Visionary Dealers


The history of the U.S. auto industry is full of tales of car dealers who blazed new trails and influenced those who came behind them. Automotive News shared the stories of 50 of them back in 2009 in our first Visionary Dealers section. We’ve revisited that theme of pioneering retailers to select another 25 who fought for dealer rights, made marketing innovations, took chances on emerging brands, broke new ground in online sales or agitated for greater diversity among their ranks. They aren’t the only visionary dealers in the industry’s present or past, but their achievements provide lessons and inspiration for their peers.