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Chinese Retailer Goes International

June 30, 2015 — Lei Shing Hong recently acquired 15 Mercedes Benz dealerships in Germany following its purchase of two Mercedes stores in Australia outbidding other groups including one from the U.S. looking to establish a presence there. The world’s largest Mercedes Benz dealer is Lei Shing Hong Ltd, a Chinese company with approximately 180 Mercedes dealerships… Continue Reading

Tough Times Ahead for Fiat Chrysler Dealers

Tough Times Ahead for Fiat Chrysler Dealers

June 11, 2015 — Since October of 2014, when asked which automotive brands I like during the Q&A sessions following presentations I’ve given, my advice has been to “Sell your Chrysler store today.” Often the response is incredulous — “Sales are through the roof, and we’re making money, why would we sell?” is the question.…

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FCA Australia Scandal Reaches U.S.

  June 6, 2015 — An erupting scandal involving former Fiat Chrysler  and Mercedes Benz executives in Australia snags website provider MotorTrak and potentially threatens its business globally while raising questions about its deal to provide websites to Mercedes Benz retailers in the U.S.  For the last week, media outlets in Australia and New Zealand have been… Continue Reading

Audi Rolls Out Latest Car Sharing Initiative

Audi Rolls Out Latest Car Sharing Initiative

May 7, 2015 — Audi is testing different car sharing models throughout various international markets, the latest being piloted in the U.S. The Banks Report first reported on March 26, 2014 that Audi was putting together a pilot program in San Francisco similar to its Audi Select initiative in Berlin that allows people to pay a monthly…

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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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Hyundai and Subaru in Lawsuits Against Dealers

February 13, 2015 — In a lawsuit you don’t see every day, Hyundai is suing a Chevrolet store for importing parts and selling them to its dealers in the U.S. Meanwhile, Subaru filed a lawsuit against one of its California dealers for falsifying customer service surveys. Wonder how long before that store is on the…

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Does Wilson Have Other Plans for GM?

February 12, 2014 — Right now, it’s a simple share buyback plan that would be-activist investor Harry Wilson is trying to foist upon General Motors. But does the former architect of President Obama’s automotive bailout plan have other plans in mind also? If so, it could be bad news for General Motors dealers. This week, Harry…

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TBR Daily Update — January 29, 2015

January 29, 2015 — Group 1 & Prestige Reach Settlement; FCA’s Impressive 2014; W.P. Carey expands into U.K. with $350 Million Deal; Jim Ellis Sells VW Store/ Group 1 Automotive and Prestige Imports Reach Settlement Group 1 Automotive’s pending acquisition of the nation’s top selling Audi dealership took a step closer to completion yesterday following…

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Musk Drops Bombshells in Detroit

Musk Drops Bombshells in Detroit

January 15, 2015 — It’s time for some perspective now that some of the dust has settled from Elon Musk’s explosive appearance in Detroit on Tuesday during which he managed to casually drop at least three bombshells about Tesla. When he first got on stage at the Automotive News World Congress, Tesla’s founder and CEO appeared…

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