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US Soccer Agrees To Standardized Pay

US Soccer Agrees To Standardized Pay

We wonder how much the two teams banding together influenced this outcome?

US Consumers Are Surpassing Financial Obligations

US Consumers Are Surpassing Financial Obligations

Paying off a loan early is like mailing your future self money.

Illinois Issues Temporary Block On Carvana

Illinois Issues Temporary Block On Carvana

You know what should fix up these title delays pretty quickly? Buying ADESA US…

Toyota Experiments With Heavy-Duty Hydrogen Tech

Toyota Experiments With Heavy-Duty Hydrogen Tech

After the last few months we aren’t sure any one power source is the whole picture for the future. Wouldn’t be surprised if they just started adding pedals at some point.

Hackers Develop Bluetooth Hijacking

Hackers Develop Bluetooth Hijacking

We’re just going to add Bluetooth to the list of things we mostly leave off. Right next to ringtones.

Electricity Costs Are Closing A Gap Between ICE And EV.

Electricity Costs Are Closing A Gap Between ICE And EV.

Electricity costs are still very much tied to fuel costs. If fuel costs are balanced, will consumers stick with the EV experience?

Cadillac Attracts New Consumers

Cadillac Attracts New Consumers

The Cadillac EV is popular with people out west, young folks, and fans of musiq.

Stellantis Reverses Supplier Terms

Stellantis Reverses Supplier Terms

Stellantis profits were up 12% for Q1 this year and suppliers think they can pay full price with all that walkin’ around money.

US Military Explores Metaverse Training

US Military Explores Metaverse Training

Military interest basically gave us the interstate and the internet. Chances are this is the beginning of big movements for Metaverse tech.

How Many Sports Teams Could Elon Musk Buy?

How Many Sports Teams Could Elon Musk Buy?

How many sports teams could Elon Musk buy? Zero, he only has “stock options.”

Market Research Finds Americans Prefer Dealerships

Market Research Finds Americans Prefer Dealerships

Consumers value the experience dealers offer and aren’t going anywhere, which means dealers are free to focus on the experience they are offering. #TheCircleOfLife or something.

Mask Mandates Return to Many Detroit Auto Plants

Mask Mandates Return to Many Detroit Auto Plants

If it’s good enough for air travel…er, scratch that. We just work here.

Hyundai And Kia Climb The EV Ranks

Hyundai And Kia Climb The EV Ranks

So you’re saying the company that has been selling EVs the 2nd longest is the 2nd best at it? Somebody write that down, it seems important.

JetBlue Goes Hostile

JetBlue Goes Hostile

You may be having a rough day, but you’ll probably never have a “an airplane company is mad at me” level rough day. So that’s nice.

Disney's Schedule For The MCU Leaked

Disney's Schedule For The MCU Leaked

People who leak schedules > people who leak spoilers

Mercedes-Benz Issues "Do Not Drive" Recall

Mercedes-Benz Issues "Do Not Drive" Recall

Service Departments everywhere getting ready to play the hero: “Hold my wrench.”

GM Makes A Deal With Plant Workers

GM Makes A Deal With Plant Workers

Drawing a big circle around the industry requires acknowledging that without automotive manufacturers, there is no automotive retail. Supporting your people is key from Mom and Pop shops up to multinational corporations!

Uber Starts Robo Food Delivery

Uber Starts Robo Food Delivery

Delivery driver traffic is down by 84%, robot robbery is up 400%. Cue Terminator 2 soundtrack

Musk’s Twitter Deal Placed “On Hold”

Musk’s Twitter Deal Placed “On Hold”

If Elon REALLY wanted to get rid of Spam, he should've bought Hormel Food Corporation.

David Long and Acquisition Channels

David Long and Acquisition Channels

The best sales strategy in the world doesn't work if you have no cars, yall.

Rivian's Q1 Up and Down

Rivian's Q1 Up and Down

Rivian is sitting on 90K preorders and working on a massive new factory in Georgia. What are billions of dollars in losses when you got a plan?

Volkswagen Eyes 10% of US Market Share

Volkswagen Eyes 10% of US Market Share

Ever putting on a master class in brand development, VW moving a model out on its own as a brand definitely feels like a “Shots Fired” moment!

Google Drops Headphone Port, Apple Switches To USB-C

Google Drops Headphone Port, Apple Switches To USB-C

Google learned what customers will tolerate. Apple learned what customers want.

The Metaverse: The Next Frontier in Retail Automotive

The Metaverse: The Next Frontier in Retail Automotive

"Oh great another new thing to learn, why can't we just do things the old way?" -Closed-minded folks back when the printing press came around.

