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

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

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... read more

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Former Fisker of Bellevue, Washington, dealership, closed as of July 2013 [photo: Brian Henderson]

One Former Fisker Dealer Vanishes Into History (Photos)

Remember Fisker Automotive, the startup carmaker that sold the $106,000 luxury range-extended electric sport sedan called the Karma? Hang onto your memories, because the... read more August 1, 2013 by  5


 
Tesla Store  -  Portland OR

Will 100,000 Sign Petition For Tesla Motors Sales By Friday?

On June 5, a Tesla Motors fan mounted what seemed like another quixotic effort to support Tesla in selling its electric cars directly to buyers. The petition at... read more June 30, 2013 by  54


 
Tesla's retail store concept

Auto Dealer Groups Escalate Battle Against Tesla Stores

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... read more October 10, 2012 by  28


 
2012 Chevrolet Volt

Incentives Good For Chevy, Volt Customers, And Dealers, Says Industry Reporter

Last month, Chevrolet sold a record-breaking 2,831 of its Volt plug-in hybrids, making it the top-selling plug-in car in the U.S. to date. No doubt helped by its recent... read more September 20, 2012 by  6


 
2012 Fisker Karma during road test, Los Angeles, Feb 2012

Penske Automotive Signs To Become 2012 Fisker Karma Dealer

Yesterday, Fisker Automotive, makers of the super-sexy 2012 Karma plug-in hybrid sports car, announced that it had just signed its 80th independent dealer. But Fisker’s... read more June 8, 2012 by  6


 
2011 Nissan Leaf Software Update

Got a 2011 Nissan Leaf? Here’s What Your 6 Month Service Is Like

While some lucky 2011 Nissan Leaf owners have had their cars now for nearly 8 months, most are in the magic six-month honeymoon period of owning their new electric hatchback... read more October 20, 2011 by 


 
Tesla Store in LA

Curious Tire-Kickers Keep Tesla Busy Even Without Cars to Sell

Drop by your local Apple retail store, and you’re bound to see it humming with visitors. But while some are there to hand over their hard-earned cash for a new computer... read more August 10, 2011 by  1


 
2011 Chevrolet Volt test drive, Michigan, October 2010

Are Volt Dealers Really Pocketing Federal Rebates? Maybe Not

It doesn’t take a scientist to figure out that the 2011 Chevrolet Volt is in high demand right now--despite its May sales numbers, which are behind those of the 2011... read more June 1, 2011 by  2


 
2010 Smart ForTwo Cdi

2010 Smart ForTwo Minicars: Still On Sale, Now Even Cheaper

If you're one of the dwindling number of car buyers considering the Smart ForTwo minicar, now may be a good time to close the deal. Smart sent out an e-mail yesterday... read more February 18, 2011 by  4


 
Shenyan Chevy Dealer

How Are Car Dealers Getting Ready to Service Electric Cars?

As we've discovered, some car dealers are less than enthusiastic about the prospect of selling and servicing electric cars. Luckily, others are more game. Either way, what... read more January 26, 2011 by  1


 
2011 Nissan Leaf

Not All Nissan Dealers Will Initially Specialize In 2011 Leaf

Remember how we found out a few weeks ago that some Nissan dealers in the U.K. were blissfully unaware of specifics of Nissan's first publicly sold production electric car?... read more August 25, 2010 by  9


 
2011 Chevrolet Volt

AutoNation Promises 2011 Volt, Leaf To Sell For Sticker Price

Just as dealers have to discount unpopular cars, they often add "surcharges" to models where demand outstrips supply. It's auto dealership yin and yang, or something. Now... read more August 18, 2010 by 


 
2011 Nissan Leaf

So What Exactly DO You Have to Service On a 2011 Nissan Leaf?

Despite initial purchase prices higher than those for gasoline cars of equivalent performance (before incentives, anyway), electric cars undisputably cost less to run. Not... read more August 16, 2010 by  13


 
President Obama inspects the 2011 Chevrolet Volt

Over 600 Chevy Dealers In Launch Regions To Offer 2011 Volt

Three weeks ago, Chevrolet unveiled two new launch markets for its 2011 Volt electric car and described some of the things dealers would need to do in order to be granted the... read more July 23, 2010 by  1


 
2011 Chevrolet Volt

Electric-Car Dealerships Struggle, But Why Such Surprise?

A recent article in the Oakland Tribune highlights the high failure rate of independent car dealerships selling only electric vehicles. Frankly, we're not at all surprised... read more March 1, 2010 by  5


 
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