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November Sales Report Pushes 2019 Total Closer to 17M
Auto Loan and Lease Activity Slows as Balances Grow
Bloomberg: FCA Banking Unordered Vehicles, Pressuring Dealers
October Sales: SAAR Could Hit 17M for 5th Straight Year
Former GM Gets 4 Years, Owes $8M for Embezzlement

Former GM Gets 4 Years, Owes $8M for Embezzlement

Amir Bakhtiari will spend 54 months in federal prison and faces deportation to Iran after pleading guilty to embezzling $6 million by paying phony advertising invoices and unearned bonuses.

November 1, 2019

FCA, PSA Reach Tentative Merger Deal

FCA, PSA Reach Tentative Merger Deal

Fiat Chrysler and PSA Group have agreed to join forces to create the world’s No. 4 automaker in a $48 billion deal designed to save the factories billions in research and development costs.

October 31, 2019

Fed Triggers Third Interest Rate Cut of 2019

Fed Triggers Third Interest Rate Cut of 2019

The Federal Reserve has announced its third interest rate reduction since July, this time excluding language committing the central bank to action in support of economic expansion.

October 31, 2019

Report: FCA and PSA in Merger Talks

Report: FCA and PSA in Merger Talks

Bloomberg reports Fiat Chrysler and PSA Group, which includes the Peugeot, Opel, and Citroen brands, could announce a merger as soon as this week, a deal that would form a General Motors-sized factory.

October 30, 2019

Ford Credit Rolls Out Discount Car Insurance Program
Calif. Dealers Get Warranty Rate Hike, 10-Year Upgrade Intervals, CCPA Exemption
Sources: Tesla Wants Back in Dealership Game, Seeks Loophole

Sources: Tesla Wants Back in Dealership Game, Seeks Loophole

Electrek reports Tesla CEO Elon Musk wants to open ‘Tesla Centers’ around the U.S., once again challenging rules against direct-to-consumer sales. Sources say the firm’s Electric division could provide a workaround.

October 14, 2019

S.C. Ford Dealer Offers Free Gun With Every Purchase

S.C. Ford Dealer Offers Free Gun With Every Purchase

Four months after factory executives put a stop to a similar campaign at an Alabama dealership, Carolina Ford is offering a free rifle, American flag, and Bible to every sold customer through the end of November.

October 10, 2019

Jury Orders Reagor to Pay Ford Credit $53M

Jury Orders Reagor to Pay Ford Credit $53M

A jury deliberated for less than an hour before deciding Reagor Dykes’ Bart Reagor owes Ford Motor Credit Co. the full amount it demanded following an investigation into the Texas group’s floorplanning practices.

October 4, 2019

Detroit, Japan Factories Suffer in Short September Sales Report

Detroit, Japan Factories Suffer in Short September Sales Report

U.S. sales of new cars and light trucks fell 12% year-over-year in September, suppressed in part by a Labor Day weekend allotted to August. Few were spared the sting, with all six of America’s and Japan’s biggest factories reporting double-digit declines.

October 3, 2019

Mystery Surrounds Seattle Dealership Closures

Mystery Surrounds Seattle Dealership Closures

Five motorcycle dealerships owned by Microsoft executive Howard Crow were suddenly shuttered last week. Managers and staff have returned, without pay, to open the doors and deliver or return bikes to bewildered customers.

September 26, 2019