Penske Automotive Makes Investment Play in Japan

Penske Automotive Makes Investment Play in Japan

January 8, 2016 — The Penske Automotive Group announced yesterday that it has made an investment in the Japanese dealer market. It’s not an outright acquisition, but the dealer group has taken a 49% equity position in the Nicole Group, a four-store luxury group selling BMW, MINI, Rolls Royce and Ferrari brands in Tokyo and Kanagawa. The… Continue Reading

Brutal Morning for Dealer Group Shares

Brutal Morning for Dealer Group Shares

January 6, 2015 — Better check your portfolios if you are holding shares in any of the publicly traded dealer groups. stock prices have plunged for each of the seven automotive dealer groups following Monday’s overall market selloff (due to concerns about China),  yesterday’s report of softer than expected December sales along with remarks made…

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Lyft Gets a Lift from General Motors

Lyft Gets a Lift from General Motors

January 4, 2016 — General Motors is jumping into the ride sharing world investing $500 million in three-year old start up Lyft, reports Bloomberg Business. Meanwhile, GM’s president Dan Ammann will be on the company’s board. The investment is part of a $1 billion fund raising effort from Lyft which raises the company’s valuation to $5.5… Continue Reading

Lithia Announces Sixth Acquisition of 2015

Lithia Announces Sixth Acquisition of 2015

December 22, 2015 — Lithia Motors announced its sixth acquisition of 2015 yesterday — the Barton Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Alfa Romeo Fiat dealership in Spokane, WA. The purchase adds to Lithia’s presence in Spokane where it already owns stores selling the BMW, Chevrolet Cadillac, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, and Subaru brands. Lithia expects the purchase to add approximately… Continue Reading

Hot December for Dealership Buy-Sells

Hot December for Dealership Buy-Sells

December 17, 2015 — It was an intense first two weeks in the dealership buy-sell world as transactions involving 38 stores were either closed or announced through December 15. December is shaping up to be a huge month which could put the industry near 500 rooftops exchanging hands in 2015. It’s the biggest two week stretch since The Banks Report…

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McLarty Buys 4 Dealerships from Asbury

McLarty Buys 4 Dealerships from Asbury

December 16, 2015 — McLarty Automotive acquired four dealerships this week from the Asbury Automotive Group in Little Rock, AR. The purchase gives the McLarty group 13 dealerships — 11 that have been acquired since the end of October. The four dealerships are North Point Nissan (McLarty Nissan of Little Rock); North Little Rock Nissan (McLarty… Continue Reading

Renault Nissan Alliance Saved for Now

Renault Nissan Alliance Saved for Now

December 11, 2015 — The Renault Nissan Alliance and the French government reportedly have agreed to terms that will restore balance of power between the two sides. The agreement, which still has to be voted on by the board, will allow Nissan to protect itself from increasing influence from the French government. The dispute (read more here)… Continue Reading