Dealer-Funded Study Paints Misleading Picture of Direct Sales

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A new report by the Connecticut Center for Economic Analysis—which acknowledges in its opening sentence that it was commissioned by the Connecticut Auto Dealers Association (CARA)—paints a gloomy picture for the state’s economy if legislation.

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A dealer trainer tried to buy a car; he now calls car dealers 'clueless'

Green Car Reports

In an ongoing battle with Tesla Motors, state auto dealer associations have continually touted the superiority of the traditional franchised dealer model. While surveys have shown that many car buyers are frustrated with the process, dealers claim Tesla's direct sales model does not benefit customers. But the experience of one dealer trainer. dealers dealerships Car Sales Bad dealers

Plug In America honors outstanding EV dealers

Plug in America

Plug In America’s PlugStar EV consumer and dealer engagement program, in partnership with SMUD (Sacramento Municipal Utility District), recently celebrated some of the program’s outstanding dealers in recognition of their commitment to EV sales.

VA auto dealers sue Tesla, DMV over hearing to 'hide' proposed store

Green Car Reports

The state-by-state battles between electric-car maker Tesla Motors and lobbyists for state auto-dealer interests often take unusual twists and turns. In the Old Dominion state, the auto-dealers' trade group. Green Dealership Politics Tesla Motors Virginia dealers state lawsBut the situation in the state of Virginia may be among the odder episodes in Tesla's eight years of selling cars online directly to buyers.

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Tesla To Testify At FTC Hearing On Auto-Dealer Franchise Laws

Green Car Reports

For the past few years, Tesla Motors has fought battles with franchised car dealers over its direct-sales model on a state-by-state basis. Feeling threatened by Tesla's company-owned stores, state auto dealer associations have campaigned against the carmaker, in some cases pursuing legislation to outlaw direct sales. dealers Tesla Motors plug-in cars dealerships federal government

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Dealers save $500 for car buyers, lobby group claims; 'false,' says Politifact

Green Car Reports

Tesla Motors' direct-sales model for electric cars has rankled franchised auto dealers. Dealer associations have attempted to block Tesla direct sales in multiple states, and have undertaken public-relations campaigns extolling the virtues of the franchise model. One of the latest claims made by franchised dealers is that the traditional model. dealers New car sales dealerships Texas

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Auto Dealers' Fight Against Tesla Stores: Elon Musk Weighs In

Green Car Reports

Tesla Motors is facing a formidable opponent it may not have sufficiently appreciated: the auto dealers of America, and their state associations. Tesla, you may remember, is selling its electric cars online, not through franchised, independently owned dealers, and delivering them directly to buyers from the factory.

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Tesla Owners Take Protest To Michigan; Dealer-Backed State Ban Targeted

Green Car Reports

Tesla Motors' direct sales business model has met considerable opposition from auto-dealer associations in several states. Yet while Tesla has its detractors, often found among lobbyists for auto dealers, it also. Green Michigan Politics Tesla Motors dealers plug-in cars sales state lawsLobbying efforts have ensured that there are some states where it's illegal for the company to sell you a Tesla Model S electric car.

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US auto dealers sue Mahindra & Mahindra over diesel pickup and SUVs

Green Car Congress

A group of US automobile dealers filed a lawsuit (Case 1:12-cv-01935-TWT) on 4 June with the United States District Court, Northern District Of Georgia, Atlanta Division accusing the Indian truck manufacturer Mahindra & Mahindra, Ltd. The lawsuit alleges that Mahindra duped US auto dealers with promises of diesel light trucks and SUVS ( earlier post ) and then walked away with more than $60 million in cash and trade secrets.

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Small-town Indiana Chevy dealer is big on electric cars

Green Car Reports

It's often said that franchised auto dealers are one of the bigger impediments to sales of plug-in electric cars. dealers Chevy Volt Dealership plug-in cars IndianaVehicles with plugs require more explanation, the financial calculations are often more complicated, and home and public charging stations add a further layer of complication. Commissioned salespeople whose pay rises as they sell more.

