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Autobytel acquires rival Dealix for $25 million

UPDATED: 5/21/15 4:48 pm ET - adds details
Autobytel, one of the largest providers of sales leads to auto dealers, has purchased longtime rival Dealix for $25 million in cash. ...

How auto dealerships can 'starve' a union drive

4:12 pm U.S. ET | May 20
A tried-and-true method of getting union-sympathizing mechanics to quit is assign them electrical fixes and other tough jobs that end up taking longer than their allotted ...

How Ernie Boch Jr. closed the book on labor fight

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 16
Dealership rock star Ernie Boch Jr., known for his zany commercials and big-volume sales, lost an NLRB case in April at Boch Honda but won the war against organized labor ...

UAW protests at Lear annual meeting

UPDATED: 5/14/15 10:50 am ET - adds UAW comments
The UAW protested outside Lear's annual shareholder meeting today near Detroit, calling attention to safety issues at the company's seat plants in the South. ...

Love 'em or hate 'em, handle call centers the right way

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11
Business development centers can help dealers handle prospects, but 90 percent are underperforming, says BDC authority. ...

Orlando dealership taps Hispanic chambers of commerce for email gold

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11
Ricky Lopez says the secret to selling cars to Latinos is finding reliable contact information for them. To do that, Lopez, Internet director at David Maus Toyota in San ...

Ads in Spanish can open dealerships' doors

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11
With Latinos now buying nearly one in every five new vehicles sold in the United States, dealerships that refuse to cater to that population are missing a big opportunity ...

E-commerce director: Run to mobile, away from herd

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11
Justin Brun co-founder of Dynamic Beacon, a digital agency for auto dealerships, says many dealerships still lack satisfying experiences for shoppers who use smartphones. ...

Pre-roll video ads build traffic for 2 Phoenix Chevy stores

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 11
A Phoenix Chevy dealer is finding car buyers using an ad strategy largely untapped by car dealers - video pre-roll, the videos that run before an the video that views cli ...

Dealertrack, Autobytel digest acquisitions

1:12 pm U.S. ET | May 8
Dealertrack Technologies and Autobytel, vendors to auto dealers, are benefiting from the hot vehicle-sales market even if they are trying to absorb acquisitions made last ...

UAW pushes to form works council at VW Chattanooga plant

2:46 pm U.S. ET | May 7
UAW Secretary-Treasurer Gary Casteel said today that the union is advancing its plan to become not only the works council partner at Volkswagen of America's Chattanooga a ...

GM sends another contract-year message to UAW

4:00 pm U.S. ET | May 5
You know it's a UAW contract year when GM announces its US plant investment plan, as it did last week when it outlined $5.4 billion in spending over three years. ...

Google prods stores to ease mobile shopping

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27
Google nudged dealerships last week to make their websites friendly to users of smartphones and other mobile gadgets. ...

Dealerships can gain an edge with Spanish-language marketing

2:10 pm U.S. ET | April 23
Dealerships willing to advertise and post videos in Spanish face little competition reaching a growing number of Latino car buyers, said Ricky Lopez, Internet director at ...

Dealers missing out on digital F&I sales, study finds

UPDATED: 4/24/15 9:12 am ET - corrected
Consumers want F&I product information online rather than all-at-once at the end of their vehicle purchases, a new study finds. ...

Google's 'Mobilegeddon' forces dealerships to get mobile-friendly

3:54 pm U.S. ET | April 22
If consumer preferences haven't already prompted auto dealerships to operate mobile-friendly websites and digital marketing tools, Google is giving them an extra nudge. ...

Why this Tampa dealer reset Latino marketing efforts

9:53 pm U.S. ET | April 20
Tampa's Kuhn Honda has hit the reset button on its marketing to Latinos as it seeks to increase its already outsized sales numbers with the group. ...

Ally change saves dealers big money

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20
The 4,200 dealerships that finance their vehicle inventory through Ally Financial are seeing savings from Ally's recent shift to peg interest rates to LIBOR rather than a ...

Rural dealer becomes used-car powerhouse

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 20
Small-town Schafer Chevrolet has turned the devastating loss of three new-car franchises into a used-car powerhouse. ...

Canadians show one way out of Tier 2

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 19
As UAW contract negotiations with the Detroit 3 begin, the Canadian model for dealing with entry-level workers could provide a guide to solving the Tier 2 probelm in the ...

Lexus, Subaru score highest consumer reviews on DealerRater

5:31 pm U.S. ET | April 14
Lexus and Subaru dealerships posted the highest average consumer ratings among luxury and mass-market brands on review site DealerRater over the past 12 months. ...

Videos, mobile-friendly ads get Latino car shoppers' attention

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13
Dealers are reaching Hispanics at preferred destinations: videos and mobile devices. ...

Dealerships ignore online reviews at their peril

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 13
Many dealerships find it a pain to respond to customer reviews online. But new data from Cars.com show it's worth the effort to write a reply below the review. ...

IHS buys digital car-shopping behavior tracker Dataium

5:19 pm U.S. ET | April 1
Data and consulting powerhouse IHS Inc. has purchased the assets of Dataium, a small company that can see shopping behavior on dealer and carmaker websites to direct and ...

GM pickup, SUV sales strong, but car sales fall

12:21 pm U.S. ET | April 1
Pickup truck and SUV sales shouldered the load again for General Motors in March, while car sales stalled. The carmaker posted a 2.4 percent sales dip in March vs. the ye ...
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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.
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