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The Automotive Troublemaker w/ Paul J Daly and Kyle Mountsier is a regular weekday show where progressive Automotive Dealers and industry partners aren’t afraid to make some trouble by pushing back on many popular, but failing, beliefs that persist in the Retail Automotive Industry. Beliefs that are degrading both the customer experience and the future of retail Auto Dealers. Paul and Kyle give their fresh take on industry news, technology, culture, and retail while trying not to have too much fun.

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It Wasn’t Amazon Who Bought that 244k Cybertruck

It Wasn’t Amazon Who Bought that 244k Cybertruck

The Automotive Troublemaker
March 1, 2024

It’s the first day of March and we’re talking about Dealer concern over the growing Amazon-Hyundai partnership. We’re also discussing new entrant EV makers Fisker and Polestar’s current state, as well as getting to the bottom of who paid 244k for a used Cybertruck. 

Apparently Car Shoppers Care About This, ICE Green Winner, Surge Burger

Apparently Car Shoppers Care About This, ICE Green Winner, Surge Burger

The Automotive Troublemaker
February 29, 2024

We’re going to make the most of this bonus leap-year day as we talk about something that impacts the car shopping process most. We also cover the undisputed most efficient vehicle, as well as the potentially undisputed fastest EV.

AppleCar Sendoff, BYD Ditches US Market, Market Pricing

AppleCar Sendoff, BYD Ditches US Market, Market Pricing

The Automotive Troublemaker
February 28, 2024

Big shifts are everywhere on this day before the leap year day as Apple cuts the bait on the AppleCar, BYD has announced they will not be pursuing the US market, and Jag-Land Rover are ditching their agency model plans. 

Loyalty is BACK, Toyota Engine Captures Carbon, Small Biz Owners

Loyalty is BACK, Toyota Engine Captures Carbon, Small Biz Owners

The Automotive Troublemaker
February 27, 2024

It's Tuesday and we’re talking about customer loyalty coming back according to a new market study. We’re also covering a Toyota engine that actually captures carbon, as well as the resilience of Small Business Owner Optimism. 

Extinction-Level Event, Craigslist Markup, Get A Free Donut

Extinction-Level Event, Craigslist Markup, Get A Free Donut

The Automotive Troublemaker
February 26, 2024

It’s a fine Monday on this final week of February as we talk about the efforts to stave off a massive wave of potentially industry-killing EVs. We also get back to the new car markup debate on a new Lexus, as well as a sweet move to ease connectivity frustrations. 

How To Manage A Chaotic Saturday at the Dealership, According To Disney

How To Manage A Chaotic Saturday at the Dealership, According To Disney

The Automotive Troublemaker
February 24, 2024

Kyle Mountsier is home from vacation, after spending a week at Disney with his family. And of course, he has some takeaways.

VinFasts Optimism, 40k Toyota Incentive, Dealer-Governor in WV?

VinFasts Optimism, 40k Toyota Incentive, Dealer-Governor in WV?

The Automotive Troublemaker
February 23, 2024

It’s Friiiiday and we have guest host Daniel Govaer to talk about the optimism of VinFast despite Q4 losses, 40k on the hood of one Toyota, and the potential to have a Dealer - Governor in West Virginia.

UAW Cracks Piggy Bank, Rivian Layoffs, Delta Deploys Porsche 911s

UAW Cracks Piggy Bank, Rivian Layoffs, Delta Deploys Porsche 911s

The Automotive Troublemaker
February 22, 2024

It’s Thursday and we have guest host Steve Greenfield again to talk about the UAW’s stated intention to invest big in organizing new plants. We also cover Rivian’s sales predictions and layoffs as well as the most exciting layover transfers ever.

Guest Host Todd Caputo, Ford Slashes Mach-E Prices, Standalone Used

Guest Host Todd Caputo, Ford Slashes Mach-E Prices, Standalone Used

The Automotive Troublemaker
February 21, 2024

Today we welcome special guest host Todd Caputo to talk about the resilience of physical standalone used car models as well as some big price adjustments from Ford on their Mach E

A Little Less Electric, Triple Incentives, The End of Free Shipping

A Little Less Electric, Triple Incentives, The End of Free Shipping

The Automotive Troublemaker
February 20, 2024

We’re rolling into Tuesday as guest host Steve Greenfield joins Paul to discuss relaxing government requirements on EVs. We also dig a little more into the broader EV numbers, as well as the potential end of the free shipping era.

IRS EV Tax Credit Rollercoaster, Deez Benz Prices, Recycling Run-Back

IRS EV Tax Credit Rollercoaster, Deez Benz Prices, Recycling Run-Back

The Automotive Troublemaker
February 19, 2024

It's President's Day, we have guest host Daniel Govaer and the Auto Industry is feeling patriotic as we discuss the rocky start for EV tax credit transfers, Mercedes-Benz's strategy navigating luxury and mainstream markets, and the harsh truths about plastic recycling.

