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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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Inflation = Repos, Ford Picks Trucks Over EVs, Green Bubble Goodbye

Inflation = Repos, Ford Picks Trucks Over EVs, Green Bubble Goodbye

The Automotive Troublemaker
July 19, 2024

As another week comes to a close, we’re grateful for the auto industry. Today we’re covering how inflation is affecting repos, how demand is affecting Ford’s production plans and how iPhones and Androids might finally get along.

Toyota’s Last Olympic Hurrah? Chinese Car Software Ban? Gen-Z Works In Healthcare?

Toyota’s Last Olympic Hurrah? Chinese Car Software Ban? Gen-Z Works In Healthcare?

The Automotive Troublemaker
July 18, 2024

There’s less than 2 weeks left in July, and we’re already thinking about Toyota’s upcoming presence at the Olympics. Plus, we discuss if the US is poised to ban Chinese software in cars and the surprising places Gen-Z wants to work.

CDK Hack Costs Dealers $1B, GM To Miss EV Target, Prime Day Hype

CDK Hack Costs Dealers $1B, GM To Miss EV Target, Prime Day Hype

The Automotive Troublemaker
July 16, 2024

It’s Tuesday. That is all. Today, we’re talking about a new report that shows the CDK hack resulted in $1B in losses, how GM is pulling back from its EV target and what other retailers are doing to take advantage of Amazon Prime Day

Which Is Cheaper To Own, EV or ICE?, Inflation Down, Unlocking EV Range

Which Is Cheaper To Own, EV or ICE?, Inflation Down, Unlocking EV Range

The Automotive Troublemaker
July 15, 2024

It’s a new week and we’re in a new(ish) location, coming to you live from the 3rd Annual Beaver Toyota of Cumming Charity Golf Tournament. We’re covering a surprising JD Power study that shows that EVs are cheaper to own than ICE vehicles, how the auto industry is influencing inflation, and

Handling 'Creative' Ideas From Your Team Effectively w/ Some Help From Matt Lasher

Handling 'Creative' Ideas From Your Team Effectively w/ Some Help From Matt Lasher

The Automotive Troublemaker
July 13, 2024

Today we have ASOTU writers Chris Reeves and Kristi Canada in the studio to dissect this LinkedIn post from the CMO of the West Herr Auto Group, Matt Lasher.

CDK To Pay Dealers, Kia Over Hyundai, A 5-Min EV Charge

CDK To Pay Dealers, Kia Over Hyundai, A 5-Min EV Charge

The Automotive Troublemaker
July 12, 2024

We’ve reached the end of another week in the automotive industry. There’s a buzz around news that CDK will financially compensate dealers for their losses due to DMS outages, more interesting Q2 data involving Kia’s EVs and a new battery that could help drive EV adoption.

Tesla Under 50% Market Share, 3 Row Pickups, AI Interview Assistants

Tesla Under 50% Market Share, 3 Row Pickups, AI Interview Assistants

The Automotive Troublemaker
July 11, 2024

It’s another great day in the auto industry, and we’re digging into the news that Tesla’s EV market share has fallen below 50%. Plus, pickups are considering adding a 3rd row of seating, and AI is helping job applicants (and potentially BDCs in the future) ace their interviews.

22 Months of Wholesale Declines, Carvana Tax Credits, Google’s Advanced Protection

22 Months of Wholesale Declines, Carvana Tax Credits, Google’s Advanced Protection

The Automotive Troublemaker
July 10, 2024

We’re rolling through the middle of the week as we cover Cox Automotive’s June wholesale price data and its warnings about lease maturities. Plus, Carvana is now offering used EV tax credits at checkout and Google is making it easier to have advanced account protection.

Beryl Disrupts Dealers, Personalized Pricing Woes, Target Ditches Paper Checks

Beryl Disrupts Dealers, Personalized Pricing Woes, Target Ditches Paper Checks

The Automotive Troublemaker
July 9, 2024

Tuesdays are for troublemakers! Today we zoom out to see the effects of Hurricane Beryl on the auto industry, talk about personalized pricing and how Target will stop accepting paper checks.

