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    Report: GM to go coastal on dealer improvements
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    According to a report from The Detroit News citing "sources familiar with the company's plan," General Motors will spend $200 million to revamp dealerships on the East and West Coasts, specifically in California, New York and New Jersey. Many dealerships will be restyled, some will be relocated ...

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    California Chevrolet dealer unhappy with arbitration, sues for franchise
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    When General Motors announced a couple of weeks ago that it had completed the arbitration process with all of its discontinued dealers, the automaker no doubt hoped that its painful retail shrinkage process was over. But sadly, it was not to be – Rally Auto Group of Palmdale, CA, is ...

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    GM confirms smaller dealer network, upgrades in the works
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    Updated Cadillac dealership – Click above for high-res image gallery
    In the months leading up to its 2009 bankruptcy filing, General Motors attempted to shut down about one third of its 6,049 dealers that were operating at the time. However, some 1,176 of the 2,046 stores slated for closure ...

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    GM eliminates 2,000 dealers, will end year with 4,500 showrooms
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    A little more than a year ago, General Motors had in excess of 6,000 dealerships across the country. In the viability plan GM submitted to Congress the automaker stated it would shut down 400 dealerships every year, shedding 1,600 of them by 2012. The General said it eventually wanted to get down ...

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    Rumormill: GM considering flagship dealer in Mahattan to bolster IPO cause
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    Citing "three people who know about the discussions," BusinessWeek reports that General Motors is ruminating whether or not to build a high-zoot showroom in Manhattan to gain favor among "high-fashion New Yorkers, tourists and high-rolling investors." The stated aim would be to raise awareness ...

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    Report: GM launching pair of low-pressure 'test' dealerships that offer competitor car drives
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    A[nother] different kind of car company. A[nother] different kind of car. Apparently, as it once did with its Saturn division, General Motors is again fiddling with the tried-and-true dealership sales model by creating two separate new test programs that would potentially offer a low-pressure car ...

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    Report: Main rejected-dealer advocates fail to get GM reinstatement call. Coincidence?
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    We have no proof that General Motors is getting payback on the three dealers who founded the Committee to Restore Dealer Rights (CRDR), Tammy Darvish, Jack Fitzgerald and Alan Spitzer. But we do know that retribution is a game often played by all sides, and that Darvish, Fitzgerald and Spitzer ...

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    Cadillac distancing itself from parent GM to elude bankruptcy stigma?
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    Cadillac XTS Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery
    There's no way to misunderstand Cadillac spokesman Nick Twork on this: "The Cadillac brand is best communicated as Cadillac without GM." For proof of his intent all you'll need to do is swing by a Cadillac showroom where soon ...

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    Hope on the horizon? General Motors reportedly to reinstate more than 580 dealers
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    According to Automotive News (which is citing four separate yet unknown sources), General Motors is preparing to reinstate more than 580 dealers that had applied for government-mediated arbitration to keep their franchises in the United States. For those keeping track, 580 represents exactly half ...

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    Sears coming to the rescue of disenfranchised Chrysler and GM dealers?
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    General Motors and Chrysler dealers unsuccessful in government-mediated arbitration to save their franchises from closure are being thrown a potential life saver. This one, however, doesn't say U.S.S. Government on it, but rather, U.S.S. Sears Auto Center. The nationwide retailer want to expands ...

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    Report: GM offering to help dealers remodel, with a few conditions
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    Coming out of bankruptcy with four fewer brands, General Motors wants to help its dealers present a fresh face to the public. So it's offering dealers a deal of its own: remodel your dealerships and GM will help pay for it. Ah, but just like a clever salesman, GM has a few conditions on its ...

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    Here's the Plan: GM reveals how it will deal with shuttered dealers' complaints
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    Back in May, General Motors announced plans to close down a large portion of its dealership network. Since then, a number of those franchisees have lodged complaints to both the automaker itself and appropriate policymakers, leading to possible legislation on how GM is allowed to handle the ...

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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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    Opposite World: GM dealers reportedly fretting over too tight crossover and truck inventories
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    Buick Enclave - Click above for high-res image gallery
    In these dark days of bankruptcy proceedings, ever-dwindling sales figures and decades of receding market share, General Motors' base of dealerships certainly has plenty of things to keep it up at night. You may be surprised to hear, though, ...

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    Under Fire: GM targeting metropolitan Cadillac dealers for closure?
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    Cadillac is one of the core brands that will form the new General Motors, but the dealership network can't continue in its current guise, according to GM sales head Mark LaNeve. There are 1,422 Cadillac dealers nationwide, more than four times the number of Mercedes-Benz dealers and more than six ...

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    GM dealer downsizing could lead to barrage of lawsuits
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    Rock, meet hard place. With General Motors handed a directive from the White House to be ultra-aggressive in its restructuring in order to secure more government loans, the automaker is making cuts everywhere and dealers are far from immune. As reported previously, GM's plan to shrink its retailers ...

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    GM reportedly accelerating the closure of 1,700 dealers
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    June 1, 2009 is turning into the equivalent of General Motors' D-Day, and every day seems to bring new events that are being planned in advance of it. GM had more than 6,000 dealerships at the end of last year, and in the initial viability plan it offered to the government, the automaker pledged to ...

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    GM plans to trim 400 dealers per year until 2012
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    Dealership rationalization was something General Motors was looking at well before the economy went pear-shaped. GM still has more than 6,300 dealerships in the U.S., and it is even more important now to start shedding some of that financial burden. That is why The General told dealers at the NADA ...

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    GM to delay dealer incentive payments
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    From November 28 to December 11, GM is holding back incentive payments to dealers, including dealer cash and customer cash. Why? in the words of Mark LaNeve, GM's VP of North American sales, because "Anytime you can delay any kind of a payment, it helps cash flow" And cash is probably the most ...

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    GM working to shrink its dealer network, Pt. 2: introducing GM Collections
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    Yesterday we wrote about GM's intent to shrink its 14,118-strong dealer network, with one idea to combine Pontiac, Buick, and GMC dealers into larger, more modern flagship outlets. Turns out that was only part of the plan: according to Automotive News, "General Motors is preparing to make public a ...

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