BLOG: Arlena Sawyers

Count on them: Death, taxes and used vehicles

Posted 2:48 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 15
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John Mendel, executive vice president of auto sales with American Honda, introduced the 2015 Honda Fit this week. (BLOOMBERG)
Death and taxes are two things we know we can count on.Here's one more: The new cars and trucks on display this week at the Detroit auto show will become used vehicles someday.That's why folks including Larry Dixon, an analyst with NADA Used Car Guide, and Eric Ibara and Alec Gutierrez, analysts with Kelley Blue Book, spent time at the show looking at what's coming down th ...
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Why Mini is expecting big things in the future

Posted 6:54 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 13
Mini is a small car with a bright future, Peter Schwarzenbauer, member of the board of management of BMW AG, told reporters who gathered for the unveiling of the Mini John Cooper Works Concept car Monday.Without giving a 2014 sales projection for the Mini brand, Schwarzenbauer said the company expects the overall U.S. auto market to grow about 5 percent in 2014 and for Min ...
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Celebrating diversity at the Urban Wheel Awards

Posted 11:34 pm U.S. ET, Jan. 12
DETROIT -- On Monday the auto industry gets down to business at the North American International Auto Show here.But on Sunday night it partied with the purpose of celebrating diversity and raising money to help educate young people at the 18th Annual Urban Wheel Awards Show.Dealers, suppliers and at least one auto company were honored for their contributions and commitment ...
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Recycling rental cars, before they're retired

Posted 4:18 pm U.S. ET, Nov. 1
Avis Budget Group sure knows how to get the most out of its rental cars.Many of its cars do double- or even triple-duty before being sold online directly to dealers and to consumers.During the company's third-quarter earnings conference call with analysts and journalists this week, its executives outlined how the company "cascades" or moves its vehicles from one rental car ...
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NAMAD looks to the next generation

Posted 4:01 pm U.S. ET, July 23
As baby boomers head for retirement, many dealer groups and associations have created networking forums and workshops for the children who are the heirs apparent of their family businesses.Count the National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers among those doing so.At its annual conference in Miami Beach, Fla., this month, NAMAD held a first-ever special workshop for ...
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