A 2025 Corvette E-Ray Helped This Dealer Support Toys for Tots

A 2025 Corvette E-Ray Helped This Dealer Support Toys for Tots

The Automotive Troublemaker
February 17, 2024

As is our Saturday tradition, writers Chris Reeves and Kristi Canada join the show to talk about the shinier things in the auto industry, the people!

ASOTU CON Speaker On Fallon, CARS Big Insights, Farley on Ford

ASOTU CON Speaker On Fallon, CARS Big Insights, Farley on Ford

The Automotive Troublemaker
February 16, 2024

We’re screaming toward the end of another great week in auto as we talk about a great new insights report from our friends at CARS Commerce. We also talk about Jim Farley’s rather direct comments about Ford, as well as an ASOTU CON Speaker who was recently featured on the Jimmy Fallon Show.

BYD’s Strategic Move, Advanced EV Tax Credits, Returning Vision Pro

BYD’s Strategic Move, Advanced EV Tax Credits, Returning Vision Pro

The Automotive Troublemaker
February 15, 2024

It’s Thursday and we’re talking about Ford’s comments on BYD’s strategic move to North America. We also cover the IRS’ issuance of advanced tax credits as well as Apple fans returning their VisionPro headsets. 

GM To The Middle, World’s’ Largest Superchargers, Radio Flyer Innovates

GM To The Middle, World’s’ Largest Superchargers, Radio Flyer Innovates

The Automotive Troublemaker
February 14, 2024

Welcome to Wednesday as we talk about what GM talked about in their private NADA meeting. We also spill the details on the world's largest Supercharger station, as well as a new retail experience from iconic Radio Flyer.

Ad Spend Well Spent, Decline In Reliability, Fisker’s Quality Issues

Ad Spend Well Spent, Decline In Reliability, Fisker’s Quality Issues

The Automotive Troublemaker
February 13, 2024

We’re rolling into Tuesday talking about some impressive ad results for some automakers after the big game. We’re also talking about JD Power’s latest report showing a dip in quality as well as Fisker’s specific quality challenges. 

Used EV Pricing, Rivian’s Pricing Adjustments, A Waymo on Fire

Used EV Pricing, Rivian’s Pricing Adjustments, A Waymo on Fire

The Automotive Troublemaker
February 12, 2024

It’s Monday and now that the Superbowl is over, we can get back to the real game! Today we are talking about more shifting dynamics in both the new and used EV segments. We also talk about a rather fiery incident involving a Waymo vehicle in San Francisco. 

Why Time Dealer of the Year Rita Case Is So Into Hats And Caring For Her Community

Why Time Dealer of the Year Rita Case Is So Into Hats And Caring For Her Community

The Automotive Troublemaker
February 10, 2024

It's the first Saturday after the 2024 NADA Show and we're catching up with writers Chris Reeves and Kristi Canada about post-NADA self care.

Reacting to Super Bowl Commercials, Toyota’s Record, CEO Optimism

Reacting to Super Bowl Commercials, Toyota’s Record, CEO Optimism

The Automotive Troublemaker
February 9, 2024

It’s a fun Friday as Paul and Kyle react to Super Bowl car commercials. We also talk about Toyota’s record stock price, as well as a CEO survey reflecting a modest return to optimism. 

Fords Profit Sandbag, Potential Tesla Layoffs, Dealers $2M Superbowl Bet

Fords Profit Sandbag, Potential Tesla Layoffs, Dealers $2M Superbowl Bet

The Automotive Troublemaker
February 8, 2024

It’s just a few days to the big game but the plays are already being called as Ford discusses its profits and strategies to keep them where they are. We also talk about potential layoffs at Tesla, as well as a $2M bet with customers from one Kansas Dealership. 

OEM Meeting Notes, Drivers Switch Brands, Southwest Crams

OEM Meeting Notes, Drivers Switch Brands, Southwest Crams

The Automotive Troublemaker
February 7, 2024

Welcome to Wednesday as we give the inside scoop on OEM meetings at NADA. We also talk about EV drivers willing to jump brands for better connectivity as well as Southwest making seats thinner to pack in more passengers.

Recall Rodeo, Polestar Pitched, Deepfake Millions

Recall Rodeo, Polestar Pitched, Deepfake Millions

The Automotive Troublemaker
February 6, 2024

The ASOTU Crew is back in the saddle after an inspiring week at NADA. Today we’re talking about the variety of recalls across multiple manufacturers. We’re also covering Hertz’s parting of ways with Polestar, as well as an impressive and sobering deepfake scam

Friday Morning at the 2024 NADA Show

Friday Morning at the 2024 NADA Show

The Automotive Troublemaker
February 2, 2024

We're kicking off the Expo Hall Opening Ceremony at the 2024 NADA Show!

Live with CarDealershipGuy at the 2024 NADA Show

Live with CarDealershipGuy at the 2024 NADA Show

The Automotive Troublemaker
February 2, 2024

We tracked down Yossi J Levi, the face behind the viral Car Dealership Guy brand.

