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Women in automotive: has gender equality improved? — The Dream Team | Courtesy Automotive Group
Five female finance directors of Courtesy Automotive Group, also known as “The Dream Team,” are breaking traditional gender barriers and contributing to their business’s success. On this episode of Inside Automotive, host Jim Fitzpatrick is joined by Misty Peckins, finance director of Courtesy Kia Mesa, Dana Miller, finance director of Courtesy Volvo Cars of Scottsdale, Sofia Fausette, finance director of Courtesy Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM Superstition Springs, Dora Herrmann, finance director of Courtesy Chevrolet and Clarissa Martinez, finance director of Courtesy Chevrolet San Diego. The team shares their journey through the automotive industry and offers their perspectives on what the car business can do to attract and retain more women. Watch the full segment here

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Toyota, global outputAs pandemic-related supply disruptions continued to subside, Toyota reported its global output surged 35% from May 2022 to a record of 947,874 vehicles, while sales increased by 11%. On June 29, the Japanese automaker noted that production of vehicles bearing the Toyota and Lexus brands reached 847,000 units, which is roughly in line with the company’s initial forecast. Read More

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A bill modernizing how Floridians buy state vehicles would be a change that could save residents enormous sums of money and increase the number of electric vehicles on its roads. The bill, SB284, was sponsored by a Republican and approved by almost all of the Republicans in the assembly. Additionally, the Florida Natural Gas Association and the Sierra Club, two frequently at odds organizations, both supported it. Read More

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As part of the NYC Kids RISE Save for College initiative, the Koeppel Auto Group established a community scholarship program for students at P.S. 148Q, the Ruby G. Allen School in East Elmhurst, Queens, New York. Every new vehicle purchased at any of Koeppel’s five Queens locations, ranging from Long Island City to Jackson Heights on Northern Blvd., will result in a $20 donation. Read More

For Dealers 

Ignite and sustain employee motivation to gain a competitive edge
In the dynamic and compe­titive world of car dealerships, e­mployee motivation serve­s as the driving force behind achie­ving success. For managers, your pivotal role lie­s in steering your team toward the­ir goals. This article offers valuable insights into igniting and sustaining your te­am’s motivation while navigating the challenging te­rrain of the auto sales industry. Read More

AI-powered customer service: elevating dealership experiences
We are certain you’ve heard many stories about artificial intelligence in the last year. Artificial intelligence can be an effective tool for marketing, writing, content creation, and customer service. In many ways, customer service is an area where artificial intelligence is able to take some of the load off your dealership team, but how do you apply it? Let’s take a look at the capabilities of artificial intelligence and how it might work for your stores. Read More

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