AutoNation

AutoNation marks milestone with $20 million ad campaign

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 18, 2015

AutoNation is celebrating a pending milestone — 10 million vehicles sold — with its largest advertising campaign in history. The auto retailer run national television ads for the first time as part of the $20 million campaign....
Read More »

AutoNation says April sales grew 5.8%

12:52 pm U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

AutoNation said its new-vehicle sales increased 5.8 percent last month from a year earlier, with gains in luxury and domestic brand sales but a loss in its import segment....
Read More »

AutoNation Ford store in Bellevue, Wash., burns down

10:45 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

AutoNation Ford Bellevue in Washington state was still burning today after a fire tore through the dealership Saturday morning. The local fire department is calling it a total loss....
Read More »

Public dealerships plan for growth

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

AutoNation, Sonic, Asbury and Lithia gave updates on their new projects as they reported generally robust first-quarter earnings. Here's what they said....
Read More »

AutoNation's Q1 net income rises 17%

7:00 am U.S. ET | April 22, 2015

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 to $111.5 million, the company said today....
Read More »

Mercedes' Cannon recruits fellow execs for a personal mission

11:34 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2015

A few months ago, Steve Cannon called on the heads of Group 1 and AutoNation for big favors -- and it had nothing to do with selling more cars. Instead, the CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA had a different mission in mind....
Read More »

Toyota plots Prius comeback

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 18, 2015

As Toyota prepares to introduce a redesigned Prius later this year, both car and company are at turning points. First introduced in 1997, the hybrid is no longer the green-car darling of the Hollywood set. That sort of buzz now surrounds the EVs produced by Tesla....
Read More »

JASON STEIN

Maroone's guiding rule: Set yourself apart

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 6, 2015

Mike Maroone -- retailer, visionary and, as of last Wednesday, retired AutoNation Inc. president and COO -- once had a dream to be a college quarterback. Instead, he became one of the greatest field leaders the dealer franchise system has known....
Read More »

AutoNation's March sales rise 5 percent

3:54 pm U.S. ET | April 2, 2015

AutoNation today said its new-vehicle retail sales rose 5 percent in March from a year earlier to 30,107 units. On a same-store basis, new retail sales rose 3 percent....
Read More »

AutoNation, analytics company Zubie join to monitor cars' service needs

3:38 pm U.S. ET | March 27, 2015

Some AutoNation dealerships' service advisers will know which vehicles need fixing before they even talk to the driver, thanks to a new partnership with vehicle analytics company Zubie....
Read More »

AutoNation drops chief accounting officer

12:40 pm U.S. ET | March 13, 2015

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 realignment of its finance department,” AutoNation says.....
Read More »

AutoNation's 8% sales gain beats market for Feb.

11:14 am U.S. ET | March 4, 2015

AutoNation said its new-vehicle retail sales jumped 8 percent in February compared to a year earlier, reaching 23,780 new units....
Read More »

AutoNation promotes 2 executives

2:53 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2015

AutoNation is expanding roles for two executives and increasing the number of executives who report directly to CEO Mike Jackson....
Read More »

AutoNation Q4 profit boosted by gains across board

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2015

Strong year-end vehicle sales and improvements in all business categories pushed AutoNation Inc. to 12 percent gains in revenue and operating income in the fourth quarter from year-earlier levels. The retailer's net income rose at a slightly slower pace of 7 percent....
Read More »

AutoNation's Q4 profits rise on strong gains in all segments

7:00 am U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2015

AutoNation's fourth-quarter net income rose 7 percent to $117 million, powered by strong year-end vehicle sales and improvements in all business categories. Adjusted for one-time events, the company's earnings rose 15 percent....
Read More »

DAVE GUILFORD

BLOG: Money's cheap, so here come the store upgrades

9:30 am U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2015

One of the better indicators of the health of a business is its willingness -- and ability -- to make capital expenditures. By that measure, auto retailers are doing well....
Read More »

BEST PRACTICES

Second-chance store lets staff shine

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2015

At AutoNation's Houston Mitsubishi store, General Manager Irfan Siddiqui has found top performers by hiring people who have struggled in their roles at other nearby AutoNation dealerships....
Read More »

AutoNation aims to beef up service

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2015

AutoNation Inc., the nation's largest dealership group, plans to expand its service business by year end, adding 400 technicians and increasing its express service operations to 180 stores from 80 now....
Read More »

NICK BUNKLEY

BLOG: NADA, Tesla, pitchforks and torches -- a missed opportunity

1:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015

If there's one thing many car dealers can't stand right now, it's Tesla. Yet here they are, thousands of them, spending a few days right in Elon Musk's backyard....
Read More »

DAVE GUILFORD

BLOG: Navigating the great digital divide

3:30 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015

Among the devotion to all things digital and data-driven in San Francisco, there are still some qualms over how today's shoppers want to kick the tires and take delivery of new wheels....
Read More »

AutoNation wants more service lane hospitality

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015

AutoNation Inc., the country's biggest dealership group, is recruiting service advisers among restaurant waiters and other service-industry workers, part of a new plan to reduce turnover in a key position....
Read More »

BEST PRACTICES

Dealership adjusts as traffic changes course

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015

It used to be that whenever a customer called AutoNation Honda Roseville, the call reverberated around the dealership for anyone to answer, regardless of their specialty....
Read More »

'We feel very good about 2015'

3:47 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2015

It is party time for U.S. car dealers in the short term. But don't get complacent. Industry leaders said the cheap gasoline prices, low interest rates and general prosperity supporting auto sales will reverse, possibly by year-end or early 2016....
Read More »

AutoNation loses a key architect

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015

With COO Mike Maroone's pending departure, AutoNation Inc. must complete its digital transformation without one of the plan's key architects. Maroone, 61, will step down as COO in February and retire April 1, the nation's largest dealership group said....
Read More »

AutoNation's Maroone to retire; Jackson role expanded

6:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2015

Mike Maroone, a key architect of AutoNation's retail blueprint, will retire as president and COO, with chairman and CEO Mike Jackson taking on the additional role of president. Jackson, 65, has also signed a contract that will extend his employment with the nation's largest automotive retailer through at least 2019....
Read More »

Automotive News
Special Video Report
Nissan's Munoz: 'You Grow or You Go'

Nissan's Munoz: 'You Grow or You Go'

Nissan North America Chairman Jose Munoz has a tough goal to meet: Raise the combined U.S. market share of the Nissan and Infiniti brands from 8.4 percent last year to 10 percent by March of 2017.
» Watch the Video
     
News by Brand