NADA Show is Here, Fisker Picks Mills, Dealers Concerns Raised

NADA Show is Here, Fisker Picks Mills, Dealers Concerns Raised

The Automotive Troublemaker
February 1, 2024

All the anticipation. All the preparation. We are finally here at NADA Show opening day. Team ASOTU will be rolling in full force. Join us at the NADA Live Stage at 3:15p for a presentation about the More Than Cars docuseries. Today we take a look at Fisker’s signing day with Damien Mills and concerns dealers may be raising as they head into NADA Show. Let’s GO!

GM Rethinks EV, Elon’s Pay Plan Drama, Is Shoppable TV Real

GM Rethinks EV, Elon’s Pay Plan Drama, Is Shoppable TV Real

The Automotive Troublemaker
January 31, 2024

It’s wheels up to NADA Wednesday! Today, we’re covering GM reintroducing PHEVs to its US lineup, how Elon’s $55B Tesla pay plan could be in danger and if Amazon Prime Video ads will bring about the shoppable TV.

GM and Toyota Smiling, 99 Year Partnership, Gen Z Burrito Builders

GM and Toyota Smiling, 99 Year Partnership, Gen Z Burrito Builders

The Automotive Troublemaker
January 30, 2024

Things are looking up this Tuesday as GM and Toyota are doing the Q4 reporting dance. We also talk about a VERY long standing partnership that is going electric, as well as an attentive hiring strategy from a company that has delicious burrito strategy. 

Auto-less Super Bowl Teams, Ad Takeover, Consumer Optimism

Auto-less Super Bowl Teams, Ad Takeover, Consumer Optimism

The Automotive Troublemaker
January 29, 2024

Welcome to a big week for the Auto Industry as we head into the NADA Show. But first we’re talking about the new Super Bowl outlook for the industry, a new ad platform on the market, as well as a growing, positive consumer sentiment about the economy. 

What To Expect At The 2024 NADA Show

What To Expect At The 2024 NADA Show

The Automotive Troublemaker
January 27, 2024

Writer Chris Reeves joins the show to talk about our plans at the 2024 NADA Show and what we're most excited about.

Large Companies Losing, Less Lincoln Stores, Fisker Going Franchise

Large Companies Losing, Less Lincoln Stores, Fisker Going Franchise

The Automotive Troublemaker
January 26, 2024

We’ve got that Friday feeling as we take on the morning news in Retail Auto together. 

Tesla’s Drudge, A Brand New Dealer, Lions Before Pickups 

Tesla’s Drudge, A Brand New Dealer, Lions Before Pickups 

The Automotive Troublemaker
January 25, 2024

It’s Thursday and there is a lot more than cars to talk about…but cars too. We break down Teslas earnings report as a key indicator of the EV market. We also welcome a next gen Kentucky Dealer, as well as a much deserved delay of game at one GM plant. 

Vroom Jobs, Black Book for EVs, Tesla and Apple Plans

Vroom Jobs, Black Book for EVs, Tesla and Apple Plans

The Automotive Troublemaker
January 24, 2024

Welcome to Wednesday as we talk about welcoming our new Vroomates into the fold. We also cover a new BlackBook integration of EVs as well as Tesla’s plans for a low cost EV and Apples downgraded plans for its high cost EV.

Vroom Sputters, CX Study Shows Improvement, Tesla’s FSD v 12

Vroom Sputters, CX Study Shows Improvement, Tesla’s FSD v 12

The Automotive Troublemaker
January 23, 2024

It’s Tuesday and there is a lot to discuss as Vroom announced the halt of used vehicle sales just as Cox released a new study on the car buyer's journey. We also talk about Tesla’s latest full self driving version release that is based on neural nets, not human coders.

Insurance Rises, F-150 Lightning Drops, Pentagon Goes Solar

Insurance Rises, F-150 Lightning Drops, Pentagon Goes Solar

The Automotive Troublemaker
January 22, 2024

Welcome to a fresh week in retail auto as we talk about the reason for rising auto insurance rates. We also talk about Ford’s more balanced EV strategy shift, as well as the big solar project underway at the Pentagon.

They Gave Away 10 EVs to auto technician trainers!

They Gave Away 10 EVs to auto technician trainers!

The Automotive Troublemaker
January 20, 2024

Today we share a special More Than Cars moment that we got to witness.

Stellantis Shuffles Leadership, Hyundai Shuffles Wheels, Porsche Shuffles Letters

Stellantis Shuffles Leadership, Hyundai Shuffles Wheels, Porsche Shuffles Letters

The Automotive Troublemaker
January 17, 2024

It’s the middle of the week and we’re excited for another amazing day in the auto industry. Today we’re talking about how Stellantis replaced their North American president, Hyundai’s new steering rig and Porsche’s awkward typo.