40 Under 40, Big Buzz Around Big EV Players, New Gen Z Social NoPlace

40 Under 40, Big Buzz Around Big EV Players, New Gen Z Social NoPlace

The Automotive Troublemaker
July 8, 2024

We hope you’re as ready for this week as we are as we say ‘hello’ to the new Automotive News 40 Under 40 honorees. We also talk about the buzz over Tesla, Rivian, and Polestar and also the new Gen Z social media app. (We knew you wanted one more)

He Didn't Fit In Sales or Servce... But They Found A Role

He Didn't Fit In Sales or Servce... But They Found A Role

The Automotive Troublemaker
July 6, 2024

Happy Saturday! Today, Head Writer Chris Reeves invites Head of Community Jordan Cox onto the show

Prices Up, Prices Down, Prices WAY Down

Prices Up, Prices Down, Prices WAY Down

The Automotive Troublemaker
July 5, 2024

You may be getting a multitude of OOO messages, but not from us! Today we’re talking about declining vehicle prices consumers aren’t seeing. We also talk about a sub $20/mo EV lease, as well as Fisker’s clearance rack.

BBQ Price Spike, Drone Explosion, Who’s On The Road

BBQ Price Spike, Drone Explosion, Who’s On The Road

The Automotive Troublemaker
July 4, 2024

Happy Independence Day! We’re giving you a quick hit of BBQ prices, drones v fireworks, and some substantial travel numbers. Grab some mac salad and join us.

Is This The End Or Beginning, Hybrid Loyalty Cruising, State Farm's Golden Ultimatum

Is This The End Or Beginning, Hybrid Loyalty Cruising, State Farm's Golden Ultimatum

The Automotive Troublemaker
July 3, 2024

Welcome to Wednesday as we cover the full restoration of CDKs DMS. We also talk about the big surge in hybrid loyalty, as well as a major insurance ultimatum set by State Farm to the State of California.

48 Hours To Full CDK, EV Prices Below Tesla, Dealership ‘Office’ Parody

48 Hours To Full CDK, EV Prices Below Tesla, Dealership ‘Office’ Parody

The Automotive Troublemaker
July 2, 2024

The second half of 2024 is rolling and we’re talking about CDK’s race to fully restore services in teh next 48 hours. We’re also covering the drop in average EV prices below Tesla's for the first time in over a year as well as how our friends at Mohawk Chevrolet's "The Office"-inspired TikToks are taking the internet by storm.

Farley’s Ode To EVs, Sub-$25K Jeep EV, Bugatti Robotaxi

Farley’s Ode To EVs, Sub-$25K Jeep EV, Bugatti Robotaxi

The Automotive Troublemaker
July 1, 2024

Welcome to a new month and a new quarter! Today we’re covering Jim Farley’s conversion from “petrol head” to EV enthusiast, Jeep’s plans to bring a sub-$25K EV to the US market and a new robotaxi from the CEO of Bugatti.

Big Group Back Up, Tesla’s Quality Fade, Consumer Experience Stumbles

Big Group Back Up, Tesla’s Quality Fade, Consumer Experience Stumbles

The Automotive Troublemaker
June 28, 2024

We’re ripping into the last weekend in Q2 as we talk about more CDK stores coming back online. We also cover Tesla’s slipping quality ranking from JD Power, as well as the consistent overall drop in consumer experience.

CDK Back Online, Waymo For All, Netflix Mall

CDK Back Online, Waymo For All, Netflix Mall

The Automotive Troublemaker
June 27, 2024

Thursday seems ready to run as we talk about CDK coming back on-line yesterday for a test group of dealers. We also talk about Waymo’s green light in San Francisco as well as a major Netflix experience coming to a mall near you.

Rivian Loves V-Dubs, Outage Latest, Target’s New AI

Rivian Loves V-Dubs, Outage Latest, Target’s New AI

The Automotive Troublemaker
June 26, 2024

Welcome to Wednesday as we talk about Volkswagen's significant investment in Rivian, the latest on the DMS Outage as well as how Target plans to empower its retail associates with a new GenAI-powered chatbot tool.

Who Owns The Driving Data? - Tesla Cyber-recall - Gen Z’s Version Of Fact Checking

Who Owns The Driving Data? - Tesla Cyber-recall - Gen Z’s Version Of Fact Checking

The Automotive Troublemaker
June 25, 2024

This Tuesday we dive into a new survey showing that over 95% of American drivers want to own their vehicle data. We also discuss Tesla's latest Cybertruck recalls over wiper and trim issues, as well as the (maybe not-so-) surprising approach of Gen Z to find the truth online.

