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    Report: Ford opens 88 new dealerships in China in a single day
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    "Ford opened 88 dealerships in China last year." "Ford opened 88 dealerships in China during the first half of 2014." "Ford opened 88 dealerships in China last month." None of those statements – even the last one – would seem unbelievable. Saying "Ford opened up 88 dealerships in ...

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    Report: Porsche responds to PETA after tiger cub displays at Macan dealership events
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    Porsche has found itself in the good graces of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, which is pretty odd considering it's the only brand we know of that offers leather-lined vents. The activist group is praising the sports car manufacturer's handling of reports that some of its dealerships ...

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    Report: Google Cars test shopping program shuts down
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    Google is restructuring its car buying tools, and part of the process means shutting down its Google Cars shopping service. Launched a little more than a year ago with expectations that it would disrupt the auto sales industry, other early commentary noted that some dealers were already unhappy ...

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    Report: Alfa Romeo 4C to sell at Maserati stores
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    The rocky road that is Alfa Romeo's return to the United States has taken yet another twist, as rumors are sprouting that the sleek, new 4C sports car will follow in the footsteps of the 8C Competizione and go on sale at Maserati dealerships. The 8C was sold exclusively at Maserati dealers in the ...

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    Report: FTC investigating dealers who opposed TrueCar for collusion
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    TrueCar and automotive dealerships just can't seem to stay out of the spotlight. An investigation is underway by the Federal Trade Commission into a number of dealers that stand accused of "agreeing to refuse to deal with TrueCar," according to an FTC letter obtained by Automotive News. The ...

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    Report: Corvette Stingray price gouging begins in earnest
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    If you're aching to get the new, seventh-generation Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, be prepared to deal with ransom demands. On the lead up to the hugely anticipated C7's arrival in dealers, Automotive News is reporting that some dealers have already tacked on a little extra to the Stingray's ...

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    Report: Slumping VW rolls back US sales targets
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    After three years as one of the fastest-growing car brands in the US, Volkswagen has hit a sales rut, and it can't get out. In response, Volkswagen Group of America downgraded VW's 2013 US vehicle sales target to 440,000, from the original target of about 486,000, reports Automotive News. The ...

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    Report: BMW web sales plan opposed by German dealers
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    Tesla isn't the only manufacturer that is facing a backlash over its plans to sell cars directly to customers. BMW is under fire from its German dealerships over its desire to sell its cars via the internet. BMW has plans to sell the new i3 through the World Wide Web, while a "Mobile Sales ...

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    Study: Mercedes, Infiniti, Lexus rank tops with mystery shoppers
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    If you want the best experience possible when buying a new car, then you'd better head down to your local Mercedes-Benz, Infiniti, or Lexus showroom. According a mystery shopper study conducted by the Pied Piper Prospect Satisfaction Index, those three luxury brands ranked highest among the 33 ...

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    Report: Jaguar and Land Rover to consolidate dealerships
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    Jaguar and Land Rover are set to merge their sales facilities, according to Inside Line. Jaguar Land Rover North America President Andy Gross says 45 percent of Jaguar owners also have an SUV in their stable, so it makes sense to give customers as much exposure to the cat's high-riding cousins ...

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    Report: VW sales increasing, and not just cars... dealers too
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    As the product lineup at Volkswagen has gotten more popular in recent years, apparently so have its dealerships. According to Automotive News, not only has the interest in owning a VW franchise gone up in the last few years, it has done so by some of the larger dealer groups in the ...

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    Report: Why Google is frustrating your local car dealer
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    Car salesmen have long ranked among the most universally reviled members of society, just south of real estate agents and lawyers. But the past decade has seen the plaid sports jacket and gold chain crowd doing much to bolster their image, with many auto dealers building impressive online ...

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    Report: Car dealerships selling more cars per store than ever before
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    A consulting firm has boosted its auto sales estimate for 2012 to 14.3 million vehicles, but the big news is that, in aggregate, dealers are again making money selling cars. Bloomberg reports that annual sales per dealer will jump to 805 vehicles according to Urban Science. That would be a new ...

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    Report: SRT Viper to be sold at only one fifth of Chrysler dealers
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    Only one fifth of Chrysler Group dealers will have the chance to sell 2013 SRT Viper, according to an Automotive News report. To qualify for the V10 beast, a hopeful dealer will have to train staff and purchase special tools, as well as improve their facilities. This does not guarantee the ...

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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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    Report: Tight used car supply has dealers looking in their own service bays
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    Used vehicle prices have been on a tear for over a year now, as slow new vehicle sales during the financial meltdown of 2009 have created a dearth of available used models today. Yet the sluggish economy means demand for used vehicles is high, so dealers are going to ever-increasing lengths to ...

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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: 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: Spike TV readying reality show about turning around car dealers
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    Automotive News is reporting that Spike TV is planning to roll out a new reality TV show that orbits around struggling car dealerships. The premise has the show's two hosts, Tom Stuker and Roe Hubbard, swooping in with just five days to turn lackluster sales into a success story. So far, the ...

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