Jason Unrau

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Jason Unrau is CBT Automotive Network's Online Editor. Jason is an automotive specialist with more than 15 years of experience at the dealership level. Focusing mainly on fixed operations and the service industry, Jason’s expertise is in enhancing the customer experience and promoting a healthy, profitable service department.
auto sales

Tumultuous Auto Sales Forecast for Remainder of 2018

After a seven-year run of consecutive annual auto sales increases in the United States, the final sales figures for 2017 showed a regression of 1.8 percent. And at the end of 2017, forecasters predicted that automotive sales would continue to…
ridesharing

How Ridesharing Impacts the Automotive Landscape

In 2011, ridesharing appeared on the transportation radar. The service platform was quickly recognized as a disruptor, and it has experienced tremendous growth and popularity since its early stages, especially for its two most notable providers, Uber and Lyft. But…

Carmakers Want Trump to Work with California to Set Emissions Standards

Carmakers Want Trump to Work with California to Set Emissions Standards During a meeting with President Trump in May, a group of automotive industry executives requested the Trump administration work with California to establish new air quality regulations. What makes…
Trumps Tariffs

Studies Find Trump Auto Tariffs Will Cut into Economy

The Trump administration is considering a tariff increase to 25 percent on imported vehicles and auto parts intended to bolster the domestic auto industry, however two new studies have predicted that the damage from a stiff tariff on auto imports…
Trump

Canada Retaliates to Trump Trade Tariffs

The largest trading partner with the United States, Canada, has swiftly promised to match tariffs placed on steel and aluminum imports. As an exemption for weighty tariffs expired on May 31st and a NAFTA agreement vaporized with a last-minute sunset…
fuel prices

The Correlation Between Fuel Prices and Auto Sales

The automotive retail industry has ebbs and flows, no question. The national and global economies are factors in year-to-year fluctuations, and new model releases have an impact also. But there’s a larger influence at play in the automotive retail market,…
service department

How to Maximize Profits in Your Service Department

Service revenue has its ebbs and flows just like any other department, but it’s typically less exaggerated. The lows don’t swing quite so low and the highs are modest gains. But in the modern dealership era, fixed operations departments like…
Tesla

Tesla Workers Asked to Prove ‘Haters’ Wrong

In a pair of internal memos last week from the heads of engineering and production at Tesla, assembly workers have been asked to ramp up Model 3 production to prove ‘haters’ wrong. Doug Field, the chief of engineering at Tesla,…
sedan sales

Why People Aren’t Buying Sedans Anymore

The Toyota Camry’s sales are constant from 2016 to 2017, as are sales for the Honda Civic and Nissan Sentra. But nearly all other passenger sedans took a nosedive year over year. The Ford Fusion plummeted 21 percent, the Hyundai…
ev sales

Why the US is Trailing in EV Sales

Volkswagen has committed to 50 new electrified vehicles by 2025. The Chevrolet Bolt is the North American Car of the Year for 2017. The most widely-known EV manufacturer, Tesla, has been featured in the news for a few years consecutively…
brand

How auto brands fared in Interbrand’s Top 100 ratings

Interbrand has released its list of winners for the Best Global Brands in 2020. The consultancy firm bases its ratings on financial forecast, the role of the brand, and brand strength. More specifically, the components of valuations include “an analysis of the financial performance…
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5 of the biggest issues facing the F&I office today and how to cope...

F&I departments are facing a unique set of challenges in today’s marketplace. While many dealers have recently made strong investments in digital retailing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the digital push has made many dealers wonder how digital retailing will…
digital marketingvideo

Today’s best digital marketing strategies and practices for car dealers

In this competitive landscape, how do you get consumers to come to you? That’s the million-dollar question. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, digital marketing efforts have made a tremendous shift for dealers. Many budgets have been reevaluated, and…
CPO salesvideo

Cox Automotive analyst Zo Rahim breaks down CPO sales and market forecasts

While dealers struggle with new vehicle inventory, used vehicle sales have become an emphasis for many dealers. Despite this, certified preowned sales have struggled since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.CPO sales have been on the decline ever since stores…
service

How to build a service department that customers love

Customer retention continues to be a problem for auto dealerships. Less than 1 in 3 service visits are at dealerships once a vehicle reaches three years of age. Coincidentally, that’s the same time when most warranties expire. The expectation of…

Tekion makes a big splash in the DMS space and public...

Welcome to another edition of The Friday 5 with Steve Greenfield, Founder and CEO of Automotive Ventures, an auto technology advisory firm that helps entrepreneurs raise money and maximize the value of their companies. Public Group Reporting We’ve entered Q3…

How car dealership leaders can create more growth opportunities for people...

Welcome back to Diversity in Automotive, brought to you by TrueCar and CarNow. In today's segment, host Cory Mosley is joined by Damon Lester, president of the National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers. Diversity and inclusion have been age-old issues for…

Automotive startups make big headlines with strong funding rounds and acquisitions

Welcome to another edition of The Friday 5 with Steve Greenfield, Founder and CEO of Automotive Ventures, an auto technology advisory firm that helps entrepreneurs raise money and maximize the value of their companies. NADA Impact on Vendors Big and…

Do people of color have more leadership opportunities in automotive retail...

Welcome back to Diversity in Automotive: Tier 1 spotlight edition, brought to you by TrueCar and CarNow. In today's segment, host Cory Mosley is joined by an esteemed panel of automotive retail professionals including Gary Graves, CTO and founder of InteractiveTel,…