Push Back On the Hack, Techs As Athletes

Push Back On the Hack, Techs As Athletes

The Automotive Troublemaker
June 24, 2024

It’s a busy Thursday in the dealership as stores across the country wake up to CDK Global’s DMS being offline for a second straight day. But it’s not all doom and gloom, as we’re highlighting how Carter Myers Automotive celebrates new apprentice techs with a signing day.

Is This The CDK Hacker? Is This The Future of Car Sales? Is This Chick-Fil-A Child Labor?

Is This The CDK Hacker? Is This The Future of Car Sales? Is This Chick-Fil-A Child Labor?

The Automotive Troublemaker
June 24, 2024

There’s light at the end of the tunnel this Monday as CDK starts the restoration process of its DMS. Today, we discuss the identity of their hacker, give an update on the Hyundai-Amazon partnership and look at a Chick-Fil-A summer camp that has the internet in an uproar.

Lease Return Dry Up, EV Registrations Rise, Car Shopping Myth Buster

Lease Return Dry Up, EV Registrations Rise, Car Shopping Myth Buster

The Automotive Troublemaker
June 21, 2024

We are on day 3 of dealers banding together to keep the doors open at CDK powered rooftops and the energy could not be better! Today we are looking at the impact lease returns will have on used inventory, the rise of EV registrations recently, and a TikTok car shopping myth buster is making waves.

American Bragging Rights and Two Separate Screen Fights

American Bragging Rights and Two Separate Screen Fights

The Automotive Troublemaker
June 19, 2024

Welcome to Wednesday as we dig into the 2024 Cars.com American-Made Index, revealing the most American cars. We also dig into a McKinsey survey showing how crucial smartphone integration is for car buyers and take a pass at the U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy's proposal for social media warning labels to protect young people's mental health.

Fisker's Fall, Toyota's Governance Gamble, Apple's Wireless CarPlay Future

Fisker's Fall, Toyota's Governance Gamble, Apple's Wireless CarPlay Future

The Automotive Troublemaker
June 18, 2024

It’s Tuesday and today we’re talking about Fisker's Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing amid financial turmoil, Toyota shareholders re-electing Akio Toyoda despite governance concerns, and the future of Apple's wireless-only CarPlay system facing industry skepticism.

New Normal Revenue, Steve Greenfield’s Elon Musk Hot Takes

New Normal Revenue, Steve Greenfield’s Elon Musk Hot Takes

The Automotive Troublemaker
June 17, 2024

Welcome to a brand new week as we welcome Steve Greenfield as a guest host. Today we’re covering how the publics are adapting to the “new normal" and dive into Elon Musk’s Telsa pay package.

Planet Ford of Humble, TX Should Be Proud

Planet Ford of Humble, TX Should Be Proud

The Automotive Troublemaker
June 15, 2024

Head Writer Chris Reeves joins the show on this Saturday!

Ford EVs for All, $48B for Musk, App Data for Insurance

Ford EVs for All, $48B for Musk, App Data for Insurance

The Automotive Troublemaker
June 14, 2024

It’s the end of another week and today we’re talking about how Ford is allowing all franchise dealers to sell EVs, and how Tesla shareholders approved Elon Musk’s pay package. Plus, we cover how apps are selling driving data to insurance companies.

Back To ICE, Used Car Market Dip, Costco's Tech Timing

Back To ICE, Used Car Market Dip, Costco's Tech Timing

The Automotive Troublemaker
June 13, 2024

It’s Thursday and we’re talking about a McKinsey study showing many EV owners considering a return to combustion engines, a decline in used-vehicle wholesale prices, and Costco’s plans for a technological transformation under new leadership.

Ford CFOs ‘Worry’, EV Charging Alliance, Starbucks Hits Hollywood

Ford CFOs ‘Worry’, EV Charging Alliance, Starbucks Hits Hollywood

The Automotive Troublemaker
June 12, 2024

Welcome to Wednesday as we dive into Ford's CFO’s concerns over rising inventories, an EV charging joint venture's plans, and Starbucks' surprising venture into the film industry with the launch of Starbucks Studios. 

Fain Under Fire, Open Letter to Elon, Apple AI

Fain Under Fire, Open Letter to Elon, Apple AI

The Automotive Troublemaker
June 11, 2024

It’s Tuesday, and we’re talking about how Shawn Fain is under investigation, how a letter suggests Tesla would be better off with the dealer network, and how Apple is embracing AI.

