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Chanos on Musk – “No Extradition Treaty with Mars”

April 26, 2018 — Harsh comments from Jim Chanos, founder and managing partner of Kynikos Associates, this morning on CNBC’s Squawk Box about Elon Musk and Tesla. His firm, well-known for its short-selling investment strategy, has been short on Tesla for four years. Chanos brings some street cred to the conversation. He was one of the first… Continue Reading

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Auto Industry Enters Era of Uncertainty

March 30, 2018 — On the wall outside the executive conference room at Cars.com’s headquarters, is a mural. It’s a picture of a two-lane road in the forest that bends abruptly to the left. The turn —  which is a bit misty — is so sharp, we can’t see what’s beyond the bend. CEO and… Continue Reading

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The Banks Report’s AUTOVATE 2017 Features Early Stage Startups Designed for the Next Generation of Automotive Retail

DETROIT, Nov. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — AUTOVATE 2017, created by The Banks Report and hosted by CarStory, will feature seven early stage startup companies during its debut event Dec. 7-8, in Austin, TX.  The Startup Showcase will allow attendees to learn more about these breakthrough technologies through presentations and panel discussions with industry experts.  “We created AUTOVATE to bring together the influencers and… Continue Reading

The Banks Report Introduces AUTOVATE 2017

The Banks Report Introduces AUTOVATE 2017

DETROIT, Nov. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Debuting Dec. 7-8 in Austin, TX, is AUTOVATE 2017, a unique event for dealer executives, investors, entrepreneurs and auto manufacturers. Created by The Banks Report and hosted by CarStory, AUTOVATE will focus on advanced technology solutions driving the automotive retail industry forward, including the innovators behind the solutions, decision-making dealer executives, and investors funding growth in the industry. “AUTOVATE is a… Continue Reading

Lutz Predicts End of Automotive in 20 Years, Do the Math, It Ain’t Happening

Lutz Predicts End of Automotive in 20 Years, Do the Math, It Ain’t Happening

November 6th, 2017 — “The era of the human-driven automobile, its repair facilities, its dealerships, the media surrounding it — all will be gone in 20 years.” So wrote automotive extraordinaire Bob Lutz yesterday for Automotive News as part of its Redesigning the Industry series. Lutz, who is in his mid-eighties, has a rich history… Continue Reading

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Sage Sells Four Dealerships in Southern CA

UPDATED — October, 21, 2017 — Last month, the Trophy Automotive Group completed the purchase of four dealerships that were part of the eight-store Sage Automotive Group in the Los Angeles, CA area. Trophy, which was started by Nasser Watar in 2014 with the acquisition of Mercedes Benz of Encino, acquired West Covina Nissan, Universal… Continue Reading