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Do Dealer Efforts To Ban Tesla Sales Backfire When Public Notices?

Do Dealer Efforts To Ban Tesla Sales Backfire When Public Notices?

Are car dealers winning battles against Tesla Motors, and its direct-sales model, that will set them up to lose the bigger war? For almost five years, state dealer associations have lobbied legislators to change laws to make Tesla's direct-sales model illegal, requiring that all new cars be sold... read more

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Tesla owners & supporters gather in Statehouse in Austin to support company [photo: John Griswell]

Tesla Loses Legal Battles To Texas, North Carolina Dealers

Win some, lose some. Tesla's had a very good year thus far, but it was recently dealt legislative defeats in two states where it had hoped to sell its electric cars. In... read more June 6, 2013 by  31


 
Elon Musk

Will Tesla Try For Federal Rule Permitting Non-Dealer Stores?

Several thousand Tesla owners have now purchased their cars by ordering and paying for them online after visiting a Tesla Store showroom. No franchised dealers are involved... read more April 18, 2013 by  16


 
Tesla Store  -  Portland OR

Tesla Gets Green Light To Open Store In Natick, Massachusetts

After more than an hour of discussion last night, the town selectmen of Natick, Massachusetts, voted 4-1 to grant a license to sell cars to Tesla Motors Massachusetts. The... read more December 11, 2012 by  10


 
Tesla's retail store concept

Injunction To Shut Tesla Store Denied In MA, Dealers To Fight On

Score one for startup carmakers trying to do things differently. Last Friday, a judge denied a request by the Massachusetts State Automobile Dealers Association for an... read more November 21, 2012 by  12


 
Tesla Motors gallery in Houston Galleria, opened October 2011, with Model S on display

Auto Dealers' Fight Against Tesla Stores: Elon Musk Weighs In

Tesla Motors is facing a formidable opponent it may not have sufficiently appreciated: the auto dealers of America, and their state associations. Tesla, you may remember, is... read more October 25, 2012 by  51


 
2011 Toyota Prius

Prices Drop For Used High-MPG Cars, June A Good Time To Buy

Like so many Americans, perhaps you've been thinking you really have to replace your old car this year. And maybe you're thinking your next car should get much better gas... read more May 30, 2012 by  1


 
2011 Nissan Leaf, Nashville, October 2010

Year-Old Nissan Leaf Electric Car: Worth 70 Or 95 Percent Of New Price?

There's lot of discussion about how the value of electric cars will hold up over time, depending on how long their expensive lithium-ion battery packs last and how quickly... read more May 29, 2012 by  30


 
Auto loan

More Doom & Gloom On Higher MPG Standards From Car Dealers

It's not news that new, higher fuel-economy standards will raise the cost of future cars in real dollars. Now a new study, funded by the National Automobile Dealers... read more April 17, 2012 by  12


 
Used car salesman

Car Dealers Fight Higher MPG Rules, Again, Over Affordability

You'd think that if President Obama, two government agencies, and 13 of the world's largest carmakers supported a set of new regulations to improve gas mileage, they might be... read more January 19, 2012 by  4


 
U.S. Capitol

Who Hates High-Mileage Cars? Your Local Auto Dealers, That's Who

Sometime next month, the EPA and NHTSA will release final draft rules that increase corporate average fuel economy standards to 54.5 mpg by 2025. Most--although not... read more November 1, 2011 by  7


 
Used car salesman

Auto Dealers Lobby Against Obama's Higher Gas-Mileage Rules

Yesterday, auto dealers met with their members of Congress to try to delay new rules that would stiffen the gas-mileage requirements for cars sold in model years 2017 to... read more September 22, 2011 by  5


 
Used car salesman

Caring Auto Industry Won't Let You Be Bullied By Nasty Old EPA

Reading the news in our automotive world never fails to surprise and delight. Take, for example, our discovery of the soliticitousness exhibited by automakers who care deeply... read more September 13, 2010 by  7


 
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