Jeep Wrangler pickup should be in stores by April 2019, dealers hear

Fiat Chrysler dealers learned in their make meeting Friday that the long anticipated Jeep Wrangler-based pickup the automaker is working on should be in showrooms by next April.

AutoAlert forms partnership with Dealer Teamwork

Dealership software, marketing and training supplier AutoAlert is partnering with digital marketing developer Dealer Teamwork.

On the record

Quotes featuring Bill Himpler, executive vice president, American Financial Services Association, and Dan Ammann, president, General Motors, on the need to build redundant safety systems into autonomous vehicles

Try subscription service on for size

Dealers should dip their toes in the water of subscription services, aiming to learn from 50 customers rather than chasing 400, said a subscription-service founder.

Flow urges young leaders: 'Be bold'

As the automotive retail industry enters an era of unparalleled change, young leaders are faced with both opportunities and risks. But with the right pillars in place, they will help direct the industry's evolution, said dealer Don Flow.

Ally's auto finance platform to test digital service

Ally Financial's Clearlane will pilot Clearmatch, a digital service that will approve customers for vehicle financing, connect them with participating dealerships and let them shop those dealerships' inventory in the platform.

7 things to check out

Amid the cornucopia of exhibitors at the 2018 NADA Show, here is a cross section of don't-miss booths.

Honda dealers seek help on Accord

As they meet with Honda's new U.S. executive team this weekend, dealers will likely seek help from the factory to move the redesigned Honda Accord, the venerable and critically acclaimed midsize sedan that no one seems eager to buy these days.

Retailers push back on flashy redos

Sonic Automotive will resist automakers' demands for grandiose improvements of its new-car dealerships, and it's not alone in pushing back against those demands.

Auto lending landscape forecast to change

Even a modest rise in interest rates, plus tighter lending standards, could impact consumers' vehicle choices, sales and production volumes, dealers' inventory acceptance and lenders' loss risk, experts say.

China's GAC ready to recruit dealers

After tiptoeing on the sidelines of the U.S. car market, Chinese automaker GAC says it's finally ready to take the plunge, and it's looking for some retail partners at the NADA Show who are comfortable with the deep end of the pool.

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