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    Official: Rolls-Royce opens flagship showroom on Long Island
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    A modern Rolls-Royce is big. Really big. The standard-wheelbase Phantom is closer to an full-size SUV in size than it is to an ordinary sedan. And the extended-wheelbase model is an astonishing 20 feet long. Hence, Rolls-Royce needs some big showrooms, and the one you see above is its biggest yet ...

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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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    Official: FTC steps in to curb deceptive car dealer trade-in practices [w/video]
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    In general, car dealers have reputations just below personal injury lawyers and politicians, so it's no surprise that most consumers are naturally wary whenever they engage in the process of buying a new vehicle. As part of an effort to restore consumers' faith in the auto buying process, the ...

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    Official: BMW opens 8.6-acre flagship showroom in Abu Dhabi
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    Where would you expect to find the largest BMW dealership in the world? At BMW headquarters in Munich? Somewhere in Texas, perhaps, where everything is bigger? Or maybe in California, a state that represents one of the automaker's largest markets? If you're shouting, "No! It's in Abu Dhabi!," ...

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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: Costco adds discounted auto parts, accessories and service for members
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    Costco has been in the car business for years, offering a few vehicles to members at attractive rates. The warehouse chain also sells tires and discounted fuel. Now Costco wants to take its discounting model right to the dealer service bay. Automotive News reports that Costco has negotiated a ...

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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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    Report: Neighbors complain about Mercedes-Benz's flagship NYC dealership
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    Mercedes-Benz may engineer its vehicles like no other in the world, but its flagship New York City dealership is another story. According to the New York Post, neighbors have complained to the city for weeks about loud air vents and showroom lights. "They're horrible neighbors," one disgruntled ...

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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: UAW pickets Hyundai dealerships to support Korean worker
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    The United Auto Workers protested outside Hyundai dealers in the U.S. last week, though not for the reasons you might think. Automotive News reports that the UAW picketed key U.S. Hyundai dealerships yesterday in response to an incident that took place halfway around the world. The protest was in ...

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    Report: Chrysler sells controversial company-owned California dealership
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    It's official, folks. Motor Village LA, the posh dealership in downtown Los Angeles that Chrysler opened in California to serve as a showcase buying experience and test bed for innovative new Chrysler, Dodge, Ram, Jeep and Fiat stores, has been sold. New Century Automotive Group reportedly ...

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    Report: Chevy's plan to sell more cars in California? Be more like Disneyland
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    The Detroit News reports that Chevrolet may take a page out of the Disney playbook to improve the automaker's customer service and its appeal in the California market. Chevrolet dealers are headed to classes at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, to learn some of the magical secrets employed by ...

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    Report: Man suing Chicago car dealer over harassment, threats and "hanging wedgie"
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    We've all heard auto dealership horror stories that end with a bad deal on a used car or an elderly relative that got talked into some ridiculous extended warranty. It's sad that bad things can sometimes happen to good people, but those examples likely pale in comparison to what one Chicago-area ...

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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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    What is holdback, and how much did your dealer make on your car?
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    When you buy beef jerky, some Bridgestones or a Bulgari, you don't spend six hours researching how much the retailer paid for the product. For that matter, when you buy a building, you don't ask how much the builder put into it. When it comes to cars, though, consumers can never be deterred from ...

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    Report: Fiat expanding beyond Chrysler-paired dealerships
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    Fiat dealerships aren't popping up quite as quickly as the original plans showed they would, but the retail outlets could get a push now that the automaker is looking outside of the Chrysler family. Automotive News reports that Fiat is now offering franchises to non-Chrysler dealers for the ...

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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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    Rolls-Royce opens its largest showroom yet in Abu Dhabi
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    The news these days from the Middle East mostly focuses on warfare and revolution, but not in Abu Dhabi. The gulf emirate remains an island of tranquility, and that's where Rolls-Royce has opted to open its largest showroom ever. The dealership includes some 900 square meters of showroom space ...

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    Report: Ford now has more dealers than Chevy for first time in many years
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    2010 was a good year for Ford. The Blue Oval outsold long-time rival Chevrolet by 160,000 units, but that's not the only area where Ford managed a lead over the Bowtie. Ward's Automotive reports that the Dearborn automaker ended the year with 47 more U.S. dealerships than its cross-town nemesis. ...

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    Report: Lincoln skews volume toward urban centers, unnerves small town dealers
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    Lincoln has apparently had enough of small-town life. According to Automotive News, Ford's luxury brand plans to give its dealerships in metropolitan areas the lion's share of production moving forward. The company says luxury buyers are typically centered around larger cities, and as such, up to ...

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