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Acura expects leasing to rise
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 22
Acura should see a "steady lift" in leases as part of its U.S. sales volume in 2015, Mike Accavitti, Acura general manager, said. ...


Regulation vs. technology -- why are U.S. roads getting safer?
9:21 am U.S. ET | Dec. 20
Here's some good news you didn't read much about this year: US roads are safer. The number of people who died in traffic crashes fell 3 percent in 2013, the National High ...


Acura boss sees rise in leasing in 2015
11:15 am U.S. ET | Dec. 17
Acura should see a “steady lift,” rather than a big jump, in leases as a portion of its U.S. sales volume in 2015, the brand's general manager says. ...


FTC finds fine print too fine, imposes fines
12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 14
Dealers should remember Americans are getting older. And while smartphone screens are getting bigger, they're still dinky compared to that big-screen TV on your wall. Thi ...


Why the bid-rigging? Ask the automakers
12:29 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 26
Toyota employees are taught to solve problems with the “Five Whys.” Ask why it happened, and why that happened, and so on until you get to the fundamental pro ...


Ford's Odell: Sharp, talented and respectful
7:17 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10
Ford of Europe boss Stephen Odell's focus on respecting the customer will be a good start when he becomes the automaker's global sales and marketing chief. ...


Ford's Odell: Sharp, talented and respectful
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10
I know Ford's Jim Farley was considered a marketing wunderkind. But I don't think Odell is by any means a step down as marketing boss. ...


Art program could help shape auto industry's next creative minds
1:33 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 7
Thursday night, I went to a fundraiser, called #onthefridge, for Art Road. The group's latest art on display was cool, but I was more drawn to some of the earlier years&# ...


Kuni Automotive COO Herman dies at 72
4:02 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 31
Joseph Herman, COO of dealership group Kuni Automotive and a 40-year veteran of the auto retailing industry, died the morning of Oct. 29 after a year-long battle with pan ...


Mitsubishi's net rises 8 percent as U.S. sales soar
3:28 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 29
Mitsubishi Motors said net income rose 8 percent in the latest quarter, aided by results in North America. ...


Why loan length doesn’t matter
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 22
There’s another reason not to fret over longer new-car loans: The numbers can be misleading. ...


In praise of the Best Dealerships To Work For
3:07 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 17
The stores honored this week as the Best Dealerships To Work For retain employees at a rate that puts the industry to shame. ...


Forget big vs. small; it's the Best vs. the rest
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15
The differences among small, medium and large Best Dealerships To Work For are far less striking than their similarities. ...


Dealers movin' on up
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15
With increased competition for spots on the Best Dealerships To Work For list, 48 dealerships repeated from last year. And many of those slid in the rankings. But not all ...


For Buffett, long drive to next Cadillac
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6
Warren Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway Inc.'s purchase of the Van Tuyl Group means he probably won't be going back to Huber Cadillac, the Omaha, Neb., dealership where he bou ...


How to end predatory auto-loan practices
12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 29
Americans won't abide companies that gouge minorities and other vulnerable consumers. ...


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