Dealer Insight Newsletter October 2010

Bridging The Gap

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Volume I   Issue No. XV October 2010

Old Dogs and New Tricks

You CAN teach an old Dog New Tricks
Article by Maryann Young

Bewley Allen Cadillac put its CSI on steroids, it's paying off!

In 1938 Mr. Bewley Allen opened his Cadillac store in Alhambra, California just nine miles east of Los Angeles. In the '60s and '70s the store was a gold mine. John Allen, Mr. Allen's son was running the store, and the Cadillac El Dorado was their bread and butter. Bewley Allen Cadillac was doing over 1,000 new cars a year and life was great. Today, Mr. Bewley Allen's grandson, Scott Allen, is partial owner of the store, and in 2009 due to the bankruptcy of GM, only 220 new units were sold.


Edmunds Market Intelligence

This month's Market Intelligence report is available below. We hope that you find this information useful to your business whether as a representative franchise or competitor.

Please note, this data is derived from the automakers' monthly press releases, and the figures are a combination of retail and fleet (rental, government, business, etc.).

Chrysler     Ford     GM     Honda     Nissan     Toyota

What Edmunds Users Are Talking About
From The Edmunds Forums has one of the oldest automotive forums on the web. With over 1.5 million monthly visitors and thousands of postings, you can keep your finger on the pulse of current automotive developments by checking in here.

  • Ford Edge owners discuss how to cope with head restraints that cause neck pain. More...
  • MINI Cooper clutch failing with less than 10K miles. More...
  • Lexus 460 owners unhappy with seat discomfort. More...
  • Forums members impressed with the strong residual values for Honda CR-Z. More...
  • 2011 Kia Optima draws interest, but may lose customers with late release. More...
  • Forum members compare Subaru Outback vs. Honda Accord Crosstour. More...
  • Chevrolet Cruze generating interest after appearing in dealerships. More...

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The Top 10 Best Selling Vehicles In September
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If you're about to buy a new car, being up to speed on the sales performance of different vehicles in the market can provide you with helpful insight. If a vehicle is a hot seller, a dealer may be less inclined to negotiate on price. On the other hand, that model gathering dust in the back of the lot may represent a golden opportunity for those seeking the sweetest bargains.


Five Car Technologies That will Change How You Drive
Article by Inside Line

You don't need to be a smartphone-toting member of the Twitterati to know that technology is encroaching into the car cockpit at speeds associated with the Michael and Tony Schumachers of the world. In the same way that only a few years ago you would've never dreamed of (or maybe had nightmares about) old flames finding you on Facebook or being able to track friends' travels on Foursquare, the tech takeover of the car is just getting in gear. Here are five technologies poised to change the way we drive — for good if not for better.


2011 Infiniti G25 Sedan First Drive
Article by Inside Line

The 2011 Infiniti G25's 2.5-liter V6 sings through the rev range with such willingness and subtlety that it embarrasses the larger, more powerful V6 in the G37. In fact, this new, smaller engine in the G sedan family is utterly smooth all the way up to 7,000 rpm, at which point it has 500 rpm remaining before its rev limiter puts a firm but refined stop to the fun.


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New Chevy Cruze Worthy of Battling Ford's 2012 Focus? Readers Take Sides
Article by AutoObserver

General Motors Co. is proud of the all-new 2011 Chevrolet Cruze that's started hitting showrooms in earnest this month — proud enough, in fact, to taunt by name the long-time segment sales leader in a recent television ad called "Dear Corolla."


Top 10 Trucks with the Lowest Insurance Expense for 2010
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If you're shopping for a new pickup, you're probably considering things like bed length and cab configuration. Add one more item to this list: insurance expense. Some trucks are more expensive to insure than others, and it makes sense to keep this factor in mind when making a buying decision.


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Top 10 Sedans With the Highest Insurance Expense for 2010
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It's no surprise that luxury and performance cars can throw a gut punch to your finances when it comes to insurance expense. These models often have the sort of horsepower that encourages bad choices, and to top it off, they're usually expensive to repair; put these two factors together and it's easy to see why insurance companies strap them with hefty premiums. But which of these models are most expensive to insure?


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