Berkshire Automotive Caught in Law of Unintended Consequences

Berkshire Automotive Caught in Law of Unintended Consequences

April 21, 2016 — Berkshire Hathaway Automotive finds itself the victim of the law of unintended consequences in Texas’ fight to keep electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla from selling direct to consumers. The problem is that Texas’ legislation  prohibiting manufacturers from selling vehicles directly to customers in the state was written so broadly that it includes… Continue Reading

CDK, Reynolds and Reynolds Sued for Alleged Antitrust Practices

CDK, Reynolds and Reynolds Sued for Alleged Antitrust Practices

February 4, 2017 — In what may become the year’s biggest story in automotive retail, the long simmering battle over data access in the automotive retail world escalated yesterday when a third party vendor sued tech giants CDK Global, Reynolds and Reynolds and one of their joint ventures for engaging in antitrust practices. This is the first…

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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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Connected Car Over-the-Air Updates Not a Sure Thing

Connected Car Over-the-Air Updates Not a Sure Thing

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 may be be strictly…

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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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How FCA’s Sales Scheme was Different Than Typical ‘Punching’ Practices

How FCA’s Sales Scheme was Different Than Typical ‘Punching’ Practices

July 19, 2016 — As news leaked yesteday that the FBI and SEC is investigating Fiat Chrysler Automobiles for possible sales fraud, a key question kept popping up in conversations — how is what FCA allegedly did any different than what other automakers do when it comes to reporting sales? For years — even decades —… Continue Reading