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Steve Finlay

Senior Editor,

Editor of WardsAuto Dealer Business magazine, Steve writes about automobile dealers and retail practices.

Auto Industry Developing Safety Systems to Protect Sleepers
In the event of an accident, how will the auto industry protect autonomous vehicle occupants who instead of driving are taking naps or otherwise resting in various positions.
Auto Interior Challenges: Less Weight, More Filling, Reduced Costs
Conference panelists discuss the delicate balances suppliers face today.
Car Dealers Realizing Change Not an Option
In a WardsAuto Q&A, Reynolds & Reynold executives tell what it takes to succeed in auto retailing these days.
Why Dealerships Bustle on Memorial Day Weekend
“It makes sense to buy a car around then, if you are in the market,” Drive Motors’ Aaron Krane says of the long holiday weekend.
’18 Toyota Camry Interior Gets Delightfully Daring
An artistic approach, an eye to detail, high levels of functionality and onboard technology aplenty land the Camry on the 2018 Wards 10 Best Interiors list.
Study: Alt-Loan Crowd Carries Risks, But Not Boatload
TransUnion says many alternative-loan consumers perform well when they transition to traditional financing, including auto loans.
Time Is of Essence in Dealership F&I Offices
One way to streamline sessions in the F&I office is to electronically provide the business manager with data garnered from a car shopper’s digital activities.
Boutique Car Dealerships Coming Soon? 1
“In the future we may see dealerships with smaller footprints,” says Jim Hoostal of Interbrand.
Auto Consumers Like Leather, From Basic Black to Screaming Green 3
Katzkin CEO Tim Clyde acknowledges he personally “wouldn’t necessarily” go for an entire seat swathed in, say, electric lime. “But touches of it look distinctive.”
ELS Studio 3D Sounds Like Good Idea for Acura RDX
“It brings the quality of a recording studio into the vehicle,” says Panasonic’s Tom Dunn.
New App Lets Car Dealers Create Fast, Content-Rich Listings
By shooting a series of walk-around photos, Manheim Express users can post a vehicle in 360-degree imagery.
Company Goes from Cookies (the Edible Ones) to Computer Technology
In a Q&A with WardsAuto, Bill Wittenmyer of ELEAD1ONE discusses how far he thinks online car buying will go; talks about the irony of customers supposedly disdaining price negotiating; and polishes his crystal ball for a few predictions on car dealerships of the future.
Waves of Off-Lease Vehicles Keep Coming, But Now They’re Different
As batches of formerly leased CUVs, SUVs and pickups descend on the used-vehicle market, they will threaten new-car segments, says Cox Automotive’s senior economist.
New CX Conference Joins 14th Annual TLS Event
“We launched the Auto CX Analytics & AI Summit based on feedback from delegates at the Automotive CX Summit,” says Jon Munzel, founder and president of the Thought Leadership Summits.
New Product Aims to Help Car Dealers Get More Clicks on Their Own
CarGurus' senior director-product, draws distinctions when asked if a new product, SEM Plus, isn’t competing against the company that offers it.
Market Intel
Jan 1, 2018

2018 Commercial Vehicle Report  

A thorough examination on the state of the U.S. commercial vehicle market, highlighting risks and opportunities for industry players....More
Sep 18, 2017

Commercial Vehicle Utilization Report  

Commercial Vehicle Brand Utilization Report provides analysis of available data to spot risks and opportunities and help guide business strategy and investment....More
Jun 30, 2017

2017 U.S. Light-Vehicle Equipment Report  

Data and analysis covering five years of equipment take rates for powertrain, ADAS, safety and other major features....More
Market Analysis
Jul 18, 2019

North America Production, June 2019  

North America production by country, vehicle type, and manufacturer; by manufacturer, model line, and country; by manufacturer and platform; by manufacturer and plant; and by manufacturer and segment group for June 2019....More
Jul 18, 2019

WardsAuto 2019 Dealer F&I 150  

U.S. top 150 dealerships ranked by F&l revenue for 2019. Includes dealership name, owner, city, state, new vehicle units, used vehicle units, total revenue, and finance and insurance revenue....More
Jul 18, 2019

WardsAuto 2019 Dealer Service 150  

U.S. top 150 dealerships ranked by service revenue for 2019. Includes dealership name, owner, city, state, Service revenue, Body Shop revenue, Parts & Accessories Revenue, and Total Fixed Operations revenue....More
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