Dealers

AutoNation U.S. sales rise 9% in July

1:55 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

AutoNation's U.S. new-vehicle retail sales grew by 9 percent from the year earlier to 29,875 in July, making it the company's best July since 2006....
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Car buyers getting older, richer, NADA economist says

2:36 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

The auto industry must prepare for a challenging demographic shift as baby boomers age and millennials gain more buying power, the National Automobile Dealers Association's chief economist said today....
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ADESA’s Q2 income, revenue rise

2:28 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

KAR Auction Services, parent company of ADESA, today said its second-quarter net income rose 17 percent to $59.5 million on revenue that increased 12 percent to $658.3 million....
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Mel Farr, Detroit Lion turned auto dealer, dies at 70

7:10 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

Mel Farr, the former Detroit Lions running back who became owner of the nation's largest black-owned dealership group, has died at the age of 70....
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JULY U.S. SALES

Sales rise 5.3% on hardy crossover, truck volume

8:30 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

U.S. light-vehicles sales -- fueled by healthy truck demand and gains at most major automakers -- rose 5.3 percent in July, helping the industry begin the second half of 2015 on a strong note. Ford Motor Co., Nissan Motor Co., Honda Motor Co., GM, Fiat Chrysler and Hyundai-Kia all had gains between 5 percent and 8 percent while Subaru scored its sixth double-digit advance of the year....
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AutoNation's online pilots edge forward

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

AutoNation Inc. says the rollout of AutoNation Express, its online car-selling platform, is ahead of schedule. But the retailer has slowed two key elements of the platform....
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BEST PRACTICES

Washington dealer rejects dealer reserve and builds loyalty

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Denver Morford, dealer principal at Barry Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram in Ephrata, Wash., doesn't believe in dealer reserve. He gives customers the wholesale rate for the loan, and it keeps them coming back....
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Lexus, with summer deals, grabs monthly luxury crown over Mercedes, BMW

3:15 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Lexus scored its first monthly win this year in U.S. luxury-vehicle deliveries, riding an annual summer sales push and the new NX crossover past German rivals....
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Nissan, Honda outpace the market on crossovers, sedans

5:30 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

American Honda Motor Co. and Nissan North America both showed solid sales growth in July, thanks to brisk sales of small crossovers, midsize sedans and luxury cars, data released today show....
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Weak car, Scion results offset strong truck deliveries at Toyota

5:30 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Toyota Motor Corp. reported flat sales in July as a big win for its Lexus brand and strong truck sales were offset by weak performances by its top sellers on the car side, the Camry and Corolla, and at Scion....
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Mazda slips 7.1% as little minivan is phased out

4:30 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Mazda's U.S. sales fell 7.1 percent last month to 27,157 units, largely because of a phase-out of the six-seat Mazda5....
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Subaru jumps 11%, sets monthly record

2:15 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Subaru of America set a new monthly sales record in July with sales of 50,517 vehicles, an increase of 11 percent....
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Ford rises 5% on crossovers, higher F-150 spiffs

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

The Ford F-series pickup achieved its first year-over-year sales increase since January as Ford Motor Co. posted an overall U.S. sales gain of 5 percent last month, to 222,014 vehicles, figures released today show....
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Audi's crossovers and Golf family boost VW group

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Surging crossover demand propelled Audi to another monthly U.S. sales record while the Golf lineup continued to stoke demand at the Volkswagen brand in July....
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Pickups, retail sales power GM's 6.4% gain

12:45 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

General Motors' U.S. July sales rose 6.4 percent on strong retail volume, including a 28 percent surge in deliveries of its profitable full-size pickups....
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FCA advances 6.2% as Jeep juggernaut rolls on

12:15 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Jeep’s 23 percent sales increase in July powered Fiat Chrysler to a 6.2 percent gain in the U.S. Deliveries at Chrysler and Ram were also up for the month, but Dodge and Fiat volume fell....
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Repeat repairs on older Volvos are free

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Volvo Cars of North America has launched a new parts and labor warranty for older cars to drive more business to dealerships. If an off-warranty vehicle is repaired at a Volvo dealership and comes back with the same problem, the fixes are free....
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35 with Mazda

Dealers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Thane Hawkins, left, dealer principal at Polar Mazda in White Bear Lake, Minn., receives a 35-year award from Scott Farabee, Mazda North American Operations' Midwest regional general manager....
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Painter's business model is flawed

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Scott Painter's model is flawed if he needs to access dealer data to determine who his customer is....
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Penske reports strong 2nd quarter, expands its online sales pilot

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Penske Automotive Group reported big gains in second-quarter net income on rising unit sales and a solid performance in all business segments. It also said it is expanding its online sales initiative....
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GM prepares to fight aftermarket repair parts

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

General Motors plans to roll out a new pricing system later this year for its original-equipment collision parts, a bid to take back market share from aftermarket parts makers....
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TrueCar, Sonic settle suit over 'True' usage

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

TrueCar Inc. and Sonic Automotive Inc. have reached a settlement in TrueCar's lawsuit against the dealership group over trademark infringement....
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

TrueCar raises dealers' selling costs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

TrueCar wants to leach money from dealerships by trying to create an unnecessary third-party intermediary in the purchase process. All it does is raise the selling costs of participating dealers....
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FCA recalls 284,153 Dodge Chargers for airbag flaw

11:19 am U.S. ET | Aug. 1, 2015

Fiat Chrysler is recalling 284,153 Dodge Chargers for a flaw that could lead side airbag inflatable curtains and seat airbags to deploy unexpectedly, raising the risk of crash and injury....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: It's too early to settle aluminum vs. steel repair-cost debate

11:59 am U.S. ET | July 31, 2015

It seems like everyone wants to know if the aluminum-bodied Ford F-150 is more expensive to repair than the steel-bodied pickup it replaced. We don't know -- and we won't know for a long time....
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