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Does Wilson Have Other Plans for GM?

February 12, 2014 — Right now, it’s a simple share buyback plan that would be-activist investor Harry Wilson is trying to foist upon General Motors. But does the former architect of President Obama’s automotive bailout plan have other plans in mind also? If so, it could be bad news for General Motors dealers. This week, Harry…

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TBR Daily Update — January 29, 2015

January 29, 2015 — Group 1 & Prestige Reach Settlement; FCA’s Impressive 2014; W.P. Carey expands into U.K. with $350 Million Deal; Jim Ellis Sells VW Store/ Group 1 Automotive and Prestige Imports Reach Settlement Group 1 Automotive’s pending acquisition of the nation’s top selling Audi dealership took a step closer to completion yesterday following…

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Musk Drops Bombshells in Detroit

Musk Drops Bombshells in Detroit

January 15, 2015 — It’s time for some perspective now that some of the dust has settled from Elon Musk’s explosive appearance in Detroit on Tuesday during which he managed to casually drop at least three bombshells about Tesla. When he first got on stage at the Automotive News World Congress, Tesla’s founder and CEO appeared…

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TBR Daily Report — January 13

January 13, 2015 — The Banks Report began a new feature this week for subscribers — The TBR Daily Report, which provides short clips of analysis and news you may have missed. In today’s TBR Daily Report:: Chinese online firm BitAuto’s shares plunge;  Volkswagen to add 100 dealerships; Washington, IA dealership bankrupt. AutoTrader’s Bitauto Gets…

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GM vs. Tesla Heats Up

GM vs. Tesla Heats Up

January 11, 2015 — The auto show in Detroit hasn’t yet officially begun, but we already have what likely will be the event’s biggest story — the suddenly heated battle between General Motors and Tesla for dominance over the electric vehicle segment. Tomorrow morning’s unveiling of GM’s concept of its new electric vehicle, dubbed the Bolt —… Continue Reading

What China’s Automotive Struggles Means for the U.S.

What China’s Automotive Struggles Means for the U.S.

January 1, 2015 — China’s car dealers’ inventory battle with automakers shows the need for strong franchise laws. Also, what do the current challenges in the Chinese automotive market mean for the U.S. and the potential entry by players such as Volvo’s parent Geely or the Warren Buffett-backed BYD Auto?  The recent spate of stories highlighting…

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Dealerships Are Key in Cyber Attack Wars

December 27, 2014 — Much of the auto industry’s discussion regarding cyber warfare focuses on the inherent vulnerabilities of the connected vehicle. But one area that receives little scrutiny is the retail side of the automotive industry. This will soon change as dealerships likely will become one of the central battlefields in the cyber wars that will be… Continue Reading

Monster October for Dealership Buy-Sells

Monster October for Dealership Buy-Sells

The automotive retail space is within striking distance of 300 dealership acquisitions for all of 2014 following a monster October that saw 49 rooftops change hands. Meanwhile, prices for deals start to climb in wake of Buffett’s announcement. Fueled by Lithia Motors’ acquisition of the DCH Automotive Group, the 49 rooftops that changed owners in…

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3rd Quarter Dealership Buy-Sell Update

3rd Quarter Dealership Buy-Sell Update

November 3, 2014 –The dealership buy-sell market remains hot through for the year with 200 acquisitions through the third quarter. While Warren Buffett’s announcement brought a renewed sense of energy to the market, it ultimately may dampen potential acquisitions for the next couple of quarters as buyers are content to wait out what is proving to…

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