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Sonic CEO Scott Smith Steps Down, Successors Named

The automotive retailer announced that co-founder B. Scott Smith is stepping down as CEO, president, and director of the public dealer group. His brother David Burton Smith will assume his role as CEO, while executive Jeff Dyke was promoted to president.

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Sonic: Q3 'Operationally Challenging'

F&I, used retail sales, and fixed ops helped dampen Sonic's third quarter declines in volume and gross profit per unit (GPU) retailed. The group also reported that its EchoPark locations increased their F&I per-copy average by 16.3% to $1,078. Overall, the group's F&I operations averaged $1,341 per copy during the period.

EchoPark, F&I Offset Sagging Sales Numbers for Sonic in Q2

Poor retail sales were offset by a 3.1% increase in total F&I gross profit and a 40.5% increase in revenue at Sonic Automotive's EchoPark locations. While declining oil prices have hurt the company's performance in the Houston market, officials are confident the group will recover.

F&I, Fixed Ops Lead the Way for Sonic in Q1 2016

Record F&I and fixed-ops gross profit helped Sonic Automotive offset low vehicle sales. But the big story for the publicly traded dealer group was the performance of the F&I offices at its one-touch EchoPark dealerships. They increased their per-copy averages by 54.1%.

The Year Ahead: Part One

Dealer operations expert puts 2015 in the rearview mirror and identifies trends in sales, compliance and recalls that will affect dealers in 2016.

Sign on the Electronic Line

Faster funding has always been a key selling point for dealers when it comes to econtracting. That could change as the industry pushes for a fully online transaction.

Sonic Cautious About CFPB, But Revs Up Hybrid F&I Push

Sonic executives said the company is delaying plans to launch a captive finance company in light of the CFPB’s recent settlement with Honda Finance. But the group has given the go-ahead for the first phase of its much-delayed hybrid sales process.

Sonic Delays Further Rollout of Hybrid Process

Sonic executives said that until the group perfects its vehicle-pricing tool, the One Sonic-One Experience initiative will not expand beyond the five stores currently employing the program's hybrid sales and F&I process.

Changing the F&I Experience

Larry Dorfman founded APCO/EasyCare on the premise that car buyers are his true customers. Now he and his team are riding shotgun on Sonic Automotive’s drive toward a new customer experience.

Sonic Files Suit Against Former Employee for Luring Away Employees

Sonic and Philpott Motors have filed a lawsuit against a former employee who left the dealership and hired seven other employees to come work for him.