Tesla’s Dive, Kia and Uber Drive, Run DMC Cookies

Tesla’s Dive, Kia and Uber Drive, Run DMC Cookies

The Automotive Troublemaker
January 16, 2024

Tuesday is already flying by as we talk about Tesla’s terrible start to 2024. We also review a developing partnership between Kia and Uber, as well as a new-school retail product from and old-school hip-hop artist. 

Stellantis Ghosts Car Shows, More EVs Than ICE for BMW, Meet AX

Stellantis Ghosts Car Shows, More EVs Than ICE for BMW, Meet AX

The Automotive Troublemaker
January 15, 2024

Welcome to another week of opportunity in Retail Auto as we talk about Dealer’s response to the lack of OEM support from Stellanis at car shows. We also talk about BMW’s tipping point for EVs, as well as a new acronym, AX. 

Dealers Bolstering The Front Line of Society

Dealers Bolstering The Front Line of Society

The Automotive Troublemaker
January 13, 2024

Happy Saturday! Today, Chris Reeves and Kristi Canada, the writers of the ASOTU Daily Email, are in the studio to chat about the human side of the business.

Tesla Blowout Sale, Toyoda Is Back On Stage, Walmart’s People First Tech

Tesla Blowout Sale, Toyoda Is Back On Stage, Walmart’s People First Tech

The Automotive Troublemaker
January 12, 2024

It’s Friday, friends and today we’re talking about Hertz’s big move away from EVs. We also talk about Toyota’s move to keep the ICE alive, as well as Walmart’s new tech announcements are all-in on human helpfulness. 

Inventory Highs, VinFast Pickup, Commercial Moonshots

Inventory Highs, VinFast Pickup, Commercial Moonshots

The Automotive Troublemaker
January 11, 2024

It’s a power slide into Thursday as we’re celebrating the highest inventory levels in 3 years. Plus we talk about VinFast’s new pickup and how NASA is going back to the moon with private companies.

Dealers Window Shopping, Honda’s Strong Showing, Snap Snubs Social

Dealers Window Shopping, Honda’s Strong Showing, Snap Snubs Social

The Automotive Troublemaker
January 10, 2024

Welcome to Wednesday as we talk about the positive Dealer outlook toward acquisitions. We also cover Honda and Sony’s strong showing at CES, as well as some direct jabs at social media platforms from Snap’s CEO.

Latest CES Drops, Kia Goes Commercial, Falling Home Prices

Latest CES Drops, Kia Goes Commercial, Falling Home Prices

The Automotive Troublemaker
January 9, 2024

We’re ready for another day of petrol (or electric) powered fun as we talk about the latest auto related drops at CES as well as the falling price of homes in a majority of the top 50 cities in the US.

CES Prepares To Launch, Honda Dropping $14B, Millennials Become Their Parents

CES Prepares To Launch, Honda Dropping $14B, Millennials Become Their Parents

The Automotive Troublemaker
January 8, 2024

This Monday has that ‘new car smell’ as we give a CES preview to start off. We also cover a ginormous investment being mulled by Honda, as well as a Millennial trend that will require more cars.

Flying High and Falling Short: CES Hot Takes, VinFast and Megadeals, Cyber-flop

Flying High and Falling Short: CES Hot Takes, VinFast and Megadeals, Cyber-flop

The Automotive Troublemaker
January 5, 2024

It’s the first Friday of the new year and today we’re talking about Hyundai's bold showcase at CES 2024, VinFast's strategic dealership expansion across the U.S., and the surprising range test results of Tesla's Cybertruck. 

GM’s Gold Medal, Fisker Ditches DTC, Costco’s Accountability 

GM’s Gold Medal, Fisker Ditches DTC, Costco’s Accountability 

The Automotive Troublemaker
January 4, 2024

It’s a great Thursday in Retail Auto as we dig into the top OEM’s of 2023. We also talk about Fisker’s change of heart on the Dealership model as well as Costco’s willingness to embrace accountability.

Kain Joins NCM, VinFast Goes to NC, Calculating EV Battery Ranges 

Kain Joins NCM, VinFast Goes to NC, Calculating EV Battery Ranges 

The Automotive Troublemaker
January 3, 2024

Welcome to the first Wednesday of 2024 as we talk about a merger of the industry’s friendliest company with an educational powerhouse. We also talk about VinFast’s first Dealership as well as the magic behind EV range calculations.

Predictions Galore, Chinese Anxiety, Cybertruck Crash

Predictions Galore, Chinese Anxiety, Cybertruck Crash

The Automotive Troublemaker
January 2, 2024

We’re firing up the new year talking about the last 2 weeks of activity, grading predictions, Chinese EV Conversations, and the Cybertruck’s first accident.

Top 10 Stories of 2023

Top 10 Stories of 2023

The Automotive Troublemaker
December 29, 2023

Today marks our final episode of 2023 and what better way to reflect on this year than to visit the top 10 stories by Automotive News.

