Inflation Data Not Yet Cooperating for Interest Rate Cuts This Year – But That May Change

Inflation Data Not Yet Cooperating for Interest Rate Cuts This Year – But That May Change

March 12, 2024 — At the start of 2024, conventional wisdom held that Federal Reserve Chairman Jay Powell would initiate a series of interest rate cuts throughout the year as inflation began to slow. Some optimistic economists even predicted up to six cuts in total for this year. However, the financial narrative took an unexpected… Continue Reading

The Coming China Automotive Godzilla – A threat or Opportunity for Dealers? The Answer is Yes

The Coming China Automotive Godzilla – A threat or Opportunity for Dealers? The Answer is Yes

A modern-day automotive Godzilla, the likes of which we have not seen before, is how China expert Michael Dunne described China’s automotive juggernaut last week in a presentation at the Canadian Automobile Dealers Association Summit.  Chinese automakers “could be the single biggest disruptor this decade” in the auto industry, Dunne said.  The question is whether… Continue Reading

Ford Dealers Win in Illinois

Ford Dealers Win in Illinois

November 14, 2023 — According to a bulletin from the Illinois Automobile Dealers Association today, the state’s Motor Vehicle Review Board confirmed the October 24th proposed decision by Hearing Officer Mark Kuchler finding for the 26 Ford dealers who filed a protest against Ford’s Model e certification program.  Today’s announcement was a formality as Ford had indicated it would… Continue Reading

Asbury in Talks to Acquire Jim Koons – An Analysis

Asbury in Talks to Acquire Jim Koons – An Analysis

September 7, 2023 — This week, the Asbury Automotive Group filed an 8-K with the SEC, alerting the market it is talking to the Jim Koons Automotive Companies about purchasing its 21 dealerships.  (UPDATE: Asbury announced it is acquiring Koons — Read more Here.) The filing most likely was precipitated by the news leaking out… Continue Reading

Get Ready to Rumble — UAW Negotiations with the Detroit 3 Begin This Week

Get Ready to Rumble — UAW Negotiations with the Detroit 3 Begin This Week

July 10, 2023 — Dealers selling one or more of the Big Three domestic automotive brands may want to mark September 14, 2023, on their calendars.  At midnight on September 14, the current contracts between the United Auto Workers Union and Ford Motor Co., General Motors, and Stellantis will expire, resulting in what likely will… Continue Reading