New York Auto Dealers Try To Make Registering Tesla Stores Illegal: BREAKING

Green Car Reports

Well, this is a new tactic we haven''t seen before in the fight between franchised auto dealers and Tesla Motors, the Silicon Valley electric-car startup. A pair of bills in the New York State Legislature, backed by New York state auto dealers, would make it illegal to license or renew licenses for Tesla stores within the state.

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Audi tells its dealers to get with the (electric-car) program

Green Car Reports

As many electric-car buyers will tell you, franchised auto dealers can pose a large and tedious impediment to actually buying the plug-in car you want. dealers e-Tron Audi e-tron plug-in cars dealershipsFrom salespeople with no knowledge of the cars to test vehicles that haven't been recharged and have little battery range left, the hurdles are numerous and frustrating. Now Audi has told its.

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Auto Dealers Try Charm: Why Tesla Direct Sales Hurt Buyers, They Say (Video)

Green Car Reports

The battle between Tesla Motors, which sells its electric cars directly to buyers over the Internet, and the nation''s auto dealers--who want to make that practice illegal--is now in its fifth year. And for the very first time, the dealers'' national trade organization has embarked on a charm offensive to make its case directly to the public.

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Not All Car Dealers Hate Tesla's Online Sales; Large Chains Back It, Bank Says

Green Car Reports

Tesla Motors' business model of selling cars directly to customers without franchised dealers has earned it the ire of many a car-sales mogul. Viewing Tesla's online sales as a threat to their franchise model, quite a few state auto-dealer associations have undertaken campaigns against the carmaker. sales dealers Tesla Motors plug-in cars dealerships

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MA Auto Dealers' Suit Against Tesla Dismissed By Judge

Green Car Reports

Permission was granted for the store to sell vehicles back in December, and now a judge's dismissal of a dealers' lawsuit against the company has stepped a further direction in Tesla's favor. After opening a store in Natick Mall, Massachusetts, Tesla Motors has been embroiled in a battle to let it sell cars from the store.

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Lucid Motors, Rivian sued by Illinois car dealers for direct sales


Lucid Motors and Rivian were sued by the Illinois Automobile Dealers Association, the Chicago Automobile Trade Association, and some individual franchised auto dealerships in the state for selling vehicles directly to consumers.

What every auto repair shop should know

Electric Auto Association

Embracing the EV maintenance future By Matt Lamontagne: Member, Electric Auto Association. When my father Leo opened his auto repair business in 1975, servicing cars was quite different than it is today. We also upgrade EVs in ways the dealer is not willing, or able, to do.

Ohio Dealers Renew Assault Against Tesla Motors Sales

Green Car Reports

The legislative battle that pits Ohio car dealers against Tesla Motors and its company-owned stores continues. The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the car dealers are once again pushing legislation that would keep Tesla from selling cars in the Buckeye State. MORE: Auto Dealers'' Fight Against Tesla Stores: Elon Musk Weighs In Senate Bill 260

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Auto Industry's MPG Report Card, Dealer Dilemma, GM Mid-Size Pickups: Today's Car News

Green Car Reports

Today on Green Car Reports: The auto industry is making good progress in meeting gas-mileage goals, why dealers are a bottleneck for electric-car sales, and the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon mid-size pickup trucks are on their way to showrooms.

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Auto Dealers Lobby Against Obama's Higher Gas-Mileage Rules

Green Car Reports

Yesterday, auto dealers met with their members of Congress to try to delay new rules that would stiffen the gas-mileage requirements for cars sold in model years 2017 to 2025. The National Auto Dealers Association made the rounds to pitch a proposal that would amend spending legislation for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the 2012

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2016 Chevy Volt Wish List, BYD Electric Bus, Auto Dealers Try Charm: Today's Car News

Green Car Reports

Today on Green Car Reports: What owners want from the next-generation 2016 Chevrolet Volt, a ride in an ell-electric BYD K9 electric bus, and auto dealers try charm in their battle against Tesla Motors'' direct-sales model. All this and more on Green Car Reports. General Motors offers a free fix for a battery-coolant issue in certain 2012 and 2013

