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The Automotive Troublemaker w/ Paul J Daly and Kyle Mountsier is a regular weekday show where progressive Automotive Dealers and industry partners aren’t afraid to make some trouble by pushing back on many popular, but failing, beliefs that persist in the Retail Automotive Industry. Beliefs that are degrading both the customer experience and the future of retail Auto Dealers. Paul and Kyle give their fresh take on industry news, technology, culture, and retail while trying not to have too mu ...
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Shoot us a Text. It’s a busy Thursday in the dealership as stores across the country wake up to CDK Global’s DMS being offline for a second straight day. But it’s not all doom and gloom, as we’re highlighting how Carter Myers Automotive celebrates new apprentice techs with a signing day. Show Notes with links: Yesterday’s cyberattack against CDK Gl…
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Shoot us a Text. Welcome to Wednesday as we dig into the 2024 Cars.com American-Made Index, revealing the most American cars. We also dig into a McKinsey survey showing how crucial smartphone integration is for car buyers and take a pass at the U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy's proposal for social media warning labels to protect young people's me…
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Shoot us a Text. It’s Tuesday and today we’re talking about Fisker's Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing amid financial turmoil, Toyota shareholders re-electing Akio Toyoda despite governance concerns, and the future of Apple's wireless-only CarPlay system facing industry skepticism. Show Notes with links: Electric vehicle startup Fisker has filed for Cha…
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Shoot us a Text. Welcome to a brand new week as we welcome Steve Greenfield as a guest host. Today we’re covering how the publics are adapting to the “new normal" and dive into Elon Musk’s Telsa pay package. Show Notes with links: The booming revenue period during the pandemic is fading, leaving dealerships to adapt to a "new normal" marked by high…
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Shoot us a Text. Head Writer Chris Reeves joins the show on this Saturday to cover their Father's Day plans and talk about how Planet Ford of Humble, Texas gave out scholarships to students in their community. Thanks to Charles McCann for hitting us up and sharing this story with us! Hosts: Paul J Daly and Kyle Mountsier Get the Daily Push Back ema…
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Shoot us a Text. It’s the end of another week and today we’re talking about how Ford is allowing all franchise dealers to sell EVs, and how Tesla shareholders approved Elon Musk’s pay package. Plus, we cover how apps are selling driving data to insurance companies. It’s official, Ford is opening EV sales to its entire dealer network starting July 1…
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Shoot us a Text. It’s Thursday and we’re talking about a McKinsey study showing many EV owners considering a return to combustion engines, a decline in used-vehicle wholesale prices, and Costco’s plans for a technological transformation under new leadership. A McKinsey & Co. survey reveals that over 40% of U.S. EV owners are likely to switch back t…
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Shoot us a Text. Welcome to Wednesday as we dive into Ford's CFO’s concerns over rising inventories, an EV charging joint venture's plans, and Starbucks' surprising venture into the film industry with the launch of Starbucks Studios. Ford CFO John Lawler expressed concerns about rising inventory levels across the automotive industry, emphasizing th…
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Shoot us a Text. It’s Tuesday, and we’re talking about how Shawn Fain is under investigation, how a letter suggests Tesla would be better off with the dealer network, and how Apple is embracing AI. UAW President Shawn Fain is under investigation for alleged retaliation against other union leaders, raising significant concerns within the organizatio…
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Shoot us a Text. It’s a fresh week and we’re talking about GM's strategy with Costco to boost EV sales, Fisker's aggressive move to sell the Ocean to employees at a discount, and Reynolds and Reynolds' $5 million donation to Northwood University for a new automotive studies center. Show Notes with links: General Motors is using its partnership with…
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Shoot us a Text. It's the second Saturday of June and writer Kristi Canada joins the show. Today, we're talking about how a West Herr dealership rescued a cat out of an engine compartment. Plus one of the service advisors adopted the cat and named him Diesel! Hosts: Paul J Daly and Kyle Mountsier Get the Daily Push Back email at https://www.asotu.c…
