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Pilot begins in June in partnership with dealers in both markets

Here comes Mercedes-Benz jumping into the monthly subscription-service craze, launching its pilot program in Nashville and Philadelphia. It'll be called the Mercedes-Benz Collection.

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The well-regarded luxury brand is ready to go exclusive in its third year.

The well-regarded luxury brand is ready to fly the coop in its third year.

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Missouri court sides with Tesla in lawsuit filed by dealers group

Missouri court sides with Tesla in lawsuit filed by dealers group

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“We want to reinvent leasing in the 21st century, and this is a step in that direction.”

"We want to reinvent leasing in the 21st century, and this is a step in that direction."

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Tesla opened its only Virginia store near DC early last year.

Virginia dealership association says Tesla can't open its second state store until at least next year.

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Mazda introduces its new dealership design language called Retail Evolution, focusing on a more upscale feel and open-plan spaces.

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Dealers Association Supports EV Maker-Owned Outlets, In Limited Numbers

Tesla may be on the verge of getting approval from the state of Maryland for direct-to-consumer sales.

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The governor of West Virginia has signed the bill banning direct sales by automakers into state law. It means that Tesla is not able to open stores there.

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The Georgia Senate approves Tesla's direct-sales model, but at a maximum of five stores in the state. West Virginia says 'no' to any direct sales by any car company.

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Connecticut Legislators Say State Loses Business, Revenue to New York, MA

Connecticut legislators discuss allowing Tesla to directly sell electric vehicles within the state.

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Automotive remarketer Alteso is pitching a new way to conduct wholesale car auctions, which currently aren't open to the public. Their idea would give everyday customers a way to visit a dealer's site to see what's being offered at auction, then they could request the dealer buy the car on their behalf and take delivery the next day.

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Two years in development, Hyundai UK partnered with Simon Dixon to open its Hyundai Rockar retail dealership store in Kent, England's Bluewater shopping mall. Akin to Audi and BMW retail stores where people can buy cars in an atmosphere more relaxing than a dealership, Hyundai expects it to be among its top 10 UK dealers by the end of 2015.

Two years ago the Federal Trade Commission served notice to five car dealers over what it considered breaches of the Truth in Lending Act regulations. One of the issues was that certain dealer ads promised to pay off the loan on a buyer's trade-in, regardless of the amount; customers thought they were getting completely out of a loan, but the dealerships would add the negative equity from the old loan into the purchase price of the new car. Another issue for the FTC was that the ads didn't clear

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Two years ago the Federal Trade Commission served notice to five car dealers over what it considered breaches of the Truth in Lending Act regulations. One of the issues was that certain dealer ads promised to pay off the loan on a buyer's trade-in, regardless of the amount; customers thought they were getting completely out of a loan, but the dealerships would add the negative equity from the old loan into the purchase price of the new car. Another issue for the FTC was that the ads didn't clear

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Like the fire that forced Rhett Butler and Scarlett O'Hara to flee Atlanta in Gone With the Wind, the battle between Tesla Motors and Georgia's auto dealers is heating up. In late August, the Georgia Automobile Dealers Association (GADA), which represents about 500 dealerships, filed a petition to prevent Tesla from selling its electric vehicles in the state. Tesla is now requesting a Georgia judge to throw out the petition, the Atlanta Business Chronicle says.

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Alfa Romeo's return to North America has been a long time coming, which has given us plenty of time to wonder: Will the now-merged Fiat-Chrysler let Fiat dealers sell Alfas, or will the shapely Italians be available in Maserati dealers? The answer we've been waiting for? Both.

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The 530 Cadillac dealers - out of 940 total dealers - that signed on to sell the brand's ELR for $75,000 or lease it for $699 per month have managed to move 247 of them in the last five months. That's a little less than two cars for each dealer more than two dealers for each car if you need help with the math. With inventories of the luxury plug-in hybrid building up - Automotive News reports a 725-day supply - General Motors has created the Demonstrator Allowance Program to billow the sails on

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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 were set to feature tigers or tiger cubs at the local launch events for the Macan. Apparently, "macan" is the Malay word for tiger, which explains the connection between a highly touted crossover and a

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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 with the way the service worked and that Google Cars would need to overcome their issues in order to succeed. Rolled out in the San Francisco Bay Area, the service worked by showing local inventory in the

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Doesn't New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie have enough people mad at him already? Apparently not, since more than a few folks who like Tesla Motors are ready to get riled up. The governor is already embattled via his office's alleged role in a scandal involving politically-motivated lane shut-downs to the George Washington Bridge. And with him now deciding to let the state's motor-vehicle commission rule on allowing for Tesla to own its dealers, Tesla has likely lost that battle and may have to shut