets within 10 feet of a customer must greet them and ask them about their experience and whether they can help. Workers are empowered to fix problems, and the customer satisfaction scores for the dealerships have gone up.... 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 »

NADA to hold convention in Las Vegas every other year

8:33 pm U.S. ET | July 24, 2015

The National Automobile Dealers Association it will hold its annual convention in Las Vegas every other year through 2022, the association said Friday.... 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 »

FTC probes GM over possible CPO sales without recall fixes

6:03 pm U.S. ET | July 23, 2015

The Federal Trade Commission is investigating GM because some of its dealerships advertised certified used vehicles that hadn't received recall-related repairs.... Read More »

GM shrugs off China worries with $1.1B Q2 profit

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

GM's strong second-quarter results in China seemed to allay investors' concerns that a slowdown in Chinese demand would dent the company's bottom line. The automaker posted net income of $1.1 billion last quarter, fueled by strong demand for pickups and SUVs, and higher pretax profit and margins in China.... 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 »

VINCE BOND JR.

BLOG: Automakers should deploy mobile ads earlier in purchase cycle, Facebook study finds

9:00 am U.S. ET | July 23, 2015

A Facebook study finds automakers need to reach potential buyers in the digital realm, particularly on mobile devices, earlier in the purchase cycle.... 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 »

HANNAH LUTZ

BLOG: How Honda Finance’s settlement could be a win for all retailers

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

At face value, the consent order between Honda Finance and the CFPB over lending practices doesn’t seem like a gift to retailers industrywide, but it could be.... 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 »

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