An Economist’s View Going into 2024 

An Economist’s View Going into 2024 

The Automotive Troublemaker
December 28, 2023

We know you’re making the most out of the final few days of the year! Today we’re sharing an Economic Outlook panel from Year End Extravaganza featuring Jonathan Smoke, Dr. Alex Yurchenko, and David Spisak.

Recapping True Journalism and Future Forecasting 

Recapping True Journalism and Future Forecasting 

The Automotive Troublemaker
December 27, 2023

With a few days left in the year, we’re excited to see you close out the year strong. Today we’re reacting to a Year End Extravaganza panel on Innovation and Forecasting featuring Jamie Butters, Steve Greenfield, and Daniel Govaer.

Dealers Share Year End Insights

Dealers Share Year End Insights

The Automotive Troublemaker
December 26, 2023

We hope you had a great Christmas! Whether you are taking a little more time off or back in the saddle we recap top insights from dealers across the country.

This Dealer Made It A Season of Giving

This Dealer Made It A Season of Giving

The Automotive Troublemaker
December 23, 2023

Writer Chris Reeves joins the show today to tell us about how Lexus of Serramonte did more than just the bare minimum

IRS and Dealers, Dealer-Smuggler, ASOTU Christmas Gift

IRS and Dealers, Dealer-Smuggler, ASOTU Christmas Gift

The Automotive Troublemaker
December 22, 2023

It’s a special Friday as many get ready for the holiday weekend. Today we talk about a big influx of IRS registrations, a car-smuggling Dealer, and a very special Christmas gift to one of our most committed community members.

The Great Normalization, TomTom Is Back, Shopping Soundtracks

The Great Normalization, TomTom Is Back, Shopping Soundtracks

The Automotive Troublemaker
December 21, 2023

We’re ready for the days to start getting longer as we’re coming in hot this Thursday. Join in as we discuss store profitability returning to a normal state, TomTom gets a foot in the door with future auto tech, and how retailers use music to keep you shopping longer this holiday season.

Bringing Back Buttons, Buick Buyouts, Cybertruck Jr

Bringing Back Buttons, Buick Buyouts, Cybertruck Jr

The Automotive Troublemaker
December 20, 2023

We’re warming up Wednesday as we talk about VW’s move to bring back physical buttons. We also talk about Buick’s buyout offers to Dealers nationwide, as well as a tiny little Cybertruck that you won’t get in time for Christmas.

GPT Sell Car for $1, Pole to Pole EV,Factory Workers Pushing

GPT Sell Car for $1, Pole to Pole EV,Factory Workers Pushing

The Automotive Troublemaker
December 19, 2023

We’re busy putting up our Christmas tree as we’re talking about the end of year push by the UAW and Tesla. We also talk about the first EV ever to go from the North to South Pole, as well as a ChatBot giving cars away on a Dealer site.

Big Sales, Big Funding, Big Ideas

Big Sales, Big Funding, Big Ideas

The Automotive Troublemaker
December 18, 2023

It’s officially Christmas Week and we’re ramping up the holiday spirit as we talk about some of the the ways that big ideas have made their way to the top of the charts. This includes a major acquisition, a feature on our friends at Automotive Ventures, and top rated chef serving dealership customers as the VIPs.

The 12 Moms of Christmas

The 12 Moms of Christmas

The Automotive Troublemaker
December 16, 2023

Writers Chris Reeves and Kristi Canada join the show!

GM’s NewYear’s Layoff, Carvana Touts Same-Day, UPS Paycheck Share

GM’s NewYear’s Layoff, Carvana Touts Same-Day, UPS Paycheck Share

The Automotive Troublemaker
December 15, 2023

It’s Friday and we’re ready to toe the line with Retail Auto as we talk about GM layoffs, Carvana’s expansion of its same-day services, and one UPS driver who shares his paycheck and sparks some second thoughts from commenters.

Huge Tesla Recall, Dealer Valuation Dance, GM Declares CarPlay Unsafe

Huge Tesla Recall, Dealer Valuation Dance, GM Declares CarPlay Unsafe

The Automotive Troublemaker
December 14, 2023

It’s a beautiful December Thursday to be in the car biz. Today we’re talking about a big Tesla recall, the ebb and flow of dealership valuations and how GM continues to stand behind its decision to remove Carplay from vehicles.

Stanton Fumes, Ford Employee Purchase, Cybertruck Rescued

Stanton Fumes, Ford Employee Purchase, Cybertruck Rescued

The Automotive Troublemaker
December 13, 2023

Welcome to Wednesday as we talk about the big finalization of new FTC rules that has NADA CEO Mike Stanton not mincing words. We also talk about a big stock purchase of Ford by one of their employees, as well as a Christmas rescue of a Cybertruck.