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Auto Dealer Groups Escalate Battle Against Tesla Stores

Green Car Reports

If we had to pick one word to describe Tesla Motors, "audacious" would be at the top of the list. Not only did founder Elon Musk decide to build a car company, which in itself is pretty gutsy. He chose to create a car company that builds nothing but electric cars -- pricey, high-end electric cars that hold their own against some of the best luxury

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GM Adds Used Cars To Online 'Shop-Click-Drive' Tool; Buyers Still Finish At Dealer

Green Car Reports

In almost every state, you can't buy a car online from its maker, owing to language in franchise laws that forbids direct sales, written at the behest of auto-dealer lobbyists. Politics General Motors sales dealers GM Tesla Motors Dealership state laws Online StoresWhether or not that's a good thing, a majority of car buyers now research new cars online well before they ever set foot in a dealership. And carmakers have come to.

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California Car Dealers Slam Tesla For Website Pricing Tricks

Green Car Reports

State and national auto-dealer groups have been battling Tesla Motors for four years now. The dealers want to stop Tesla from selling its electric cars directly to buyers, and are working to change state laws so Tesla will have to conduct all sales through independently-owned third parties--which is to say, car dealers.

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Tesla Testifies In Texas, Takes On State's Auto Dealers Over Stores

Green Car Reports

Texas is tough, and Texas car dealers are no exception. But electric-car startup Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA], in the person of its CEO Elon Musk, testified yesterday at a hearing in the Texas legislature on a bill that would allow it to sell its cars directly to Texas buyers. That''s presently illegal in Texas, where legislation long backed by state

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Triton EV partners Talwar Auto Garages for South India distributor of e-trucks

Electric Vehicles India

Triton EV partners Talwar Auto Garages for South India distributor of e-trucks. A US-based Triton Electric Vehicle LLC has signed an MoU with a Hyderabad-based Talwar Auto Garages as the South India distributor for its e-trucks.

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IHS Markit: global auto sales to drop 22% this year

Green Car Congress

Impacts to global auto demand in the wake of COVID-19 have rapidly progressed to severity levels higher than the 2008-2009 recession, and significant uncertainty around prospects for a meaningful recovery remain. The pandemic remains a clear and present danger to the autos sector, with months of uncertainty expected to cloud hopes for global recovery prospects. —Colin Couchman, executive director, global autos demand forecasting at IHS Markit.

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Karma using independent dealers and company centers for launch or Revero plug-in hybrid

Green Car Congress

Karma Automotive’s planned distribution strategy will use both independent dealers and also company owned brand-experience centers to sell and service the new high-end Revero plug-in hybrid. The company said it has been curating best-in-class dealers in key markets in preparation for the Revero going on sale later this year. There are advantages to both dealer and company-owned locations. Dealer agreements have been signed by eight US and two Canadian dealers.

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Will Tesla Try For Federal Rule Permitting Non-Dealer Stores?

Green Car Reports

No franchised dealers are involved. State and national auto-dealer groups strongly disagree. Several thousand Tesla owners have now purchased their cars by ordering and paying for them online after visiting a Tesla Store showroom. That''s a model that Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] feels is crucial to getting its electric cars into the mainstream.

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Dealer Chains May Still Hate Tesla, But Now They're Learning From It

Green Car Reports

Auto-dealer groups are fighting Tesla Motors'' direct-sales model in a state-by-state battle, fostering legislation to outlaw the electric-car maker''s company-owned stores, and claiming they''re bad for consumers. However, that doesn''t mean these dealers aren''t also learning from Tesla.

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Tesla 'Will Prevail In All States' Against Dealer Lawsuits: Dealership Commentator

Green Car Reports

Have we just seen the first crack in the facade of auto-dealer opposition to Tesla Motors selling cars directly to retail buyers? An opinion piece in auto-industry trade journal Ward''s Auto concludes with the following remarkable sentences: We can keep Tesla busy defending what are basically nuisance suits.

