Toyota's eight Mirai dealers in California are getting ready to start selling the hydrogen fuel cell sedans in October. One of these showrooms is even willing to turn potential customers away if they aren't right for the model.
Just as China's stock market collapses, the country's passenger car association reports the first sales slump there in over two years. The fall is predicted to extend further into the second half of 2015.
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.