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TBR Daily Update — Ports Slowdown Affecting Automakers; Berkshire Hathaway Acquisition of Van Tuyl to Close this Week? Mass Action Lawsuit Against TrueCar?

February 16, 2015 — Ports Slowdown Affecting Automakers; Berkshire Hathaway Acquisition of Van Tuyl to Close this Week? Mass Action Lawsuit Against TrueCar? Ports Slowdown Affecting Automakers Several automakers are taking steps to offset a looming parts shortage caused by a contract dispute between dockworkers and shipping companies at 29 West Coast ports. Following nine months…

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Big Money at NADA; Soros Rumors and Dinners…

Big Money at NADA; Soros Rumors and Dinners…

January 26, 2015 — Sitting in the San Francisco airport waiting for a flight (after missing my morning flight) and going through nearly 50 pages of notes from last week’s NADA convention and related conferences. I’m not a big theme guy, but on the last day of the convention, that seemed to be the question I heard the… Continue Reading

What China’s Automotive Struggles Means for the U.S.

What China’s Automotive Struggles Means for the U.S.

January 1, 2015 — China’s car dealers’ inventory battle with automakers shows the need for strong franchise laws. Also, what do the current challenges in the Chinese automotive market mean for the U.S. and the potential entry by players such as Volvo’s parent Geely or the Warren Buffett-backed BYD Auto?  The recent spate of stories highlighting…

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Texas Teachers Invest in Dealerships

November 24, 2014 — Teachers in Texas apparently like the financial prospects of franchised car dealerships. One of the country’s largest pension funds, the Teachers Retirement System of Texas is investing in Capital Automotive, a firm that provides sale-leaseback capital to car dealers, through an investment fund established by Capital’s parent Brookfield Property Partners. Brookfield…

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Buffett Bounce Over?

Whatever bounce the automotive retail stocks received from Berkshire Hathaway’s announcement 12 days ago that it was entering the car sales space disappeared quickly on Monday as several firms watched their shares plummet led by Lithia Motor’s drop of more than 20% — from more than $80 to under $64 in less than a day. Lithia’s…

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Mr. Buffett Doesn’t Want to Change Automotive Retail, He Likes the Model Too Much

Mr. Buffett Doesn’t Want to Change Automotive Retail, He Likes the Model Too Much

Our analysis of yesterday’s stunning announcement from Warren Buffett that he is acquiring the Van Tuyl Group: Welcome to the Industry, Mr. Buffett. I’ve had several conversations and have read numerous blogs that speculate Buffett will usher in a new world for automotive retail — improving the shopping and buying processes both online and offline. Some of… Continue Reading

Welcome to Automotive Retail, Mr. Buffett

Welcome to Automotive Retail, Mr. Buffett

October 2, 2014 – Warren Buffett’s announcement today that his Berkshire Hathaway Group is acquiring the Van Tuyl Group Group has the potential to change the market over the next year. Certainly, adding his iconic stature to an industry that already has business luminaries such as Roger Penske and MikeJackson only adds further validation that automotive retail is…

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