BMW Exec to Join Holman Automotive

BMW Exec to Join Holman Automotive

February 3, 2017 — Holman Automotive is expected to name longtime BMW executive Peter Witt as its Platform Vice President for the Northeast today, The Banks Report has learned. Witt will lead Holman’s 10 dealerships in New Jersey and Pennsylvania and will report to Gene Welsh, the group’s executive vice president. Holman is one of… Continue Reading

NADA’s 2017 Will Be Challenging

NADA’s 2017 Will Be Challenging

February 2, 2017 —  As the National Automobile Dealers Assn. celebrated its 100 year anniversary at its annual convention in New Orleans last week, it capped an nine year period that might have been its toughest, yet finest hour. But 2017 brings a new set of daunting challenges. Playing Defense For the last nine years, the association…

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Asbury Acquires Oldest Family-Owned Transportation Co. in the U.S.

Asbury Acquires Oldest Family-Owned Transportation Co. in the U.S.

January 16, 2017 — The Asbury Automotive Group is buying Hare Chevrolet and its affiliated companies — a collision center, an Isuzu dealership and a truck center. Hare Chevrolet, which sits a few miles north of Indianapolis in the town of Noblesville on State Road 37, is unique because it is the oldest family-owned transportation… Continue Reading

Connected Car Over the Air Updates Not a Sure Thing

Connected Car Over the Air Updates Not a Sure Thing

November 28, 2016 — Is a potential battle looming between automakers and tech firms with the government over security issues with over-the-air updates made possible by connected car technology? Billions of dollars are at stake for automakers, technology firms and even dealers, but comments from various government officials over the last several months indicate OTAs… Continue Reading

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Lithia Acquires 18th Store This Year

October 6, 2016 — Lithia Motors announced this morning the acquisition of Audi Auto Gallery in Woodland Hills, CA, from co-founders Harrison Gray and Tony Schwartz. It is Lithia’s 18th dealership acquired this year. The additional $120 million in annual revenue created by the acquisition brings Lithia’s total to approximately $1 billion in acquired revenue this… Continue Reading

Fewer Dealers in the Forecast for Cadillac

Fewer Dealers in the Forecast for Cadillac

Various media reports last week confirm Cadillac is offering buyouts to 400 of its smallest dealerships. The news isn’t a surprise as we speculated numerous times since September 2014 that Cadillac Chief Johan de Nysschen would try to reduce the number of 925 Cadillac dealers down to 400 to 500 stores. The buyouts follow Cadillac’s…

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Lithia Acquires Ford Store

Lithia Acquires Ford Store

August 13, 2016 — Lithia Motors has acquired Kemp Ford in Thousand Oaks, CA, renaming it DCH Ford it’s fourth acquisition in 2016. The purchase should increase Lithia’s revenues by $65 million annually. The publicly traded dealer group, based in Medford, OR, acquired Riverside Subaru in Riverside, CA in January and Ira Toyota in Milford, MA… Continue Reading