Executives

Acura boss: What would Taco Bell do?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Acura boss Mike Accavitti let a case of the Mexican munchies get the better of him when he conceded Taco Bell was a source of marketing inspiration for his luxury auto marque....
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KEITH CRAIN

Time to rethink auto safety

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Keith Crain is looking forward to seeing how new Administrator Mark Rosekind reshapes the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration....
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ZF chief: TRW to keep its own identity -- for now

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
TRW Automotive Holdings will remain a stand-alone company for at least three to five years after the completion of its merger this spring with ZF Friedrichshafen AG....
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FCA US touts volunteer program for its dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
FCA US is expanding its in-house volunteer program to dealers nationwide to provide a way for dealerships to increase community involvement....
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Claims against GM over ignitions pass 2,800

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
General Motors has received 108 claims for compensation for ignition switch defects in its cars in the past week, bringing the total to 2,818, according to the official administering the compensation program....
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RICHARD JOHNSON

A new Gold Rush sweeps over California

12:45 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2015
Like Warren Buffett and George Soros, so-called hybrid buyers -- private equity funds and super-wealthy families and combinations of the two -- are on the hunt for dealership deals. This new category of dealership buyer could turn out to be as transformational as the six public groups that rolled up a significant part of the industry almost 20 years ago....
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GM eager to squeeze more out of BDCs

11:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2015
GM is using the Year of the Recall to reinforce the importance of operating a business development center, on both the sales and service sides of the dealership....
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Social isn't selling cars, Acura chief says

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2015
The promise of social media helping dealers to sell cars has yet to be realized, says Mike Accavitti, Acura division general manager....
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DAVE GUILFORD

Money's cheap, so here come the store upgrades

9:30 am U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2015
One of the better indicators of the health of a business is its willingness -- and ability -- to make capital expenditures. By that measure, auto retailers are doing well....
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George Soros' Wall Street fund shops for dealership groups

10:30 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2015
Wall Street fund Soros Fund Management wants to partner in, invest in or outright buy a large auto dealership group, according to four sources familiar with the situation. Two representatives of Soros Fund Management are at the NADA convention in San Francisco this weekend to research the industry and explore opportunities, sources say....
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Volvo dealers embrace U.S. management shift

5:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2015
Dealers applaud the recent management change at Volvo Cars of North America and said having a senior executive from the home office in Sweden at the helm assures quick responses on all issues -- including product and retail support -- and signals a real commitment to the U.S. market....
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Buick, GMC, riding truck wave, aim for more share gain

8:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2015
Buick and GMC are out to gain U.S. market share again this year by riding momentum in truck and crossover sales....
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VW dealers welcome profit-focused message

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2015
Volkswagen of America executives told dealers to expect a small uptick in U.S. sales this year as they await the early 2017 arrival of two North America-built crossovers and the promise of larger sales growth to follow....
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Q&A

Subaru urges dealers to invest in stores

5:37 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2015
With record U.S. sales for seven years in a row, Subaru has become an enviable brand. It is now urging dealers to invest in their stores and expand service facilities. Tom Doll, president of Subaru of America, spoke here with Staff Reporter Diana T. Kurylko....
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Chevy banks on new models to end stretch of U.S. share loss

2:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2015
Chevrolet this year expects to snap its string of three straight years of US market share declines by capitalizing on its revitalized truck lineup, as the brand moves to put its safety-recall problems behind it....
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Subaru dealers seek more cars even as growth slows

1:30 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2015
Subaru dealers told the factory they want more cars as the brand heads into what's promised to be another record year. Subaru executives told dealers US sales are expected to grow by 8 percent to 540,000 units in 2015 -- slower than last year's 21 percent increase....
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Hot Subaru sets its sights on the Sunbelt

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2015
Subaru, gunning for a seventh straight year of record U.S. sales, hopes to get an additional boost by bringing its retail network in Sunbelt states in line with those of rivals....
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Service lanes can become source of used-car inventory

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2015
Brian Benstock has found that his own service department is the best place to shop for used vehicles. When the general manager of Paragon Honda in Woodside, N.Y. needs a used car or truck of a certain model year, color and trim level, he searches his database and invites owners of those vehicles into his service department. He offers them discounts on maintenance work....
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Q&A WITH GREG MILLER | CEO, LARRY H. MILLER GROUP OF COS.

Miller learned from his dad and learned how to delegate

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2015
Greg Miller, 48, learned a lot about the car business from his father, Larry H. Miller. But he is a very different leader from his dad....
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Nissan targets improvements in dealer experience

4:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
Nissan will roll out a nationwide program this spring intended to boost its middle-of-the-road customer satisfaction scores on dealership experience. The undertaking -- known internally as the Quality Growth Program -- will be a bonus program to reward dealers for meeting various targets to improve their satisfaction performance....
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Munoz: Titan can do better than 5% goal

8:22 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
Nissan startled many last week when it said it envisioned its newly unveiled redesigned 2016 Titan capturing 5 percent of the full-size pickup market. But Nissan's U.S. boss, Jose Munoz, says 5 percent might be on the low side....
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Parting advice

8:31 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
Forrest McConnell, NADA's outgoing chairman, told dealers at the convention's opening session Friday to "set goals that will push you and rip you out of your comfort zone."...
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Acura to take NSX orders in summer

6:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
Acura will begin taking orders for its much-anticipated NSX sports car this summer, but it has not yet decided which dealers will carry it, executives told dealers Friday at the 2015 NADA convention....
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Partying at Nissan

6:08 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
Fred Diaz, left, head of the Nissan brand's U.S. sales, marketing and operations, and industry veteran Jim Press at Nissan's reception....
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Crossovers will deliver another record year for Audi, Keogh says

3:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
Greater availability of hot-selling crossovers will propel Audi to another record year of U.S. sales in 2015, Audi of America CEO Scott Keogh says. The biggest gains will come from a full year of availability of the compact Q3 crossover, which launched last fall, and a larger allocation of Q5 crossovers for the U.S., Keogh says....
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