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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

Former Porsche Salesman Pleads Guilty to $3M Fraud

Former Porsche Salesman Pleads Guilty to $3M Fraud

Shiraaz Sookralli faces 20 years in prison after admitting to charges of fraud and embezzlement relating to a multimillion-dollar scheme to sell nonexistent Porsches from a South Florida dealership.

September 17, 2019

Used-Vehicle Volumes Up 4.1% Among Privately Owned Dealers
Escalating Finance Costs Drive 24% Spike in TCO

Escalating Finance Costs Drive 24% Spike in TCO

AAA analysts say bigger price tags and higher interest rates have conspired to raise American new-car buyers’ average annual total cost of ownership to $9,282, an all-time high and a 24% year-over-year increase.

September 12, 2019

Pace of Dealership Acquisitions Slows in Q2

Pace of Dealership Acquisitions Slows in Q2

Kerrigan Advisors’ latest Blue Sky buy/sell report counts 49 transactions in the second quarter, a slight decline from Q1 but enough to maintain a 200-plus-transaction pace for 2019.

September 11, 2019

SAAR Fails to Crack 17M Despite Record August Sales

SAAR Fails to Crack 17M Despite Record August Sales

U.S. sales of new cars and light trucks fell 1.2% year-over-year in August, a sales month that extended through the Labor Day weekend and set new records for Honda, Toyota, and Subaru.

September 5, 2019

UnityWorks Releases Dynamic Inventory Video Ads
Fiat Deletes 500 From North American Lineup

Fiat Deletes 500 From North American Lineup

2019 marks the last model-year for the Fiat 500, 500e, and 500 Abarth in the U.S. and Canada, ending a 10-year production run and leaving the 500X CUV, 500L, and 124 Spider as the Italian brand’s only North American models.

September 4, 2019

Cayenne Leads List of Unworthy $100K Cars

Cayenne Leads List of Unworthy $100K Cars

The Things’ Andre Nalin has released a list of 19 vehicles whose quality or dependability falls short of their six-figure price tags, led by the Porsche Cayenne SUV.

September 3, 2019

Manheim Adds Inventory Suggestions to Market Report
Volvo Adds Dealer Inventory to Subscription Program

Volvo Adds Dealer Inventory to Subscription Program

Volvo dealers will soon be allowed to pull new vehicles off their lots and into the Care by Volvo sub service, a significant change that leads a list of reported revisions to the embattled program.

August 28, 2019

Beverly Hills BMW Sold in Recordbreaking Deal

Beverly Hills BMW Sold in Recordbreaking Deal

The four-acre, 93,000-square-foot Beverly Hills BMW has been sold for $70 million, an amount billed as the highest ever paid to acquire a Los Angeles auto dealership.

August 21, 2019

Survey: Youngest Car Buyers Visit Most Dealerships

Survey: Youngest Car Buyers Visit Most Dealerships

Members of Generation Z reported visiting an average of 3.8 dealerships on their car-buying journey in an Urban Science poll, which found the majority of U.S. consumers still lean on dealerships for critical information — and test-drives.

August 14, 2019

Starks Leaves NBA’s Jazz for LHM CEO Post
New-Vehicle Interest Rates Fall to 5.8%

New-Vehicle Interest Rates Fall to 5.8%

The average interest rate for a U.S. new-vehicle loan fell below 6% for the first time all year as automakers and dealers extended model-year selldown promotions.

August 2, 2019