California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed AB 179, enacting new dealer protections against below-market warranty reimbursement rates and OEM-ordered facility upgrades. The bill also allows dealers to issue recall notices without violating new data privacy rules.
October 15, 2019
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
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
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
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
Hyundai North America has sued a Pennsylvania dealer for fraud, claiming he bilked the automaker for $5 million by buying up hundreds of used Sonatas and purposely damaging their engines beyond repair.
September 30, 2019
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
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
Stock are on the rise following the second quarter-point reduction to the federal funds rate in less than two months. No further cuts are planned for this year or next, guaranteeing further pressure from the White House.
September 19, 2019
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
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
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
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
The latest report from the Automotive News Data Center finds U.S. franchised dealers were sitting on nearly 3.8 million new units as of Aug. 1, a 27-year high.
August 13, 2019
Nissan will end production of the diesel V-8 variant of the Titan XD in December after failing to capture more than a fraction of U.S. full-size pickup sales in the first half of 2019.
August 12, 2019