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sleepy town grows up; so does native dealer. (Franklin Buick-Pontiac-GMC owner Leslie Cain)(Face of the Dealer)

Tennessee: sleepy town grows up; so does native dealer. (Franklin Buick-Pontiac-GMC owner Leslie Cain)(Face of the Dealer) Chappell, Lindsay Franklin Buick-Pontiac-GMC posted a total dollar volume of $35 million in all departments in 1996. Owner Leslie Cain points to customer loyalty and repeat business as key factors to her dealership’s continued success. She believes this […]

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Tales of the well-to-do and do-it-yourselfers.(Bill Ford Jr. invested in renovating his house)(Editorial)(Brief article)

Tales of the well-to-do and do-it-yourselfers.(Bill Ford Jr. invested in renovating his house)(Editorial)(Brief article) Sedgwick, David Byline: David Sedgwick It is oddly reassuring to learn that Bill Ford Jr. is not immune to the torments of the damned that ordinary people suffer when they foolishly launch a home-improvement project. We were hanging out at Edsel […]

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The top 10.(News)(best-selling vehicles in Texas)(Brief Article)

The top 10.(News)(best-selling vehicles in Texas)(Brief Article) Best-selling vehicles in Texas* 1. Ford F series: 102,465 2. Chevrolet Silverado: 67,808 3. Dodge Ram: 63,607 4. Chevrolet Tahoe: 29,215 5. Honda Accord: 25,538 6. Ford Explorer: …

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Magna executive tells how to start business in China.(News)(Interview)

Magna executive tells how to start business in China.(News)(Interview) Treece, James B. Byline: James B. Treece In more than nine years of doing business in China, Keith Lomason has done some things right, made some mistakes and learned a lot of hard-knock lessons. After it all, Lomason remains a confirmed “China-holic,” he says, convinced that […]

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Wayne’s world.(News)(H. Wayne Huizenga)(Brief Article)

Wayne’s world.(News)(H. Wayne Huizenga)(Brief Article) Huizenga tried to build a vertically integrated automotive empire including * A used-car megastore chain * No-haggle new-car dealerships * A national brand name * Virtual dealerships …

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Big Steel.(world ranking )(Illustration)

Big Steel.(world ranking )(Illustration) World’s 8 largest makers by output of crude steel in 2001 1. Arcelor: Luxembourg 2. POSCO: Korea 3. Nippon Steel: Japan 4. Ispat: Netherlands …

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A need for speed; Upgrading won’t be cheap, but dealerships will have to pay up or risk losing ability to do business with factories.(Information Technology)

A need for speed; Upgrading won’t be cheap, but dealerships will have to pay up or risk losing ability to do business with factories.(Information Technology) Kisiel, Ralph Byline: Ralph Kisiel Staff Reporter It wasn’t long ago that auto dealers were scrambling to get on the Internet. Today, just having a Web site isn’t good enough. […]

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The after-hours shopper.(consumer research)(Brief Article)(Statistical Data Included)

The after-hours shopper.(consumer research)(Brief Article)(Statistical Data Included) A Northwood University survey found 91% of consumers shop dealer lots after business hours. 33% were comfortable or very comfortable when interacting with a …

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Ford Motor CEO cuts costs, not product.(Talk From The Top)(Bill Ford)(Interview)

Ford Motor CEO cuts costs, not product.(Talk From The Top)(Bill Ford)(Interview) Connelly, Mary; Lapham, Edward Bill Ford, CEO of Ford Motor Co., is combing nonproduct operations and every current and future vehicle line for cost savings. He has pledged that the automaker will deliver $7 billion in pretax profit annually by 2005, after losing $5.45 […]

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OnStar rival ATX delivers under-the-hood data.(News)(ATX Group )(Interview)

OnStar rival ATX delivers under-the-hood data.(News)(ATX Group )(Interview) Bowens, Greg Byline: Greg Bowens General Motors’ OnStar has grabbed headlines with the automaker’s plans to make in-vehicle communications services standard equipment on all vehicles. But lesser-known competitor ATX Group is forging ahead with plans to create revenue streams for dealerships and automakers by developing products that […]