Ford Pumps The Brakes, Dealers Pump The Brakes, Teens Don’t

Ford Pumps The Brakes, Dealers Pump The Brakes, Teens Don’t

The Automotive Troublemaker
December 12, 2023

It’s Tuesday and today we’re talking about Ford's reduced F-150 Lightning production and dealers' struggles with slow EV sales. We also take a look at a recent study on the popularity and usage habits of social media platforms among U.S. teens.

Are We Level?, Wholesale Stability, Sixt Shifts Gears

Are We Level?, Wholesale Stability, Sixt Shifts Gears

The Automotive Troublemaker
December 11, 2023

It’s a beautiful new week as we delve into the U.S. auto market's resilience amidst pricing pressures. We also talk about the stabilization of wholesale vehicle prices, and German rental car company Sixt's strategic shift away from Tesla to BYD for its rental fleet.

Dealers Supporting Athletes at Their Universities

Dealers Supporting Athletes at Their Universities

The Automotive Troublemaker
December 9, 2023

Writers Chris Reeves and Kristi Canada join the show on this Saturday!

UAW ‘Strikes’ Again, Dealers Lament, Peach Fuzz is Prime Time

UAW ‘Strikes’ Again, Dealers Lament, Peach Fuzz is Prime Time

The Automotive Troublemaker
December 8, 2023

It’s Friday! As we close out the week, we’re covering a push by VW workers to join the UAW, how dealers are choosing pessimism, and the buzz about peach fuzz.

Profitable Stellantis EVs, GM Back to Office, Elon’s Schematics

Profitable Stellantis EVs, GM Back to Office, Elon’s Schematics

The Automotive Troublemaker
December 7, 2023

Thursday is upon us as company Christmas parties seem to be in full swing across the country! Today we look into a surprising new development in the profitability of Stellantis’ EV unit, GM bringing employees back to the office, and Tesla calling their shots with a little letter to other OEMs.

Electric Expanding, The 500 Is Back, New AI Alliance

Electric Expanding, The 500 Is Back, New AI Alliance

The Automotive Troublemaker
December 6, 2023

Welcome to Wednesday as we talk about a big eclectic partnership, a little electric car, and an alliance that attempts to keep AI safe. 

EVs Soar, Vetter Tweets, Bitcoin Rebounds

EVs Soar, Vetter Tweets, Bitcoin Rebounds

The Automotive Troublemaker
December 5, 2023

Tuesday is for inviting Michael Cirillo to the pod! We are covering a counter-narrative to the EV decline rhetoric, Alex Vetter getting cheeky on X, and crypto currencies experiencing a surge.

Jolting EV Repairs, Masters Degree In Auto, Mc’D’s New Idea

Jolting EV Repairs, Masters Degree In Auto, Mc’D’s New Idea

The Automotive Troublemaker
December 4, 2023

It’s a new week, meaning new opportunities in the retail auto industry. Today we’re covering why EVs cost more to repair than ICE vehicles, Northwood University’s new Master’s Degree, and McDonald’s new restaurant spinoff.

 Everyone Has a Bicycle Story, and Now These Kids Do Too Because of This Dealer's Generosity

Everyone Has a Bicycle Story, and Now These Kids Do Too Because of This Dealer's Generosity

The Automotive Troublemaker
December 2, 2023

It's December! Which means different weather patterns for different parts of the US, and also means that we get to talk about how dealers are giving gifts to kids.

Cyber-Thursday, and Sharing the Customer’s Voice with Mickey Anderson

Cyber-Thursday, and Sharing the Customer’s Voice with Mickey Anderson

The Automotive Troublemaker
December 1, 2023

It’s officially the last month of 2023 and we’re reviewing yesterday’s much anticipated launch of the Cybertruck and interviewing the dealer behind a letter to the President.

F-Bomb-Drop On OEMs, 4000 Dealer Letter, RIP-Legend

F-Bomb-Drop On OEMs, 4000 Dealer Letter, RIP-Legend

The Automotive Troublemaker
November 30, 2023

Welcome to Thursday as we say farewell to November. Today we talk about Shawn Fain’s return to the headlines as well as a letter that was signed by 4000 dealers and sent to the President. We also pay our respects to a legend. 

GM Projections Up, Dealer Values Remain Strong, Wegmans Hot Meals

GM Projections Up, Dealer Values Remain Strong, Wegmans Hot Meals

The Automotive Troublemaker
November 29, 2023

Welcome to episode 600 of the Automotive Troublemaker. Today we dive into how GM seems to be fine after the UAW strike, how dealership values are staying strong, and how Wegmans is trying to change the way we shop for groceries.

Electric Deals, Jersey Green, Keyless Cars

Electric Deals, Jersey Green, Keyless Cars

The Automotive Troublemaker
November 28, 2023

Today we dive into the big discounts making EVs more affordable than ever. We also talk about New Jersey's move to ban gasoline cars by 2035, as well as the options and soon-to-be real future of digital car keys.

