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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 ...


Dealership consolidation is coming -- but how fast and how much?
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13
Dealership consolidation is expected to accelerate as Warren Buffett's entry into automotive retailing attracts more buyers, observers said. ...


Sonic to launch captive -- in a few years
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6
Sonic Automotive plans to launch a captive finance arm, but the startup date is at least four years away. ...


Buffett's Van Tuyl purchase puts top retailers in cross hairs
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6
When Warren Buffett signed a deal to buy Van Tuyl Group last week through his Berkshire Hathaway Inc. investment company, he clearly signaled that the top four dealership ...


How Van Tuyl wooed Buffett
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6
The path to Warren Buffett's acquisition of dealership giant Van Tuyl Group began more than 10 years ago when Larry Van Tuyl became one of Berkshire Hathaway's shareholde ...


Vehicles get fixed while customers sleep
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6
In Durham, N.C., Honda customers can drop off their vehicles at the local dealership for service as late as 9 p.m. during the week, get a shuttle ride home and pick up th ...


Berkshire Hathaway Auto CEO ready to accelerate growth
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 4
As CEO of the future Berkshire Hathaway Automotive, Jeff Rachor is positioned to push the accelerator of growth. It's a role he knows well. ...


Van Tuyl founder was 'excited' about Buffett talks
12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 4
Larry Van Tuyl is looking to his father for inspiration on the next phase of his working life. ...


Iowa pulls the plug on Tesla test drives
4:10 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 26 | UPDATED: 9/26/14 5:34 pm ET -- adds Iowa official's comment
Tesla Motors cut short a test-drive event in Iowa earlier this month after state regulators said the electric-vehicle maker was improperly acting as a dealer. ...


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