Dealers

TrueCar growing at faster pace than strong U.S. vehicle market

5:41 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 12, 2014
TrueCar, the online car-shopping site that went public with its stock in May, is growing its sales and dealer network faster than overall U.S. vehicle sales and faster than analysts expected....
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GM hails Opel dealership take-up in European turnaround plan

2:37 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 12, 2014
General Motors' European transformation is gathering pace, with the vast majority of its former Chevrolet dealers in the region now selling only Opel-branded vehicles to boost the once-flagging brand, the automaker said today....
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Shanghai GM contacted by regulators as rivals pressured to cut prices

7:08 am U.S. ET | Aug. 12, 2014
General Motors said its joint venture in China was contacted by the nation’s antitrust regulator amid an industry investigation that has seen at least seven foreign carmakers cut prices....
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Freeze! It's the Honda ad police

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2014
An extension of Honda's marketing department in the United States keeps a close watch on the activities of dealers who participate in the brand's dealer marketing allowance program and cracks down on any who violate strict rules on what dealers can and can't say in their advertising....
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Florida dealer opts out of deal to be COO of new company

1:19 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2014
Florida dealer David Maus is bowing out of a deal to become COO and part owner of a new South Carolina dealership holding company called First Team Automotive Group....
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'Moneyball' team builder to keynote forum

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2014
Billy Beane, the Oakland Athletics general manager known for building winning baseball teams with low payrolls, will be the afternoon keynote speaker at the Automotive News Retail Forum in January....
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Stocks stay on target -- with help

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2014
With a little help from increased incentives, automakers kept U.S. inventories at near-ideal levels to start August....
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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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Q&A WITH GREG MILLER | CEO, LARRY H. MILLER GROUP OF COS.

Miller learned from his dad and learned how to delegate

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2014
Greg Miller, 48, learned a lot about the car business from his father, Larry H. Miller. But he is a very different leader from his dad....
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Dealers

Dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2014
This week's dealership awards go to Koons Ford in Falls Church, Va. and Terry Henricks Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram in Archbold, Ohio....
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BEST PRACTICES

Mich. Honda dealer cashes in on clunkers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2014
Eighteen months ago, River Town Honda in Grandville, Mich., embraced older, high-mileage trade-ins instead of automatically selling them at near-zero profit to wholesalers. The decision has reshaped the way retails used vehicles and helped the store sell additional new vehicles....
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Calif. retail group grabs more stores

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10, 2014
Conant Auto Retail Group of Newport Beach, Calif., which includes the nation's largest Honda dealership, bought Southern California's three-store Fladeboe Automotive Group....
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GM idling Michigan plant 3 weeks to trim Cadillac ATS, CTS supplies

5:30 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 8, 2014
General Motors plans to idle the Michigan plant that produces the Cadillac ATS and CTS for three weeks amid a glut of inventory. The move comes as U.S. sales of the ATS and CTS sag, pushing inventories to unusually high levels....
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GM issues 5 more recalls covering 269,000 vehicles

3:27 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 8, 2014
General Motors issued five recalls covering about 269,000 U.S. vehicles, from 2013 Cadillac ATS sedans for a seat belt glitch to older-model Saturn Vue crossovers for a problem with the key coming out when the ignition is not turned off....
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Startup CarLister joins rush to digital car-buying

8:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 8, 2014
DreamWare, a Web development company with ties to eBay, is launching a car-buying and listing Web application today that allows users to shop and list a used vehicle for sale on any digital platform. The company is the latest to join the hotly contested market for digital car-buying and selling platforms....
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Ford recalls about 3,000 vehicles in North America

11:55 am U.S. ET | Aug. 8, 2014
Ford is recalling about 3,000 cargo vans and luxury SUVs in North America in three separate moves to address potential brake hose, sliding door and windshield glitches....
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VW expands Chrysler-built minivan recall over ignition switches

9:21 am U.S. ET | Aug. 8, 2014
Volkswagen is more than doubling a three-year-old recall of its Chrysler-built Routan minivans that have ignition switches that can be knocked into the accessory position and shut off the engine, according to documents filed with U.S. safety regulators....
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Web visits help UK's largest car dealer, Pendragon, to boost profits

Aug. 8, 2014 06:01 CET
Profits of Britain's largest car dealer, Pendragon, doubled in the first half as increased online visits helped drive up used and new car sales....
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JAMIE LaREAU

McDonald's and the dealer franchise system

3:28 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2014
A decision involving the McDonald’s fast-food chain could have dramatic implications for the franchised car dealer system going forward. Or not....
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Mazda, Hyundai dealer in N.J. faces complaints over deceptive ads, sales

1:19 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2014
Bergen Auto Enterprises, which operates Wayne Mazda and Wayne Auto Mall Hyundai in New Jersey, is accused of marketing previously rented or damaged cars as new, and advertised already-sold or leased vehicles that were no longer available, according to a five-count complaint with the state's Division of Consumer Affairs....
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JAMES B. TREECE

GM Financial subpoena shifts investigation away from dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
When dealers saw headlines saying the U.S. Department of Justice had subpoenaed GM Financial ast month to produce documents relating to its subprime auto loan contracts, they could be excused for worrying that this represented another threat to their arranging car loans for consumers....
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2 Southern dealers team up under new group name

1:47 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2014
Warner Peacock, CEO of New River Auto Mall in South Carolina, is teaming up with Florida mega dealer David Maus to form a new company called First Team Automotive Group LLC....
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AutoNation sales up 8 percent in its best July since 2006

11:22 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
AutoNation said today new-vehicle retail sales in the United States increased 8 percent in July from a year earlier to 27,484 units -- the company's best July since 2006....
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Rowe moves to president of AutoTrader.com from Kelley Blue Book

7:09 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Jared Rowe, former president of Kelley Blue Book, has been appointed president of AutoTrader.com, effectively immediately, the two companies said Monday....
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COMMENTARY: JAMES B. TREECE

A failure to punish fails members

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
A New York Times report on July 20 cast some car dealerships once again as unscrupulous businesses. Both the NIADA and NADA issued strong statements against the practices outlined in the report. Fine, but what matters is action....
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