Drive Pink fan at the drive-thru

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2015

When AutoNation launched its Drive Pink campaign in October, CEO Mike Jackson wasn't sure it would pass what he calls the McDonald's test -- essentially, breaking through to the average working person. On Day 4 of the campaign, he learned firsthand that it did....
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Spreading the NFL sponsorship field

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

Automotive brands and their dealer networks find numerous ways to connect with pro football fans, even if they can't be the NFL's official vehicle sponsor....
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AutoNation sales rose 14% in October

12:06 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2015

AutoNation's new-vehicle sales rose 14 percent in October from a year earlier, matching the pace set by the industry as a whole in the U.S. last month....
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AutoNation will be biggest FCA retailer

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 2, 2015

When its latest acquisition is complete early next year, AutoNation Inc. will become the largest retailer of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles vehicles in the U.S....
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AutoNation buys 12 Texas stores in biggest purchase since 1999

8:15 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2015

AutoNation is acquiring 12 stores in Texas from Allen Samuels Auto Group. The stores generate approximately $800 million in revenues and sell about 19,500 new and used retail units a year. Terms of the deal were not disclosed....
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AutoNation's Q3 net rises 11%

8:45 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28, 2015

AutoNation's third-quarter net income rose 11 percent to $118.5 million from a year earlier, as revenues increased 9.1 percent to $5.35 billion. Revenues rose across all business lines, climbing by double digits for new-vehicle sales as well as finance and insurance....
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AutoNation nears purchase of Texas dealership group, source says

9:23 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 25, 2015

AutoNation is poised to make its second huge acquisition deal of 2015. The nation's largest new-car retailer is negotiating to buy Allen Samuels Auto Group based in Waco, Texas, a person familiar with the transaction said....
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AutoNation's website retooling pays off

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 12, 2015

AutoNation CEO Mike Jackson says he's starting to see consistent payoff from the $200 million bet the company placed on using its own website to sell cars online rather than third-party shopping sites....
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Posting in pink

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 12, 2015

Real men wear pink, tweets Mercedes-Benz USA CEO Steve Cannon, sporting pink Chucks from AutoNation....
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Clarity on recalls

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

AutoNation's decision not to sell any auto with an unrepaired recall is a good idea. But it's not an easy path. U.S. recalls aren't sorted by severity. AutoNation shouldn't have to hold a recalled vehicle that just needs its owner's manual updated....
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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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