AutoNation: Which new products need boost?
Next year, AutoNation will be ready to hand off its brand extension strategy to a new leader and decide in which elements of the brand extension to invest its capital and management expertise.
Dealers sue Mazda over multi-tier bonus plan
Florida dealership Kuhn Mazda and the New Jersey Coalition of Automotive Retailers are suing Mazda Motor of America Inc. in two lawsuits alleging its new Mazda Brand Experience Program 2.0 violates state franchise laws and includes price discrimination.
Amid unease, dealers get clearest look yet at Ford's restructuring plan
Dealers got the clearest look to date at CEO Jim Hackett's restructuring plan. Executives vowed to freshen showrooms through shorter product development cycles. They also revealed plans to add affordable nonsedan models to the lineup, raise profit margins by altering vehicle allocations and launch an edgy advertising campaign that plays up Ford's history.
Dealers in Florida and Georgia rebuild after Hurricane Michael
Dealerships in several states were damaged after Hurricane Michael, but in terms of concentrated wreckage, Panama City, Fla., appears to be ground zero.
Dealers' eyes 'wide open' on mobility shifts
Dealers are expecting a steeper decline in personal vehicle ownership in the next five years than consumers, but they're not afraid of the change, according to Cox Automotive.
Cox to shed staff as it restructures
Cox Automotive plans to cut more jobs as the company restructures its priorities in a shifting industry landscape.
In with the new (but keep the old)
Automakers are usually all about what's new -- new product, new technology, new brand image. But they're also pragmatic businesses willing to milk profits out of vehicles overdue for a refresh.
Dealers featured this week include Gus Brown, dealer principal of Gus Brown Buick-GMC in Whitby, Ontario as well as Mike Anderson, left, president of Anderson Ford-Lincoln in Lincoln, Neb.
Ohioan in line to lead NADA
Ricart, 61, CEO of Ricart Automotive Group near Columbus, was elected last week as NADA's next vice chairman, putting him in line to become chairman in 2020.
'Built Ford Proud': New ad campaign elicits emotion, takes shot at Tesla
Ford will launch a new ad campaign featuring actor Bryan Cranston this weekend after giving dealers a first look at its annual national meeting in Las Vegas .
Ford summons its swagger, shifts marketing focus to keeping loyalists
Ford is shifting its focus from winning new customers to persuading current owners to stick with its namesake brand. The new marketing approach, designed to rebut the impression that Ford is abandoning owners of Fusions and Fiestas as it stops developing new sedans, is part of a sweeping plan that the automaker's leadership team laid out to its North American dealers this week.
Meet 'the magic man' saving Canada dealerships time, money on key fobs
Shawn Khan's key fob business in Windsor, Ont., allows dealerships to be more efficient during operating hours while providing customers expert service that's cheaper and faster,
Northwood University chief to retire after 12 years; successor search under way
Northwood University, a longtime training hub based in Michigan for auto dealership managers and executives, said CEO Keith Pretty is retiring after 12 years at the helm.
OEConnection to buy Britain's Bluegrasscoms
OEConnection, which specializes in helping dealers buy and sell auto parts, has agreed to acquire Bluegrasscoms, a Newbury, England company that provides many of the same services.
Care by Volvo subscription service comes to Canada -- with snow tires
Volvo says some of its dealers were cool to the idea of a subscription service, but Volvo Car Canada Managing director Alex Lvovich believes that the network is now on board.
Walmart partners with Advance Auto Parts
Walmart announced a partnership with Advance Auto Parts that will create an automotive specialty store on Walmart.com. The news comes one day after its competing retailer Sears filed for bankruptcy.
Ohio dealer Rhett Ricart elected NADA's next vice chairman
The National Automobile Dealers Association has elected Ohio dealer Rhett Ricart as its next vice chairman, meaning Ricart is in line to become chairman in 2020.