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Fiat Chrysler’s Big Show in Vegas – A Lot of Hype

August 26, 2015 —  An unexpected strong second quarter and big dealer party this week in Las Vegas to show off more than a dozen new vehicles along with promising nearly 30 newly redesigned or brand new vehicles over the next 24 months have Fiat Chrysler dealers celebrating. But there is trouble under the hood.  Call…

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Can TrueCar Rebound from its Tough 2nd Quarter?

Can TrueCar Rebound from its Tough 2nd Quarter?

July 31, 2015 — The first six months of 2015 have not been kind to TrueCar. The stock price, which was just under $23 on December 31, is now trading below $7. The question is, can the company rebound? The challenges seem to be piling up — multiple lawsuits; a significant second quarter earnings miss;…

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Private Equity & Automotive Retail – More Hype than Reality?

July 11, 2015 — Headlines in the trade press in January hyped the increasing involvement private equity would play in automotive retail — specifically in the acquisition of dealerships. On the heels of Warren Buffett’s announcement of that Berkshire Hathaway was buying the 81-store Van Tuyl automotive group (a deal that ended up being for… Continue Reading

2015 Mid-Year Dealership Buy-Sell Report

2015 Mid-Year Dealership Buy-Sell Report

July 5, 2015 — Through June, dealership buy-sells continues to be vibrant and is on a record pace fueled by a strong May and June coupled with Berkshire Hathaway’s purchase of the Van Tuyl Group in March. Meanwhile, automakers continue to leverage the Right of First Refusal to scuttle deals.  The industry hit the mid-point…

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Chinese Retailer Goes International

June 30, 2015 — Lei Shing Hong recently acquired 15 Mercedes Benz dealerships in Germany following its purchase of two Mercedes stores in Australia outbidding other groups including one from the U.S. looking to establish a presence there. The world’s largest Mercedes Benz dealer is Lei Shing Hong Ltd, a Chinese company with approximately 180 Mercedes dealerships… Continue Reading

Tough Times Ahead for Fiat Chrysler Dealers

Tough Times Ahead for Fiat Chrysler Dealers

June 11, 2015 — Since October of 2014, when asked which automotive brands I like during the Q&A sessions following presentations I’ve given, my advice has been to “Sell your Chrysler store today.” Often the response is incredulous — “Sales are through the roof, and we’re making money, why would we sell?” is the question.…

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FCA Australia Scandal Reaches U.S.

  June 6, 2015 — An erupting scandal involving former Fiat Chrysler  and Mercedes Benz executives in Australia snags website provider MotorTrak and potentially threatens its business globally while raising questions about its deal to provide websites to Mercedes Benz retailers in the U.S.  For the last week, media outlets in Australia and New Zealand have been… Continue Reading

Audi Rolls Out Latest Car Sharing Initiative

Audi Rolls Out Latest Car Sharing Initiative

May 7, 2015 — Audi is testing different car sharing models throughout various international markets, the latest being piloted in the U.S. The Banks Report first reported on March 26, 2014 that Audi was putting together a pilot program in San Francisco similar to its Audi Select initiative in Berlin that allows people to pay a monthly…

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