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TBR Weekly Top 10 — October 2, 2015

October 2, 2015 — 500 Car Pileup; Dealerships and car hacking; 30 minute car deals; Karma returns – sort of; Diesel scandal hurting car sales? Why are we still buying from dealers? Automakers driving car sharing; X marks the spot; GM’s vision of the future.

The TBR Weekly Top 10 is our list of what we believe are the week’s must-read stories from various sources on the web. The stories that are thought-provoking, informative and provide different perspectives. Let us know what you think…

  1. 500 Car PileupFrom F&I and Showroom Magazine. Jim Ziegler provides an intriguing look at the future. 
  2. Car Hacking Tool Turns Dealerships into Malware BrothelsFrom Wired magazine. Cyber warfare coming to a dealership near you. 
  3. Forget One-Hour Car Deal — Try 30 Minutes: From Robert Carmendy, general manager and a partner at Rancho Santa MargaritaHonda, says he’s shooting for that target.
  4. It’s All About the Karma: From Specialty carmaker Henrik Fisker changes the name of his company, Fisker Automotive to Karma Automotive.  
  5. Diesel Scandal Already Hurting U.S. Sales: From Volkswagen says September flat sales are due to the mid-month sales stop of vehicles with its diesel 2.0 TDI engines.
  6. Automakers Driving Car-Sharing InitiativesFrom TBR has written about this a few times — automakers are behind many of the car-sharing initiatives on the road today. Aren’t they hurting their business models?
  7. Why Are We Still Buying at the Dealership? From Car and Driver. This is what your customers are reading….
  8. The Other Victims of VW — The Dealers: From the New York Times. A story about dealers being the victim? Interesting…
  9. The Street Loves Tesla: From CNN/Money. Analysts and automotive experts seem to love the new X — but that isn’t going smooth out the bumpy ride Tesla’s shareholders have experienced. 
  10. General Motors — Bullish on Autonomous, Big in China: From GM executives talk about the automaker’s vision of the future.

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