Costco Goes EV, REALLY Deep Employee Discount, Big Check For Auto Students

Costco Goes EV, REALLY Deep Employee Discount, Big Check For Auto Students

The Automotive Troublemaker
June 10, 2024

It’s a fresh week and we’re talking about GM's strategy with Costco to boost EV sales, Fisker's aggressive move to sell the Ocean to employees at a discount, and Reynolds and Reynolds' $5 million donation to Northwood University for a new automotive studies center.

These Techs Fixed A Truck That Was Meowing...

These Techs Fixed A Truck That Was Meowing...

The Automotive Troublemaker
June 8, 2024

It's the second Saturday of June and writer Kristi Canada joins the show

Gas Over Electric, Senator Slams, Detroit Jams

Gas Over Electric, Senator Slams, Detroit Jams

The Automotive Troublemaker
June 7, 2024

We’ve got that Friday feeling as we cover a new KPMG survey that reveals Americans powertrain preferences. We also talk about a Democrat Senator slamming a failed EV charging program, as well as an epic celebration as Ford opens its train station renovation.

Lithia Layoffs, Virginia Ditches Cali EV Standards, IKEA Pays Roblox Workers

Lithia Layoffs, Virginia Ditches Cali EV Standards, IKEA Pays Roblox Workers

The Automotive Troublemaker
June 6, 2024

Thursday is upon us and we’re breaking down Lithia Motors' strategic layoffs aimed at saving $150 million annually, Virginia's decision to reverse its adoption of California’s strict EV standards, as well as IKEA hiring Roblox workers (you read that right).

Suing the Treasury, High EV Repair Costs, Tesla Hires Geico Exec

Suing the Treasury, High EV Repair Costs, Tesla Hires Geico Exec

The Automotive Troublemaker
June 5, 2024

Welcome to Wednesday as we talk about the US Senator encouraging US automakers to sue the government… and win. We also talk about the higher-than-ice repair costs of EVs as well as Tesla’s move to curb them with a former Geico exec.

Record Auto Sales, Ford's Historic Renovation, Stamp Price Surge

Record Auto Sales, Ford's Historic Renovation, Stamp Price Surge

The Automotive Troublemaker
June 4, 2024

It’s Tuesday and we’re talking about strong May sales from major brands, Ford's $950 million renovation of Michigan Central Station and star-studded grand reopening concert, as well as another sign of the times…increasing stamp prices and why it matters, or doesn’t.

Toyota's Testing Trouble, Dealers In Powersports, and GM's EV Clutch

Toyota's Testing Trouble, Dealers In Powersports, and GM's EV Clutch

The Automotive Troublemaker
June 3, 2024

It's a fresh week in a fresh month as we talk about Toyota's certification scandal, the booming trend of automotive retailers entering the powersports segment, and GM's innovative clutch pedal for EVs to win over driving enthusiasts.

How To Support Your Community on Memorial Day

How To Support Your Community on Memorial Day

The Automotive Troublemaker
June 1, 2024

On this first day of the month, we're talking about how the Veterans of Walser went to a local cemetery to refresh the graveside flags, plus we think about how dealers can be more involved in their communities on the holidays.

Buick Rebounding, Creator of the Book, and Google Zero

Buick Rebounding, Creator of the Book, and Google Zero

The Automotive Troublemaker
May 31, 2024

Day 2 with Cirillo and we figured some marketing wrap up was still in store. We are also taking a look at the much-talked-about Buick Envista and celebrating the life and accomplishments of Bob Kelley.

Sizing Up the EV Storyline, International More Than Cars, Google Gotcha

Sizing Up the EV Storyline, International More Than Cars, Google Gotcha

The Automotive Troublemaker
May 30, 2024

Today we have Michael Cirillo, host of The Dealer Playbook, joining the show in Paul’s absence. We are breaking down the questionable narrative in the EV slowdown, a dealer that is taking the More Than Cars mentality international, and a Google leak that is shocking the paid and organic media industry.

BYD’s 2000km Hybrid, Toyota’s Next Gen ICE, Gen Z Summer Jobs

BYD’s 2000km Hybrid, Toyota’s Next Gen ICE, Gen Z Summer Jobs

The Automotive Troublemaker
May 29, 2024

Happy Hump Day as we’re halfway through the week! Today we’re covering a BYD hybrid that can drive from NYC to Miami on a single charge/tank, how Toyota and other OEMs are decarbonizing with ICE and why Gen Z is getting summer jobs.

