Dealers featured this week include Larry Gambrel, dealer principal of Gambrel Toyota in Corbin, Ky.; Greg Murray, president of Murray's Ford-Lincoln in DuBois, Pa.; Robert Frankel, dealer principal of Frankel Acura in Cockeysville, Md.; and Richard Bertschi, president of Sam Leman Chevrolet-Buick in Eureka, Ill.
Calif. bill would add some muscle to franchise laws
A wide-ranging California bill that aims to strengthen the state's existing new-car dealer franchise laws is scheduled to have its first committee hearing today.
Nissan wants 9,000 stores renovated worldwide in next 5 years
Nissan envisions renovating 9,000 of its 10,000 worldwide dealerships over the next five years.
Dealers fixate on costs
Dealers are increasingly cutting costs across the board this year to offset narrowing margins, rising expenses and a potential economic downturn.
Honda sweetens Accord leases, a little
The discounted lease deal puts the Accord within striking distance of the Camry in strong lease markets such as California, Ohio and Florida.
BMW eases dealership bonus program
BMW of North America won't change the major components of its controversial dealership bonus program for 2018, but it will relax some of the metrics it uses so that more dealerships should qualify for the payments.
Dealership internet ad spending tops in 2017
In 2017, for the first time, the Internet topped all other advertising spending by dealerships combined.
Dealers want a piece of the auto subscription action, too
Some dealers are offering subscription programs to ensure they remain relevant as automakers also experiment with the business model.
Flow Automotive's three keys to profiting from subscriptions
Dealer Don Flow had tried to come up with a way to let customers swap vehicles frequently; the advent of vehicle subscription services now makes it possible -- and profitable for him.
Flexdrive: Independent dealers get tools to build subscription revenue
Momentum Motorcars in Atlanta serves as a role model to franchise dealers on how to do subscription selling.
FlexWheels: Ready-made dealer platform
Warren Henry Auto Group started a subscription program that's inspiring the group to develop an operational platform to help other dealers run subscription models.
Drive Germain: 'This is a time-saving service'
Germain Automotive Group is in the subscription car business to attract new customers, drive revenue and prepare for a changing future.
How big a slice of the used-car pie will independents take?
Independent retailers are abundant, resilient and growing, but they don't necessarily pose a threat to franchised dealerships' used-vehicle operations.
The rise of a used-car powerhouse
Reagor Dykes Auto Group, a budding powerhouse on Automotive News' list of the top 100 dealership groups in used retail sales, sells well beyond its west Texas base.
Getting used-to-new vehicle balance right is key
The closely watched ratio of used- to new-vehicle retail sales is a measure of dealership success. But in fact, it's a metric where very few dealerships excel.
Ken Garff's pioneering partnership breaks up
Ken Garff Automotive, a pioneer in private equity partnerships, will buy Garcadia Auto and its half interest in 28 dealerships from Leucadia National.
Nissan to launch 8 electrified vehicles in Japan by 2022
Nissan aims to stoke sales in Japan by launching eight electrified vehicles and overhauling its dealer network over the next five years.
CDK Global buys digital agency Progressus Media
CDK Global has acquired Progressus Media, provider of mobile advertising services for dealerships and automotive marketing companies, for an undisclosed amount -- a move that bolsters the software giant's advertising business.