Minority affairs

GM plans to build on growth of minority-owned stores

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2014
General Motors added 21 minority-owned dealerships to its network so far this year, with plans to add a "couple more" this month and perhaps more by year end, said Eric Peterson, GM's U.S. vice president of diversity dealer relations....
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Irma Elder, first woman to own a Ford dealership in Detroit area, dies at 84

1:28 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 30, 2014
Irma Elder, CEO of Elder Automotive Group and the first woman to own a Ford dealership in the Detroit area, died today. She was 84....
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Q&A WITH GREG JACKSON | CEO, PRESTIGE AUTOMOTIVE GROUP

Minority dealers still don't reflect minority purchases

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2014
Today, Prestige CEO Greg Jackson owns four dealerships in southeastern Michigan that sold 10,177 new Cadillac, Ford, Toyota and Mercedes-Benz vehicles last year....
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Minority dealers are adding import brands

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14, 2014
After taking a disproportionately big hit when General Motors and Chrysler closed more than 1,600 dealerships in 2009, minority dealers have been adding import franchises. Still, the total number of minority stores remains inadequate, the National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers says....
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Maserati could benefit from Chrysler minority dealer program, exec says

5:54 pm U.S. ET | July 10, 2014
A Chrysler Group minority dealer development program can help diversify Maserati’s dealer network, the head of both companies’ dealer networks said Thursday....
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Top black dealer groups' sales up

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2014
The nation's 60 largest black-owned dealership groups increased revenue 11 percent last year from 2012 to $7.99 billion, Black Enterprise magazine reported....
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Minority dealers buy stores with Ford loans

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2014
Ford Motor Co. is adding to its minority-dealer ranks through a program designed to help dealers and individuals with dealership management experience to buy Ford and Lincoln stores....
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Rainbow PUSH targets new imbalance with Japan

11:36 am U.S. ET | April 9, 2014
Mention trade deficits with Japan, and the phrase usually conjures the 1980s trade wars with Tokyo over the flood of made-in-Japan imports to the United States. But for civil rights leader Jesse Jackson, there is a new trade gap with Japan....
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Jesse Jackson leads minority trade mission to Japan's automakers

7:02 am U.S. ET | April 2, 2014
Jesse Jackson is leading a Rainbow PUSH Coalition trade mission to meet with the heads of Japan's leading automakers later this week, in order to increase the representation of minority interests in management, suppliers and dealerships....
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Ally, CFPB poles apart on discrimination breadth, evidence

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2014
Ally Financial and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau are miles apart on core issues, such as how to measure discrimination and how widespread it is, says Ally CEO Michael Carpenter....
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GM touts dealer diversity gains

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2014
General Motors awarded dealerships to 21 minorities in 2013 and is aiming for 25 more this year, said Eric Peterson, GM's U.S. vice president of diversity dealer relations. GM had 208 minority-owned dealerships at year end, a net gain of 10 in 2013, he said, and the minority-owned stores are more profitable than GM's dealer network as a whole....
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Chrysler adds minority-owned dealerships

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2014
Chrysler Group gained more than two dozen minority-owned U.S. dealerships in 2013 and is poised to challenge Toyota's lead in the percentage of its U.S. stores at least partially owned by racial minorities. Chrysler in 2013 added 42 minority-owned dealerships, but lost 16 through sales or terminations, for a net gain of 26 to 189 total....
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Va. dealer Moorehead becomes 1st African-American with a U.S. Rolls-Royce store

3:42 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 30, 2014
Tom Moorehead, owner of BMW and Mini dealerships in northern Virginia, has acquired a Rolls-Royce store, becoming the first African-American with a franchise to sell the ultraluxury brand in the United States....
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Chrysler adds 26 minority-owned stores

1:01 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 26, 2014
Chrysler Group gained more than two dozen minority-owned dealerships in 2013 and is poised to challenge Toyota's lead in the percentage of its stores in the United States at least partially owned by racial minorities....
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Toyota seeks more input from multicultural ad agencies

7:00 am U.S. ET | Dec. 18, 2013
The advertising agencies Toyota uses to reach African-American, Hispanic and Asian-American consumers will soon have a larger role in crafting the brand's general-market advertising, Toyota's U.S. marketing boss said....
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Ford shares patents with minority suppliers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 29, 2013
The owner of a small tooling supplier in suburban Detroit wants to play a big role in the auto industry's high-stakes shift from steel to aluminum. He just needs time....
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