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

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

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... read more

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Tesla Store opening in Westfield Mall, London, Oct 2013

Tesla Stores don't hard-sell shoppers; this baffles dealership groups

Tesla's company-owned retail stores aren't traditional franchised dealerships, and they don't behave like a typical car dealer. They don't have lots full of inventory to... read more July 12, 2016 by


 
Nissan Leaf electric-car assembly at Sunderland, U.K., plant

Nissan and Renault together now up to 340,000 electric cars built

Alliance partners Nissan and Renault have reached yet another electric-car milestone. The pair of Japanese and French carmakers have together built 340,000 electric cars... read more July 6, 2016 by


 
Tesla gallery at Nordstrom

Tesla to sell electric cars at Nordstrom department store, expanding retail footprint

From the beginning, Tesla has taken a different approach to selling cars than other automakers. Instead of franchised dealerships, it relies on company-owned stores, usually... read more June 15, 2016 by


 
Paris, by Flickr user Alexandre Dulaunoy (Used under CC License)

Electric-car interest in France spikes due to gas shortage

When it comes to spurring electric-car sales, it seems a gas shortage is pretty helpful. In France, strikes have brought the oil industry to a standstill, leading to a... read more June 1, 2016 by


 
2016 Toyota Prius Four Touring

Toyota at 9 million hybrids, now makes more than 1 million a year

Toyota has reached yet another hybrid-production milestone since launching the original Prius in Japan in 1997. Nine months after building its 8-millionth hybrid, Toyota says... read more May 23, 2016 by


 
2014 BMW i3 in London

U.K. electric-car sales finally take off after long lag

After years of low sales and tepid government support, U.K. plug-in electric car sales are taking off, five years after the first modern electric cars hit the road. Sales... read more April 20, 2016 by


 
2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

Finally, auto industry starts to admit: electric vehicles are better

Electric cars are often touted for their financial and environmental benefits, but there's another major perk they offer to consumers. They're very nice to drive. Many... read more April 18, 2016 by


 
Tesla Store Los Angeles [photo: Misha Bruk / MBH Architects]

Tesla sales bill in Utah sputters to halt after multiple changes (updated)

Tesla continues to fight with franchised dealers in multiple states over its practice of selling electric cars directly to customers. One of those battleground states is... read more March 10, 2016 by


 
2015 Mitsubishi Mirage

Mitsubishi Mirage: The Unexpected Small-Car Success

Mitsubishi has been widely viewed as struggling in the U.S., but recently an unexpected vehicle has provided some good news for the Japanese carmaker. A tiny, cheap... read more January 19, 2016 by


 
2015 Toyota Prius Liftback

Toyota Passes 8 Million Hybrids Sold Since 1997, Still Dominates Sector

Since the first-generation Prius originally went on sale in Japan in 1997, Toyota has dominated the hybrid sector. Less than a year after selling its 7 millionth hybrid... read more August 24, 2015 by


 
Concept drawings for Elon Musk’s 800-mph Hyperloop

Could Elon Musk's Hyperloop Crack The Texas Tesla Sales Ban?

Tesla can't sell its electric cars directly to customers in Texas, but CEO Elon Musk still has ambitious plans for the state. As he often does, Musk dropped a bombshell on... read more January 24, 2015 by


 
Minneapolis, by Flickr user Dustin Gaffke (Used under CC License)

Millennials Own Fewer Cars, Seek Other Ways To Get Around: Report

Instead of switching to more-efficient cars, what would happen if a large number of people simply gave up driving altogether? That seems to be what many Millennials--the... read more December 28, 2014 by


 
Chevrolet Spark EV at CCS fast charging station in San Diego.

California, Washington Lead All Other States In Electric-Car Ownership Rates

For anyone who follows the U.S. electric-car market even casually, some new data on which states have the largest numbers of them probably doesn't count as news. A recent... read more December 17, 2014 by


 
Tesla Store Los Angeles [photo: Misha Bruk / MBH Architects]

Lexus Keeping An Eye On Tesla, Calls Mall Stores 'Clever'

Lexus operates with the firm belief that hybrids are better than battery-electric cars, but there's at least one thing about electric-car maker Tesla Motors it wants to... read more December 15, 2014 by


 
2015 Honda Fit  -  First Drive

New Honda 'Green Dealer Guide' Spells Out Energy Efficiency For Dealership Buildings

As global attention increasingly focuses on all facets of sustainability, more attention is being paid to the infrastructure that manufactures and sells cars and trucks... read more December 11, 2014 by


 

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