EV-Hybrid Battle, Tesla’s Two Big Releases, Busy Black Friday Results

EV-Hybrid Battle, Tesla’s Two Big Releases, Busy Black Friday Results

The Automotive Troublemaker
November 27, 2023

Retail Auto is ready to roll after a great Thanksgiving weekend as we talk about the very tight race for the electric future between two titans. We also cover two notable releases from Tesla this week, as well as a review of a very busy Black Friday

Black Friday Gap and an Inspiring Dealer Story

Black Friday Gap and an Inspiring Dealer Story

The Automotive Troublemaker
November 24, 2023

It’s Black Friday and the Gap might be back. We also caught up with married Dealers Michael and Jennifer Lee of Freedom Kia and Seneca Ford who talk about buying a first time dealership DURING the pandemic. We also talk about the impact of encouraging your teams to give back as a part of their job.

Turkey Talk, Parades or Football, and Paul plays Christmas Music

Turkey Talk, Parades or Football, and Paul plays Christmas Music

The Automotive Troublemaker
November 23, 2023

On this Thanksgiving Day, we are thankful for YOU!

OpenAI Drama, Ford's EV Plant Downsize and Police Hogging Hybrids

OpenAI Drama, Ford's EV Plant Downsize and Police Hogging Hybrids

The Automotive Troublemaker
November 22, 2023

On the homestretch to Thanksgiving, we’re concluding a rollercoaster week at OpenAI with Sam Altman's surprising reinstatement. We’re also talking about Ford's strategic downscaling of its Michigan EV battery plant, and Ford discontinuing certain hybrid models to prioritize police.

Flexible Ford, Toyota’s Fines, and a Fireproof Social Windfall

Flexible Ford, Toyota’s Fines, and a Fireproof Social Windfall

The Automotive Troublemaker
November 21, 2023

As we close in on Thanksgiving, Ford Dealers are extra thankful as Ford's EV dealer program changes. We also talk about Toyota's $60 million penalty for poor lending practices, as well as a viral story of a Stanley tumbler surviving a Kia car fire.

It’s Over Over, EV Makers Fighting For Life, AI Leadership Shuffle

It’s Over Over, EV Makers Fighting For Life, AI Leadership Shuffle

The Automotive Troublemaker
November 20, 2023

As we start off what will certainly be a busy holiday week, we tie up a few loose ends around the UAW strike. We also talk about some EV maker’s attempts to jolt waning consumer demand, as well as a big shakeup in AI leadership.

Who Doesn't Love A Free Car? Especially When Its For A Veteran!

Who Doesn't Love A Free Car? Especially When Its For A Veteran!

The Automotive Troublemaker
November 18, 2023

On this pre-Thanksgiving Saturday, Paul and Kyle are joined by ASOTU writers Chris and Kristi.

Fain’s Last Dance, Hyundai <3 Amazon, Chick Fil A in the Sky

Fain’s Last Dance, Hyundai <3 Amazon, Chick Fil A in the Sky

The Automotive Troublemaker
November 17, 2023

We’re wrapping up a busy week of news with a busy day of news as we give the details on GM’s slim ratification of the UAW contract. We also talk about the first vehicles to be sold on Amazon, as well as chicken sandwiches and waffle fries from the skies.

Second To Last, It’s All Hybrid From Here, Are The Corporations AI Ready

Second To Last, It’s All Hybrid From Here, Are The Corporations AI Ready

The Automotive Troublemaker
November 16, 2023

One week from today we’ll be eating Turkey and helping our great aunt update her iphone once she remembers her password. But for now, we’re much closer to the ratification of the UAW Contract. We also talk about Toyota going all hybrid on the Camry, as well as assessing the level of AI readiness of US companies.

Learning from Europe with Paul De Vries

Learning from Europe with Paul De Vries

The Automotive Troublemaker
November 15, 2023

It’s Wednesday and it seems conference season is coming to a close. This morning is a bit of a special episode as Paul got to chat with Paul de Vries, who has a unique perspective on the auto industry coming from Europe.

Workers Winning, Dirty Come Clean, Is Google Apple’s Sugar Daddy

Workers Winning, Dirty Come Clean, Is Google Apple’s Sugar Daddy

The Automotive Troublemaker
November 14, 2023

It’s an amazing Tuesday to be in the car business as we talk about some favorable effects from the UAW strike for workers at other OEMs. We also cover Exxon’s transition into lithium production, as well as a little slip from a Google employee during the trial.

UAW Updates Not Over, EVs Like Phones, Flying Ain’t Fancy Anymore

UAW Updates Not Over, EVs Like Phones, Flying Ain’t Fancy Anymore

The Automotive Troublemaker
November 13, 2023

We are coming to you from sunny Palm Beach Florida at The Pasch Group’s Modern Retailing Conference. The day brings news of the UAW votes not going perfectly so far, Foxconn asserting EVs that could be easier to make if they are made like phones, and airlines getting some brutal feedback on the frontlines.

