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Who will order car subscriptions?

Vehicle subscription services are emerging as a new slice of the car-sharing market, and industry leaders are still trying to figure out which model will work best.

Rethinking flagship stores

Major retailers are rethinking the value of glitzy flagship stores. Should automakers follow suit?

Upside-down buyers' next moves vary by brand

Levels of negative equity vary by brand. So do buyers' actions when they discover that they owe more on their trade-in than it's worth, an informal survey found.

For Amazon's next move, watch its Europe tests

Could Amazon decide to buy a dealership group or two to cover all automotive brands? It certainly has the cash.

Can I schedule online? Will I?

Two of every five consumers surveyed didn't know whether they could schedule service work online. Of those who knew, only about a third have ever done so.

Upside-down buyers' next moves vary by brand

Levels of negative equity vary by brand. So do buyers' actions when they discover that they owe more on their trade-in than it's worth, an informal survey found.

Penske Automotive raises dividend -- again

UPDATED: 5/10/17 4:25 pm - adds stock close

Penske Automotive Group has raised its dividend by a penny -- again -- to 31 cents a share.

Denso, Aisin Seiki profits rise on higher volumes

Higher production volumes lifted Denso and Aisin Seiki to higher profits in the fiscal year just ended despite currency headwinds, the two Japanese parts suppliers said.

Lenders are shifting. Keep up.

Early first-quarter data show that lenders aren't as full-throttle on auto loans as before. It behooves F&I managers to keep close tabs on who's pulling back.

Customers keen on off-peak hours

Customers are willing to be flexible about when they come in for service, DealerRater survey finds.

Why Einhorn's ploy to discredit credit rating agencies falls flat

Greenlight Capital's David Einhorn thinks S&P and other ratings agencies are staffed by cretins. I disagree.

Penske, Elway given Horatio Alger honors

Auto retailers Roger Penske and John Elway were among 11 individual recipients of the 2017 Horatio Alger Awards.

Stanutz: Low mileage leases set up customers for 'rude awakening'

Nick Stanutz, head of auto finance at Ohio's Huntington National Bank, offered his views on leasing in this Q&A.

Huntington: Dealerships hold key to growth

Huntington National Bank wants to grow its auto finance business by going “deeper” in its existing markets after several years of adding new states to its network and by serving F&I managers' needs.

Autos a no-show on list of advertising stars

Advertising Age, a sister publication to Automotive News, published its annual “40 Under 40” list of standout individuals. Not one was from the auto industry.

Who puts the customer first?

Very few customers say the F&I manager put their interests first. Really?

Auto gripes trail other complaints, FTC report says

There were more complaints regarding banks and lenders and telephone and mobile services last year than auto-related complaints, an annual report from the Federal Trade Commission shows.

Keiser University's auto retailing plan

Keiser University launches its automotive dealership management program this spring on the former Northwood University campus in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Get to know your adviser, tech

More than one-third of car buyers say they didn't know the name of their adviser or tech before they came to the dealership, missing an opportunity to build loyalty.

Thoughts on leasing from dealer council chairs

Ahead of January's National Automobile Dealers Association convention in New Orleans, Automotive News interviewed 25 dealer council chairs, or dealers holding the equivalent position, representing 31 brands.

Lenders gloat over CFPB's prospects -- then reconsider

During the American Financial Services Association's auto finance conference, AFSA's leaders and their audience were practically gloating over the possibility that the Trump administration might gut the CFPB.

Dealers' quest for the best retail approach

If you truly believe that the franchised dealer system is the best way to sell cars, then get out there and prove it.

Dealers fret over profits, getting enough trucks

Amid robust sales, especially of crossovers, dealers' profitability remains a concern.

Dealers see limited upside from F&I in 2017

An unscientific, online survey by Automotive News shows that dealers see a more limited upside potential in their F&I departments in 2017 compared with prior years.

Dealers watching inventory, adding staff

Dealers, slightly cautious about 2017, are holding the line on facilities expansions or renovations. More plan to trim new-vehicle inventory in anticipation of flat to lower U.S. sales.

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