Josh Isley

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Josh Isley is a staff reporter for CBT News. Josh graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication. He is experienced in reporting trends and news in the automotive industry.

Lucid unveils the new Air, sets its sights on the Tesla Model S

Lucid Motors has been building up its first production vehicle, with lofty claims of industry-leading battery range and speed, since releasing a prototype at the end of 2016. Four years later, the production model is here. The EV maker unveiled…

KAR Global makes digital waves by acquiring BacklotCars

KAR Global announced a definitive agreement to acquire BacklotCars Inc. According to a KAR Global, the deal is still subject to certain regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions before it can be made official. The purchase price of the…

Nikola partners with GM to produce electric pickup

Since the unveiling of the concept in February, The Nikola Badger has been hyped to be the direct rival to Tesla’s Cybertruck. The one question slowing the Arizona startup was who would produce the electric pickup. That question was answered…
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Iconic Chicago Dealer, Bob Rohrman, Passes Away at 87

Anyone who’s spent time in the midwest part of the U.S. during the latter part of the 20th century, and even into the 21st century, likely remembers the comical car commercials with the cartoon lion proudly boasting, “There’s only one…

Done Deal: Asbury Automotive Acquires Park Place Dealerships

After delaying the deal earlier this year, Asbury Automotive Group has completed its acquisition of Park Place Dealerships. The auto retailer announced that the move adds approximately $1.7 billion in annual revenue. The company announced the completion of the deal…

Nicholas Speeks, CEO of Mercedes USA, Takes a Leave of Absence

Nicholas Speeks, CEO of Mercedes USA is taking a leave of absence Automotive News reports. Speeks took over as the head of Mercedes’s North American division last fall and has diligently worked to navigate the luxury-car maker through the COVID-19 pandemic. …

GM Facing Market Pressure for EV Spin-Off

General Motors is making a strong climb towards creating more electric offerings. Market experts are taking notice and believe GM could make a major financial splash if the company spins off its electric-vehicle business. Deutsche Bank analyst Emmanuel Rosner believes…

Tesla and Other EV Makers Ramping Up Production Despite Flat First Half

The EV market has made tremendous strides throughout the course of 2020. New electric offerings have hit showrooms and new EV brands have emerged with plans to launch all-electric models in the coming year. While EVs have made major progress,…

Rivian R1T Tops List of Most Anticipated Electric Trucks

It’s been highly speculated whether or not truck shoppers would generate enough interest in all-electric pickups to give them staying power on the market. However, recent interest spikes show that upcoming electric models have gained genuine anticipation with consumers. A…

Staff Shortages Continue Delaying Inventories

OEMs have started the process of resuming operations at plants as they were pre-pandemic. While many employees have returned, most factories are still lacking key personnel. This creates extremely difficult challenges for automakers as they try to keep up with…
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Major announcement Tuesday by General Motors focuses on EV development

On Tuesday, Oct 20, General Motors held a virtual media event to announce a multi-billion-dollar investment into six of their manufacturing facilities. At the heart of the announcement is a transition for the Spring Hill, TN assembly plant to begin…
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PA car dealer David Kelleher on reacting quickly to stay ahead of COVID-19

Dealers across the nation have dealt with highs and lows in their daily operations since the start of the pandemic. The pandemic has truly had an effect industry-wide. Today, we’re checking in with David Kelleher, President of David Auto Group,…
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How dealers can successfully generate revenue from connected services

Capgemini just released a new Connected Car Trend Radar Report which explores how OEMs can make the most of their connected services in terms of monetization. Daniel Davenport, senior director of North American automotive for Capgemini, is here to discuss…
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Tips for effective vehicle merchandising and marketing – Part 2

Customers Don't Always Come Through the Front Door As discussed in part one, the virtual showroom may seem similar to the brick-and-mortar store, but there's no single entry that you can control. Links that drive the person to the site…
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Increase dealership sales by eliminating time-consuming recon tasks – Gage and Hugh Hathcock, ReconVelocity

Today on CBT News, we’re happy to welcome back Hugh Hathcock, Owner of ReconVelocity, and Gage Hathcock, Partner at ReconVelocity. COVID-19 has brought a strong focus on used vehicles for dealers who are struggling with new-vehicle inventory. This has only…

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,…