Dealers

EDITORIAL

Musk makes auto industry rethink basic assumptions

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 23, 2014
Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk is exerting an inordinate influence over the auto industry in many ways. But his biggest waves come in the area of factory-dealer relations.... Read More »

 

Google is ready to challenge Apple's CarPlay

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 23, 2014
Apple and Google operating systems run on 95 percent of the smartphones sold around the world. Now the two giants are about to go head to head in the automobile.... Read More »

 

Northwood will cut Texas undergrad program

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 23, 2014
Northwood University, a leading training ground for future auto dealers, will close one of its three U.S. residential campuses on Monday, June 30.... Read More »

 

Dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 23, 2014
Dealers featured this week include John Ellis, dealer principal of RBM of Atlanta; and Bob Melloy, dealer principal of Melloy Nissan in Albuquerque, N.M.... Read More »

 

Lexus lifts cap on how many stores a group can own

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 21, 2014
Lexus dealers are cheering the brand's having expanded a cap that had limited retailers to owning no more than six Lexus stores.... Read More »

 

NADA moves to counter franchise system critics

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 16, 2014
Franchised car dealers have taken plenty of heat for their resistance to Tesla Motors' state-by-state campaign to sell cars directly to consumers. Peter Welch, president of the National Automobile Dealers Association, is ready to push back.... Read More »

 

Fleet helps raise overall May sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 16, 2014
Retail sales led May's surge in light-vehicle volume, but fleet activity also helped out for the first time this year as General Motors and Toyota each made big one-off deals.... Read More »

 

Dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 16, 2014
Dealers featured this week include the Longley Bros. Inc. in Fulton, N.Y.; Brother Blackburn of Blackburn Nissan in Vicksburg, Miss.; John Pate of Gardena Nissan in Gardena, Calif.; Tracy Shields Jones of Century Automotive Group in Huntsville, Ala.; and Lisenne Rockefeller of Riverside Acura in Little Rock, Ark.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Is Tesla really such a big threat?

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 16, 2014
When I was a new-car dealer in Pennsylvania, it always seemed to me that the dealer laws were in place to protect the underdog, an individual against a dealer or a dealer against a manufacturer -- but never to interfere in a disagreement among equals.... Read More »

 

Strong May sales trim inventories

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 16, 2014
If mounting stocks of unsold vehicles after winter storms put pressure on automakers to cut production or boost incentives, May's surprise sales rally relieved it.... Read More »

 

Hyundai delivers hydrogen Tucson to first U.S. customer

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 16, 2014
Hyundai has started retail leasing of its hydrogen-powered Tucson as the South Korean carmaker and competitors look to expand the market for alternative zero-emission electric vehicles.... Read More »

 

Group offers used-car powertrain warranty

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 16, 2014
Rick Case Automotive Group expects its new 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty on used vehicles, excluding those covered by manufacturer certification, to boost its used-vehicle sales 30 percent this year.... Read More »

 

Tom McDonald, a Michigan car dealer, dies at 84

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 9, 2014
Tom McDonald, a Michigan car dealer, died May 18.... Read More »

 

A big-city test for no-haggle pricing

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 9, 2014
Roughly 300 dealers in the New York and Los Angeles areas will offer no-haggle pricing below sticker on their new-vehicle inventory this week.... Read More »

 

Del Spitzer, who expanded his father's dealership to a 30-store group, dies at 86

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 9, 2014
Del Spitzer, who expanded his father's dealership to a 30-store group, died May 2.... Read More »

 

Eddie Robbins, a Texas car dealer, dies at 76

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 9, 2014
Eddie Robbins, a Texas car dealer, died May 28.... Read More »

 

50 with Ford

Dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 9, 2014
Ford and Volvo dealers are honored.... Read More »

 

Hail ravages Nebraska's 'Truck Mountain' store

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 9, 2014
Woodhouse Auto Family, which owns the famed "Truck Mountain" store that is the nation's top seller of F-series pickups, sustained damage to nearly 4,400 vehicles last week as storms pelted eastern Nebraska and western Iowa with baseball-sized hail.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

Auto industry can pave the way or get out of the way

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 9, 2014
The auto industry faces increasing challenges to its established order -- fast and formidable ones, some from nonautomotive firms with new business models. To meet those challenges, the industry must resist the urge to defend its turf and instead push for more nimbleness and adaptability.... Read More »

 

BMW takes the luxury brand lead in May

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 9, 2014
BMW overtook Mercedes-Benz in May as the top-selling luxury brand in the United States so far this year. The BMW brand boosted sales in May by 17 percent, helped by a 28 percent jump in deliveries of SUVs and crossovers, such as the X3, which more than doubled to 5,723 units from a year earlier.... Read More »

 

Big sedans are losing ground

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 9, 2014
After a solid rise in 2013, U.S. sales of nonluxury big sedans dropped 5 percent through May, while total light-vehicle sales rose 5 percent. Volumes are falling as consumers switch to other segments and automakers pull large sedans from their fleets, analysts say.... Read More »

 

EDITORIAL

No margin for error

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 2, 2014
Even with the industry on a roll, dealers must keep working to control costs and protect their profitability.... Read More »

 

Dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 2, 2014
Dealers featured this week include members of the Wade family at Stoner-Wade Ford in Quarryville, Pa.; Tim Dahle of Tim Dahle Nissan in Murray, Utah; Jonathan Brauer and Charles Roszko of Prestige Toyota in Kingston, N.Y.; and Jerry Ulm of Jerry Ulm Dodge-Chrysler-Jeep-Ram in Tampa, Fla.... Read More »

 

Jaguar Land Rover marks 100th dual-brand store

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 2, 2014
With the recent grand opening of the 100th dual-brand store in St. Louis and two others that followed within days, 62 percent of the automaker's Jaguar and Land Rover franchises are in dualed stores.... Read More »

 

Chevy dealer boosts staff for recall surge

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 2, 2014
General Motors' flood of recalls has bumped up the service business at Chevrolet of Wesley Chapel by about 40 percent.... Read More »

 

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