Tesla must make viable case to sell directly in Michigan, governor saysWed, 28, Sep 2016
Tesla Motors has yet to make a case for selling cars directly to Michigan consumers, according to Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder. In 2014, Snyder signed a bill explicitly banning the direct sale of vehicles to consumers. Despite the law, Tesla applied for a dealership license in Michigan but was denied on Sept. 15.
U.S. dealerships' employee retention slides, study findsWed, 28, Sep 2016
U.S. car dealerships suffer from rampant employee turnover, an industry study released today found. In fact, the three-year employee retention rate at dealerships reached a new low last year, dropping two percentage points to 45 percent, vs. a 67 percent rate in the overall U.S. nonfarm private sector.
Dealer's hard line on recalls is costing himMon, 26, Sep 2016
At his Florida Toyota dealership, Earl Stewart implemented a hard-and-fast ban on selling used cars with unrepaired safety recalls. He won't even wholesale used cars with open recalls. It hasn't been easy.
Why does politics leave this industry so tongue-tied?Mon, 26, Sep 2016
For the third consecutive presidential election cycle, the automotive industry and its business practices have been thrust into the middle of a political fight.
Automakers' EV plans will challenge early pioneersWed, 28, Sep 2016
Electric-car pioneers including Renault, Nissan and Tesla are facing a challenge from their peers as EV concepts dominate the Paris auto show. Volkswagen Group's diesel scandal and falling battery costs have persuaded executives and investors that battery-powered cars are ready to go mainstream.
Golf icon Arnold Palmer also was an auto industry playerTue, 27, Sep 2016
Golf legend Arnold Palmer took many of his business endeavors into the automotive industry, endorsing his beloved Cadillac and longtime partner Hertz as well as owning six General Motors and Ford dealerships in five states.
Cadillac offers a way out, not a pushMon, 26, Sep 2016
Cadillac says it isn't trying to push small dealers out. It's just giving them a simpler alternative to what brand boss Johan de Nysschen warns will be a “long, arduous and challenging journey.”
Jeep uses Cat Stevens song in unifying debate adMon, 26, Sep 2016
Just about the time Republicans and Democrats were yelling over who won Monday's presidential debate, Jeep released an ad that, perhaps impossibly, seeks to unite the country.
Audi seizes on Clinton-Trump debate with new adMon, 26, Sep 2016
Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump won't be the only man and woman dueling on TV on Monday night. Audi is seizing on the highly anticipated presidential debate by running a new ad showing two hotel valets battling to get behind the wheel of an Audi RS 7.
Cadillac offering buyouts to 400 smaller U.S. dealersFri, 23, Sep 2016
Cadillac is offering its 400 smallest U.S. dealers as much as $180,000 if they would rather give up their franchise than make the investment necessary to meet a host of new standards being imposed by the brand.
VW considers small crossovers for U.S.Mon, 26, Sep 2016
Volkswagen is pondering a growth plan for North America that includes expansion of its portfolio to lower segments, particularly small crossovers.
A dealer's nightmare: $2 million embezzledMon, 26, Sep 2016
Ford dealer O.C. Welch was stunned a year ago to find out his assistant comptroller was embezzling from him. On Sept. 15, she was sentenced to eight years in prison for stealing nearly $2 million from Welch's South Carolina dealership.