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

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 sell, and they're more likely to be located in upscale shopping malls than on busy streets alongside fast-food restaurants or... read more

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

Tesla wants to sell electric cars in Michigan; state couldn't care less

You don't see a lot of Teslas in Michigan. It's not because the three U.S. automakers headquartered there aren't interested in the electric cars produced by a Silicon Valley... read more May 16, 2016 by


 
2016 Lexus NX 200t F-Sport

Half of car buyers hate haggling, but Lexus dealers resist fixed prices

Lexus is about one month away from launching a test of no-haggle pricing at dealerships, which it hopes will entice more buyers. It's a move that may be viewed favorably by... read more April 15, 2016 by


 
2015 Volkswagen Passat TDI

VW dealers' reparations talks with company: no deal so far

Representatives of Volkswagen's U.S. dealers recently flew to Germany to present concerns over the ongoing diesel scandal directly to the company's top executives. One of the... read more April 5, 2016 by


 
2014 Volkswagen Passat TDI

The other VW diesel victims: dealers take woes to Wolfsburg

In the ongoing Volkswagen diesel scandal, the most obvious victims are the owners of the nearly 600,000 VW, Audi, and Porsche vehicles found to have illegal "defeat device"... read more March 31, 2016 by


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

Tesla mulls Federal suit over state franchise laws banning it from selling electric cars

Coffins made by monks don't often figure into either legal decisions or the electric car industry, but they do at the moment. Tesla Motors is weighing whether to sue in... read more March 30, 2016 by


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

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

The state-by-state battles between electric-car maker Tesla Motors and lobbyists for state auto-dealer interests often take unusual twists and turns. But the situation in the... read more March 18, 2016 by


 
Sign at Max Myers Chevrolet in Middlebury, Indiana  [photo: Tiffany Raim]

Small-town Indiana Chevy dealer is big on electric cars

It's often said that franchised auto dealers are one of the bigger impediments to sales of plug-in electric cars. Vehicles with plugs require more explanation, the financial... read more March 17, 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


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

Tesla Vs Michigan (UPDATED): Dealership Application, Conservative Coalition, Ballot Push

Electric-car maker Tesla Motors is the fourth-largest U.S. car maker, but its home in California's Silicon Valley is far from the heartland Detroit base of GM, Ford, and Fiat... read more February 2, 2016 by


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

CA Bill Gives Tax-Free Delivery To Out-Of-State Tesla Buyers

Well, this might upset a few martini glasses at National Automobile Dealers Association social events. A bill passed by the California State Senate two days ago allows... read more January 29, 2016 by


 
GM's Shop-Click-Drive online car-shopping program sends users to local dealers to complete the sale

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

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... read more January 25, 2016 by


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

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

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... read more January 8, 2016 by


 
2016 Chevrolet Volt, first drive in California, July 2015

Is Chevy Actually Testing New Marketing For The 2016 Volt?

The new 2016 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid keeps and expands on all the good points of the first-generation Volt, while fixing a number of the old car's quirks. As we wrote... read more December 22, 2015 by


 
2016 Nissan Leaf

How Bad Was Nissan Dealer When Buyer Wanted A Leaf Electric Car? THAT Bad

Five years after the first modern mass-market electric car launched, stories of recalcitrant car dealers continue to surface from buyers. Walk into a dealership, explain that... read more December 16, 2015 by


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

Tesla Continues To Try To Sell Electric Cars In Michigan; State Ignores It

Tesla is currently banned from selling its electric cars directly to customers in Michigan. Last year, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed a bill requiring all new vehicles... read more December 9, 2015 by


 

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