Dealers

GM dealers win reprieve on audits to focus on recalls

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
GM told dealers in an Aug. 8 memo that, in recognition of the "unprecedented times" that dealerships are experiencing with the recall onslaught, the company has suspended audits on warranty claims and sales incentives.... Read More »

 

Johan's gone but his Infiniti plan stands

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
Infiniti is reassuring U.S. dealers that its product expansion plans are on track, despite the defection of their chief architect, Johan de Nysschen, this summer.... Read More »

 

RENTALS ROCKED

Costs add up as companies forced to park recalled vehicles

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
Through July, the cost of the recalls to Avis Budget Group Inc. was at least an "eight-digit number," said CEO Ronald Nelson.... Read More »

 

Dealership Buy/Sell

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
BUYER: Garcia Automotive Group
SELLER: Lawton Davis
OLD NAME: Galles & Davis Cadillac-Subaru, Albuquerque, N.M.
NEW NAMES: Garcia Cadillac, Garcia Subaru
MORE: Ryan Morris and Keeley Bedford of Tim Lamb Group were the advisers.... Read More »

 

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Distrust of dealers benefits Tesla

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
Tesla is gaining traction in many state legislatures with its direct-to-consumer sales model not just because of tacit support from other manufacturers but because many people -- especially in urban and suburban areas -- don't trust auto dealers.... Read More »

 

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Dealers can enforce a code of ethics

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
A dealer thinks it would be a great thing to enforce the National Automobile Dealers Association code of ethics themselves.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Vehicle-to-vehicle network needs the industry to step up

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
The Department of Transportation has said that, due to uncertain government budgets, it cannot take on the task of setting up and running a vehicle-to-vehicle communications network.... Read More »

 

Used pickup prices strong, but how long?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
How long will prices of used full-size pickups stay strong?... Read More »

 

Social media fall flat for car shopping, research finds

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
The body of evidence continues to grow that social media are ineffective for selling vehicles.... Read More »

 

Dealership Buy/Sell

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
This week's buy/sell listings.... Read More »

 

Former automotive PR executive Mullins dies

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Moon Mullins, a former automotive public relations executive, died Aug. 1.... Read More »

 

Dealers

Dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
This week's dealership awards go to Columbus Nissan in Columbus, Miss.; John Eagle Honda of Houston Bridgewater Acura in Bridgewater, N.J.; Liberty Chevrolet in Selma, Calif.; Romano Toyota in East Syracuse, N.Y.; Jeff Wyler Mazda in Batavia, Ohio.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Slowdown ahead?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
Five years into a long, steady auto sales recovery, economists and forecasters are seeing darker clouds on the horizon.... Read More »

 

Stocks stay on target -- with help

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2014
With a little help from increased incentives, automakers kept U.S. inventories at near-ideal levels to start August.... Read More »

 

EDITORIALS

Who's to blame for luxury vehicle gray market? Planning for trouble

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2014
A booming gray market of mostly European luxury vehicles being exported from here to China is unnecessarily roiling the U.S. auto market.... Read More »

 

Nissan goal: Instant retail feedback

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2014
Nissan will try to speed feedback from vehicle shoppers and move beyond widely accepted customer satisfaction practices.... Read More »

 

Dealers

Dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2014
This week's dealership awards go to Koons Ford in Falls Church, Va. and Terry Henricks Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram in Archbold, Ohio.... Read More »

 

Calif. retail group grabs more stores

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10, 2014
Conant Auto Retail Group of Newport Beach, Calif., which includes the nation's largest Honda dealership, bought Southern California's three-store Fladeboe Automotive Group.... Read More »

 

What is pickup payload?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
A pickup's maximum payload is the weight of all of the items that it carries, including passengers and cargo.... Read More »

 

Sales streaks in a sizzling market

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Chrysler Group led major automakers with a 20 percent gain in U.S. sales for July. It was the 52nd consecutive month of year-over-year increases for the once-bankrupt company.... Read More »

 

New VW Credit chief wants to expand floorplan footprint

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
The new CEO of Volkswagen and Audi's finance arm wants to get more of each brand's dealers on its books.... Read More »

 

Sonic exits Mich., looks elsewhere

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
After divesting the last of its four stores in Michigan last month, Sonic Automotive Inc. plans to use the proceeds of the sales to buy more dealerships in other markets.... Read More »

 

Dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Dealers featured this week include the Chicago Automobile Trade Association, Thomas Flynn Jr. and Thomas Flynn III, owners of Flynn Volkswagen in Pittsfield, Mass.; and Jay Burchell of Heritage Chevrolet in Chester, Va.... Read More »

 

GM stands by its 1990s vintage vans; Fleet exec says customers are content

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 2, 2014
General Motors' full-sized commercial van -- sold as the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana -- has officially become the old man of that mainstay fleet segment.... Read More »

 

SHAREHOLDER VALUE

Lithia's big DCH deal was a boon for shareholders

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Lithia Motors' big acquisition last month fueled a strong second quarter for the publicly traded retailer in terms of shareholder value return.... Read More »

 

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