Dealers

JULY U.S. AUTO SALES

Sales climb 9 percent to 1.4M vehicles as SAAR hits 16.5M

5:45 am U.S. ET | Aug. 1, 2014
U.S. auto sales, led by Chrysler's 20 percent advance and solid gains of 10 percent or more at Toyota, Nissan, and Ford, rose 9 percent in July to 1.435 million. The results were just below forecasts for a 10 percent increase but signal consumers remain in a buying mood. The seasonally adjusted, annualized sales rate hit 16.5 million in July. Toyota outsold Ford by 4,335 units....
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Penske Q2 net income rises 18% on strong gains in all segments

7:30 am U.S. ET | July 30, 2014
Penske Automotive Group's second-quarter net income rose 18 percent from the year-earlier period on higher new- and used-vehicle unit sales....
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Hyundai recalls 883,000 Sonata sedans to repair transmission-shift cable

8:06 am U.S. ET | July 30, 2014
Hyundai is recalling about 883,000 Sonata sedans in the United States and Puerto Rico because a potentially defective transmission-shift cable could increase the risk of a crash. It is also recalling 5,650 Sonatas from the 2015 model year in the United States and Puerto Rico because one or both front-brake calipers may crack, making the brakes less effective and raising the risk of a crash, NHTSA documents show....
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JIM HENRY

Calif. ballot proposal misses cut for November vote

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 30, 2014
A California consumer advocacy group’s ballot initiative that would have outlawed dealer reserve in the state won’t make it on the November ballot this year....
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JAMIE LaREAU

Another hole-in-one gives California dealer a second chance

2:41 pm U.S. ET | July 29, 2014
For eight years, Folsom Lake Kia and Folsom Lake Ford near Sacramento have sponsored charity golf tournaments without anyone ever hitting a hole-in-one. Yet for the second time this year, a golfer has put it in the cup, winning a new car....
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GM dogged by recalls, lingering dealer disputes in Canada

12:34 am U.S. ET | July 29, 2014
A wave of recalls, lingering disputes with dealers after its 2009 bankruptcy, and weak pickup volume are undermining GM's sales in Canada, the company's seventh-biggest market....
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Asbury to double pace of acquisitions

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Asbury Automotive Group Inc. aims to double its acquisition pace during the next 18 months....
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Sonic 'delighted' with rollout of new retail plan

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Three weeks into Sonic Automotive Inc.'s customer experience initiative, customers at the pilot store aren't yet getting the promised iPad-enabled transaction with a single salesperson....
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Happy Birthday, boss! Let's open some stores

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Sonic Automotive President Scott Smith will get a special birthday present when he turns 47 on Oct. 20....
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Honda pushes dealers for buyers' signatures on airbag liability

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
"I understand that if this used car I'm buying is in a crash, the airbag could kill me." That's the gist of a document that American Honda Motor Co. wants its dealers to require buyers of certain 2001-11 used Honda and Acura vehicles to sign....
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AutoTrader, Manheim rebrand under 1 entity

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Manheim and AutoTrader Group, a collection of digital automotive marketing and software companies, are now part of Cox Automotive, according to signage and employees representing the various properties at a recent trade show in Florida. Sandy Schwartz, president of Manheim and AutoTrader Group, leads the new entity....
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BEST PRACTICES

'Middle of nowhere' site limits store's costs

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
the rural location of Volkswagen of Salem County in Monroeville, N.J., helps the family contain its real estate costs. That freed time and money to focus on building the store's sales to roughly 28 new and 43 used vehicles per month from the 8 to 15 mostly new vehicles per month that the previous owners sold....
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Audi cuts spare-part prices in China amid anti-monopoly probe

9:58 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2014
Volkswagen AG's luxury Audi brand plans to cut spare-part prices in China as global automakers rush to change their pricing strategies after Chinese anti-monopoly regulators began probing the auto industry....
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OnStar change targets service visits

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2014
Starting with its 2015 models, GM will offer buyers free monthly vehicle-diagnostic reports through OnStar, and allow those customers to sign up to receive maintenance notifications from their dealerships....
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AutoNation: Recalls crimp service

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 26, 2014
The record recalls this year are creating capacity bottlenecks in the service shops of the country's largest new-vehicle dealership group....
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JAMES B. TREECE

GM, Manheim kiss and make up

3:15 pm U.S. ET | July 25, 2014
About four years after a spat strained their business relations, GM and auction company Manheim are starting to kiss and make up....
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Strong retail demand to push U.S. sales higher in July, forecasts show

2:44 pm U.S. ET | July 25, 2014
The pace of auto sales has slowed slightly after hitting an eight-year high in June, but July's results are still shaping up to be at least 9 percent better than a year ago, according to four forecasts. The seasonally adjusted, annualized selling rate is expected to hit 16.6 million to 16.8 million, projections show....
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Group 1 Q2 profit tumbles 55% on Brazilian problems

9:47 am U.S. ET | July 24, 2014
Group 1 Automotive today said its second-quarter net income tumbled 55 percent from a year earlier to $16.9 million, dragged down by a struggling economy in Brazil which accounts for 8 percent of its revenue....
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Lithia Q2 profits hit record highs

8:39 am U.S. ET | July 23, 2014
Lithia Motors today reported the highest adjusted quarterly net income in the company's history -- a 29 percent surge to $35 million -- on higher revenues and cost controls....
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Suburban Collection buys BMW, Mercedes dealerships in Ann Arbor

4:08 pm U.S. ET | July 23, 2014
The Suburban Collection has acquired two more Michigan dealerships: BMW of Ann Arbor and Mercedes-Benz of Ann Arbor. The two dealerships were acquired from Sonic Automotive for an undisclosed amount....
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JIM HENRY

N.Y. Times story on subprime offers feds ammunition

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 23, 2014
A withering account of subprime auto lending in Sunday's New York Times reinforces bad stereotypes about used-car dealers, smears subprime lenders and their investors, takes out of context an increase in delinquencies and loan losses from record lows, and provides ammunition to auto finance industry critics in Washington....
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Sonic's Q2 profits triple on extraordinary items; expenses rise

12:18 pm U.S. ET | July 22, 2014
Sonic Automotive posted higher revenue and net profit during the second quarter, but expenses increased as the retailer continues to ready its launches of a new customer-experience initiative and standalone used-car stores....
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Asbury posts Q2 double-digit profit, revenue gains

7:07 am U.S. ET | July 22, 2014
Improving car sales and a double-digit revenue jump helped drive second-quarter profits up 33 percent at Asbury Automotive Group, as all parts of its business showed gains, the auto retailer said today....
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Fewer bosses, Disney savvy, $2 idea lift stores

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
A Chrysler Group dealership chain is stripping away layers of management to sell cars faster. A Chevrolet-Cadillac store is enchanting customers through Disney training. And an Audi dealership uses $2 envelopes to ensure the return of $300 key fobs. These are just a few ways three California auto retailers are boosting sales, customer satisfaction and profits....
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AutoNation preps for online sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
By Christmas, AutoNation Inc. customers will be able to initiate a vehicle purchase online....
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