Ford's EV Policy Shift, Politics of EV Adoption, and Bass Pro's Affordability Focus

Ford's EV Policy Shift, Politics of EV Adoption, and Bass Pro's Affordability Focus

The Automotive Troublemaker
May 28, 2024

It’s Tuesday and we’re talking about Ford lifting restrictions on which dealers can sell EVs, the political divide impacting EV adoption, and Bass Pro Shops' is the next retailer leaning affordability amid inflation.

Memorial Day Memories and Maneuvers with Todd Caputo

Memorial Day Memories and Maneuvers with Todd Caputo

The Automotive Troublemaker
May 27, 2024

We’re thankful for our nation on this Memorial Day 2024 as we reflect on all that have given their lives as a member of the US Armed Forces.

When 96% Of A Dealership Wants Their Friends To Work There Too

When 96% Of A Dealership Wants Their Friends To Work There Too

The Automotive Troublemaker
May 25, 2024

We're kicking off Memorial Day weekend with a great story about two dealer groups being named in the top 50 best places to work by none other than Glassdoor. And that's sayin something.

Memorial Day Deals, Musk's Trade Flip, and California's Speed Beep

Memorial Day Deals, Musk's Trade Flip, and California's Speed Beep

The Automotive Troublemaker
May 24, 2024

We’re heading into a huge sales weekend and we’re talking big Memorial Day discounts on 2023 cars, Elon Musk's reversal on Chinese EV tariffs, and California's new bill requiring cars to beep when speeding.

Young Buyers Eye Chinese EVs, Kia's EV SUV, Mobile Superchargers

Young Buyers Eye Chinese EVs, Kia's EV SUV, Mobile Superchargers

The Automotive Troublemaker
May 23, 2024

It’s a busy Thursday as we roll towards the holiday weekend. Today, we explore the surprising interest in Chinese EVs among young Americans, Kia's launch of a new compact electric SUV amid cooling EV demand, and Yoshi Mobility's innovative mobile fast charging solution for EVs.

Vehicle Ages Peak, Political Jabs Fly, and Gen Z Seeks Balance

Vehicle Ages Peak, Political Jabs Fly, and Gen Z Seeks Balance

The Automotive Troublemaker
May 22, 2024

Welcome to Wednesday as we discuss the rising age of vehicles in the U.S., political attacks in Ohio's Senate race targeting a former car dealer, and how Gen Z workers' values align closely with those of their older colleagues.

Nissan Shocks, Leaders that Rock, High-Income Flock

Nissan Shocks, Leaders that Rock, High-Income Flock

The Automotive Troublemaker
May 21, 2024

It’s Tuesday and we’re talking about Nissan’s strategic shift in U.S. EV production, the recognition of Hendrick and Zeigler Auto Groups as best-run companies, and Walmart’s unexpected appeal to higher-income shoppers.

Used Car Only List, UAW Takes a Beating, Gen Alpha Influencers

Used Car Only List, UAW Takes a Beating, Gen Alpha Influencers

The Automotive Troublemaker
May 20, 2024

We’re coming in hot after an insane ASOTU CON as we dive into Carvana's recovery in 2023, the UAW's setback at a Mercedes plant, and how Gen Alpha kids are shaping their parents' buying decisions.

Oops, We Missed A Day with Special Guest Steve Greenfield

Oops, We Missed A Day with Special Guest Steve Greenfield

The Automotive Troublemaker
May 17, 2024

ASOTU CON is over, and we forgot to release yesterday’s live episode from the Main Stage with Steve Greenfield.

ASOTU CON is FINALLY HERE!

ASOTU CON is FINALLY HERE!

The Automotive Troublemaker
May 15, 2024

Welcome to Day 1 of ASOTU CON! Paul, Kyle and Michael are here with everything you need to know.

Biden’s Big Tariffs, Dealership Delivery Lounge, and TikTok AI

Biden’s Big Tariffs, Dealership Delivery Lounge, and TikTok AI

The Automotive Troublemaker
May 14, 2024

We. Are. HERE! Tonight hundreds of industry friends will descend on lower Baltimore (upper Annapolis) to kick off ASOTU CON at the welcome reception. But first, we have a few things to chat about; Big Tariffs from Biden, an employee-only dealership experience, and TikTok is now Google.

