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Are we coping with falling used-car prices? Depends whom you ask

Declining used-vehicle prices bludgeoned second-quarter profits at Hertz and Avis Budget. Here's what they're doing about it.

IAA, ADESA power KAR's Q2 results

KAR Auction Services' second-quarter net profile fell 7.4 percent on a debt-restructuring charge, even as revenue grew.

Denso's net surges on higher vehicle output; outlook raised for the year

Denso said its net income surged 66 percent in its fiscal first quarter as the supplier's revenue rose 6.6 percent on higher vehicle output in its major markets.

Aisin Seiki says quarterly net profit fell 25%

Aisin Seiki's net fell in the quarter ended June 30, compared with the year-earlier period when the supplier's earnings were inflated by a special item.

Who will order car subscriptions?

Vehicle subscription services are emerging as a new slice of the car-sharing market, and industry leaders are still trying to figure out which model will work best.

Rethinking flagship stores

Major retailers are rethinking the value of glitzy flagship stores. Should automakers follow suit?

Upside-down buyers' next moves vary by brand

Levels of negative equity vary by brand. So do buyers' actions when they discover that they owe more on their trade-in than it's worth, an informal survey found.

For Amazon's next move, watch its Europe tests

Could Amazon decide to buy a dealership group or two to cover all automotive brands? It certainly has the cash.

Can I schedule online? Will I?

Two of every five consumers surveyed didn't know whether they could schedule service work online. Of those who knew, only about a third have ever done so.

Upside-down buyers' next moves vary by brand

Levels of negative equity vary by brand. So do buyers' actions when they discover that they owe more on their trade-in than it's worth, an informal survey found.

Penske Automotive raises dividend -- again

UPDATED: 5/10/17 4:25 pm - adds stock close

Penske Automotive Group has raised its dividend by a penny -- again -- to 31 cents a share.

Asbury hires CFO with experience in diverse industries

Asbury Automotive has gone outside the auto industry to fill its vacant CFO post.

Denso, Aisin Seiki profits rise on higher volumes

Higher production volumes lifted Denso and Aisin Seiki to higher profits in the fiscal year just ended despite currency headwinds, the two Japanese parts suppliers said.

Lenders are shifting. Keep up.

Early first-quarter data show that lenders aren't as full-throttle on auto loans as before. It behooves F&I managers to keep close tabs on who's pulling back.

Customers keen on off-peak hours

Customers are willing to be flexible about when they come in for service, DealerRater survey finds.

Why Einhorn's ploy to discredit credit rating agencies falls flat

Greenlight Capital's David Einhorn thinks S&P and other ratings agencies are staffed by cretins. I disagree.

Penske, Elway given Horatio Alger honors

Auto retailers Roger Penske and John Elway were among 11 individual recipients of the 2017 Horatio Alger Awards.

Stanutz: Low mileage leases set up customers for 'rude awakening'

Nick Stanutz, head of auto finance at Ohio's Huntington National Bank, offered his views on leasing in this Q&A.

Huntington: Dealerships hold key to growth

Huntington National Bank wants to grow its auto finance business by going “deeper” in its existing markets after several years of adding new states to its network and by serving F&I managers' needs.

Autos a no-show on list of advertising stars

Advertising Age, a sister publication to Automotive News, published its annual “40 Under 40” list of standout individuals. Not one was from the auto industry.

Who puts the customer first?

Very few customers say the F&I manager put their interests first. Really?

Auto gripes trail other complaints, FTC report says

There were more complaints regarding banks and lenders and telephone and mobile services last year than auto-related complaints, an annual report from the Federal Trade Commission shows.

Keiser University's auto retailing plan

Keiser University launches its automotive dealership management program this spring on the former Northwood University campus in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Get to know your adviser, tech

More than one-third of car buyers say they didn't know the name of their adviser or tech before they came to the dealership, missing an opportunity to build loyalty.