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    Apple iPad to be used as sales tool by Mercedes-Benz dealers
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    The resounding successes of the iPhone and iPad have Apple shareholders dancing in the streets, but one area in which Apple hasn't been as successful, however, has been business applications. In fact, until recently, Apple retail stores used Windows-based devices to ring up orders. Now, ...

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    Istanbul's gigantic Autopia Europia to have track on the roof [w/video]
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    Turkey's Autopia Europa – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Istanbul, Turkey will reportedly be home to the world's largest auto dealership, called Autopia Europia. The space is so big it's probably more convenient to think of it as an industrial complex, rather than an auto dealer: ...

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    It's On Like Donkey Kong: Jilted Hyundai Genesis Coupe buyer jilted again, lawyers up
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    This ended about how we predicted. You all no doubt remember McFly, the guy that won a legit eBay auction for a slightly used Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0T for $16,125. Problem was that the seller – Glenn Hyundai of Lexington, KY – felt the car was worth more ($19,700) and refused to ...

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    What to do with all those empty car dealerships? Why, build a yoga studio, of course!
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    One needn't be an Autoblog regular to be aware of the fact that the car industry has taken quite a drubbing over the past few years. The slump in our nation's economy has slaughtered sales, leading automakers to shutter thousands of dealerships nationwide. Chrysler Group LLC slashed 789 ...

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    REPORT: Stand-alone Lincoln-Mercury dealers being scaled out of existence
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    In 2006, Ford began to shrink its dealership network in order to more efficiently align its distribution network. Three years later, it appears that the hardest hit are the company's stand-alone Lincoln-Mercury dealerships. While there were 619 Lincoln-Mercury dealerships nationwide just a few ...

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    REPORT: Rejected GM, Chrysler dealers telling their story on YouTube [w/VIDEO]
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    Holdiman Motor terminated dealer plea - click above image to watch the video
    Since government money washed in to pump out General Motors' and Chrysler's swamped and nearly sunken businesses, there's been little mention of the cuts to the dealer base that both automakers have made as part of their ...

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    House reportedly approves measure to restore dealerships despite bankruptcy blows
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    One of the more controversial parts of the Chrysler bankruptcy was the decision to cut 789 dealerships by June 9. The move made for a quick, painful end to dealerships that in some cases spanned several generations of family ownership. When General Motors entered bankruptcy, it said it would cut ...

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    GM slashes Canadian dealership network by 42%
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    General Motors Canada has announced that it has begun notifying its dealer body that it will be culling its sales networks by some 42 percent. The massive cut means that GM's 709 dealers will be trimmed by around 245 stores. The cuts will come as the restructuring automaker will elect to not renew ...

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    BREAKING: Chrysler 'rejects' 789 dealers nationwide, works to pare network by 25% by June 9
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    Chrysler has just announced that it will 'reject' some 789 of its dealerships by June 9 as it works to downsize through Chapter 11 bankruptcy restructuring. That represents a 25% cut in its dealer networks, leaving 2,392 Chrysler, Jeep, and Dodge dealers to carry on if the automaker is able to ...

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    REPORT: Ford offering dealerships for $1
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    Ford's dealer development program works to help people become dealer principles who might not otherwise have the chance. The 64 members of the program, most of them black or Hispanic, are set up with stores by Ford and then buy out Ford's interest in the dealership with revenues. To give them a ...

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    FOLLOW-UP: Brother of dealer who died torching own cars found dead
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    As we reported earlier, Gregory Graham, a third-generation car dealership owner in Ligonier, Pennsylvania tragically died of a heart attack last month while setting fire to the cars on his lot. His company, Graham Colonial Motors, was evidently burdened by more than a million dollars in liens, in ...

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    REPORT: Struggling dealer died of heart-attack while torching his own cars
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    With each passing day bringing more tough news about the state of the car companies and the plight of the autoworker, it's sometimes easy to overlook the effect that all of this economic gulag is having on mom-and-pop dealerships across the country. Bringing that idea into stark focus is news that ...

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    Flashy "Taj Mahal" dealerships hit hard by downturn
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    Like those affected by the overinflated housing market, many auto dealers are experiencing a similar situation with their real estate. During the recent boom times, the thinking was that you needed a big, flashy facility with all sorts of extras and perks to attract customers. Manufacturers helped ...

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    NADA estimates 700 dealers will close in 2008
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    The sun will set on an alarming number of new car dealerships this year, according to The National Automobile Dealers Association, better known as NADA. This has been an ongoing trend, but it's set to accelerate as slowing new car sales and the tough credit market makes it very difficult for ...

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    Car dealer kills two workers who asked for raises
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    Two employees at an East Point car dealership were shot dead by the owner for having the audacity to ask for a raise. Sounding like something you'd hear about a drug running syndicate as opposed to a used car lot, shop owner Rolandas Milinavicius apparently snapped and shot both employees in the ...

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    America's oldest Buick dealer to close after century in business
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    America's oldest Buick dealership, Geise Buick Pontiac in Quincy, Illinois, is closing. After 100 years, descendents of founder Henry Geise Sr. have decided to sell the dealership's assets to Poage Auto Plaza. Both Pontiac and GMC franchises will be moved to another location, and be sold ...

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    Chrysler sells more certified pre-owned in March
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    The Chrysler Group's "Brand Spakin' Used" certified pre-owned (CPO) vehicles are flying off dealership lots, if a recent press release sent out by Chrysler is any indication. The automaker reports that March was a record for selling CPO vehicles, with dealers reporting ...

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