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk Says Franchised Dealers Might Come, Sometime, One Day

Green Car Reports

Tesla Motors'' company-owned stores have provoked a bitter response from state auto-dealer associations, who view them as a threat to traditional franchised dealerships. DON''T MISS: Michigan Car Dealers Slip One Over On Tesla, Ban Direct Sales: UPDATED In a recent interview Yet Tesla CEO Elon Musk seems to think the two business models can coexist.

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Who Hates High-Mileage Cars? Your Local Auto Dealers, That's Who

Green Car Reports

The latest group to take up the fight against higher gas mileage is the National Auto Dealers Sometime next month, the EPA and NHTSA will release final draft rules that increase corporate average fuel economy standards to 54.5 mpg by 2025. Most--although not all--carmakers have signed off on the standards, but opposition has hardly died down.

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IIT Madras offers 12 weeks free online course on ‘Electrical Autos & Renewable Vitality

Electric Vehicles India

IIT Madras offers 12 weeks free online course on ‘Electrical Autos & Renewable Vitality. The Indian Institute of Expertise, Madras (IIT-M) is offering a free online course on ‘Electrical Autos and Renewable Vitality.’

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Car Dealers Continue Push To Rethink 2025 Gas Mileage Rules

Green Car Reports

Approved by auto manufacturers, environmental groups and the White House, 2025's 54.5 mpg gas mileage rules are still causing headaches for dealers. The National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) continues to oppose the ruling, and hopes that newly introduced legislation will lead to a re-think in 2017. The 2025 Corporate Average Fuel Economy

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Anti-Tesla Bill Backed By North Carolina Car Dealers Is Dead

Green Car Reports

Tesla Motors has dodged two big bullets fired its way by New York and North Carolina legislatures and auto dealers. Last week, the New York State Senate and Assembly adjourned until January without acting on two bills pushed by state auto dealers that would have made it illegal to register a Tesla store in New York state.

Bills in Virginia General Assembly Seek to Have Automakers Shield Auto Dealers from Financial Impact of Restructuring

Green Car Congress

A bill currently in the Virginia Senate ( SB 1410 ) would require manufacturers that stop producing a line of cars to buy back unsold cars from dealers, pay up to three years’ rent on the dealership and pay fair market value of the franchise up to its value two years ago. The state has 525 new-car dealers and has lost 25 in the past year during the recession. R-Warren, a lawyer who represents car dealers. Richmond Times-Dispatch.

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Piaggio launches Ape electric three-wheeler range in Hyderabad

Electric Vehicles India

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Opinion: The Importance of Learning What it Means to Live with EVs

Clean Fleet Report

Presale Education and Engagement–Dealers Need to Step Up. auto market, the industry is in a situation where supplies (or at least suppliers) are ahead of consumer demand. By Brent Gruber, J.D. Power.

Visiting Ford EV Center, Biden says, “The future of the auto industry is electric”

Plug in America

The future of the auto industry is electric,” said President Biden. We hope they will rapidly scale up production so it can be available in every Ford dealer in all 50 states. This week, President Joe Biden visited the Ford Motor Company Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Dearborn, Michigan, getting a preview of the all-electric version of their F-150 pickup truck, the highest-selling vehicle in the country. There’s no turning back. …

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Car Dealers Fight Higher MPG Rules, Again, Over Affordability

Green Car Reports

You'd think that if President Obama, two government agencies, and 13 of the world's largest carmakers supported a set of new regulations to improve gas mileage, they might be popular with auto dealers too. At a Tuesday public hearing on the proposed joint NHTSA-EPA standards for fuel economy in 2017-2025 vehicles, the National Auto Dealers

Hyundai Motor America picks AeroVironment to provide dealer charging stations for 2016 Sonata Plug-in Hybrid

Green Car Congress

Hyundai is the seventh plug-in electric vehicle (EV) auto manufacturer to choose AeroVironment as one of its suppliers. Hyundai Motor America has selected AeroVironment, Inc. NASDAQ:AVAV) as the preferred provider for charging system installation at its dealerships across North America for its 2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid ( earlier post ).

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