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Recent authored articles

Dealership buy-sells fall in Q1

Public retailers' acquisition spending is on the rise but private dealers bought fewer dealerships during the first quarter, dragging down overall buy-sells.

Jeep rumbles into subscription market

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will drive Jeep into the burgeoning subscription market next year, and it will allow some Jeep owners to borrow other FCA models as well.

Texas dealer Ben Keating finds success in endurance racing

With his recent switch to driving a Mercedes-AMG race car, Keating has high hopes for AMG sales at his Mercedes store opening in Texas later this year.

AMG boss pushes motorsports expansion

Under Tobias Moers, AMG has expanded its racing program. For the head of Mercedes;Benz' performance division, the investment is a proof point that AMG is serious about developing sports cars.

Auto shows scramble to remain relevant

BMW's decision to unveil a car in a video game illustrates how the digital era is transforming the way automakers introduce vehicles, forcing Detroit and other big auto shows to figure out how to stay relevant.

For many brands, regional auto shows are big deals

With one in four new-car buyers attending an auto show before they purchase, many automakers are figuring out new ways to attract visitors to their displays.

Mercedes' EQ will define an electric ecosystem

What's the best way to market the explosion of EVs coming from across the industry? Automakers are trying to figure that out.

'The two extremes' of Porsche

Thousands of Porsche enthusiasts gathering in California this fall give the automaker the perfect chance to sell the brand's most loyal consumers on its new EV offerings.

BMW eases dealership bonus program

BMW of North America won't change the major components of its controversial dealership bonus program for 2018, but it will relax some of the metrics it uses so that more dealerships should qualify for the payments.

Porsche plans network of more than 500 fast chargers for North America

With multiple electric vehicles coming, buyers need a strong charging network to alleviate range anxiety, Porsche's U.S. boss says. Every dealership in Canada and the U.S. will have fast chargers.

M-B subscription test will hinge on dealers

Mercedes-Benz's vehicle-subscription pilots in Nashville and Philadelphia will run for at least a year and directly involve dealers in what CEO Dietmar Exler called an opportunity to learn.

Porsche plans network of 500 fast chargers for U.S.

With multiple electric vehicles coming, buyers need a strong charging network to alleviate range anxiety, the brand's U.S. boss says.

Mercedes partners with dealers for subscription pilot in Nashville, Philadelphia

UPDATED: 4/12/18 10:57 am ET - adds link

Mercedes-Benz will launch its vehicle subscription program in a pilot with dealers in Nashville and Philadelphia, setting up a battle with BMW as the luxury rivals try out a new type of relationship with customers.

BMW launches U.S. subscription pilot

BMW, joining the list of automakers exploring the business case for vehicle subscription services, will launch its first pilot program in the United States at a Sonic Automotive store in Nashville.

NISSAN: 2017 sell-down, model changeover dent volume

Though many of the auto industry's mass-market brands reported U.S. sales gains in March, Nissan's deliveries last month dropped 3.

BMW iNext, i4 coming; i3, i8 futures in doubt

BMW will introduce the i4 and iNext EVs in 2020 and 2021, but the cars that kicked off BMW's i electric subbrand — the i3 and i8 — may not have a future beyond their current generation.

Mercedes-AMG will stop selling V-12s

There will be no new V-12-powered AMG 65 models coming.

BMW Group looks into a Rolls EV

With China as an impetus, an electric Rolls-Royce is on the table.

BMW, Daimler join forces against new rivals

The fiercest of rivals, BMW and Daimler are now merging several of their businesses to better carve out a top position in the growing mobility services space.

Volvo plans to focus on used sales, service

Volvo aims to help its U.S. dealerships become more profitable in 2018 in part by focusing on improving the used-vehicle and service businesses.

Mercedes subscription pilot starts in June

Mercedes will test a vehicle subscription service in two U.S. cities.

Dealers will learn new AVP bonus plan in April

With more new and updated vehicles to launch, BMW will increase spending on U.S. marketing in 2018.

Daimler, BMW to combine ride-sharing units

UPDATED: 3/28/18 5:39 pm ET

By joining forces, BMW Group and Daimler AG, two of the auto industry's fiercest competitors, aim to become a mobility powerhouse.

Can X2 be a volume player?

BMW executives say they are counting on the X2 to conquest buyers from other brands and become a substantial part of the automaker's business.

Volvo's 'time to deliver' for dealer profitability

Volvo aims to help its dealerships in the United States improve profitability in 2018 in part by focusing on used cars and customer service.

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