October 2, 2015 — 500 Car Pileup; Dealerships and car hacking; 30 minute car deals; Karma returns – sort of; Diesel scandal hurting car sales? Why are we still buying from dealers? Automakers driving car sharing; X marks the spot; GM’s vision of the future.
The TBR Weekly Top 10 is our list of what we believe are the week’s must-read stories from various sources on the web. The stories that are thought-provoking, informative and provide different perspectives. Let us know what you think…
- 500 Car Pileup: From F&I and Showroom Magazine. Jim Ziegler provides an intriguing look at the future.
- Car Hacking Tool Turns Dealerships into Malware Brothels: From Wired magazine. Cyber warfare coming to a dealership near you.
- Forget One-Hour Car Deal — Try 30 Minutes: From WardsAuto.com. Robert Carmendy, general manager and a partner at Rancho Santa Margarita , says he’s shooting for that target.
- It’s All About the Karma: From Forbes.com. Specialty carmaker Henrik Fisker changes the name of his company, Fisker Automotive to Karma Automotive.
- Diesel Scandal Already Hurting U.S. Sales: From Forbes.com. Volkswagen says September flat sales are due to the mid-month sales stop of vehicles with its diesel 2.0 TDI engines.
- Automakers Driving Car-Sharing Initiatives: From Forbes.com. TBR has written about this a few times — automakers are behind many of the car-sharing initiatives on the road today. Aren’t they hurting their business models?
- Why Are We Still Buying at the Dealership? From Car and Driver. This is what your customers are reading….
- The Other Victims of VW — The Dealers: From the New York Times. A story about dealers being the victim? Interesting…
- The Street Loves Tesla: From CNN/Money. Analysts and automotive experts seem to love the new X — but that isn’t going smooth out the bumpy ride Tesla’s shareholders have experienced.
- General Motors — Bullish on Autonomous, Big in China: From WardsAuto.com. GM executives talk about the automaker’s vision of the future.