Investment Leader Trims Tesla Holdings

Investment Leader Trims Tesla Holdings

This feels like a sign Tesla’s EV superiority is on a timeline while GM’s lead robotaxi position is on its way up.

Carvana Lays Off 2,500 Workers

Carvana Lays Off 2,500 Workers

There are already people in the retail automotive space ready to hire people facing this disruption.

Toyota Announces Expected Cut To Yearly Profits

Toyota Announces Expected Cut To Yearly Profits

It would seem they would lose a lot more profit if they passed the full cost increase down the line pricing customers out of buying. This transparent adjustment of expectations seems like a valuable move in the long term sense. What do you think?

What Is Happening To Crypto Prices?

What Is Happening To Crypto Prices?

What is that old saying? — “You can’t have your cake and exchange it for a slightly more valuable cake too.” ???

PS5 Shortages May Be Coming To An End Soon

PS5 Shortages May Be Coming To An End Soon

Parent gamers everywhere are like — “Yay! a new way to watch Disney+!”

How to build incredible value into your vendor/dealer partnerships.

How to build incredible value into your vendor/dealer partnerships.

Pushback Proverb — Actually, the best way to eat an elephant is to bring friends.

EV Registrations Up 60%

EV Registrations Up 60%

High gas prices + new/used car supply issues + tax incentives + climate anxiety = consumers are trying new options

Ford Sells 8 Million Shares of Rivian

Ford Sells 8 Million Shares of Rivian

Ford also launched their EV truck 5 seconds ago, so maybe they don't like Rivian's pace anymore.

Japan Moves Towards a Web3 Future

Japan Moves Towards a Web3 Future

Metaverse tourism: coming to a cherry blossom festival near you

Apple Discontinues Last iPod Model

Apple Discontinues Last iPod Model

#RIPiPod — ASOTU cares about how this loss feels. Tell us about your favorite music and we will listen to it on our smartphones since nobody has really used an iPod in 10 years.

Tackling TikTok With Jodi Porter

Tackling TikTok With Jodi Porter

New viral TikTok trend — It’s like pet adoption ads but for cars. Leave Sarah McLachlan out of it though…

Advancing Searchability Strategies  with Troy Spring

Advancing Searchability Strategies with Troy Spring

Sometimes when you search for something, you want to find it…ok fine, all the time.

Used Car Prices Easing

Used Car Prices Easing

It would stand to reason good news for consumers looking to buy is good news for dealers looking to sell.

Battery Maker Eyes New Plant In US

Battery Maker Eyes New Plant In US

It’s a tough choice, SC has the ocean, but KY has *Googles*... 95% of the world's bourbon production…hmm.

Three Dimensional NFTs Are Coming

Three Dimensional NFTs Are Coming

Spoiler Alert: Turns out the Bored Apes are bored because NFTV has one channel: infomercials.

US Economy Adds More Jobs in April

US Economy Adds More Jobs in April

Yes, this is good news, but the unemployment rate stayed the same. So were jobs created or just…wiggled?

ATUC Ep 51 Preparing for the Hurricane Warning

ATUC Ep 51 Preparing for the Hurricane Warning

Based on the last two years, we doubt even a literal hurricane could make retail automotive take a long weekend.

Rising Interest Rates Drive Higher Auto Loans Payments

Rising Interest Rates Drive Higher Auto Loans Payments

Look for other areas to help your customers save money and let them know that you understand that they're being stretched really thin. -Paul J Daly

Nikola Has Impressive First Quarter

Nikola Has Impressive First Quarter

Dad Joke Incoming — Now that’s a startup who knows how to deliver.

Volkswagen Group Invests In Spain

Volkswagen Group Invests In Spain

OEMs are making major moves towards these 2030 EV goals. We wonder how those who wait until 2029 to adapt will make out.

TikTok Begins Revenue Sharing

TikTok Begins Revenue Sharing

Great! Another platform, another chance for “Cooking with Paul and Kyle” to hit it big!

Binance Joins Musk's Twitter Takeover

Binance Joins Musk's Twitter Takeover

Well, Elon obviously believes in crypto, but we guess this means crypto believes in Elon?

Cryptocurrency Use Is Becoming More Common Among Dealers

Cryptocurrency Use Is Becoming More Common Among Dealers

List of fast things — Light, Crypto transactions, toddlers with something in their mouth they should not have.

Georgia Offers Rivian Big Incentive Deal

Georgia Offers Rivian Big Incentive Deal

Tax breaks and incentives don't an economy make, but they go a long way.

Porsche Leads EV Battery Startup Investment

Porsche Leads EV Battery Startup Investment

Group14— “How much are you willing to pay for dibs?” Porsche: “yes.”

