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California court case reworks technician pay plans
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4
Dealers often bemoan California's legal climate. Two of their biggest legal headaches there are labor-law challenges and class-action lawsuits. ...


California dealers attract buyers despite business climate
12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4
Dealers are eager to buy dealerships in California again. ...


Family takes Dave Smith name forward
1:58 pm U.S. ET | May 1
Ken Smith wants his dad’s name to live on. And it’s about to, in a much bigger way. ...


AutoNation says no to captive
11:45 am U.S. ET | April 29
AutoNation, after exploring whether to launch its own captive finance company, is saying no to the idea. CEO Mike Jackson says the retailer will generate a better return ...


Public dealerships plan for growth
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27
AutoNation, Sonic, Asbury and Lithia gave updates on their new projects as they reported generally robust first-quarter earnings. Here's what they said. ...


Manheim expands its mobile auctions
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27
Manheim is expanding its mobile auction business, which the company says could grow to 20 percent of its revenues eventually from less than 5 percent today. ...


RFJ buys Dave Smith Auto
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 25
Fast-growing dealership group RFJ Auto Partners is expanding in the Northwest by buying Dave Smith Auto Group, which operates two of the highest-volume stores in the U.S. ...


AutoNation's Q1 net income rises 17%
7:00 am U.S. ET | April 22 | UPDATED: 4/22/15 10:13 am ET - adds Jackson M&A comments
AutoNation is picking up its acquisition pace as its profits continue to rise. Net income for the nation's largest new-car retailer jumped 17 percent in the first quarter ...


Asbury's first quarter net income rises 14%
9:06 am U.S. ET | April 21 | UPDATED: 4/21/15 3:12 pm ET - adds details
Asbury Automotive Group's net income jumped 14 percent in the first quarter of 2015 from the year-earlier period, to $35.9 million, as all parts of its business experienc ...


Tailor shopping to your customers, studies suggest
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13
If auto dealers and manufacturers would give customers a better shopping experience, those customers would visit dealerships more often and even buy more vehicles, two ne ...


'Experience the brand, drive the cars' heart of Porsche campaign
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6
Porsche will launch a new brand campaign dubbed "Forever Amazing" in May that aims to highlight recent product introductions and new customer-experience centers, complete ...


Buffett extends a hand to dealers -- 'If we shake hands, we've got a deal'
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6
With the deeper pockets of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. now backing it, the former Van Tuyl Group intends to add dealerships going forward. ...


Pa. dealership group gains from market-based pricing
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6
Eighteen months after #1 Cochran Automotive launched a customer experience initiative centered on market-based pricing and transparency, the dealership group says its mar ...


U.S. Porsche dealers to receive more Macans
12:01 am U.S. ET | April 5
Porsche is increasing US allocation for the midsize Macan crossover. "We do not want to continue to have a situation where we have a waiting list of five to six months," ...


Porsche anticipates rush of demand for Boxster Spyder
12:55 pm U.S. ET | April 1
Porsche executives expect the rush for the new Boxster Spyder unveiled today to be similar to what they’ve seen for other recently introduced special versions of ex ...


Sonic to expand initiative piece by piece
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 30
Sonic Automotive Inc.'s rollout of its customer experience initiative to stores in the Charlotte, N.C., area came slower than expected, in part due to a malfunctioning we ...


Justices paved way for suit against TrueCar
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 16
The dealer lawsuit accusing vehicle-shopping site TrueCar Inc. ...


Asbury plans to hire 200-400 technicians
11:04 am U.S. ET | March 16
Asbury Automotive Group says it will hire between 200 and 400 technicians during the next one to two years in a bid to meet potential growth opportunities in its parts-an ...


AutoNation drops chief accounting officer
12:40 pm U.S. ET | March 13 | UPDATED: 3/13/15 1:04 pm ET -- corrected
AutoNation is searching for a new chief accounting officer after removing Michael Stephan from the post this week. The change is connected to “an internal realignme ...


TrueCar blasts dealers' suit over advertising claims as 'meritless'
11:27 am U.S. ET | March 11
TrueCar blasted a lawsuit filed this week by dealers over its advertising claims as “meritless. ...


Berkshire Hathaway completes Van Tuyl acquisition
10:51 am U.S. ET | March 10 | UPDATED: 3/11/15 4:51 pm ET - corrected
Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway completed its purchase of the Van Tuyl Group, the largest dealership acquisition in industry history. All aspects of the sale were fin ...


Open-air designs create F&I privacy puzzle
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9
Though walls and locked doors still are considered the sure-fire way to keep customer data safe today, manufacturers and some automotive retailers are exploring ways to m ...


TrueCar sued by dealers for 'false advertising'
5:45 pm U.S. ET | March 9 | UPDATED: 3/9/15 6:44 pm ET - adds TrueCar statement
Dealers representing 117 new-car franchises are suing TrueCar for more than $250 million, claiming they are victims of false advertising and unfair competition. ...


Porsche: New variants to boost Cayenne sales
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9
Porsche Cayenne sales will rebound in 2015 as several variants of the freshened crossover go on sale, the brand's U.S. sales chief said. ...


Porsche's pricey special editions find frenzy of customers in U.S.
12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9
Porsche sold nearly one-third of its 918 Spyders in the U.S., making the country the largest market for the limited-edition supercar. And Porsche's U.S. sales chief expec ...


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