Tesla is hauling two shipping containers around the US this summer to set up pop-up stores and put the Model S on display. The locations aren't entirely known, but they are following wealthy potential buyers to popular vacation spots.
FCA US is offering a completely free college education to all of its dealership employees through a partnership with Strayer University called Degrees@Work. The workers can earn associate's, bachelor's, and master's degrees in a variety of subjects.
The Federal Trade Commission is wrapping up its so-called Operation Ruse Control, which went after car dealers for deceptive advertising and other types of fraud. It resulted in 252 enforcement actions and six cases for the FTC.
The Fact Checker column in the Washington Post takes issue with a key report attacking dealer franchise laws. The paper, written at the Department of Justice in 2009, attempts to justify allowing manufacturers to sell directly to consumers, but because of some bad research, tried to make its case by citing a failed GM direct-sales program that had shut down years earlier.
A Subaru dealer in California is being sued by Subaru of America in US District Court, for allegedly falsifying 224 customer satisfaction surveys last year. The scheme wasn't hard to discover because all of the questionnaires were submitted from the IP address of a showroom owned by the same business.
Nissan is tapping the expertise of its major Mexican dealership groups to break into southern states with large Hispanic populations like Texas and California in a drive to increase its share of the US market.
Despite its best efforts, Cadillac can't seem to move enough of its sedans – like the ATS and CTS – forcing it to offer deep incentives and reduce production. The Escalade SUV, on the other hand, is selling like chromed hotcakes.
After hearing about Detroit-native James Robertson's 21-mile daily walk to work, a local Ford dealer is giving him a fully loaded, red 2015 Taurus as a new ride. Robertson has been making the daily trek to his job for the past 10 years with perfect attendance.
You know that sinking feeling you get in your stomach when you drive your brand-new car off the dealer lot and you know it just lost a huge chunk of value as soon as its tires hit the public roads? Yeah, well that feeling is about to sink even lower into the pit of your stomach.