AuSM Staff

At the official grand opening of its new 200,000 square foot headquarters in Sandy Springs, Ga.,  Mercedes-Benz USA announced plans to launch a new global innovation hub called Lab1886 in Atlanta this summer. Along with MBUSA president and chief executive officer Dietmar Exler, the ceremony included Governor of... Read More

Arlena Sawyers , Correspondent

For the past two consecutive years, Lithia Motors acquired dealerships that generate over $1 billion in annualized revenue, and it is poised for additional growth this year, said its president, Bryan DeBoer. Speaking during Lithia’s quarterly conference call on Feb. 14, DeBoer also said the group expects to... Read More

HGreg appoints 2 new execs

AuSM Staff

HGreg.com announced Monday that it has appointed Chase Sattler as vice president of operations and Soledad Gonzalo as the company’s new regional marketing director. This follows news from last month that the company opened its third location, the new HGreg.com Broward store in West Park, Fla. Along with the... Read More

AuSM Staff

Avis Budget Group announced Monday a multi-year deal that will add 10,000 Toyota vehicles to Avis Car Rental’s growing fleet of connected vehicles. The company said Connected Toyota vehicles are expected to be available this September. “As connected car technology continues to evolve in the auto industry,... Read More

Joe Overby, Senior Editor

As part of our annual special issue honoring The Best CPO Dealers in the USA, AuSM shared the respective top 10 certified pre-owned sales leaders for a wide array of automakers. In addition to the lists of CPO leaders, which were based on full-year 2017 sales, we also connected with many... Read More

AuSM Staff

Edmunds announced Monday that its Five Star Dealer Awards have recognized over 350 car dealers nationwide for their outstanding customer satisfaction ratings. This year, 25 dealers were also selected to receive Edmunds’ Five Star Premier Dealer designation for receiving the highest overall satisfaction... Read More

AuSM Staff

Last fall, a robust research project involving Cox Automotive and Hireology uncovered how much personnel turnover costs dealerships as well as what characteristics stores should seek in new employees. Now, the National Automobile Dealers Association is strengthening its efforts to help dealerships stabilize and... Read More

AuSM Staff

The newest dealer survey from KeyBanc Capital Market showed the opening month of 2018 was a fruitful one for dealerships’ used-vehicle departments. According to the results shared Friday, the majority of respondents — 75 percent to be exact — continued to report increasing used-vehicle sales in... Read More