Tag Archives: Automotive News and Trends

$1 of $4 Price of Gas Caused by Speculative Commodity Market with Little Oversight?

Situation one: Many are saying that financial industry speculators have taken over the oil commodity market hat banks and public and company pension funds are responsible for as much as $1 of the price of gasoline. And these oil futures … Continue reading

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Trend and Issue Spotting 2012 – Automotive Channel

Things, developments, movements, and actions are occurring so fast and furious that there seems to be a need to somehow chronicle and monitor what maybe an emerging issue or a definitive trend. Once identified, you will then almost immediately seek … Continue reading

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How VW Will Give Asian Makers a Market Share Race Soon

Situation: VW has opened a non-union plant in Tennessee in mid June. The average wage for production workers will be $27 per hour vs. $54/hour paid to union workers at GM, Ford and Chrysler. VW wants to not just challenge … Continue reading

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Dealers Can Hit a Good Patch in the AOL Auto Road

Situation: You may not be aware or have not been watching what the vision of Tim Armstrong, AOL’s President, has done in the last year with the editorial strategy of covering the news in local markets left uncovered as newspapers … Continue reading

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Chevrolet Dealers Selling Volts at Revolting Prices

The Situation: The Chevrolet Volt is hot and in demand. Several Chevrolet dealerships around the country are pricing this already expensive vehicle as much as $20,000 above the Suggested Retail Price. Some dealers are reportedly selling Volts as used vehicles … Continue reading

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The Consolidation of the Automotive Industry Providers – And Soon Only Six

The Situation: Over the past year or so, at least 5 major automotive dealer systems and services providers have systematically acquired smaller companies with emerging technologies. These “buying binges” have formed large, consolidated systems platforms with the capability to provide … Continue reading

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How Dealers Can Sell Cars They Don’t Have

The Situation: Consumers who either need or who think they have to buy a new car right now are struggling to find the vehicle, the financing, and the choices they had six months ago. Take Note:  Here is the headline … Continue reading

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Why Do Dealers Need Buy-Here, Pay-Here Leasing Anyway?

The Situation:  One of the leading automotive training companies that specializes in working with Buy-Here Pay-Here Dealers is offering seminars and training through its “Academy” to “Learn Buy-Here Pay-Here (BHPH) Leasing Right From the Start.” Ten reasons why this is … Continue reading

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Best of Print this Week– “Bill Ford Looks Ahead” in Fortune

What goes around comes around:  Bill Ford, executive chair of Ford Motor Company and the great-grandson of Henry Ford, has been talking and evangelizing about his efforts to “make his company greener” almost since the day he started at the … Continue reading

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Watching for Sites And Sources You Will Want to Check Out This Week

Here is a marketing e-newsletter worthy of a quick read and subscribing. Source: The Adotas Internet Advertising Spotlight Section focuses on the leading people and companies of the Internet advertising marketplace. Who is Adotas:? ADOTAS is a premier news publication … Continue reading

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