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JDP: Subaru, Lexus Lead Brand Loyalty Rankings

JDP: Subaru, Lexus Lead Brand Loyalty Rankings

Subaru led all U.S.-sold marques in J.D. Power’s first-ever brand loyalty study, recapturing 61.5% of owners who completed a trade-in or purchase between June 2018 and May 2019.

July 19, 2019

KBB.com Names 10 Most Awarded Cars, Brands of 2019
Price Hike: Tesla Drops Base Models

Price Hike: Tesla Drops Base Models

The starting prices for the Model X SUV and Model S sedan went up nearly $5,000 overnight following the abrupt deletion of their ‘standard range’ variants from Tesla’s lineup.

July 17, 2019

Calif. Dealer Wins $15.8M in Toyota Lawsuit

Calif. Dealer Wins $15.8M in Toyota Lawsuit

An Orange County jury found in favor of Toyota dealer Roger Hogan, who sued the factory for fraud and breach of contract amid claims the manufacturer concealed safety defect data and retaliated against him for going public with his concerns.

July 16, 2019

Acura Faces Class Action Over RDX Infotainment System

Acura Faces Class Action Over RDX Infotainment System

Steve Berman of Hagens Berman is the lead attorney for a group of Acura RDX buyers and lessees who say their infotainment systems are dangerously defective — and that Honda knew about the issue before the vehicle came to market.

July 15, 2019

A Little More Auction: Elvis-Owned Lincoln, Harley, GMC for Sale
Ford, VW Reach Deal on Global Technology Partnership

Ford, VW Reach Deal on Global Technology Partnership

Ford Motor Co. and Volkswagen AG have forged a new partnership centered on electric-vehicle and autonomous driving technology that calls for billions of dollars in investments and the introduction of a range of new vehicles.

July 12, 2019

MAX Digital Partners With LotVantage to Drive Social Leads
Last VW Beetle Rolls Off Production Line

Last VW Beetle Rolls Off Production Line

Volkswagen de Mexico has built its final Beetle, capping a legacy of 21.5 million units sold worldwide — including 5 million in the U.S. alone — and clearing the way for a new SUV.

July 11, 2019

Kamal to Lead Industry Summit Advisory Board

Kamal to Lead Industry Summit Advisory Board

Auto Dealer Today and F&I and Showroom’s Tariq Kamal will helm the advisory board for this year’s Industry Summit, leading a group tasked with building an agenda tailored to the needs of dealers, F&I professionals, and industry members.

July 10, 2019

Report: Slow Sales Aside, Auto Groups Outperform Market

Report: Slow Sales Aside, Auto Groups Outperform Market

Kerrigan Advisors analysts say the stock prices for America’s seven publicly traded dealership groups are outpacing the broader U.S. equity markets and could soar higher on lower interest rates and new trucks.

July 10, 2019

SAAR Holds at 17M as June Sales Slip

SAAR Holds at 17M as June Sales Slip

U.S. dealers sold 2.6% fewer new cars and light trucks in June than in the same month a year ago, but standout performances in key segments kept the seasonally adjusted annualized selling rate above 17 million for the second straight month.

July 3, 2019

Ford Ends Ala. Dealer’s Gun Giveaway

Ford Ends Ala. Dealer’s Gun Giveaway

Ford Motor Co. has put a stop to Chatom (Ala.) Ford’s ‘God, guns, and freedom’ campaign following a shooting at a California dealership that left two managers and a former employee dead.

July 1, 2019

Study: Top Sales Performers Are Active Listeners

Study: Top Sales Performers Are Active Listeners

A new Marchex study of 6,200 dealership sales conversations by Marchex finds the top 25% of performers listened actively, asked engaging questions, offered contact information, requested names, and were unfailingly polite.

June 28, 2019