Ongoing Cyber Attack Steals Trillions

Ongoing Cyber Attack Steals Trillions

At this rate, hackers will start stealing things before the original creators even have the idea to make them.

Doctor Strange Expects $300M Global Opening

Doctor Strange Expects $300M Global Opening

Benjamin Cucumberpatch is cool, but we’re rooting for Wanda.

Toyota EV Tax Credit Nears End

Toyota EV Tax Credit Nears End

Take away for Auto Dealers — It’s good to pay attention to the air war, but you will always win or lose based on the ground game YOU control.

Vehicle Deliveries For April Drop

Vehicle Deliveries For April Drop

“[OEMs] have not failed, they just found another way to not [adapt to supply chain disruptions.]” - Thomas A. Edison (Modern interpretation)

India's Hydrogen Policy Draws Companies

India's Hydrogen Policy Draws Companies

Rocks Vs. Sticks, DVDs Vs. Blu Ray, Hydrogen VS Lithium, etc

Account-To-Account Fintech Startup Raises $65M

Account-To-Account Fintech Startup Raises $65M

You’ve got crypto trying to decentralize finance, centralized finance trying to adapt to crypto, and now Fintech startups trying to decentralize centralized currency. Wild world.

Facebook Shutting Down Podcast Offerings

Facebook Shutting Down Podcast Offerings

Finally, Facebook is going to focus on what really matters like staying in touch with grandmothers, liking pictures of people’s dinner, and some third thing we are definitely sure exists.

Toyota Teams Up To Protect Pollinators

Toyota Teams Up To Protect Pollinators

Gets stung by a bee — “Ouch, thanks, Toyota…” Adds honey to tea— “yay, thanks, Toyota!”

Apollo Rescues Carvana Adesa Deal

Apollo Rescues Carvana Adesa Deal

Apollo also got Carvana’s cat out of a tree and helped them put sunscreen on that spot between their shoulder blades.

US To Boost Battery Production

US To Boost Battery Production

Consumers are interested in EVs. OEMs are interested in EVs. The government is interested in EVs. If anybody is hoping this would just disappear, it ain't!

Stellantis Invests $2.8B in Canada

Stellantis Invests $2.8B in Canada

Truth be told, it's a little weird Canada isn’t already packed full of electric Jeeps. They just seem right for one another.

Google Offers $100K in Training to US Businesses

Google Offers $100K in Training to US Businesses

A lot of sons-in-law (AKA family IT guys) just breathed a sigh of relief.

Universal to Release Movies to Streaming Service

Universal to Release Movies to Streaming Service

The movie theater industry is figuring out in-person vs online as a business model. If only there were another industry where we've seen great strides in that regard... 🤔

All Things Used Cars Ep. 50 "Are you ready for a changing market?"

All Things Used Cars Ep. 50 "Are you ready for a changing market?"

Riddle — “How do you read a consumer’s mind?” Cars.com: “ask em?”

FTC Announces Data Security Rules For Dealers

FTC Announces Data Security Rules For Dealers

Calling all lawyers-turned-tech-development vendors, Pitch Tank is about to be LITIGIOUS…

Tesla Recalls 48K Vehicles

Tesla Recalls 48K Vehicles

Let's just add ethernet cables to charging stations. Two for one.

Virtual Nikes Sell For $130K

Virtual Nikes Sell For $130K

+14 Metaverse running speed unlocked

Airbnb Announces WFH Support

Airbnb Announces WFH Support

Airbnb: Working from (somebody’s) home friendly.

Nintendo Switch Sports is Pretty Good

Nintendo Switch Sports is Pretty Good

The summer after Wii Golf was released was the closest to world peace we have ever been as a species.

LIFO Tax Relief Gains Support

LIFO Tax Relief Gains Support

Maybe deferring tax payments will have the same effect on the supply chain issues as deferring rent has on water heater repairs?

Ford's Q1 Moves

Ford's Q1 Moves

Remember a few weeks ago when Ford said “Nah, we aren’t splitting our business?”

Nissan's Japanese Output Plunges

Nissan's Japanese Output Plunges

The line between disrupting existing production and launching new products is an interesting one. Where would you fall?

Amazon Launches Starlink Competition

Amazon Launches Starlink Competition

Un-imaginative Competition 101 — “People are paying that guy for spaceships and satellites…I need to get some spaceships and satellites.”

OneFootball Raises $300M

OneFootball Raises $300M

Soccer is basically a global language. We wonder how this partnership will paint future perspectives of digital assets?

Parts And Service Recover

Parts And Service Recover

“Nothing is certain but death and taxes (and also oil changes)”

GM to Tie Executive Compensation to EV Targets

GM to Tie Executive Compensation to EV Targets

Coming soon to GM dealers — Now announcing our “Get cool with EVs in a hurry, please” program.

