Texas

Judge delays ruling on 'park now' order covering faulty GM cars

1:19 pm U.S. ET | April 3, 2014
A federal judge in Texas on Friday declined to issue an emergency order forcing GM to tell owners of 2.6 million recalled cars to stop driving them immediately. A ruling on the matter could come next week instead.... Read More »

 

Texas dealers argue against altering franchise laws to lure Tesla plant

3:39 pm U.S. ET | March 28, 2014
Texas dealers defended the state's franchise laws today, just days after Gov. Rick Perry suggested that the laws should be reviewed and perhaps changed to let Tesla Motors sell its electric vehicles directly to consumers.... Read More »

 

Audi superstore opened by Sonic in Houston

10:04 am U.S. ET | March 7, 2014
A unit of Sonic Automotive has opened the largest Audi dealership in the United States -- a glitzy 142,000-square-foot store in Houston.... Read More »

 

REPORTERS' JOURNAL

The rise and fall of the Finnisher

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 16, 2013
Automotive News reporter Nick Bunkley tells the tale of Houston auto pitchman Rik Melartin, and talks about the challenges he faced while reporting.... Read More »

 

Toyota weighs adding truck capacity

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 16, 2013
Toyota is considering expanding pickup production capacity at its San Antonio plant. "Dealers are telling us they could sell more Tacomas and Tundras," Toyota Division General Manager Bill Fay said. "We are evaluating our footprint and capacity."... Read More »

 

Heroic tale turns into trouble for Houston dealership

11:00 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2013
A Houston-area dealership has distanced itself from the personality who claimed to “do heroic things” occasionally while making “great car deals happen” every day.... Read More »

 

Group 1 buys 3 Texas stores from Moritz

12:03 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 12, 2013
Group 1 Automotive Inc. said today that it has purchased three dealerships in Arlington, Texas.... Read More »

 

Ram 1500 wins Truck of Texas for 3rd time in 4 years

11:46 am U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2013
For the third time in four years, the Ram 1500 has been named the Truck of Texas by the Texas Auto Writers Association, retaining its 2012 title and beating out the redesigned Chevrolet Silverado.... Read More »

 

BEST PRACTICES

How to bring 100 new hires up to speed

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 7, 2013
Park Place Lexus Plano went on a hiring spree this year, creating and filling 100 positions.... Read More »

 

Nissan offers free Leaf charging in Texas

4:37 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 26, 2013
Nissan plans to offer free rapid charges for its battery-powered Leaf hatchback for new customers in Texas, experimenting with a strategy pioneered by Tesla Motors.... Read More »

 

How Texas dealers slammed the door on Tesla

10:54 am U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2013
As Tesla Motors fought legislative battles with dealers in numerous states this year, Texas became the only state in which the electric vehicle maker mounted a vigorous challenge to existing franchise laws. And it's the only state in which Tesla lost its fight outright. Chalk it up to the legacy of Gene Fondren.... Read More »

 

Chevy steers its Silverado into a Texas-sized bonanza

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 2, 2013
Trying to prod Texans to buy its redesigned full-sized pickup, Chevy has managed to get the Silverado named the official truck of University of Texas football.... Read More »

 

Chevrolet saddles up with U of Texas in Silverado marketing deal

3:27 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2013
Chevrolet, aiming to give a boost to the launch of the redesigned 2014 Silverado, has signed a multi-year marketing partnership with the University of Texas' athletics programs. Financial terms of the pact were not released.... Read More »

 

Transforming service, with an assist from Mulally

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2013
Chaz Gilmore rose to general manager of the huge Grapevine Ford-Lincoln store in Grapevine, Texas, because he knew how to sell cars and was a master of online sales.... Read More »

 

GM readies Chevy Silverado ad blitz to recapture pickup share

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 2, 2013
GM this week is kicking off its biggest advertising campaign in at least five years with an emotional tribute to hardworking Chevrolet Silverado owners, the start of a campaign for the redesigned 2014 pickup that's likely to top $300 million.... Read More »

 

TARGET: TEXAS

As the pickup war heats up, GM barnstorms top truck market with redone models in push to regain lost share

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 24, 2013
A statewide blitz across Texas -- General Motors calls the five-month swing of more than 60 stops unprecedented -- is just the start of a national Silverado campaign. It highlights how this fast-growing state of 26 million people is shaping up as the key battleground in a pickup war that will grow especially fierce over the next two years.... Read More »

 

BMW Financial expands e-contracting to Mini

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 24, 2013
BMW Group Financial Services will expand its e-contracting system to Mini dealers in four states -- New York, California, Texas and Virginia -- by the end of this year. The system already is in use in the four states for BMW dealerships.... Read More »

 

BEST PRACTICES

Austin dealer is the biggest show in town

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 17, 2013
Since instituting one-price selling, First Texas Honda has jumped from 380th among Honda dealerships in terms of sales volume to the top 30, and from selling 200 new and used vehicles a month to 450.... Read More »

 

Tesla loses its battle to sell directly in Texas

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 3, 2013
The showdown between Tesla and Texas dealers is over -- for now -- with Tesla founder Elon Musk suffering his second straight setback in his fight to sell electric cars directly to consumers.... Read More »

 

Tesla falters in Texas; N.C. fight goes on

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 13, 2013
Elon Musk has two weeks to convince Texas legislators that he deserves an exemption to current state law that would allow him to sell his Tesla electric vehicles directly to consumers. It will be a long shot.... Read More »

 

NLRB likely to certify UAW to represent Flex-N-Gate workers at Texas plant

3:48 pm U.S. ET | May 10, 2013
The National Labor Relations Board likely will issue a certification today confirming the UAW as bargaining representative for hourly workers at a Flex-N-Gate Corp. plant in Arlington, Texas.... Read More »

 

Flex-N-Gate workers in Texas vote to join UAW

4:10 pm U.S. ET | May 2, 2013
Hourly workers at a Flex-N-Gate plant in Arlington, Texas, voted to join the UAW on Wednesday. Of the 73 employees eligible to vote, 51 voted in favor of union representation and 22 opposed, the National Labor Relations Board said today. The NLRB conducted the election.... Read More »

 

Dealers pitch in to help after Texas blast

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 22, 2013
The deadly explosion at a fertilizer plant in the small town of West, Texas, last week damaged a nearby General Motors store and spurred local dealers to organize efforts to help heal their ravaged community.... Read More »

 

JAMIE LaREAU

Dealerships absorb an indirect hit when disaster strikes

7:21 am U.S. ET | April 20, 2013
This past week two catastrophic events hit communities. While no dealership employees were injured in either incident, dealers and staffers felt the impact.... Read More »

 

Texas dealers confront aftermath of destruction

3:30 pm U.S. ET | April 18, 2013
Greg May Chevrolet in West, Texas, is coping with damage and devastation. Last night, a blast at a fertilizer plant a mile from the store killed several people and injured more than 100. "It's been quite devastating," said Gary Rodenbaugh, general manager of Greg May Chevrolet.... Read More »

 

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