The Above and Beyond of ASOTU CON

The Above and Beyond of ASOTU CON

The Automotive Troublemaker
May 11, 2024

We're excited because ASOTU CON is only 2 days away!

Nissan Goes Sub-Invoice, 150 Hybrids Rising, 1st eVTOL Passenger Test

Nissan Goes Sub-Invoice, 150 Hybrids Rising, 1st eVTOL Passenger Test

The Automotive Troublemaker
May 10, 2024

Four days away from ASOTU CON we’re talking about Nissan’s move to push Dealers to advertise below invoice. We also talk about the growing percentage of F150 Hybrids being sold, as well as the very first passenger test of an eVTOL in Abu Dhabi.

Ford Rethinks 2030 (Again), Tesla's 2-way Advantage, Malibu Sunset

Ford Rethinks 2030 (Again), Tesla's 2-way Advantage, Malibu Sunset

The Automotive Troublemaker
May 9, 2024

Five days out from ASOTU CON we’re talking about Ford’s re-think of EV strategy in Europe of all places. We also talk about Tesla’s advantage in bi-directional charging, as well as an homage to an iconic mid-sized grocery getter.

Toyota’s Profits, Tesla’s Paywall, GM’s Intern Plan

Toyota’s Profits, Tesla’s Paywall, GM’s Intern Plan

The Automotive Troublemaker
May 8, 2024

We’re 6 days from the start of ASOTU CON and we’re talking about Toyota’s plateau plans to invest all of that profit. We’re also covering Tesla’s ‘pay to unlock range’ on some Model Y’s as well as GMs efforts to recruit displaced Tesla interns.

Learning To Drive in 2039 with Jimmy Douglas

Learning To Drive in 2039 with Jimmy Douglas

The Automotive Troublemaker
May 8, 2024

Jimmy's foresight and innovation are not just reshaping his company, but also providing a blueprint for the future of auto retailing.

A New Autonomy, A New Charging Network, R-Apple?

A New Autonomy, A New Charging Network, R-Apple?

The Automotive Troublemaker
May 7, 2024

It’s Tuesday and we’re just getting started as we talk about a new entrant to the autonomy game. We also cover Rivian’s new charging network plans as well as a rumored potential partnership with Apple.

Who’s Responding to Leads, Caddy Considerations, Mario Kart For Seniors

Who’s Responding to Leads, Caddy Considerations, Mario Kart For Seniors

The Automotive Troublemaker
May 6, 2024

Welcome to a fresh week as we review the new report that talks about which groups are responding to leads well. We also talk about Cadillac’s rethink of its all-EV pivot by 2030, as well as a new, all weather, all terrain, scooter for Seniors and beyond.

Creativity At The Core

Creativity At The Core

The Automotive Troublemaker
May 4, 2024

First Saturday of the month!

Rivian Grows Normal, Indie Service Creeps on Franchised, Food Junk Fees

Rivian Grows Normal, Indie Service Creeps on Franchised, Food Junk Fees

The Automotive Troublemaker
May 3, 2024

It’s the first Friday in May as we talk about Rivian stepping up their presence in Normal, IL. We also cover the latest JD Power report regarding the service department as well as Cali taking aim at junk fees…for food.

Carvana’s Best Yet, Hertz Dumps More EVs, Delorean Dispute

Carvana’s Best Yet, Hertz Dumps More EVs, Delorean Dispute

The Automotive Troublemaker
May 2, 2024

It’s Thursday and we’re talking about Carvana’s best performance ever. We’re also discussing Hertz’s decision to sell more of it’s EV inventory, as well as a wild story about the ongoing dispute around the legendary Delorean.

Ford Launches AI Training, Fastest/Slowest Selling Vehicles, Wal-Blox

Ford Launches AI Training, Fastest/Slowest Selling Vehicles, Wal-Blox

The Automotive Troublemaker
May 1, 2024

There’s nothing like a sunny May 1st. Today we talk about Ford’s new AI driven Dealer training tool. We also review the fastest and slowest moving inventory, as well as the newly launched ability for Roblox users to purchase real life Walmart items in-game.

