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Elon Musk Employs Common Dealership Tactics with Model 3

While Tesla, Inc., tends to proclaim how innovative and set-apart its electric vehicles are from the competition, Elon Musk’s methods for promoting the new Model 3 echo how mainstream dealers have traditionally drawn showroom traffic. In a July 31 report, Barclays analyst Brian Johnson wrote that Tesla’s marketing tactics for the Model 3 are “similar […]

Aug. 9, 2017
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8
2017
GM Recalls 800,000 Trucks

Both of the trucks were also part of a recall that occurred in 2016.

Aug. 8, 2017
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The Future is Near (and It’s Electric)

It’s becoming more and more apparent that the future of automotive is electric. Toyota Motor Corp. and Mazda Motor Corp. announced on August 4 their plans to join forces to develop new electric vehicle technology, including building a $1.6 billion assembly plant in the U.S. The plant will have a 300,000-cars-per-year capacity and will provide […]

Aug. 8, 2017
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Authenticom CEO Claims “Stunning Victory” in Antitrust Suit

Steve Cottrell, CEO of the La Crosse, Wisconsin-based data solutions company Authenticom, today announced that his company obtained a “stunning victory” after a federal judge ruled that rival companies CDK Global and Reynolds & Reynolds had to stop practices Cottrell said were meant to drive Authenticom out of business. Judge James Peterson, of Madison, made […]

Aug. 7, 2017
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Dealership Arson: Clothes/Car Catch Fire

The reported strategy used to put the car fire out was to drive faster.

Aug. 4, 2017
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AG Opinion a Blow to Berkshire Hathaway in Texas Dispute

Berkshire Hathaway, billionaire Warren Buffett’s conglomerate, is having some trouble with a law in Texas. As we reported earlier this week, the conglomerate, which owns both a vehicle manufacturer and a dealership, has been trying to get around a law saying that it’s one or the other – that a vehicle manufacturer cannot also own […]

Aug. 4, 2017
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NHTSA Expands Probe into Ford Exhaust Complaints

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has expanded and upgraded its investigation into complaints of exhaust fumes inside Ford Explorer SUVs. The investigation is being expanded by two model years and 400,000 vehicles. On July 27, NHTSA said the probe covers over 1.3 million Explorers from model years 2011 to 2017. The investigation began last […]

Aug. 3, 2017
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TrueCar Helping Homeless Pets

TrueCar offered $1 for every social media pet post during the month of August.

Aug. 2, 2017
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2
2017
July Decline Leads to Sweet Deals for Car Buyers

It’s a good time for car buyers, with automakers rolling out sweeter deals for small and midsize vehicles as they try to clear their inventories in the midst of declining sales. Passenger car sales are “flailing” as gas prices drop, while crossovers, SUVs, and pickups are “flourishing” as consumers opt for roomier vehicles. The gap […]

Aug. 2, 2017
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Study Finds Car Buyers Visiting Fewer Dealerships

Recent research shows that car shoppers spend more time online researching their next car purchase than visiting dealerships. Netsertive, using Google Consumer Surveys, asked over 500 respondents who had purchased a car within the last six months how digitally-influenced their decisions were. Nearly 50 percent of respondents said they use mobile devices to conduct automotive […]

Aug. 1, 2017
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Dealership Outreach: Blue Lives Matter NYC

This New York dealership offered Blue Lives Matter NYC the gift of transportation.

July 31, 2017
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Berkshire Hathaway Automotive vs. Texas Law

The future is unclear for the fate of Berkshire Hathaway Automotive’s quest to open up a new – and its first – Mercedes-Benz dealership in Austin, Texas: State regulators have recommended revoking the licenses under which Berkshire Hathaway Automotive operates the other 29 car dealerships it owns in Texas, as well as recommending that the […]

July 31, 2017
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