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Tesla Triumphs In Maryland As New Bill Allows Sales At Four Sites: Which State Is Next?
Tesla Triumphs In Maryland As New Bill Allows Sales At Four Sites: Which State Is Next?

Another one bites the dust -- and more will surely follow. Auto News reports that the Maryland legislature has passed a bill that would allow Tesla to open up to four retail locations in the state. Governor Larry Hogan hasn't indicated whether he'll sign the bill, but at least one delegate with...Read More»

2016 Scion iA  -  2015 NY Auto Show live photos (preview event)
Scion Lets You (Almost) Buy A Car At Home, Take Delivery At Dealership

The Scion niche small-car brand has long operated as a sort of laboratory for Toyota. And now it’s serving as a testbed for how the role of Toyota dealerships could change in the future—to be, perhaps, a little more like the controversial sales methods used by Tesla Motors. But prior to...Read More»

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Dealers Gear Up To Fund GOP Presidential Candidates, But Will Tesla Supporters Lose Out?

It's no surprise that U.S. auto dealers and dealer networks skew heavily Republican. The GOP has built a reputation as being pro-business and anti-regulation -- stances that appeal to many in the business community. According to Auto News, though, the 2016 election cycle could be a confusing one...Read More»

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Tesla Wins In Georgia, Loses In West Virginia

For Tesla fans below the Mason-Dixon line, we have good news and bad news, courtesy of Auto News. Since it's Friday, we'll start with the good news: Georgia has passed a bill that (a) increases the number of outlets that Tesla can operate in the state and (b) allows the automaker to sell an...Read More»

Chris Christie speaking at CPAC 2015 in Washington, DC. (photo by Gage Skidmore, via Wikimedia)
Tesla Returns To New Jersey: Will This Give Chris Christie's Presidential Campaign A Push?

Tesla Motors' battle for acceptance has finally come to an end -- at least in New Jersey. According to Detroit News, Governor Chris Christie signed a bill yesterday that will allow the start-up to sell its all-electric vehicles directly to consumers from up to four locations. But the outlook for...Read More»

Cadillac chief Johan de Nysschen checking out the competition
Cadillac's Johan de Nysschen Wants More High-Tech Boutiques (Like The Ones He Envisioned At Audi)

The new president of Cadillac, Johan de Nysschen, is putting his own stamp on General Motors' luxury brand. And in keeping with de Nysschen's unique style -- which often walks a line between arrogant and absurd -- he's turning a few heads. Last September, we learned that Cadillac was pulling up...Read More»

Concept drawings for Elon Musk’s 800-mph Hyperloop
Can Elon Musk's Hyperloop Help Tesla Overturn Texas' Tough Franchise Laws?

You can say a lot of things about Elon Musk, but you can't say he lets the grass grow under his feet. The serial entrepreneur has spearheaded a string of successful projects over the past two decades, including PayPal, Tesla Motors, and SpaceX. ALSO SEE: According To Elon Musk, Tesla Model 3 Will...Read More»

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AutoNation Takes A Page From Tesla's Playbook, Promises Online Sales In 2015

Thanks to the internet, we've become accustomed to buying many things from the comfort of our living rooms. Cars are one of the few exceptions, but according to Auto News, AutoNation plans to change that next year. Every automaker has a website, and most dealers do, too. However, the vast majority...Read More»

San Francisco-based start-up Shift
Shift Start-Up Helps You Sell Your Old Car & Find A New One: Are Used Car Dealers Doomed?

Getting rid of a car is rarely fun or easy. Generally speaking, you're left with two options: sell it yourself, or trade it in at a dealership. Neither is ideal. Trading in a vehicle is simpler, though you'll lose a bit of dough in the process. (The transaction has to leave enough margin for the...Read More»

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The Weirdest Way That Dealers Ruin The Customer Service Experience

The internet has done some great things. It's allowed us to shop for riding lawnmowers in our underwear. It's changed the way we enjoy television by encouraging us to binge-watch our favorite shows. And where would cupcakes, bacon, pizza, or cats be without internet memes to fuel their popularity?...Read More»

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As Dealers Become Irrelevant, NADA Fights Back: "At Least We're Not Selling Furniture!"

What would a world without auto dealerships look like? A generation ago, the question would've seemed absurd, but today, we may be on the way to finding out. Tesla is upending the traditional auto sales model, showing off its cars in relaxed "galleries" and selling its vehicles online. Survey after...Read More»

Railroad map prepared by the Michigan Railroad Commission, circa 1876.
GM Announces Support For Michigan's Anti-Tesla Bill, Governor Then Signs It

Last week, we told you about a hastily amended bill in Michigan that would prevent Tesla from setting up shop in the Wolverine State. It had passed both houses of the legislature and was headed to Governor Rick Snyder's desk. The only question remaining was: would Snyder sign it? Then yesterday...Read More»

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In Michigan, Bill To Ban Tesla Sales Heads To Governor's Desk: Will He Sign It?

In Michigan, a recently passed bill could prevent Tesla Motors from selling its electric vehicles directly to consumers. Tesla says that the hastily approved legislation violates the spirit of its ongoing negotiations with state regulators. Who pushed the bill through the legislature? Will Governor...Read More»

Rendering of Tesla battery gigafactory outside Reno, Nevada, Sep 2014
Too-Tough Franchise Laws May Have Doomed Texas' Bid For Tesla Gigafactory

As we reported last week, Tesla is heading to Nevada. It's not going for the gambling or the scenery or the other entertainments on tap, but for the land -- specifically, the land at 2641 Portofino Drive, located at the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center. That's where Tesla is building its lithium-ion...Read More»

Gavel. Image: Brian Turner
New Jersey Dealers Pay $1.8 Million To Settle Consumer Complaints About Deceptive Practices

When it comes to honesty and ethics, car dealers don't score well with consumers. On a scale of one to 100, American recently rated dealers a nine, just above members of Congress (eight) and lobbyists (six). ALSO SEE: Dubious Distinction: California Car Thief Is First Person To Die While Driving A...Read More»

Tesla Motors gallery in Houston Galleria, opened October 2011, with Model S on display
Terrified Of Tesla, NADA Launches Campaign To Tout Benefits Of Franchise Dealerships

Tesla's roadmap to success has been long and winding and full of potholes. One of the biggest obstacles vexing the startup automaker has been America's network of state franchise laws, most of which prevent automakers -- even small ones like Tesla -- from selling directly to consumers. But CEO Elon...Read More»

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Good News For Missouri's Tesla Fans: Direct-Sales Ban Shelved (For Now)

It's a beautiful day for electric car fans in the Midwest: according to Auto News, Missouri's efforts to prevent Tesla from selling directly to consumers have been put on hold for at least another year. This time last week, the forecast in Jefferson City wasn't quite so rosy. Tesla had learned of a...Read More»

2014 Tesla Model S
Tesla Hits A Speed Bump In Missouri

It's been a weird week for Tesla. On the one hand, the company issued a first-quarter report that showed the automaker meeting sales goals, making a strong entry into China, and laying the groundwork for its eagerly anticipated battery-development "gigafactory". On the other hand, even though...Read More»

Tesla Store opening in Westfield Mall, London, Oct 2013
Tesla Wins Support From FTC Heads To Sell Directly To Consumers

You have to hand it to Elon Musk: he doesn't shy away from a challenge. In launching Tesla, he faced three. First, like any startup, Tesla had to let consumers know about its products. Because of Musk's outgoing personality and Tesla's attractively designed cars, that wasn't hard to do -- though...Read More»

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