A Walmart Full of Coats... And What This Dealer Did With Them

A Walmart Full of Coats... And What This Dealer Did With Them

The Automotive Troublemaker
November 11, 2023

Welcome to Saturday! Guest Hosts Jordan Cox and Nathan Southwick are giving Paul and Kyle a break.

Live from Used Car Week with Steve Greenfield and NAVIcon Winner Jimmy Douglas of Plug

Live from Used Car Week with Steve Greenfield and NAVIcon Winner Jimmy Douglas of Plug

The Automotive Troublemaker
November 10, 2023

We’ve got that Friday feeling as we recap Used Car Week with Steve Greenfield. Plus we host the winner of the NAVIcon Cup, Jimmy Douglas of Plug.

Honda’s Earnings Bump, The Reign of Fein, Sky High Demon

Honda’s Earnings Bump, The Reign of Fein, Sky High Demon

The Automotive Troublemaker
November 9, 2023

We’re live from Used Car Week 2023 in Phoenix as we gear up for another day of talking with Dealers and Kyle is getting ready to be one of the guest judges for the Navicon competition. Today we talk about Honda’s latest earnings report. We also check in on the airtag we snuck in Shawn Fain’s Wranglers, as well as the biggest bump sticker we’ve ever seen.

Biden and Fain Date, AM Radio or Bust, GROK In Your Friend’s Tesla

Biden and Fain Date, AM Radio or Bust, GROK In Your Friend’s Tesla

The Automotive Troublemaker
November 8, 2023

Welcome to Wednesday as we’re wheels up for Used Car Week, but first we’re talking about Joe Biden’s upcoming visit with Shawn Fein. We also talk about the ongoing battle over whether to keep AM radio in cars or not. Finally, we’ll visit with our new friend GROK again.

Return of the Rebates, Farewell to the HEMI, Hello to GROK

Return of the Rebates, Farewell to the HEMI, Hello to GROK

The Automotive Troublemaker
November 7, 2023

We’re tearing up and tearing it up this Tuesday as we talk about the return of cash rebates from a less than likely contender. We also help Stellantis say goodbye to the Hemi (kind of), as well as preparing a handshake for the new AI jock on the block…Grok.

GM Raises Salaries, Which OEMs Do Dealers Trust Most, Audi ♥s Subscriptions

GM Raises Salaries, Which OEMs Do Dealers Trust Most, Audi ♥s Subscriptions

The Automotive Troublemaker
November 6, 2023

Today’s show features that new car smell as we enter the first full week of November. Today we’re talking about GM’s voluntary salary increases, a new Dealer survey revealing their level of trust in OEM’s, as well as another take on on-demand features built into cars.

A Community Needed A Safe Space for Halloween... This Dealer Stepped Up

A Community Needed A Safe Space for Halloween... This Dealer Stepped Up

The Automotive Troublemaker
November 4, 2023

Welcome to Saturday! Today, Head of Community Jordan Cox and Producer Nathan Southwick guest host the show.

Three Biggest Questions, Used Car Week, NAVIcon with Steve Greenfield

Three Biggest Questions, Used Car Week, NAVIcon with Steve Greenfield

The Automotive Troublemaker
November 3, 2023

‍It’s Friday, but we’re already looking forward to next week as Steve Greenfield joins the show for a preview of Used Car Week and the biggest questions facing the used car industry.

Toyota Steps Up, VinFast Gets Small, Walmart Goes Degree-Free

Toyota Steps Up, VinFast Gets Small, Walmart Goes Degree-Free

The Automotive Troublemaker
November 2, 2023

As we head into November, there is already a lot to be thankful for as we talk about Toyota voluntarily boosting production wages. We also talk about the potential introduction of sub 20k EV as well as WalMarts plan to ditch degree requirements and focus on actual skills for corporate positions.

Not So Bad, Tesla’s Win In Court, Homeschooler Takeover

Not So Bad, Tesla’s Win In Court, Homeschooler Takeover

The Automotive Troublemaker
November 1, 2023

It’s a new day in a new month as we talk about the potentially light residual effects of the strike on the industry. We also cover a big win for Tesla in court as well as a homeschooling trend that seems to have staying power.

And Now We Vote, EV Credit Ignorance, Giant Drone Deliveries

And Now We Vote, EV Credit Ignorance, Giant Drone Deliveries

The Automotive Troublemaker
October 31, 2023

It’s a no-so-spooky Tuesday as we talk about the final tentative agreement for the Big 3 that ends all striking for now. We also talk about the big gap in American’s awareness of EV tax credits, as well as a company using giant drones to deliver heavy loads.

Two Down One To Go, The Humble Victory Lap, Reviews With Friends

Two Down One To Go, The Humble Victory Lap, Reviews With Friends

The Automotive Troublemaker
October 30, 2023

We have some catching up to do this Monday as we summarize UAW strike developments from the weekend. We also cover Toyota's Chairman comments on EV market's realities as well as Amazon's new "Consult-a-Friend" feature.