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Audi bullish about another record year

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2015
Despite few major vehicle launches coming up, Audi of America CEO Scott Keogh says the brand will post record U.S. sales for the sixth-straight year in 2015. The gains will be fueled by greater availability of the hot-selling Q5 and Q3 crossovers....
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DAVE GUILFORD

Volvo and the 'sweet hereafter'

12:59 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 30, 2015
Excruciatingly long product lead times have always challenged automakers, who have to figure out what will sell four or five years hence. But they’re tough on dealers, too, who face lengthy product droughts while hearing -- literally for years -- about the really sweet stuff that’s on the way....
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Soros is ready to move on auto dealerships

3:40 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Wall Street powerhouse Soros Fund Management is ready to move on a deal to acquire auto dealerships, a representative of the fund said at a private dinner Saturday in San Francisco, according to two sources who attended the event. Soros is prepared to invest as much as $1 billion on dealerships, one of the sources said....
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Porsche works to deliver more Macans to U.S. dealerships

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2015
Porsche is working to increase supplies of the new Macan midsize crossover to US dealers in 2015. Wait times for Macan buyers have been six months or more since it went on sale last May....
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Mitsubishi Galant

Mitsubishi, Renault-Nissan midsize sedan project stalls

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2015
A plan for the Renault-Nissan Alliance to supply Mitsubishi dealers with a midsize sedan has stalled, according to a senior U.S. Mitsubishi executive. The high-level joint venture between the alliance and Mitsubishi Motors was announced in late 2013, and has been a bright hope for Mitsubishi's U.S. dealers who are hungry for new product....
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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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KRISHNAN ANANTHARAMAN

Spending billions but coming up short on the trust scale

9:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2015
To really make customers more comfortable while buying a new car, dealers should take a close look at every step of the transaction process they put a consumer through, and figure out where trust is leaking out....
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AMY WILSON

How to get a deal done

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2015
One of the reasons it might be a great time to sell your dealership? Some of the private equity groups scouting auto retail are so eager to put their investors' money to work, they'll overpay, says Tim York, managing partner of accounting firm Dixon Hughes Goodman....
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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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Hyundai plans incentives, run-out packages for Elantra

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2015
Hyundai is less than a year away from redesigning the Elantra compact car, its most popular US model. First, the factory will spend a little bit to help US dealers clear out inventory of the current Elantra, Hyundai Motor America CEO Dave Zuchowski told dealers Sunday at Hyundai's make meeting....
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Toyota sees sales boost from trucks, Tacoma

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 25, 2015
Toyota Motor Sales plans to top 2.4 million in US sales this year across its Toyota, Lexus and Scion divisions, up from 2.37 million units last year. Some of that extra volume will come when the redesigned 2016 Tacoma pickup truck reaches showrooms during the fourth quarter, executives said Sunday....
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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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At Kia, the No. 2 sales exec for U.S. is out

3:45 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2015
A year after the last major shakeup at Kia Motors America, the Korean automaker's No. 2 U.S. sales executive parted ways with the company last week....
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Mercedes to send U.S. dealers greater share of global output

4:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2015
Mercedes-Benz dealers will receive a greater share of the brand’s global production this year after experiencing tight supplies in 2014, U.S. chief Steve Cannon said Saturday. Cannon, CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA, said that a combination of increased global production and slumping European markets will send more vehicles to the U.S....
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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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NICK BUNKLEY

Could a Super Bowl loss deflate car sales in New England or Seattle?

4:45 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2015
Cars are emotional purchases for consumers. A Wisconsin dealer told me he got clear evidence of that this week, after the Green Bay Packers were eliminated from the NFL playoffs is heartbreaking fashion....
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Honda bets on redesigned trucks to boost U.S. sales

3:30 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2015
Honda expects to beat last year's 1 percent U.S. sales increase as it breathes new life into its truck lineup in 2015. The automaker plans to sell between 70,000 and 80,000 units of the new HR-V compact crossover, which launches in spring, for the first 12 months “when it's up and running,” said Jeff Conrad, general manager of the Honda division....
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GM and Ally compete to grow F&I

12:34 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2015
GM is on a hiring binge to build a direct sales force for its branded F&I products as the company seeks a foothold in the competitive space. GM rolled out branded F&I products nationally last year while taking over the business from captive-finance arm GM Financial....
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BMW modernizes operations as sales rise

4:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2015
BMW is investing behind the scenes in North America to support its rising U.S. sales volume. Last week, the company opened a regional parts distribution center in Redlands, Calif., to promise same-day delivery of service parts to dealers in California, Arizona, Hawaii and Nevada, where BMW's market penetration has been growing, says Ludwig Willisch, CEO of BMW of North America....
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NADA offers a dealers' guide to federal advertising rules

5:53 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2015
NADA announced a new Dealer Guide to Federal Advertising Requirements aimed at helping dealerships avoid trouble with the Federal Trade Commission, especially over advertising for lease and finance terms....
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Cadillac chief strives to reassure anxious dealers

3:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2015
Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen sought to reassure dealers at the brand's make meeting that he isn't out to eliminate stores, though he offered few details about the broad facility-investment plan that he outlined earlier this week....
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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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