Electric-car maker Tesla Motors has shaken up the auto industry in many ways, and it continues to do so. Now, aspects of Tesla's online direct-sales model are starting to influence other companies in the car business--and their executives are saying so--even as lobbyists for franchised car dealerships fight Tesla's online direct sales in state courts across the country. DON'T MISS: Lexus Keeping An Eye On Tesla, Calls Mall Stores 'Clever' Last month, an executive at Toyota's luxury brand Lexus called Tesla's idea of stores in shopping malls "clever," while simultaneously reassuring the...
Car Dealers: Innocent, Delicate, Fragile Blossoms, Apparently
"We're not gonna take it any more!" If you're of a certain age, that line likely brings back memories of a 30-year-old Twisted Sister song. You might be less likely to think of it as the headline of an article about the hurt feelings of car dealers. DON'T MISS: The Videos Car Dealers Hate: Is It...John Voelcker
The Videos Car Dealers Hate: Is It 'Haggling' Or 'Negotiating'?
Car dealers often come in for criticism, especially among electric-car advocates and Tesla Motors supporters who have watched state dealership lobbying groups make Tesla's direct-sales model illegal in a number of states. Since 2010, those lobbyists have been altering state laws originally designed...John Voelcker