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Tesla sues Michigan over ban on direct sales of its electric cars

Tesla sues Michigan over ban on direct sales of its electric cars

Earlier this month, an application for a dealer license submitted by Tesla Motors was denied by the state of Michigan. It was the final decision in a process that kicked off in October 2014. That was when a last-minute wording change in state franchise law foreclosed the electric-car maker's... read more

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George Matick Chevrolet, Redford, Michigan

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... read more September 4, 2016 by


 
2017 Chevrolet Volt, leased by Phil Ganz of Texas

What it took to buy an electric car in Texas: the good, the bad, and the ugly

Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to locate and purchase or lease a Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid somewhere in the heart of Texas oil country. Hoping to make... read more September 2, 2016 by


 
2016 Volkswagen Passat SEL long-term test

VW promises dealers it will cut prices to boost U.S. sales after diesel debacle

In addition to a cash settlement with its U.S. dealers, Volkswagen said this week it would take measures to increase its sales in the U.S. following a year of its... read more August 30, 2016 by


 
2016 Nissan Leaf

Multi-brand electric-car dealer to open in Canada after Iceland test

With the notable exception of Tesla Motors' company-owned stores, electric cars must compete against internal-combustion models for space and attention on dealer lots. But... read more August 24, 2016 by


 
Tesla Store opening in Westfield Mall, London, Oct 2013

Tesla takes dealership fight in Utah to state supreme court

Utah continues to be a battleground in the state-by-state war between Tesla Motors and state auto-dealer groups. Franchised dealers in multiple states have worked to block... read more August 18, 2016 by


 
2016 Nissan Leaf

How can automakers sell more electric cars? Sierra Club report has suggestions

The Sierra Club recently released what it says is the "first-ever multi-state study on electric vehicle shopping experience," and the results weren't encouraging. A report... read more August 16, 2016 by


 
Tesla store under construction, Van Ness Ave, San Francisco [photo: BlueStarE3 on Tesla Motors Club]

Tesla opens new electric-car store in San Francisco, to serve as flagship

California is not just the home state of Tesla Motors, it's also the biggest single U.S. market for electric cars. So perhaps it's not surprising that Tesla recently opened a... read more August 15, 2016 by


 
2016 Nissan Leaf

Electric-car shopping far too hard; dealers, carmakers can improve, says report

Greater electric-car adoption requires both dealers and carmakers to be strongly committed to selling plug-in vehicles. Years of anecdotal evidence from shoppers shows such... read more August 15, 2016 by


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

Michigan won't let Tesla sell cars, but state fund invests in company (irony alert)

Tesla still isn't allowed to sell its electric cars in Michigan, owing to a ban on direct sales signed two years ago. All carmakers in the state must sell new cars solely... read more August 11, 2016 by


 
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


 
2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI Six-Month Road Test

What do VW dealers get from the diesel-emission settlement?

Volkswagen diesel owners aren't the only ones affected by the VW's ongoing emissions cheating scandal. The company's dealers have acutely felt the impact of the scandal, in... read more July 8, 2016 by


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

Virginia dealers double down on Tesla attack, demand probe of sales

Tesla Motors continues to battle Virginia car dealers over the opening of a second company-owned retail store in the Old Dominion State. In March, the Virginia Automobile... read more June 23, 2016 by


 
Solar Panels by Flickr user Chandra Marsono

Car dealer tries to install solar, town-owned utility limits power it can generate

It should have been fairly straightforward. Install some solar panels on the roof of a building, cut carbon emissions, and perhaps save some money on electricity bills. But... read more June 14, 2016 by


 
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


 

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