AutoNation, buoyed by holiday deals, sees Sept. sales rise 21%

1:29 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2015

AutoNation’s U.S. new-vehicle sales increased 21 percent last month from a year earlier to 29,046 vehicles thanks in part to Labor Day holiday promotions....
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In Boston, dealer Herb Chambers builds an empire (and attracts suitors)

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 26, 2015

While Herb Chambers says he's enjoying the new-car business more than ever, the prominence in his office of a photo of him with Warren Buffett from a recent NADA meeting begs the question: is he going to sell, too?...
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Kids' game inspires AutoNation campaign

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2015

AutoNation executives expect to distribute tens of thousands of pink license plate frames beginning this month as part of its $16 million Drive Pink campaign. As a lead-up to its sponsorship of a college bowl game supporting breast cancer research, the nation's largest new-car retailer will place a pink frame on the back of every vehicle sold or serviced and will ask customers whether they want to donate to the cause....
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BLOG: Why U.S. isn't ready for a law that grounds vehicles with open recalls

3:36 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2015

AutoNation's declaration that it won’t sell a vehicle that has an open recall may prompt renewed calls to make that policy the law of the land. Such a law would be a mistake, at least under our current system of government recalls....
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Public retailers pump up service capacity

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 7, 2015

Public dealership groups are hiring service techs, adding service hours and making upgrades to boost customer-pay revenues and still meet demands for warranty repairs....
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AutoNation grounds vehicles under recall

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

AutoNation will stop selling vehicles with open recalls on them. The policy will be costly, and the company estimates it will ground 5-10 percent of its inventory at any given time. But it's the right thing to do for customers, CEO Mike Jackson says....
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AutoNation to launch $16M ad campaign for cancer research, bowl game

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 5, 2015

AutoNation plans to launch a $16 million advertising campaign this month designed to raise money for breast cancer research and promote the retailer's sponsorship of a college football bowl game....
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AutoNation bets on FCA, smaller markets

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 23, 2015

AutoNation is on pace for its biggest acquisition year since 1999, and CEO Mike Jackson expects to make at least one more dealership purchase this year. Deals announced last week will give AutoNation more Fiat Chrysler stores and more locations in smaller markets....
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AutoNation adds 16 stores, makes biggest purchase since 2001

8:15 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2015

AutoNation, the largest U.S. dealership group, has agreed to buy 16 stores representing more than $600 million in annual revenue, including its biggest single dealership purchase since 2001....
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AutoNation U.S. sales rise 9% in July

1:55 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

AutoNation's U.S. new-vehicle retail sales grew by 9 percent from the year earlier to 29,875 in July, making it the company's best July since 2006....
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AutoNation's online pilots edge forward

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

AutoNation Inc. says the rollout of AutoNation Express, its online car-selling platform, is ahead of schedule. But the retailer has slowed two key elements of the platform....
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BLOG: AutoNation, Group 1 are neck and neck in F&I race

12:30 pm U.S. ET | July 29, 2015

AutoNation overtook former frontrunner Group 1 Automotive for the top spot among the public retailers in F&I profit per vehicle in the second quarter. Or did it? It depends on how you measure....
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AutoNation's Q2 net rises 15%; revenue up 9%

8:00 am U.S. ET | July 22, 2015

AutoNation's net income rose 15 percent in the second quarter from the year-earlier period to $115.1 million. Revenue rose 9 percent to $5.22 billion, boosted by higher sales of premium luxury, domestic and import brands, and higher results in new vehicles, used vehicles, parts and service, and finance and insurance operations....
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TrueCar does not misuse dealer data

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20, 2015

Some media reports have raised concerns about how TrueCar uses data. The truth is TrueCar has requested the same data from our dealer partners for 10 years. We have never sold the data. We do not use the data for marketing. Suggestions that TrueCar may misuse data are untrue and misleading....
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Painter: 'A very deliberate step on our part'

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 13, 2015

For TrueCar CEO Scott Painter, the split with dealership giant AutoNation is about the need for data to support market transparency. When AutoNation wouldn't supply that data, the relationship had to end....
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Inside the AutoNation-TrueCar divorce

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 11, 2015

A dispute over demands for access to data on all AutoNation sales, not just TrueCar-related ones, led the two companies to part ways. A close-up look at how their relationship went south....
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TrueCar: AutoNation underreports sales generated from shopping site

7:15 pm U.S. ET | July 10, 2015

The dispute between TrueCar and AutoNation took a bitter turn Friday after the car-shopping website alleged the giant auto retailer has been underreporting sales generated by TrueCar leads....
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AutoNation drops TrueCar in contract dispute

3:15 pm U.S. ET | July 9, 2015

AutoNation is severing ties with TrueCar following a protracted contract dispute centered on access to customer data. AutoNation informed TrueCar executives that its dealerships would stop using the Internet vehicle shopping service at the end of July. AutoNation says 226 of its 240 U.S. stores use TrueCar....
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TrueCar's Painter says split with AutoNation presents consumers with 'a choice'

6:45 pm U.S. ET | July 9, 2015

TrueCar founder and CEO Scott Painter is portraying the split with dealership giant AutoNation as a clash of old and new approaches to auto retailing....
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AutoNation new-vehicle sales rise 5% in May

10:26 am U.S. ET | June 3, 2015

AutoNation said today its U.S. new-vehicle sales increased 5 percent in May from a year earlier to 31,777....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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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....
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