Lara Stone and the SL Roadster at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

The streets of New York are brimming with the hottest models in town for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week and topping the charts is Lara Stone, who is appearing in a live installation at Lincoln Center alongside the all-new 2013 SL550 Roadster in a backdrop inspired by the Icons of Style images, captured by Alex Prager. The …

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New Products from Reynolds Helps Dealers

Reynolds and Reynolds recently announced a number of new product enhancements that are helping dealers improve operating efficiencies and productivity, while also transforming the customer experience with the dealership. To highlight the results that Reynolds’ newest products are delivering for dealerships, Reynolds also developed a new print and online advertising campaign – “Because Results Matter.” …

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docuPAD Helps Reinvent the F&I Experience

Reynolds and Reynolds recently announced a number of enhancements to docuPAD® that help reinvent the F&I experience for dealers and their customers and help dealers increase customer satisfaction and revenue. docuPAD is an interactive finance and insurance (F&I) selling tool and document processing system that enables dealerships to engage consumers and electronically manage and record …

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Reynolds Announces New Applications and Enhancements for ERA-IGNITE

Reynolds and Reynolds recently announced a number of new functions and enhancements available for the company’s ERA-IGNITE dealership management system (DMS) for automotive retailers. Each ERA-IGNITE application features an advanced graphical user interface (GUI) and architecture to help dealerships further improve the productivity of their employees and the profitability of their operations. ERA-IGNITE’s easy-to-use, Windows-based …

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FordDirect Debuts DealerConnection Elite Service for Dealers

FordDirect, a joint venture between Ford Motor Company and its franchise dealers, launched its new website solution for Ford and Lincoln Dealers, DealerConnection Elite. Developed by FordDirect with the Ford National Dealer Council, the Ford Dealer Advisory Board, and a group of more than 40 pilot dealers, DealerConnection Elite gives dealers more options to customize …

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FordDirect and Ford Motor Company Name Ford, Lincoln Internet Dealers of the Year

FordDirect and Ford Motor Co. recently announced their Internet Dealers of the Year and eCommerce Elite winners. Given annually at the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Convention and Exposition, the Ford and Lincoln Internet Dealer of the Year awards honor top dealerships for achievement in Internet sales. There are two categories: Internet Dealer of the …

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New Car Dealers Support Modern Facilities but Question Case for Factory Programs

While new-car dealers see value in having clean and modern facilities, many have questions and, in a significant number of cases, are not convinced that the factory upgrades they are being asked to do will result in an increased return on investment, according to a new study by Glenn Mercer issued recently at a press …

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Economic Conditions Jell for Higher New Car Sales in 2012

Sales of small cars, SUVs and other light trucks will lead the way toward what Paul Taylor, chief economist of the National Automobile Dealers Association, predicts is a rebuilding year for the auto industry resulting in 13.945 million new cars and light trucks purchased and leased in 2012. Fulfillment of that forecast in 2012 will …

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NADA Chairman Urges Dealers, OEMs to Resolve Differences on Remodeling Programs

When it comes to factory-mandated image programs that require new-car dealers to invest billions of dollars to remodel their showrooms, Stephen W. Wade, outgoing chairman of the National Automobile Dealers Association, expressed hope that a new study released recently would help restore reason and common sense. Responding to dealer concerns, NADA commissioned the study last …

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Experian Automotive Launches Velocity Business Intelligence Tool

Experian Automotive has launched Velocity(SM) at the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) convention. Velocity is an online business intelligence tool that combines extensive automotive data with advanced analytics, enabling automotive professionals to better understand the market, the vehicles that are selling and the people who are buying them. Velocity’s unique combination of data and analytics …

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2011 Fairfield County Concours d’Elegance Sharing the Passion Award Winners Announced

Every year, the Fairfield County Concours d’Elegance recognizes and applauds people who dedicate their powers to advancing the area of collecting and also to protecting significant automobiles and motorcycles to the advantage of others by praising all of them with Discussing the Passion honors. Grand Prix d’Honneur – Foreign 1931 Bugatti Type 54 McKeel Hagerty …

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Common Mistakes on the DMV Driving Test and How to Avoid Them

Everybody who has a license passed it – the driving test. Some passed their first test, some passed their fifth. The common thing about everyone is that they made mistakes. For sure. There is no perfect driver, and as a result no perfect driving. However, some mistakes repeat more than others. Examiners keep telling students …

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Chevrolet Variable Valve Timing Improves Drivability and Fuel Economy while Reducing Emissions

Athletes understand that proper breathing is crucial to maintaining peak efficiency beneath all conditions and so do Chevrolet powertrain engineers. Obtaining air in and exhaust gases out with the combustion chamber under all speeds and driving circumstances is essential to outstanding drivability and fuel efficiency with reduced emissions. “Whether powered by 4, six or eight …

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