Asbury Yard Sale, Tesla Cuts Deeper, TikToker Blames the Dealer

Asbury Yard Sale, Tesla Cuts Deeper, TikToker Blames the Dealer

The Automotive Troublemaker
April 30, 2024

As stores across the country are playing ‘The Final Countdown’ as April wraps up, we’re talking about Asbury’s listing strategy for 10 of their stores. We’re also talking about Tesla’s next round of layoffs, as well as one Tiktoker who is less than excited about their interest rate. 

Top 100 Used Dealers, Tesla and China Deal on FSD, New EV Insight Report

Top 100 Used Dealers, Tesla and China Deal on FSD, New EV Insight Report

The Automotive Troublemaker
April 29, 2024

We’re starting out on the last few days of the month with a look at the Top 100 Used Car Dealers in the US. We also take a look at the potential of Tesla’s deal with China’s Baidu, and what it means for Full Self Driving. We’ll also review the latest Experian EV insights report. 

Giving Transportation To A Family In Need at ASOTU CON

Giving Transportation To A Family In Need at ASOTU CON

The Automotive Troublemaker
April 27, 2024

Welcome to the last Saturday of the month!

Paying Tribute to Peterson, Dealer v. Direct, More Luxury Please

Paying Tribute to Peterson, Dealer v. Direct, More Luxury Please

The Automotive Troublemaker
April 26, 2024

It’s the last Friday of the month as we pay tribute to a Ford leader who broke the mold. We also talk about a hot debate over legacy OEMs flirting with DTC models as well as consumer luxury purchases going on the rise. 

Ford Pleases, Honda Drops Stacks in Canada, Flight Refund Law

Ford Pleases, Honda Drops Stacks in Canada, Flight Refund Law

The Automotive Troublemaker
April 25, 2024

Happy Thursday! Today we cover Ford’s stock price recovers due to hybrid sales, Honda invests $12 BILLION in EV supply chain, and automatic refunds when your next flight gets canceled or delayed.

Tesla's Pivot, VinFast Expansion, Dealership's Kind Deed

Tesla's Pivot, VinFast Expansion, Dealership's Kind Deed

The Automotive Troublemaker
April 24, 2024

We’re mid-week and talking about Tesla's strategic shift amid falling profits.. We also cover VinFast's aggressive U.S. dealership expansion and the heartwarming story of a Dealership serving a single mother in South Dakota.

GM Smiling, Tesla’s Fuel Toggle, Over-Surveyed

GM Smiling, Tesla’s Fuel Toggle, Over-Surveyed

The Automotive Troublemaker
April 23, 2024

This Tuesday we’re talking about why GM is smiling from their robust financial performance in Q1. We also talk about a controversial toggle on Tesla’s website, as well as what companies are ignoring in their surveys. 

Meet the new VW Union, Dealers Pushing Back, 1 min Cyber-fix

Meet the new VW Union, Dealers Pushing Back, 1 min Cyber-fix

The Automotive Troublemaker
April 22, 2024

It’s a fresh week and we’re talking about the UAW’s landmark unionization victory at Volkswagen's Chattanooga plant. We also cover Dealer response and legal threats over new sales models from Scout and Sony Honda Mobility as well as Tesla's swift response to a safety recall with a riveting fix. 

Growing your ability to be optimistic about the world

Growing your ability to be optimistic about the world

The Automotive Troublemaker
April 20, 2024

Today we're on with Head Writer Chris Reeves talking about how Car Dealers and OEMs are investing in generations. We also have a super secret promo code for ASOTUCON.com

Tesla Trouble, GM Goes Hydrogen, Tech Titans Tussle

Tesla Trouble, GM Goes Hydrogen, Tech Titans Tussle

The Automotive Troublemaker
April 19, 2024

It’s Friday already. Today we’re talking about Tesla's official Cybertruck recall. We also discuss GM's innovative move into hydrogen fuel as a diesel alternative, as well as the high-stakes wealth race in Silicon Valley as Mark Zuckerberg surpasses Elon Musk to become the world's third-richest person. 

More EV Layoffs, New EV Model Year, Mandatory AI Training

More EV Layoffs, New EV Model Year, Mandatory AI Training

The Automotive Troublemaker
April 18, 2024

Thursday is upon us as we talk about another EV-only carmaker announcing layoffs. We also talk about Ford’s new model year for the F150 Lightning, as well as a potential standard-setter for employee AI training. 

