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Toyota’s youth brand fulfilled its purpose, if not its potential

Fourteen years after Scion's introduction, Toyota has decided to shutter the brand. But within the failed experiment are crucial successes that Toyota will draw on long after Scion fades to a footnote on Wikipedia. ... Read More »

GM sacrifices rental sales to nab higher-margin business

GM is in the midst of a big cutback in sales to rental fleets, an effort that executives say is aimed at improving the bottom line, even if it stunts revenue or market-share growth in the short term. ... Read More »

For game day, Nissan changes the channel

Nissan's new college sports marketing campaign is its top priority this year. And that meant no Super Bowl ad. ... Read More »

VW sued by N.J. over excess diesel emissions

New Jersey filed a lawsuit against Volkswagen AG and its luxury units over the German automaker's excess diesel emissions, becoming the fourth U.S. state to take legal action. ... Read More »

Chrysler readies Alloy Edition trims for 200, 300

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, looking to spark interest in two key Chrysler cars, plans special editions for the 200S and 300S that sport hints of Detroit's industrial might. ... Read More »

Auto brands hope famous faces pay off in Super Bowl ads

A buzzworthy celebrity appearance is often the price of admission for advertising on gameday, but not any celebrity will do. ... Read More »

Volume sellers they are not, but two-door cars keep coming

A wave of coupes is appearing in showrooms and at auto shows this year, even though the segment is declining in popularity. ... Read More »

Becoming an F&I Manager

Welcome to the exciting world of F&I. I can’t think of a better role inside a dealership, and I’ve worn a few hats in my time. But there is a lot to learn. I thought I’d shed some light on the profession for those of you preparing to make...

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Group 1 buys U.K. dealership group, sells 3 U.S. stores

Group 1 Automotive has acquired the Spire Automotive Group of 12 dealerships in the Greater London area. It also has divested three dealerships in the U.S. ... Read More »

The CFPB’s Misguided Crusade

In retrospect, it would be difficult to rank 2015 among our federal government’s finest years — on the world stage, on the home front or for our industry. Granted, there are as many explanations as to why as there are pundits willing to offer them....

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