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    Report: Nissan testing experimental dealer with no desks or offices
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    Nissan thinks it has found a better way to sell cars, and it involves stripping showrooms of everything but the cars and sales team. The brand calls the experiment the Nissan New Retail Concept, and it might get tested in the US in a few years. The concept is relatively simple. Showrooms ditch ...

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    Report: Jaguar demanding customer data from reluctant dealers
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    Nearly every major business is collecting consumer data these days, and keeping that data secure has come to the forefront of many customer's minds. Jaguar Land Rover North America's decision to begin requesting more customer info from its dealer network appears unfortunately timed, however. If ...

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    Report: More car dealers capping finance and insurance products amidst ethics concerns
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    Automotive News reports a larger number of dealers are scaling back the markup on their finance and insurance products as well as aftermarket service plans in an effort to avoid the ire of regulators. There are no industry numbers on how many dealers use self-imposed caps on how much they can ...

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    Report: Shanghai GMC dealer offering five tons of free gas with truck purchase
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    Big trucks just aren't appealing enough on their own, at least in some places. For proof, look to a Shanghai GMC dealer who is offering about three years worth of free gas to anyone who buys a new Sierra Denali. Too bad it'll take about 20 years to pay off the big truck. The dealer is giving ...

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    Report: Judge says Chrysler doesn't have to reinstate closed dealers
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    Chrysler made the difficult (and controversial) decision in 2009 to close 789 dealerships leading up to the automaker's abbreviated bankruptcy. The move helped Chrysler eliminate some redundancies and limit in-brand competition, but many of the dealers who lost their franchises weren't at all ...

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    Study: NADA: Dealers most happy with Hyundai, Subaru and Lexus
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    Car dealers have a strange and oftentimes contentious relationship with the carmakers. Stories of automakers shoveling unsaleable models down the pipeline with unreasonable expectations are legion in the car sales world. With the number of family-owned, single-brand dealerships dwindling, dealers ...

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    Report: TrueCar polishing edges off business model to comply with state regulations
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    TrueCar has attracted much unwanted attention recently, drawing the ire of Honda and torquing off regulators in several states. In response, the company has announced a series of changes to its business model, designed to address the legality of its service, according to a report in Automotive ...

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    Report: State regulators turn up the heat on TrueCar
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    What exactly is TrueCar? That's the question behind recent conflicts between the company and a growing list of foes, which include dealership organizations, automakers and regulators in at least three states. According to a report by Automotive News, TrueCar's business model is under fire by ...

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    Official: Maserati orders up special batch of Alfa Giuliettas for dealer loaner vehicles
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    There's strength in numbers, particularly for a producer of high-end exotic automobiles. For a brand like Maserati, being linked to the Fiat Group not only means that it can offset its carbon emissions across a broader range of cars – something like the two-cylinder Fiat 500 TwinAir ...

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    Report: Honda fighting below-invoice online pricing deals
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    Let's face it, nobody pays MSRP anymore. In fact, the most savvy car buyers among us don't even pay invoice price. Thanks to Internet pricing sites like TrueCar.com, it doesn't take negotiating skills or friends in the business to get dealers to sell you cars at deep discount. And that fact has ...

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    Report: CA dealers must affix new warning sticker to salvaged vehicles
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    California has passed new a new law that further regulates the car-buying process, and the changes appear to be mostly positive. Automotive News reports that, beginning next July, dealers will need to slap a red warning sticker on any vehicle with a salvage title. That means any vehicle that has ...

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    Report: Illinois town builds own track for consumer test drives
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    If you're shopping for a vehicle near Naperville, Illinois, you may have a chance to put your possible purchases through the gauntlet on at a new facility. The town has joined forces with local dealers to create a driving course that would reduce the number of test drives on public streets and ...

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    Report: Number of U.S. car dealer rises for first time in a decade
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    For the first time in a decade, the number of new car dealerships in the United States has risen. Mind you, it wasn't a large increase, but the 66 additional dealerships represent a 0.4 percent increase that brings the U.S. total to 17,725. That's an encouraging economic sign considering we ...

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    Report: Are Chevy dealers gaming the system to keep Volt's $7,500 consumer rebate?
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    Getting beyond the drama of the Chevrolet Volt and its high-profile development process was supposed to mean that General Motors could focusing on enjoying the car's green halo. But that has not exactly been the case. On the other side of numerous awards and glowing reviews there have been the ...

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    Video: Forget kicking tires, VW dealer shows off GTI durability with enthusiasm
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    Buying a used vehicle can be a scary experience. You just never know what kind of abuse the car has been subjected to by the hands of a previous owner, which is why plenty of people knowingly take the depreciation hit and buy new. After all, what kind of harm can a vehicle endure from the time ...

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    Study: How car dealers treat customers is more important than price
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    Today's piece of blatantly obvious news comes courtesy of J.D. Power and Associates. According to a new study, a whopping 52 percent of new car buyers said the main reason behind picking one car dealer over another was how they were treated on the lot. In fact, of those surveyed, only 38 percent ...

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    Report: Ford still hoping to cut 10% of its dealer network
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    Ford may have come through the automotive implosion relatively unscathed, but that doesn't mean the company isn't still trying to trim its costs. According to Automotive News, Ford wants to consolidate its dealer network by closing the doors on some 300 lots. The reason? While the automotive ...

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    Hyundai CEO reveals reason for Equus, explains why it's no VW Phaeton
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    2011 Hyundai Equus – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Hyundai America CEO John Krafcik is rarely one to hold back his opinions, and today's topic of discussion is marque's upcoming Equus luxury flagship. Hyundai has moved up in the automotive ranks so quickly over the past 15 years ...

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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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