Alexa, meet Nexi: AI helps dealers manage used-car lots

Cox Automotive's vAuto unit says its new Nexi, designed to aid dealerships' used-car operations, is the first AI digital assistant for auto retailers.

Tom Benson, longtime megadealer and New Orleans Saints owner, dies at 90

At its peak, Benson's automotive empire encompassed 27 dealerships across Texas, Louisiana and South Carolina. The colorful, self-made billionaire sold brands including Mercedes-Benz, Honda and Chevrolet.

VW brand goal: 5% U.S. share in 10 years

The global head of Volkswagen said the brand is aiming for "around 5 percent market share" in the United States in the next ten years, a goal that would more than double its current position.

Acclaimed 2018 Accords sit on the lot

Some dealers say the redesigned Accord is Honda's most impressive car to date, but they're struggling to sell it — and some have resorted to turning down shipments.

NADA launches dealership job initiative

The National Automobile Dealers Association is stepping up efforts to help the nation's new-car dealers recruit career-oriented employees, especially technicians.

UPDATED: 3/8/18 7:37 pm ET - adds GM statement
Trump to impose tariffs on steel, aluminum; Canada, Mexico exempt for now

President Trump said Thursday he will impose tariffs of 25 percent on foreign steel and 10 percent on foreign aluminum, despite a torrent of opposition from foreign allies, Congress and the business community. Canada and Mexico will be exempt, pending the ongoing NAFTA negotiations.

FCA sets 2019 Ram 1500 prices from $33,340

Base pricing for the redesigned 2019 Ram 1500 will start at $33,340, including delivery -- a price that will place the pickup, in its lowest-priced configuration, $1,350 more than the 2018 model.

Dealer anniversaries

Dealers featured this week include Bill Klonaris, dealer prinicpal of Mazda of Bedford in Bedford, Ohio, along with dealership president Chris Houdek and owner Jerry Loretitsch.

AutoNation operators settle suit

AutoNation dealership and collision center operators have settled with California over charges of improperly disposing of hazardous waste and customer records.

Penske workers share $2.1 million

Penske Automotive Group will pay $3.2 million to certain employees at its California dealerships and others as part of a settlement of a wage-and-hour lawsuit.

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