Saudi Government Orders 100,000 Vehicles From Lucid

Saudi Government Orders 100,000 Vehicles From Lucid

Lucid: Number one EV choice for people who are invested in Lucid.

Fort Worth Becomes First US City to Mine Bitcoin

Fort Worth Becomes First US City to Mine Bitcoin

Crypto mining requires cheap energy and space. Texas has both.

Google Earnings Dip, Signaling Online-Ad Woes

Google Earnings Dip, Signaling Online-Ad Woes

Now hiring: Dealership TikTok dance coordinator…

Super Mario Bros. Movie Delayed

Super Mario Bros. Movie Delayed

Mario is a doctor, go-kart racer, tennis player, dragon slayer, and devoted husband. Maybe he just has too much on his plate to also become a movie star?

Detroit Auto Show Set For September

Detroit Auto Show Set For September

Circles Dates With Pencil - Saves Room For ASOTU Event

Ford To Increase F-150 Lightning Production

Ford To Increase F-150 Lightning Production

Most EVs feel like leaving what is normal, the F-150 is about as normal as American vehicles get.

Corvette Goes Electric

Corvette Goes Electric

Theory — The new electric Corvette will slightly recharge every time somebody stops to watch it pass.

Meta Opens Retail Shop

Meta Opens Retail Shop

Is Mark Z just really hoping people get headsets in time for his metaverse birthday party?

Fidelity Investments To Allow Bitcoin

Fidelity Investments To Allow Bitcoin

Overheard — “If I retire right now I can live on my savings for 30 years, now 10 years, now 41 years, now 3 years”

Marketing to Millennials: What Do You Need to Know

Marketing to Millennials: What Do You Need to Know

Rita Proctor looked into the secrets of marketing to the "Experience Generation" and found the name to be apt, to say the least.

Nissan Shared Slump 5%

Nissan Shared Slump 5%

Nissan said they would buy some of whatever Renault sells off, so now they will do so for a lower cost.

The New York Auto Show

The New York Auto Show

Are auto shows like these a glimpse of the EV showrooms of the future?

Toyota and Nissan Enter The Metaverse

Toyota and Nissan Enter The Metaverse

Brian Kramer was there to welcome them to the metaverse with orange slices and root beer.

Robotaxis Come To Chinese Cities

Robotaxis Come To Chinese Cities

How many robotaxis does it take to shrink the biggest auto market in the world? Asking for a friend.

Rare NFT Sells for over $1M

Rare NFT Sells for over $1M

Sometimes NFTs are fun pictures on the internet and sometimes they are the admission fee for joining an elite collective of movers and shakers. Just like baseball cards.

Musk To Buy Twitter

Musk To Buy Twitter

Starlink internet: Now with an extra helping of free speech.

Perfecting Your Appraisal Process

Perfecting Your Appraisal Process

Big takeaway — Don’t call anything “instant” if you hope to communicate quality. Also, don’t call anything “instant” that takes 24 hours to complete.

Texas Accuses Vroom of Deceptive Trade Practices

Texas Accuses Vroom of Deceptive Trade Practices

Who’da thunk selling somebody a car included giving them the paperwork needed to actually OWN the car?

Renault  Considers Splitting ICE and EV Business

Renault Considers Splitting ICE and EV Business

Sitcom plot translation — EV and ICE are growing up. It’s time they ditch their bunk beds and have their own rooms.

Amazon Expands Prime Service

Amazon Expands Prime Service

Logistics aside, science has proven that 98% of people cancel their online orders rather than go ALL THE WAY to the next room to find their credit card and type in the number. (Source: Personal experience)

Times Square Black Out

Times Square Black Out

It is also an accurate representation of the energy Paul and Kyle expend in 4.8 seconds.

Snap and Disney Create Virtual Mural

Snap and Disney Create Virtual Mural

People 5000 years ago: *Created pyramids that are still standing today* — People today: “Y’all wanna cover this castle in frog memes?”

The Psychology of Why Carmax is a Vacuum for Acquiring Used Vehicles

The Psychology of Why Carmax is a Vacuum for Acquiring Used Vehicles

Brian Kramer takes a look at the human aspect behind used car appraisals.

Carvana Reports Larger Than Expected Q1 Losses

Carvana Reports Larger Than Expected Q1 Losses

Dealers are trying to add the right amount of online presence to their operations. Will Carvana look to add a little more physical presence to its operations?

COX Automotive Take-Aways From Q1 2022

COX Automotive Take-Aways From Q1 2022

No two markets are the same, but if you look the whole country as one huge market, some things stand out.