AutoNation

BEST PRACTICES

Second-chance store lets staff shine

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2015

At AutoNation's Houston Mitsubishi store, General Manager Irfan Siddiqui has found top performers by hiring people who have struggled in their roles at other nearby AutoNation dealerships....
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AutoNation aims to beef up service

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2015

AutoNation Inc., the nation's largest dealership group, plans to expand its service business by year end, adding 400 technicians and increasing its express service operations to 180 stores from 80 now....
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NICK BUNKLEY

BLOG: NADA, Tesla, pitchforks and torches -- a missed opportunity

1:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015

If there's one thing many car dealers can't stand right now, it's Tesla. Yet here they are, thousands of them, spending a few days right in Elon Musk's backyard....
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DAVE GUILFORD

BLOG: Navigating the great digital divide

3:30 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015

Among the devotion to all things digital and data-driven in San Francisco, there are still some qualms over how today's shoppers want to kick the tires and take delivery of new wheels....
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AutoNation wants more service lane hospitality

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015

AutoNation Inc., the country's biggest dealership group, is recruiting service advisers among restaurant waiters and other service-industry workers, part of a new plan to reduce turnover in a key position....
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BEST PRACTICES

Dealership adjusts as traffic changes course

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015

It used to be that whenever a customer called AutoNation Honda Roseville, the call reverberated around the dealership for anyone to answer, regardless of their specialty....
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'We feel very good about 2015'

3:47 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2015

It is party time for U.S. car dealers in the short term. But don't get complacent. Industry leaders said the cheap gasoline prices, low interest rates and general prosperity supporting auto sales will reverse, possibly by year-end or early 2016....
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AutoNation loses a key architect

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015

With COO Mike Maroone's pending departure, AutoNation Inc. must complete its digital transformation without one of the plan's key architects. Maroone, 61, will step down as COO in February and retire April 1, the nation's largest dealership group said....
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AutoNation's Maroone to retire; Jackson role expanded

6:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2015

Mike Maroone, a key architect of AutoNation's retail blueprint, will retire as president and COO, with chairman and CEO Mike Jackson taking on the additional role of president. Jackson, 65, has also signed a contract that will extend his employment with the nation's largest automotive retailer through at least 2019....
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BEST PRACTICES

Dealership adjusts as traffic changes course

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015

It used to be that whenever a customer called AutoNation Honda Roseville, the call reverberated around the dealership for anyone to answer, regardless of their specialty....
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BEST PRACTICES

Second-chance store lets staff shine

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22, 2014

At AutoNation's Houston Mitsubishi store, General Manager Irfan Siddiqui has found top performers by hiring people who have struggled in their roles at other nearby AutoNation dealerships....
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AutoNation sales up 6% in November

3:19 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 3, 2014

Strong truck sales helped AutoNation to a 6 percent increase in new-vehicle sales in November. New-vehicle sales for AutoNation, the country's largest dealership group, were 27,055 in November, with increases from all of the company's operating segments....
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AutoNation's plan to change the retail game

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014

By the end of 2015, AutoNation customers will be able to finance and buy a car online -- even signing the paperwork electronically from home, says AutoNation CEO Mike Jackson. That's the promise of a $100 million-plus investment to establish the AutoNation brand and transform the company's websites from informational to transactional....
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3rd-party partners? Why AutoNation said no

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2014

Before moving away from third-party lead providers earlier this year, AutoNation Inc. explored whether those companies could help the retailer seamlessly connect its online and brick-and-mortar operations....
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AutoNation's Jackson: Hot sales years ahead Jamie LaReau

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2014

U.S. light-vehicle sales will continue in the high 16 million to low 17 million range for the next "several years," AutoNation Inc. CEO Mike Jackson told the Detroit Economic Club....
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AutoNation's October new-vehicle retail sales rise 8%

11:03 am U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2014

AutoNation said its new-vehicle retail sales climbed 8 percent in October from the year-ago month, reaching 24,844 vehicles....
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Public retailers say recall will boost business

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2014

Public retail groups are grappling with how to handle the recall of millions of used cars with faulty airbags....
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AutoNation takes cancer fight to football field

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3, 2014

The country's largest dealership group will sponsor the AutoNation Cure Bowl in Orlando, a new bowl game debuting Dec. 19, 2015, on CBS and benefiting the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. It will feature teams from the American Athletic and Sun Belt conferences....
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AutoNation halts sales of used cars under Takata recalls

12:51 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2014

AutoNation has stopped selling used vehicles that are subject to the Takata airbag recalls and warnings. The action affects fewer than 400 cars, AutoNation said today....
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Rivals see Buffett as just another competitor

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 25, 2014

Warren Buffett's entry into automotive retailing may mean more overall competition for acquisitions, but public dealership groups expect no interruptions to their growth plans....
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AutoNation signs on to sponsor college bowl game

5:16 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 23, 2014

AutoNation will become title sponsor of a new college football bowl game that will raise money for breast cancer research....
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AutoNation won't up and quit 3rd parties

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014

Mike Maroone, COO of AutoNation Inc., said the dealership group intends to proceed cautiously in reducing its reliance on third-party online shopping sites....
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Jackson says 2015 sales could be 'knocking on the door of 17 million'

12:31 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2014

Auto sales in the United States could hit nearly 17 million at the end of next year, AutoNation CEO Mike Jackson said today after reporting his company’s best third quarter since 2006 and a 16 percent bump in September new-vehicle sales....
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AutoNation partners with Hennessey on performance upgrades

4:13 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 24, 2014

AutoNation, in a move to cater to the tuner crowd, began providing customers with performance upgrades at its 27 Chevrolet dealerships this month through a new partnership with aftermarket tuning house Hennessey Performance....
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Q&A

AutoNation's brand building sets up more growth

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22, 2014

Mike Maroone, COO of AutoNation Inc., says the nation's largest dealership group is meeting the goals of a multiyear $100 million branding campaign....
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