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Recent articles
UAW-Lear fight shows 2-tier's grip
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29
The UAW this summer vowed again to end the practice of paying workers in the same plant different wages for the same work. ...


L.A. retailer knows the value of a good name
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29
The adage that success is about "location, location, location" certainly applies to Honda of Los Angeles. But that was difficult to see three years ago. ...


Pay gap remains under Lear UAW contract after demise of two-tier wages
3:02 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 22 | UPDATED: 9/22/14 3:54 pm ET - adds revised wage figure
The UAW has ended two-tier wages for the majority of workers at a Lear seating plant in Indiana, but certainly not all. ...


AutoNation's brand building sets up more growth
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22
Mike Maroone, COO of AutoNation Inc., says the nation's largest dealership group is meeting the goals of a multiyear $100 million branding campaign. ...


JLR launches sites targeting certified-used shoppers
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22
Jaguar Land Rover has launched dedicated websites for shoppers of certified pre-owned vehicles as part of its effort to boost its dealers' used-vehicle sales and to prepa ...


3rd parties see their role sticking around
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22
Third-party online shopping sites are likely to continue influencing auto shoppers for the foreseeable future, despite pledges by dealership groups such as AutoNation Inc ...


Tier 2 wage fight at Lear moves to Detroit 3
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 22
A new UAW contract that eliminates lower pay for new hires at a Lear Corp. ...


UAW local ratifies Lear contract ending 2-tier wages
7:45 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 21
UAW-represented employees at a Lear seat plant in Indiana ratified a new contract today ending a wage structure that pays new-hires less than their veteran colleagues. ...


Lear contract first step in eliminating two-tier wages, Canadian union chief says
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 18
The head of Canada's largest auto worker union said a tentative UAW contract ending two-tier pay disparity at a Lear seat plant in Indiana was the first step in eliminati ...


Fla. M-B dealer e-validates contracts, gets paid fast
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 17
Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables rarely has to wait more than 24 hours to be paid by lenders that commit to finance the Florida store's loan and lease customers, said Scott ...


Dealers prying payments from some lenders
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 17
Dealers are still seeing big differences in how quickly lenders pay them on contracts in transit, despite awareness and technology campaigns aimed at speeding payments to ...


Strike shows restless UAW is going after two-tier wage system
3:30 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 16
The word “strike” has returned to the UAW lexicon. The union struck on Saturday at a Lear plant in Indiana that makes seats for Ford's Chicago Assembly Plant. ...


UAW deal with Lear would shed two-tier wages at Ind. plant
10:16 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 15
The agreement that ended a one-day strike at a Lear seat plant supplying Ford in Chicago would get rid of a wage structure that pays new-hires less than their veteran col ...


Edmunds pushes dealers toward Price Promise
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15
Edmunds.com, a popular car-shopping site, intends to drop dealers unwilling to join a sales program that guarantees vehicle prices to consumers, President Seth Berkowitz ...


Fla. M-B dealer e-validates contracts, gets paid fast
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8
Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables rarely has to wait more than 24 hours to be paid by lenders that commit to finance the Florida store's loan and lease customers, said Scott ...


Dealers prying payments from some lenders
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8
Dealers are still seeing big differences in how quickly lenders pay them on contracts in transit, despite awareness and technology campaigns aimed at speeding payments to ...


VinSolutions promotes 2 managers after exec departs
2:39 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 2
Dealership software supplier VinSolutions has promoted two of its top managers, effective immediately, upon the departure of executive Brian Skutta, the company said toda ...


JCI, Unifor labor deal averts threat to GM output in Canada
1:09 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 25
About 300 unionized workers at a Johnson Controls interiors plant in Ontario ratified a new three-year contract, heading off a potential strike at the factory and work st ...


Search Optics purchases website rival DigiGo
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25
Search Optics, a growing provider of dealer websites and digital marketing services, last week said it purchased KPA's DigiGo division, formerly known as TK Carsites. ...


Canadian JCI workers reach tentative pact
4:37 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 22
Canadian union workers at an interiors plant that supplies General Motors' Oshawa assembly complex have reached a tentative contract agreement that could avert a strike a ...


Dealer website provider Search Optics acquires DigiGo
3:34 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 19
Search Optics, a growing provider of dealer websites and digital marketing services, has purchased KPA's DigiGo division, formerly known as TK Carsites. Terms were not di ...


Social media fall flat for car shopping, research finds
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18
The body of evidence continues to grow that social media are ineffective for selling vehicles. ...


Honda digital ad budget to grow
12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18
Honda dealers are endorsing factory plans to increase spending next year for digital advertising. ...


TrueCar growing at faster pace than strong U.S. vehicle market
5:41 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 12
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 th ...


Even millennials bypass social media during car-buying journey
12:30 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 12
Despite years of hype by automakers and dealers, social media remain a non-starter for car shopping. Just 1 percent of car buyers use social sites to shop for a vehicle, ...


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