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Shoot us a Text. We’ve got that Friday feeling as we cover a new KPMG survey that reveals Americans powertrain preferences. We also talk about a Democrat Senator slamming a failed EV charging program, as well as an epic celebration as Ford opens its train station renovation. Show Notes with links: A recent KPMG study reveals that Americans still fa…
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Shoot us a Text. Thursday is upon us and we’re breaking down Lithia Motors' strategic layoffs aimed at saving $150 million annually, Virginia's decision to reverse its adoption of California’s strict EV standards, as well as IKEA hiring Roblox workers (you read that right). Show Notes with links: Lithia Motors is targeting $150 million in annual sa…
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Shoot us a Text. Welcome to Wednesday as we talk about the US Senator encouraging US automakers to sue the government… and win. We also talk about the higher-than-ice repair costs of EVs as well as Tesla’s move to curb them with a former Geico exec. Show Notes with links: U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin has urged manufacturers to sue the Treasury Department …
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Shoot us a Text. It’s Tuesday and we’re talking about strong May sales from major brands, Ford's $950 million renovation of Michigan Central Station and star-studded grand reopening concert, as well as another sign of the times…increasing stamp prices and why it matters, or doesn’t. Automakers are reporting strong U.S. light-vehicle sales gains for…
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Shoot us a Text. It's a fresh week in a fresh month as we talk about Toyota's certification scandal, the booming trend of automotive retailers entering the powersports segment, and GM's innovative clutch pedal for EVs to win over driving enthusiasts. Show Notes with links: Toyota suspends sales of several models in Japan due to certification issues…
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Shoot us a Text. On this first day of the month, we're talking about how the Veterans of Walser went to a local cemetery to refresh the graveside flags, plus we think about how dealers can be more involved in their communities on the holidays. Hosts: Paul J Daly and Kyle Mountsier Get the Daily Push Back email at https://www.asotu.com/ JOIN the con…
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Shoot us a Text. Day 2 with Cirillo and we figured some marketing wrap up was still in store. We are also taking a look at the much-talked-about Buick Envista and celebrating the life and accomplishments of Bob Kelley. Show Notes with links: Buick, GM’s semi-luxury brand, is experiencing a significant sales resurgence thanks to the new 2024 Buick E…
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Shoot us a Text. Today we have Michael Cirillo, host of The Dealer Playbook, joining the show in Paul’s absence. We are breaking down the questionable narrative in the EV slowdown, a dealer that is taking the More Than Cars mentality international, and a Google leak that is shocking the paid and organic media industry. Despite recent headlines abou…
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Shoot us a Text. Happy Hump Day as we’re halfway through the week! Today we’re covering a BYD hybrid that can drive from NYC to Miami on a single charge/tank, how Toyota and other OEMs are decarbonizing with ICE and why Gen Z is getting summer jobs. Show Notes with links: BYD has introduced a groundbreaking hybrid powertrain capable of exceeding 2,…
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Shoot us a Text. It’s Tuesday and we’re talking about Ford lifting restrictions on which dealers can sell EVs, the political divide impacting EV adoption, and Bass Pro Shops' is the next retailer leaning affordability amid inflation. Show Notes with links: Ford is set to undo a key element of its EV certification program, opening EV sales to its en…
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Shoot us a Text. We’re thankful for our nation on this Memorial Day 2024 as we reflect on all that have given their lives as a member of the US Armed Forces. Today, we’re talking about Memorial Day (and other holiday) sales strategies with the one and only Todd Caputo. Hosts: Paul J Daly and Kyle Mountsier Get the Daily Push Back email at https://w…
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Shoot us a Text. We're kicking off Memorial Day weekend with a great story about two dealer groups being named in the top 50 best places to work by none other than Glassdoor. And that's sayin something. Hosts: Paul J Daly and Kyle Mountsier Get the Daily Push Back email at https://www.asotu.com/ JOIN the conversation on LinkedIn at: https://www.lin…
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Shoot us a Text. We’re heading into a huge sales weekend and we’re talking big Memorial Day discounts on 2023 cars, Elon Musk's reversal on Chinese EV tariffs, and California's new bill requiring cars to beep when speeding. Show Notes with links: Edmunds reported that 2023 model year vehicles on U.S. lots rose to 6.8 percent in May. With higher inv…
