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General Motors Chairman Ed Whitacre: Savior Or Saboteur?
General Motors Chairman Ed Whitacre: Savior Or Saboteur?

Every day, there's a new story about General Motors' wobbly return to profitability. Between the management shakeups, the gut-churning attempt to sell off HUMMER, Saturn and Saab, and even a spate of recalls on cars like the 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt, much of the press surrounding GM is negative and...Read More»

Car Dealer
Frugal Shopper: What Time, Day, Month Is Best For Deals?

If you're thinking of heading out to the dealership to close the deal this weekend—especially if it's Friday—you might want to hold off. And Saturday? Well, it depends, but unless it's close to the end of the month, you're more likely to get a better deal if you wait until Monday or Tuesday...Read More»

Sears Auto Center in Salem, Oregon
Sears Comes To The Rescue Of Defunct Chrysler & GM Dealerships

Since last year, over 2,000 dealerships have been cut from the Chrysler and General Motors networks, and there's been a great deal of discussion about what to do for these businesses and their employees -- reinstatement? restitution? nothing at all? Today, things are moving forward with a...Read More»

Kendall Toyota  -  Eugene, OR  -  First LEED Platinum dealership facility
Toyota Dealership Goes Green—With More Than Prius And Recycling

Whether you're among the most eco-savvy customers considering the 2010 Toyota Prius or just a smart shopper who'd prefer to buy green, it's likely you haven't thought about this one: Just how green is the dealership itself? An Oregon new-car dealership—one that sells the Prius, of course—is...Read More»

Chevrolet dealership
Dealers Contesting Termination Rush To Meet Tonight's Filing Deadline

When Chrysler and General Motors underwent restructuring last year, they eliminated over 2,000 dealerships from their networks. Their reasoning for the cuts ranged from poor sales performance to duplication, but no matter what rationale they used, dealers were rarely satisfied. Many of those...Read More»

2010 Detroit Auto Show, with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi inspecting a 2011 Chevrolet Cruze
Surprise: Auto Shows Really Do Sell Cars, Says NY Auto Show Owner

Sometimes we get a press release that makes us scratch our heads. Take this morning's little epistle from the 2010 New York Auto Show, the nation's largest, which opens to the public on April 2. According to the findings of a "third-party research group," 72 percent of last year's New York Auto...Read More»

Mercedes-Benz flagship dealership in Manhattan [via NewYorkTimes]
Mercedes-Benz To Launch Top-Of-The-Heap Showroom In Manhattan

For the few Manhattanites that can afford to own cars, and for those visiting from less-cramped spaces, Mercedes-Benz is opening a 333,000 square-foot flagship store on 11th Avenue between 53rd and 54th. Its light, airy look -- with tones of light blue, yellow and apricot "to convey the qualities...Read More»

General Motors Cadillac Dealership
GM Reins In Dealerships By Offering To Pay For Facelifts

GM is nudging its dealerships along by offering them some direct money—paid out over five to ten years—to remodel and freshen-up, and meet some tighter standards. Anyone who's shopped around—in a major metro area, especially—knows that while dealerships are the 'face' of the automaker, they...Read More»

Geely Familia
Geely Autos: Coming Soon To A Volvo Dealer Near You?

While much of the auto world's attention has been focused on Geely's attempt to buy Volvo from Ford and what that might mean for the popular Swedish marque, there's another side to the story that's gotten far less coverage: the possibility that Volvo dealerships will begin selling Geely vehicles...Read More»

Capitol Hill
Good News/Bad News/Good News For Disenfranchised Dealers

High Gear Media has partnered with Tesla Motors on a new writing contest where YOU can win a tour and road test of the 2010 Tesla Roadster Sport. You can submit as many articles as you like and enter multiple times. Enter now! Last week, we told you about General Motors' "Comprehensive Plan to...Read More»

Used car salesman
Sales Lost To Dealer Tactics: J.D. Power Puts Numbers On It

Automotive brands are losing an average of 12 percent of their buyers to competitors due simply to "poor customer treatment" at the dealership. If you've ever walked away from a dealership while new-car shopping due to icky sales tactics, you probably don't find that surprising, but it's one of...Read More»

Edward E. 'Ed' Whitacre, Jr.
GM Has 'A Comprehensive Plan to Address Dealer Concerns'

General Motors and Chrysler have been the target of frustration from thousands of dealers that were cut from the companies' networks during last summer's restructurings. The automakers, dealers, and other interested parties have proposed a variety of ways to resolve the matter -- including...Read More»

Saab 9-3
Koenigsegg To Trim 81 Dealers From Saab Network

General Motors may be looking to expand its (formerly) shrinking U.S. network, but the soon-to-be owner of GM's orphaned Saab is sticking with a leaner, meaner game plan: Koenigsegg intends to nix 81 Saab dealers from the company's current network, leaving just 137 outlets in the U.S. Of course...Read More»

Chevrolet dealership
GM Adding New Dealerships, Frustrating Old Ones

When Chrysler and GM underwent restructuring earlier this year, they took the opportunity to thin out their dealer networks. As you might recall, that resulted in substantial consternation among dealers, lobbying groups, and elected officials. But while threats of litigation and offers of mediation...Read More»

2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS
Disgruntled 2010 Chevy Camaro Owner: Yep, He's Real. Honest.

Here at TheCarConnection.com, we read a lot of automaker press releases. A week ago today, a pretty unusual one landed on our desks: GM was touting the text of a letter from a "disgruntled owner" of its new 2010 Chevrolet Camaro. Surprise, surprise, the owner wasn't actually unhappy. Instead, it...Read More»

Capitol Hill
Legalwatch: Legislation To Oversee Auto Dealers In The Works

With the recent restructuring of Chrysler and General Motors, there's been a lot of focus on auto dealers -- particularly those who were axed from the two companies' networks. Considerable time and energy on Capitol Hill has been dedicated to protecting dealers during the bankruptcy process, but...Read More»

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GM Launches Saturn On A 13-Month Death Spiral

And now comes the unpleasantness: in the aftermath of its failed sale of Saturn to Roger Penske, General Motors has begun winding down the Saturn network. The brand will close for good just over a year from now. GM executives held a conference call with Saturn dealers yesterday to talk through the...Read More»

2015 Kia Soul EV electric car recharging in screen capture from 'Recharge Your Soul' video
VIDEO: A Look At General Motors' Satisfaction Guarantee

General Motors' new "60-Day Satisfaction Guarantee" (pitched by new CEO Ed Whitacre in the TV spot above) has sparked a good bit of comment, both positive and negative. Those in support of the policy argue that GM has finally taken notice of customer-oriented programs offered by its competitors...Read More»

U.S. Capitol
Bailout Update: GM, Chrysler Dealers Edge Toward Resolution

To say that the federal government's bailout of Chrysler and General Motors has been contentious is a little like saying that the Bugatti Veyron is kinda fast -- an understatement at best, cause for a righteous uproar at worst. But roughly a year since the Big Three began wooing Washington, the...Read More»

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