Amy Wilson

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AutoNation to add branded F&I products next year
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 19
AutoNation will start selling private-label F&I products in 2015 as part of the rollout of its new digital storefront. ...


AutoNation's plan to change the retail game
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17
By the end of 2015, AutoNation customers will be able to finance and buy a car online -- even signing the paperwork electronically from home, says AutoNation CEO Mike Jac ...


3rd-party partners? Why AutoNation said no
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17
Before moving away from third-party lead providers earlier this year, AutoNation Inc. explored whether those companies could help the retailer seamlessly connect its onli ...


AutoNation plans mid-December rollout of digital storefront in Florida
12:49 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 12
Customers of 30 AutoNation stores in south Florida next month will be able to use their credit cards to reserve a car they want to buy, as part of a purchase process that ...


Joe Herman's lessons about the business will live on
9:46 am U.S. ET | Nov. 8
Joe Herman, even in the months before his death at age 72 in October, was focused on keeping his auto dealerships at the forefront of technology. ...


How to buy your next car in 31 minutes
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3
To see if Sonic Automotive's new approach to selling cars really works, Automotive News Staff Reporter Amy Wilson headed to the dealership group's trailblazing Town and C ...


Industry fishbowl: Everybody's watching Sonic
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3
The industry is closely watching Sonic Automotive Inc. as it seeks to reinvent auto retailing. ...


Sonic will spend big to promote Charlotte car-buying initiative
12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 3
Sonic Automotive Inc. is more than tripling its advertising outlays here in the fourth quarter as it introduces its customer experience initiative. ...


AutoNation plans December launch of digital storefront
9:41 am U.S. ET | Oct. 28 | UPDATED: 10/28/18 4:18 pm ET - new story, stock update
AutoNation said it will launch its digital storefront in December in the south Florida market with a new pricing moniker it calls Smart Choice. ...


Asbury raises its acquisition goal
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27
Asbury Automotive Group Inc.'s acquisition ambitions keep getting bigger. ...


Rivals see Buffett as just another competitor
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 25
Warren Buffett's entry into automotive retailing may mean more overall competition for acquisitions, but public dealership groups expect no interruptions to their growth ...


Asbury names former Group 1, RML exec David Hult COO
10:50 am U.S. ET | Oct. 24 | UPDATED: 10/24/14 11:14 am ET - adds link
Former Group 1 and RML Automotive executive David Hult will become the next COO of Asbury Automotive Group Inc. as the public retailer expands a used-car store initiative ...


AutoNation signs on to sponsor college bowl game
5:16 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 23 | UPDATED: 10/23/14 5:42 pm ET - adds details
AutoNation will become title sponsor of a new college football bowl game that will raise money for breast cancer research. ...


Asbury raises its acquisition target
7:27 am U.S. ET | Oct. 21 | UPDATED: 10/21/14 4:20 pm ET -- new story
Asbury Automotive Group Inc.'s acquisition ambitions keep getting bigger. ...


Sonic pushes back rollout of customer-experience program
3:40 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 21
Sonic Automotive will take at least six months longer than originally planned to roll its new customer experience program out to all of its dealerships. ...


918 Spyder nearly sold out, Porsche says
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20
Porsche's limited-run 918 Spyder is nearing sellout status. ...


AutoNation won't up and quit 3rd parties
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20
Mike Maroone, COO of AutoNation Inc., said the dealership group intends to proceed cautiously in reducing its reliance on third-party online shopping sites. ...


Bad feelings in Billings over deal veto
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20
GM nixed the sale of a Chevrolet store in Montana to former NADA Chairman Bill Underriner. ...


Hyundai on a quest for capacity
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20
Hyundai needs a new assembly plant to keep up with crossover demand, says U.S. boss Dave Zuchowski. Until then, Hyundai will likely get production from sibling brand Kia' ...


Porsche expects to hit U.S. sales goal early
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 20
Porsche will meet its goal of selling 50,000 vehicles in the U.S. in 2015 -- three years earlier than originally envisioned, says Andre Oosthuizen, the brand's top U.S. m ...


Wrestling with the workweek
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 15

At Planet Subaru in Hanover, Mass., everyone works fewer than 50 hours a week.

At Friendship Family of Dealerships in Bristol, Tenn., employees who sell ...



Porsche plans diesel-powered Macan
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13
Porsche plans to introduce a diesel-powered version of its Macan crossover in the U.S. in a little more than a year. ...


How dealers can block automakers' right of first refusal
3:32 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 13
With automakers increasing their use of right of first refusal in buy-sell deals, some dealers want to structure transactions to effectively block its use. ...


Factories, dealers clash over canceled store sales
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13
Automakers are increasingly exercising their right to reject dealers' agreements to sell their stores, putting factories and retailers at odds over the question of what's ...


Exit strategy on Buffett deal? Not so fast, says Larry Van Tuyl
2:24 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 13
Selling to a highly respected outside investor such as Warren Buffett may have been the ideal exit strategy for Van Tuyl Group -- and one of the few exit paths available ...


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