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For Canadian auto retailer HGreg.com, setting up a cloud-based computer system was necessary to connect its dealerships across two nations. That initiative started around 2014, and it turned out to be a beneficial strategy during the current coronavirus pandemic. The company uses a cloud-based phone system and Google technology for email and file-sharing across its
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After years of chronic discounting and an over-reliance on rental fleet sales to boost market share at any cost, Nissan decided last year to undergo a radical detox plan — trading its focus on share for profits. But now, several months into that difficult journey toward reformation, the coronavirus is threatening to derail the momentum.
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Masks and gloves and hand sanitizer. One customer inside at a time. Tape and plexiglass to keep a 6-foot distance. This is what visiting a dealership during the coronavirus pandemic looks like. At Prime Automotive Group, with 56 dealerships in eight states, most sales are by appointment only, though the retailer was able to reopen
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For several years, Toyota slowly assembled a massive global marketing strategy around the 2020 Summer Olympics to be held in Tokyo before COVID-19 blew up both the event and the automaker’s plans. The “Toyota Olympics” — the only half-joking unofficial moniker for the Tokyo games — have been delayed, for now, until 2021. The delay
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Jaguar Land Rover couldn’t have had much worse of a time for production to be halted for what’s expected to be 70 days: JLR had begun booking positive results from a turnaround plan that cut costs, reduced staff and aligned production with demand. Brexit was finally settled. The company’s turmoil in China was coming under
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Electrification and shared mobility are taking it on the chin during the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. But don’t count either industry trend out, says former Ford Motor Co. CEO Mark Fields. “Electrification has a bright future in the industry, but clearly it is going to be a bit of a collateral damage of
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Before the coronavirus took hold in the U.S., Genesis had big plans. Not just for a new model or a few more retailers. More like a relaunch of the brand, which has suffered from its all-sedan lineup and sparse dealer network. Genesis had been building momentum from the start of the year: Its first crossover
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