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Rick Case Appointed First South Fla. Alfa Romeo Dealer

To celebrate the unveiling of the new store, the group will donate the first 2015 Alfa Romeo 4C to live auction, with 100% of the bid price over MSRP being donated to charity.

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Total Light Vehicle Sales Increase 11.4% in May, Autodata Reports

The industry SAAR jumped to 16.77 million units, up from last May’s 15.48 million-unit rate and last month’s 16.04 million-unit SAAR.

April Sales Up 4.1%, Autodata Reports

The weather cleared in time to drive up April sales by 4.1% from a year ago. April’s SAAR was 16.04 million, up from March’s SAAR but down from a year ago.

Average Incentives Rise, Domestics Curb Spending

Incentive growth was at its lowest point in March since last September, but the NADA Used Car Guide noted that the automakers that decreased spending were the ones that scored sales increases for the month.

U.S. Court of Appeals Rules in Favor of Dropped Chrysler Dealers

The court’s decision will allow the case pitting 148 defunct Chrysler dealerships against the U.S. government to proceed. The dealerships were closed as part of Chrysler’s 2009 bailout agreement.

Dealership Acquisition Activity ‘Robust,’ The Banks Report Shows

Public dealer groups continue to exercise discipline in terms of their acquisition strategy, but The Banks Report shows that acquisition activity was robust overall last year — particularly during the opening and closing months of 2013.

Carmakers Blame Sales Declines on Bad Weather

Vehicle OEMs are hopeful for a sales rebound after winter storms pushed down sales in late January. According to Autodata, both the industry SAAR and total sales were down from a year ago.

NAC’s Schrank Among 2014 Spirit of Leadership Honorees

The Women’s Automotive Association International has named Maureen LaFontaine, Christina Schrank, Alison Spitzer and Liz Wetzel as recipients of the 2014 Spirit of Leadership Award. The award will be presented at a reception held during the NADA Convention in New Orleans.

Automakers Post Big Gains in 2013 Sales

December sales were in line with last year’s total, while annual sales increased nearly 8% to 15.6 million units.

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Fiat to Acquire Remaining Equity Interests in Chrysler Group

Fiat North America LLC signed an agreement on New Year’s Day to acquire the remaining stake in Chrysler Group LLC. The transaction is expected to close on Jan. 20.