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Cox Automotive: Dealers Optimistic About Q1 2018

The fourth-quarter reading of the Cox Automotive Dealer Sentiment Index shows dealers are optimistic about the next three months. Concerns about price pressure and showroom traffic persist.

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Tesla vs. Franchise: Weighing the Pros and Cons

Todd Bryant ponders the implications of Tesla’s direct-sales model for car buyers and their communities, both of which have benefited from the franchise model.

International Nameplates Outsell Domestics in November, According to AutoData

International nameplate franchises accounted for 55.7% of all new vehicles sold in the United States in November, besting domestic nameplates and their 44.3% share of the market. Asian makes recorded a share of 45.7%.

State Franchise Laws Benefit Consumers, Economic Analysis Concludes

A new economic analysis shows that state franchise laws, which have come under attack by regulators like the Federal Trade Commission, stimulate competition that results in lower retail prices for consumers.

Tesla-Friendly Bill Resurrected in Connecticut

Introduced last month, Senate Bill 3 would permit electric vehicle makers to sell vehicles directly to consumers at up to three locations. The state dealers association, General Motors and the Alliance of Auto Manufacturers have taken a stand against the measure.

J.D. Byrider Opens New Franchise in Virginia

Used-car sales franchise J.D. Byrider has opened a second dealership in Richmond, Va., the sixth new J.D. Byrider franchise to open in 2015. The company now has 169 locations in 34 states.

AutoNation Acquires 16 Stores

AutoNation has signed agreements to acquire 13 stores in Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee, and three stores in the Baltimore, Md., market, bringing its total franchise count to 327.

AUL Corp Launches Product Suite for Dealers

Vehicle service contract administrator AUL Corp. has unveiled its new Absolute suite of products for franchise dealers.

Conn. Dealer Association Launches Controversial Anti-Tesla Site

The website, called “Tesla Crash,” was launched by the Connecticut Automotive Retailers Association in response to a bill that would allow the electric automaker to sell directly to consumers in the state.

Mich. Governor Signs ‘Anti-Tesla’ Bill

Governor Rick Snyder signed into law yesterday tighter restrictions on selling vehicles directly to consumers. The new law now effectively bans Tesla Motors from selling vehicles in the state.