Dealers

Chrysler brand head Gardner's duties will include dealer network

3:58 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2015
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has appointed current Chrysler brand head Al Gardner to replace Peter Grady as vice president of its dealer network when Grady retires at the end of March, the automaker said today....
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Tesla joined by Koch Brothers, Sierra Club in fight with dealers

3:47 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2015
Talk about strange bedfellows. The environmental group Sierra Club and Americans for Prosperity, the political action group funded by the Koch brothers, are both backing Tesla Motors in its battle to avoid franchised dealers and sell cars direct to consumers....
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Valet car-hauling program fills service bays

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015
Dublin, Ohio, may still feel like a small town. But it is big when it comes to repairing pricey cars, thanks to the Midwestern Auto Group. The dealership's valet service coddles Astons, Bentleys, Ferraris and more as they are trucked in from five states. The program has also spawned ties to local high schools that serve as a talent pool for a booming parts and service business....
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Lithia, DCH build on the other's strengths

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015
Just over four months after Lithia Motors closed on its deal to buy DCH Auto Group's 27 dealerships, the two groups are busy sharing best practices and instituting a new culture at DCH....
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Dealership pioneer Martin 'Hoot' McInerney dead at 86

10:11 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015
Martin “Hoot” McInerney, a longtime Michigan car dealer and a pioneer in the dealership world, died Monday. He was 86....
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Subaru ranks high in dealer attitude survey

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015
Subaru ranked third overall in the Summer 2014 NADA Dealer Attitude Survey, behind Lexus and Toyota and ahead of Porsche and Ford....
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Tell us about dealership rising stars under age 40

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015
Are you a rising star at an auto dealership? Or do you know someone who is? For the fourth year, Automotive News will spotlight these youthful achievers in "40 Under 40 Retail," a special section in the July 13 issue. This year, Ally Auto is the exclusive lead sponsor of the retail award....
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Car dealer wannabes must pay the price

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015
Last month medical industry entrepreneur Taseer Badar became a dealer the way most do these days: by forking out huge sums, in this case to Gerald Hollingsworth for his Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Mazda stores. The deal illustrates the twists and big bucks involved in buy-sells today....
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Hyundai, VW add dealer website options

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015
Dealerships of Hyundai Motor America and Volkswagen of America have new choices for vendors to host their websites....
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KEITH CRAIN

Everyone wants to be a dealer

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015
No one is clamoring for the stocks of global automakers -- with the exception of Wall Street darling Tesla. Nor is anyone driving up supplier stocks. Automobile dealerships are where everyone wants to be....
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EDITORIAL

Nissan's quest for share reshapes U.S. auto industry

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015
Nissan North America is shaking up the status quo by helping Mexican retailers purchase dealerships in U.S. markets with large Hispanic populations....
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Dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015
Dealers featured this week include Ed Fitzpatrick, owner of Fitzpatrick Dealership Group in Modesto, Calif.; James Slingerland, dealer principal at Slingerland Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram in Corunna, Mich.; Jon Lorensen, dealer principal of Westbrook Toyota in Westbrook, Conn.; and Cathy Ellis, dealer principal at Infiniti of Memphis in Bartlett, Tenn....
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BEST PRACTICES

Youth movement fuels Utah Subaru dealerships

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015
Fountain of youth: Jeff and Tatiana Miller say building a young, college-educated staff at 2 Mark Miller Subaru stores has reduced turnover in entry-level positions and improved relations with shoppers....
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Dole out the freebies

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 16, 2015
Stanley Subaru in costal Maine gives its new-vehicle buyers a benefit it calls "Tires for Life." As long as customers follow Subaru's recommended maintenance schedule and have Stanley Subaru perform the work, the dealership replaces their tires for free when they wear out....
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AutoWeb sells Web traffic -- but it's not stopping there

11:56 am U.S. ET | Feb. 14, 2015
There’s another Web traffic source for dealers to use. Miami-based AutoWeb is an online search company that allows dealers to see which vehicles potential shoppers are interested in....
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Ford F-150, Subaru Legacy capture top honors in Canada

2:20 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 12, 2015
The Ford F-150 claimed another major award today when it was named 2015 Canadian Truck of the Year at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto. Subaru captured the Canadian Car of the Year honor for the first time since the award started in 1987 with the redesigned Legacy sedan....
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Penske Automotive reports 23% gain in Q4 net income

10:20 am U.S. ET | Feb. 11, 2015
Strong year-end vehicle sales, gains in service and parts gross margins and investments in US commercial vehicle businesses pushed Penske Automotive Group to a 23 percent gain in net income during the fourth quarter....
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JIM HENRY

A positive outlook for e-contracting

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 11, 2015
When it comes to e-contracting, maybe the glass is finally more half full than half empty.
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GM faces roadblocks in rebuilding Cadillac brand

8:35 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2015
GM CEO Mary Barra's strategy of rebuilding the Cadillac brand has run into twin roadblocks: the carmaker can't persuade enough American sedan buyers to switch from foreign competitors such as BMW or Mercedes, and it can't make enough of its Escalade SUVs to satisfy domestic demand....
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Cadillac will start pricing ATS-V at $61,460

4:00 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2015
Cadillac's high-performance variant of its ATS sport sedan, the ATS-V, will start at $61,460. The coupe will start at $63,660....
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Penske Automotive pushes further into commercial vehicles

1:12 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2015
Penske Automotive Group is putting its attention and investment dollars deeper into the commercial vehicle business. The company announced today its US-based commercial-vehicle dealership business will be called Penske Commercial Vehicles, US....
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Subaru sues Calif. dealership, claims it filed false customer surveys

3:18 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2015
Subaru of America filed a federal lawsuit against one of its California dealerships and its employees, accusing them of forging more than 200 customer satisfaction surveys to improve the dealership's reputation and avoid termination....
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Reviving Auto Row

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2015
The owner of Volkswagen of Oakland is seizing on the region's property boom by tearing down his dealership and building an apartment complex on the site, with VW and Hyundai stores on the ground level. When the apartments open, around 2018, Mike Murphy expects to charge $3.50 per square foot, or about $2,500 per month for a 700-square-foot apartment....
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AutoNation promotes 2 executives

2:53 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2015
AutoNation is expanding roles for two executives and increasing the number of executives who report directly to CEO Mike Jackson....
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Nissan brings in Mexican dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2015
Nissan is pulling out a secret weapon as it pushes for more market share in the U.S.: Mexican car dealers. Not U.S. car dealers of Mexican or Hispanic ancestry - but retailers from Mexico, who Nissan believes can electrify certain markets across the United States....
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