MBUX tech helps Mercedes turn A class into 'gateway' vehicle
The Mercedes-Benz A-class compact sedan, expected to arrive in U.S. showrooms early next year, is the brand's new "gateway" vehicle -- designed to draw the next generation of customers.
Hyundai Capital moves to foreclose on stores owned by ex-NFL players
Hyundai Capital America has launched foreclosure proceedings against the owners -- auto industry veteran Michael Saporito and ex-NFL linebackers Jessie Armstead and Antonio Pierce -- of Hyundai and Kia dealerships in Pennsylvania accused of failing to repay loans.
After Florence, retailers assess flood and wind damage; Mercedes, Volvo resume operations
Dealerships in North Carolina have been reporting wind damage and flooding at their stores after Florence, now a tropical depression, blew through over the weekend. Mercedes-Benz and Volvo resumed operations at their South Carolina plants.
Porsche store sues ex-salesman for taking $2.5M in deposits for nonexistent cars
The largest Porsche dealership in the U.S. has sued a former employee for allegedly defrauding customers of more than $2.5 million in deposits on special-order 911 GT3 and GT2 RS models that did not exist.
Lithia invests in alliance with used-car startup
The partnership will provide the capital Shift needs to expand beyond California and across the country.
Carlisle taking Cadillac 'on the offensive'
This week's dealer meeting will be a coming-out party for Steve Carlisle, who replaced the outspoken Johan de Nysschen in April.
Audi tests $1,395-a-month subscription plan
Subscribers can change vehicles up to twice a month and hold any vehicle for up to six months.
2 new rental programs offer 'a taste for Porsche'
Porsche has rolled out two short-rental programs to get more consumers exposed to driving its cars.
Grieving a death, grappling with a recession
Corina Diehl had just finished learning to run her recently deceased husband's two dealerships when the recession hit.
New York's Paragon sweetened Clunkers deal
Brian Benstock reduced management headcount, lowered advertising costs by targeting his existing customers and embraced Cash for Clunkers.
Steve Germain harnessed the power of the network
Steve Germain says partnerships with others, as well as Cash for Clunkers and a rethinking of hiring policies, saved his dealership group.
Jeff Carlson applied lessons of earlier crises
Jeff Carlson, president of Glenwood Springs Ford and Glenwood Springs Subaru in Colorado, said the financial downturn of 2008 was "brutal in terms of expense reduction." He survived, in part, by cutting stores, people and vendors.
How a letter-writing campaign saved Garber Buick
When General Motors threatened to shutter Garber Buick, the local community began a letter-writing campaign that helped to prompt GM to reverse its decision.
Tammy Darvish took dealers' fight to Capitol Hill
Darcars Automotive Group lost several franchises when General Motors and the then-Chrysler Group terminated hundreds of franchisees during the recession. Tammy Darvish channeled her energy and frustration into advocacy for dealership groups beyond her family's.
Job opportunity: How new fixed ops manager got Ganley in shape
Adding a fixed ops director allowed Ohio's Ganley Automotive Group to leverage the group's size and standardize procedures, cutting costs and boosting revenue.
As others liquidated, Charlie Brown loaded up
When new-car sales slumped, Charlie Brown led his Oregon dealership on a used-car sales surge to keep the store going.
The dealer featured this week is Willie Outten, dealer operator of Outten Chevrolet of Hamburg in Pennsylvania.