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Shoot us a Text. It’s a busy Thursday as we roll towards the holiday weekend. Today, we explore the surprising interest in Chinese EVs among young Americans, Kia's launch of a new compact electric SUV amid cooling EV demand, and Yoshi Mobility's innovative mobile fast charging solution for EVs. Show Notes with links: A recent survey by AutoPacific …
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Shoot us a Text. Welcome to Wednesday as we discuss the rising age of vehicles in the U.S., political attacks in Ohio's Senate race targeting a former car dealer, and how Gen Z workers' values align closely with those of their older colleagues. Show Notes with links: The average age of vehicles in the U.S. has climbed to a record 12.6 years, with t…
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Shoot us a Text. It’s Tuesday and we’re talking about Nissan’s strategic shift in U.S. EV production, the recognition of Hendrick and Zeigler Auto Groups as best-run companies, and Walmart’s unexpected appeal to higher-income shoppers. Nissan is revising its U.S. electric vehicle production strategy, putting a $500 million investment in its Mississ…
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Shoot us a Text. We’re coming in hot after an insane ASOTU CON as we dive into Carvana's recovery in 2023, the UAW's setback at a Mercedes plant, and how Gen Alpha kids are shaping their parents' buying decisions. Show Notes with links: Automotive News’ second ever Used Only List reiterates that 2023 was a pivotal year for used-vehicle-only retaile…
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Shoot us a Text. ASOTU CON is over, and we forgot to release yesterday’s live episode from the Main Stage with Steve Greenfield. Fortunately we’ve got it here for you today, and we’ll be back to our regularly scheduled programming next week. Show Notes: Steve Greenfield highlights Qatar's forward-thinking approach despite its vast oil reserves. Qat…
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Shoot us a Text. Welcome to Day 1 of ASOTU CON! Paul, Kyle and Michael are here with everything you need to know. Hosts: Paul J Daly and Kyle Mountsier Get the Daily Push Back email at https://www.asotu.com/ JOIN the conversation on LinkedIn at: https://www.linkedin.com/company/asotu/ Read our most recent email at: https://www.asotu.com/media/push-…
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Shoot us a Text. We. Are. HERE! Tonight hundreds of industry friends will descend on lower Baltimore (upper Annapolis) to kick off ASOTU CON at the welcome reception. But first, we have a few things to chat about; Big Tariffs from Biden, an employee-only dealership experience, and TikTok is now Google. With the pressure mounting from Chinese EV imp…
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Shoot us a Text. ASOTU CON is TOMORROW! Today we have Greg Uland, VP of Marketing for Reynolds and Reynolds on to talk about what you can expect at ASOTU CON, how Reynolds and Reynolds is partnering with ASOTU to show a More Than Cars Promo at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and why dealers are focusing on Used Cars for the rest of the year. Hosts:…
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Shoot us a Text. We're excited because ASOTU CON is only 2 days away! Today, Chris Reeves and Kristi Canada take over the show to cover what to expect beyond the sessions and content. They're joined by Head of Community Jordan Cox and Director of Events and Entertainment Al Cutri. They cover the receptions and happy hours, the ASOTU CON Recharge Lo…
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Shoot us a Text. Four days away from ASOTU CON we’re talking about Nissan’s move to push Dealers to advertise below invoice. We also talk about the growing percentage of F150 Hybrids being sold, as well as the very first passenger test of an eVTOL in Abu Dhabi. As a triple digit days supply grows, Nissan is taking an unprecedented step to clear ove…
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Shoot us a Text. Five days out from ASOTU CON we’re talking about Ford’s re-think of EV strategy in Europe of all places. We also talk about Tesla’s advantage in bi-directional charging, as well as an homage to an iconic mid-sized grocery getter. Show Notes with links: Earlier in the week it was the Lincoln brand and now Ford is pumping the brakes …
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Shoot us a Text. We’re 6 days from the start of ASOTU CON and we’re talking about Toyota’s plateau plans to invest all of that profit. We’re also covering Tesla’s ‘pay to unlock range’ on some Model Y’s as well as GMs efforts to recruit displaced Tesla interns. Show Notes with links: Toyota's CEO Koji Sato is celebrating a triumphant first year wit…
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Shoot us a Text. It’s Tuesday and we’re just getting started as we talk about a new entrant to the autonomy game. We also cover Rivian’s new charging network plans as well as a rumored potential partnership with Apple. Show Notes with links: Wayve Technologies, a pioneering self-driving car startup, has secured over $1 billion in investment to enha…
