Dealer Groups

Lithia will continue rapid acquisition pace after DCH

9:08 am U.S. ET | Oct. 30, 2014
Lithia Motors will continue its rapid pace of acquisitions over the next year despite just closing a huge deal to buy DCH Auto Group, executives said today. Their remarks came as Lithia reported its third-quarter net income increased 11 percent to $34.5 million....
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Penske Automotive eyes more growth overseas, retail truck stores

10:04 am U.S. ET | Oct. 29, 2014
Penske Automotive wants to grow by snapping up more car dealerships overseas and buying other businesses, such as heavy-duty retail truck stores. Penske said today it agreed to raise its stake in The Around The Clock Freightliner Group, a “heavy-duty retail truck dealership group” in Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico. Penske said such businesses are attractive because they provide strong revenue with lower costs....
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Edmunds.com buys startup, plans to offer texting services to dealerships

12:09 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 29, 2014
Edmunds has purchased a startup texting technology company that it helped nurture. The acquisition will enable Edmunds dealership subscribers to offer texting services to mobile customers....
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Car dealer Lookers to beat expectations

Oct. 29, 2014 10:55 CET
Britain's fourth-largest car dealer group, Lookers, forecast better-than-expected 2014 results on Wednesday after seeing strong new car sales. Lookers said retail new car sales rose 12 percent in the first nine months of the year....
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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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Q auto's sales strategy: 1 person, 1 price

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Casey Coffey said the goal at Q auto -- Asbury Automotive Group Inc.'s new line of used-only dealerships -- is to stock an array of quality used vehicles and make quick, no-hassle sales to consumers. To speed sales, Q auto's strategy calls for product specialists to handle deals from beginning to end....
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Edmunds YouTube flap underscores tension with 3rd-party sites

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Edmunds.com's YouTube ad campaign that spoofed price haggling at dealerships lasted just two days. The third-party vehicle shopping site, which dealers pay to find sales leads, pulled the videos on Thursday after an outcry from some dealers who found the ads offensive....
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Group 1 slows acquisitions

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Group 1 Automotive Inc., put off by high prices for dealerships and unacceptable returns, will slow its acquisition pace in the near term....
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Fla. dealers are upfront on pricing

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
TrueCar's new bid to increase "transparency" in vehicle purchases is, in my view, nothing more than a marketing scheme for the misinformed and, frankly, distorts the image of the franchise system that I work in and for....
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Asbury raises its acquisition goal

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
Asbury Automotive Group Inc.'s acquisition ambitions keep getting bigger. The nation's seventh-largest dealership group said that it now aims to buy stores that will add $500 million in annual revenue during the next 18 months....
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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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Asbury names former Group 1, RML exec David Hult COO

10:50 am U.S. ET | Oct. 24, 2014
Former Group 1 and RML Automotive executive David Hult will become the next COO of Asbury Automotive Group Inc. as the public retailer expands a used-car store initiative and looks to grow through acquisitions....
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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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Group 1 slows acquisition pace

1:03 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 23, 2014
Put off by high prices for dealerships and unacceptable returns, Group 1 Automotive will slow its acquisition pace in the near term, CEO Earl Hesterberg said today....
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Dealers fume over new Edmunds videos that spoof price haggling

4:18 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 22, 2014
New YouTube ads from Edmunds.com have provoked a backlash. Some dealers say the four videos perpetuate stereotypes of dealers as unscrupulous bargainers. Edmunds says the ads are simply spoofs intended to show that customers dislike haggling....
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Sonic pushes back rollout of customer-experience program

3:40 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2014
Sonic Automotive will take at least six months longer than originally planned to roll its new customer experience program out to all of its dealerships....
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CarMax's U-turn: A return to Web leads

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
Used-car powerhouse CarMax has begun posting vehicle inventory again on AutoTrader.com and Cars.com after a 16-month hiatus. The shift underscores the challenge that new-car leader AutoNation faces in its effort to rely less on third-party lead sites....
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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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Bad feelings in Billings over deal veto

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20, 2014
GM nixed the sale of a Chevrolet store in Montana to former NADA Chairman Bill Underriner. The tale behind that deal - what happened before and after -- shows how the right-of-first-refusal option can sour relations between dealers -- and between dealers and the factory....
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Pickups defy fall in used-vehicle prices

1:59 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 10, 2014
In September, overall used-vehicle prices fell for the fifth month in a row, but prices of used pickups rose sharply. It’s all part of a healthy overall market, said Tom Webb, chief economist at auction giant Manheim....
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DAVID BARKHOLZ

In Chicago, Cox execs hear dealers' concerns -- and praise

10:26 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2014
vAuto's Access: Velocity conference has been an eye-opening experience for the senior management of Cox Automotive -- formerly the AutoTrader Group -- as well as the dealers attending....
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Landers starts up another dealership group

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
Longtime Arkansas dealer Steve Landers said he simply likes to build dealership groups....
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'THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING'

Buffett's Van Tuyl purchase puts top retailers in cross hairs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
When Warren Buffett signed a deal to buy Van Tuyl Group last week through his Berkshire Hathaway Inc. investment company, he clearly signaled that the top four dealership groups are in his sights. With Buffett at its helm, the country's fifth-biggest dealership group is about to get a lot bigger....
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BUFFETT | VAN TUYL DEAL

For Buffett, long drive to next Cadillac

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
Warren Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway Inc.'s purchase of the Van Tuyl Group means he probably won't be going back to Huber Cadillac, the Omaha, Neb., dealership where he bought a new XTS in May....
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BUFFETT-VAN TUYL DEAL

Reactions to Buffett-Van Tuyl deal

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2014
Some reaction of the Warren Buffett, Van Tuyl deal from dealership groups and buy-sell groups....
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