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UAW Rejects FCA Deal — Now What?

October 1, 2015 — More bad news for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles as the United Auto Workers Union rejects the proposed new labor contract this week raising significant questions about future production costs for the automaker. Meanwhile, significant problems on the recall side lurk beneath the surface and indicate deeper systemic issues.  United Auto Worker leaders flew…

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UAW Says No to FCA

October 1, 2015 — United Auto Worker leaders flew into Detroit this morning to discuss options following the union’s rejection of the proposed new labor contract with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. The rejection heightens the possibility that the UAW will strike within the next few days. Leaders are still meeting in Warren, MI this evening. Basically, the… Continue Reading

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“Punching” Sales Practice Under Fire from Maserati Dealer

September 3, 2015 — Last Friday, Stuart Hayim, owner of Recovery Racing, a group that owns Maserati and other luxury franchises in New York, New Jersey and Florida, filed a $200 million lawsuit against Maserati North America alleging the automaker forced dealers to participate in discriminatory incentive and sales programs designed to prop up sales numbers… Continue Reading

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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