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Shoot us a Text. Welcome to a fresh week as we review the new report that talks about which groups are responding to leads well. We also talk about Cadillac’s rethink of its all-EV pivot by 2030, as well as a new, all weather, all terrain, scooter for Seniors and beyond. Napleton Auto Group has secured the top spot for the third consecutive year in…
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Shoot us a Text. First Saturday of the month! Today, Kyle is joined by Chris Reeves, Jordan Cox and Nathan Southwick to discuss the upcoming silent auction for Vehicles for Change at ASOTU CON and the custom guitar we've designed to give away. Plus, we cover why creativity is at the center of everything we do, and how we leverage it to be more effe…
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Shoot us a Text. It’s the first Friday in May as we talk about Rivian stepping up their presence in Normal, IL. We also cover the latest JD Power report regarding the service department as well as Cali taking aim at junk fees…for food. As Tesla cuts jobs, EV startup competitor Rivian is set to expand its Normal, IL plant, adding over 500 jobs to pr…
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Shoot us a Text. It’s Thursday and we’re talking about Carvana’s best performance ever. We’re also discussing Hertz’s decision to sell more of it’s EV inventory, as well as a wild story about the ongoing dispute around the legendary Delorian. Carvana’s latest earnings are signaling a substantial turnaround with a net income of $49 million in Q1, a …
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Shoot us a Text. There’s nothing like a sunny May 1st. Today we talk about Ford’s new AI driven Dealer training tool. We also review the fastest and slowest moving inventory, as well as the newly launched ability for Roblox users to purchase real life Walmart items in-game. Ford is introducing "Ford University," a cutting-edge AI-powered training p…
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Shoot us a Text. As stores across the country are playing ‘The Final Countdown’ as April wraps up, we’re talking about Asbury’s listing strategy for 10 of their stores. We’re also talking about Tesla’s next round of layoffs, as well as one Tiktoker who is less than excited about their interest rate. Show Notes with links: Asbury Automotive Group, r…
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Shoot us a Text. We’re starting out on the last few days of the month with a look at the Top 100 Used Car Dealers in the US. We also take a look at the potential of Tesla’s deal with China’s Baidu, and what it means for Full Self Driving. We’ll also review the latest Experian EV insights report. Following the Top 150 Dealer List, Automotive News ha…
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Shoot us a Text. Welcome to the last Saturday of the month! Today, writers Chris Reeves and Kristi Canada join the show to talk about our partnership with Vehicles for Change and how we're giving away a car at ASOTU CON plus auctioning off a custom guitar to benefit the great things that Vehicles for Change do. Hosts: Paul J Daly and Kyle Mountsier…
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Shoot us a Text. It’s the last Friday of the month as we pay tribute to a Ford leader who broke the mold. We also talk about a hot debate over legacy OEMs flirting with DTC models as well as consumer luxury purchases going on the rise. This morning we pay tribute to Don Petersen, a transformative leader who guided Ford through a critical phase in t…
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Shoot us a Text. Happy Thursday! Today we cover Ford’s stock price recovers due to hybrid sales, Honda invests $12 BILLION in EV supply chain, and automatic refunds when your next flight gets canceled or delayed. Ford’s Q1 earnings were released yesterday and sparked an overall optimistic tone as well as a stock price bump as they bumped up their f…
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Shoot us a Text. We’re mid-week and talking about Tesla's strategic shift amid falling profits.. We also cover VinFast's aggressive U.S. dealership expansion and the heartwarming story of a Dealership serving a single mother in South Dakota. Sandwiched between GMs stellar financial results yesterday and Ford’s upcoming earnings later today, Tesla's…
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Shoot us a Text. This Tuesday we’re talking about why GM is smiling from their robust financial performance in Q1. We also talk about a controversial toggle on Tesla’s website, as well as what companies are ignoring in their surveys. Show Notes with links: General Motors is kicking off 2024 with a robust financial performance, boosting full-year gu…
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Shoot us a Text. It’s a fresh week and we’re talking about the UAW’s landmark unionization victory at Volkswagen's Chattanooga plant. We also cover Dealer response and legal threats over new sales models from Scout and Sony Honda Mobility as well as Tesla's swift response to a safety recall with a riveting fix. In a historic win for the UAW, employ…
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