Retail

Dilawri Group expands rapidly in Canada

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015
Privately held Dilawri Group of Cos., Canada's largest dealership group by store count, is in rapid expansion mode. Dilawri, of Toronto, expanded into Quebec in January and since then opened a second dealership in the province with a third, in Montreal, slated to open by the end of the first quarter....
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Social-media 'influencers' create product buzz, change policies

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015
An individual with social-media savvy can launch a discussion online that quickly influences industry actions. By knowing their audiences, influencers can quickly gain the same credibility with them as friends or neutral third parties. They can deliver messages more effectively than conventional media....
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Daimler says it will sell more than 500,000 trucks this year, 700,000 by 2020

6:26 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015
Daimler expects truck sales to rise at least 5 percent to more than 500,000 this year and to 700,000 by 2020 due to rising demand in the U.S., helping to offset a slump in markets such as Brazil, trucks chief Wolfgang Bernhard said today....
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TrueCar's new pitch: Factory coupons for shoppers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015
TrueCar Inc. spent the past two years rebuilding relations with dealers. Now the vehicle-shopping site is turning its attention to automakers to boost sales. TrueCar is forming a council of manufacturer executives, similar to its dealer council, to advance its Live Prospect product, TrueCar President John Krafcik said....
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Powerful? In this race, Ferrari trails Lego

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015
Lego has toppled Ferrari from the top spot as the world's most powerful brand, says a new study. The annual study by consultancy Brand Finance tracks brands on such measures as their familiarity, loyalty, promotion, staff satisfaction and corporate reputation. Lego, the consultancy says, got a boost this past year from The Lego Movie....
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Tesla: The one company that can get Kochs, Sierra Club to see eye to eye

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015
The Koch brothers' businesses market fossil fuels and turn forests into toilet paper. The Sierra Club, well, doesn't do those things. But on this much they agree: Tesla should be able to sell its electric cars directly to consumers....
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Did you hear the one about the GM phone?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015
News reports about Apple getting into the car business were the talk of Detroit and Silicon Valley last week. Many in Detroit think the maker of the iPhone is biting off more than it can chew. Many in Silicon Valley think an Apple car would be better than anything from Detroit. Jokesters on the Internet also had a field day....
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EDITORIAL

A sweet fleet deal

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015
The victor of the next Postal Service fleet contract wins a ubiquitous showcase of its innovation, utility and durability for years to come. This is a deal that would be well worth the effort....
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Porsche dealers eager to upgrade

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015
About 150 of the 189 U.S. Porsche dealerships are renovating or expanding as the brand's sales have soared. Porsche Cars North America wants additional showroom and service space from dealers to accommodate the growing number of nameplates in its lineup and the additional vehicles on the road....
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Porsche may close a few U.S. dealerships

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015
A handful of U.S. markets still have too many Porsche dealerships, Porsche Cars North America COO Joe Lawrence said, and the company may use its right of first refusal to close stores. But given Porsche's sales growth and the valuations of its dealerships, consolidation in those markets will be difficult....
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Lithia launches pay plan to retain top store managers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015
Lithia Motors Inc. has started a new program that identifies top managers and gives them increased stock ownership in lieu of cash. The goal is to retain top talent and improve store performance, says Lithia CEO Bryan DeBoer....
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Road trip led to a new life on Instagram

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015
A couple of years ago, Kevin Lu got bored with his career as a biomechanical engineer designing artificial knees and hips....
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BEST PRACTICES

Helping hand for minority dealer hopefuls

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015
Bill Perkins knows how hard it is to get a dealership and to succeed. He lasted one year in his first store. But when he later acquired a dealership in suburban Detroit, other dealers helped him. That made the difference. Perkins has picked up the mantle, mentoring and training others, mostly African Americans, to become dealers. Perkins believes in minority dealers training other minorities to create a mutual support system....
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Silver dealer

Dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015
Dealers featured this week include Howard Braunstein, president of M&M Auto Group in Liberty, N.Y.; Peter Hoffman, dealer at Sierra Honda in Monrovia, Calif.; Jeff Crippen, dealer principal at Crippen Mazda in Lansing, Mich.; George Grubbs Jr., dealer principal at Grubbs Infiniti in Euless, Texas; and John Morlan, dealer principal at Toyota of West Plains in West Plains, Mo....
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Salvage auction does a bang-up business

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015
Salvage auto-auction company Insurance Auto Auctions Inc., sibling to auction giant ADESA, has been on a growth spurt since December 2013. In that time, it has opened, acquired, reopened, moved or expanded sites in 13 markets. The moves were necessary to meet the demand of quickly disposing of wrecked vehicles, says CEO John Kett....
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VW sees 'banner year' for certified-used sales

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015
Volkswagen division's certified used-vehicle sales rose 17 percent last month to 7,675. It was the brand's best certified used-vehicle sales for a January and the beginning of a "banner year," said Michael Ashton, VW's senior manager of CPO and used-vehicle operations....
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RED CARPET NIGHT

Cadillac's new branding effort debuts at the Oscars; CT6 gets sneak peek

7:00 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 22, 2015
The commercials that Cadillac teed up for the Oscars broadcast Sunday night could be seen as simply the first step in what brand boss Johan de Nysschen has described as a "journey" to luxury prominence. Or maybe it's the crushing of the first batch of grapes -- de Nysschen has also likened Cadillac's comeback to "crafting a fine wine."...
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Next-gen Chrysler minivan will be taller, wider with a rotary shifter

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 22, 2015
The next-generation Chrysler Town & Country minivan will get a rotary shifter and other interior features common in Fiat Chrysler vehicles. The minivan also will be slightly taller and wider than the current version. The revelations come from spy photographers and supplier documents posted online....
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GUEST BLOG

Cadillac has a new brand strategy involving subtlety and fashion

2:05 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 20, 2015
Bet you never thought you'd utter the words "Anna Wintour" and "Cadillac" in the same breath. Well, think again....
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HANS GREIMEL

Japan Toyota dealer hits 2 million milestone

9:28 am U.S. ET | Feb. 20, 2015
Nagoya Toyopet sold its 2 millionth new Toyota vehicle on Monday, making it the first independent retailer from Japan’s top manufacturer to reach that rarified stratosphere....
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Tesla could open up to 12 Texas stores if legislation passes

11:28 am U.S. ET | Feb. 20, 2015
Tesla may be able to open up to 12 stores in Texas, if a group of state legislators gets its way. Under current state law, customers can purchase new vehicles only through a franchised dealership. The bills would allow customers to purchase vehicles directly from the manufacturer....
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PSA, Mitsubishi will halt production in Russia

Feb. 20, 2015 09:09 CET
PSA/Peugeot-Citroen and Mitsubishi will close their joint venture plant in Russia for two weeks as the country's worsening economic situation hits vehicle sales....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Sportier Skoda Fabia keeps its functionality

Feb. 20, 2015 06:01 CET
The new Skoda Fabia highlights how the fast-growing Czech value brand is adding a touch of style to its cars. With its sharp edges and clear lines, the third-generation Fabia looks more dynamic and sportier than its predecessor while the car’s practical features have been enhanced....
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JAMIE LaREAU

Volvo captive finance's plan to help spur sales of Volvo's XC90

3:30 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 19, 2015
The redesigned 2016 Volvo XC90 is “the big” launch facing Volvo's captive finance company. Just ask Dan Romagnoli. He is the man responsible for making sure dealers get enough financing support to sell the heck out of the crossover when it goes on sale in May....
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U.S. consumers expect gas prices to rise again, survey finds

3:37 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 19, 2015
Gas prices in the United States may be down, but consumers don’t expect the lower prices to last....
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