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Trump, Democrats Agree to Revised USMCA

Trump, Democrats Agree to Revised USMCA

President Donald Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and factory and labor officials all cheered the imminent passage of a revised version of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade bill.

December 11, 2019

Digital Cadillac Sales Platform Makes U.S. Debut
November Sales Report Pushes 2019 Total Closer to 17M
Bloomberg: FCA Banking Unordered Vehicles, Pressuring Dealers
Louisiana Dealers Do Business Face-to-Face

Louisiana Dealers Do Business Face-to-Face

Louisiana Automobile Dealers Association President Will Green believes the dealers in his state succeed by putting their customers and communities first and maximizing production — and emphasizing compliance — in the F&I department.

November 9, 2019

October Sales: SAAR Could Hit 17M for 5th Straight Year
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

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

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

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

Ind. Dealer Courtney Cole Loses Cancer Battle

Ind. Dealer Courtney Cole Loses Cancer Battle

Courtney Cox Cole, the former sixth-generation co-owner of Indiana’s Hare Chevrolet and member of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame, has died at 48 from complications related to lung cancer.

September 23, 2019

World’s First Carbon-Neutral Dealership Changes Hands

World’s First Carbon-Neutral Dealership Changes Hands

Motorcars Honda of Cleveland Heights has been purchased and renamed by the nine-store Foundation Automotive group. The Ohio store was recognized by BP as the world’s first carbon-neutral auto dealership in 2016.

September 18, 2019