Big UAW Votes, Autonomy is Back, Carvana Goes Gaming

Big UAW Votes, Autonomy is Back, Carvana Goes Gaming

The Automotive Troublemaker
April 17, 2024

It’s a notable Wednesday as a looming UAW vote at the Chattanooga VW plant gets under way. We’re also talking about a new set of “trust principles” regarding autonomous vehicles, as well as a brand collab between Carvana and pro gaming. 

GM’s New Digs, CarMax Slashes Return Window, Cybertruck Stall

GM’s New Digs, CarMax Slashes Return Window, Cybertruck Stall

The Automotive Troublemaker
April 16, 2024

Today we’re talking about GM’s HQ move after 50 years. We also talk about Carmax’s major reduction in the customer return window, as well as an unintended acceleration issue with the Cybertruck. 

Fisker Dealers Sound Off, Ford Strikes Back, Tesla Adapts

Fisker Dealers Sound Off, Ford Strikes Back, Tesla Adapts

The Automotive Troublemaker
April 15, 2024

Tax day is exciting enough, but what’s better than starting the second half of the month on a Monday? Today we’re talking about how the remaining Fisker Dealers are feeling as well as Ford and Tesla’s tennis match.

How to Start Being More Hospitable At Your Dealership

How to Start Being More Hospitable At Your Dealership

The Automotive Troublemaker
April 13, 2024

We're only 31 days away from ASOTU CON on this Saturday, and writers Chris Reeves and Kristi Canada join the show to share some More Than Cars Moments.

Carmax Recalibrates, Ford Starts Shipping Rangers, 9 Figure Dudes

Carmax Recalibrates, Ford Starts Shipping Rangers, 9 Figure Dudes

The Automotive Troublemaker
April 12, 2024

We’re rounding the track on Friday as we cover CarMax’s latest bumpy road. We also talk about Ford’s truck wave as well as a massive nine figure trick shot from creators Dude Perfect. 

Friends and Fam Review, Insurance Still Rising, Cyber-Hollow

Friends and Fam Review, Insurance Still Rising, Cyber-Hollow

The Automotive Troublemaker
April 11, 2024

It’s Thursday and we’re going to review the recent Kain Friends and Family event in Lexington, KY. We’re also talking about the continued pricing pressing on car insurance, as well as a revealing look at a teardown of the Tesla Cybertruck

Cruise Comeback, Contentious Lithium Mines, Return of the Cubicle

Cruise Comeback, Contentious Lithium Mines, Return of the Cubicle

The Automotive Troublemaker
April 10, 2024

Welcome to Wednesday as we talk about GM’s Cruise staging a comeback. We also talk about the tension around the only active lithium mine in the US, as well as the potential return of the cubicle (yeah, those things). 

Greenfield’s Hot Takes, Arizona AG Rules On Dealership, Delta Eclipse Flight

Greenfield’s Hot Takes, Arizona AG Rules On Dealership, Delta Eclipse Flight

The Automotive Troublemaker
April 9, 2024

It’s Tuesday and we’ve got special guest Steve Greenfield to give us his hot takes on the Top 150 Dealer list as well as Tesla’s decision to halt its low cost EV. We also talk about the Arizona Attorney General’s ruling against one Dealership for not honoring advertised prices, as well as a look inside yesterday’s special Delta eclipse flight. 

Top 150 Breakdown, Hasta-la-vista-cheap-Tesla, Blackout Bump

Top 150 Breakdown, Hasta-la-vista-cheap-Tesla, Blackout Bump

The Automotive Troublemaker
April 8, 2024

Welcome to quite an eventful Monday as we not only take a first look at the Automotive News Top 150 Dealer list, but also dig into a he-said-she-said about Tesla’s affordable vehicle, as well as a quick primer on today’s eclipse frenzy. 

Stairmaster Returns, Ford Halts New EV Trucks, GenZ Money Skills

Stairmaster Returns, Ford Halts New EV Trucks, GenZ Money Skills

The Automotive Troublemaker
April 5, 2024

It’s the first Friday of the Month and we’re talking about another OEM’s return to stair step incentive programs. We also talk about Ford’s throttling back on some new EV truck models, as well as GenZs propensity for financial responsibility. 

Tennessee Power, Silverado EV Launch, Eclipse Traffic Imminent

Tennessee Power, Silverado EV Launch, Eclipse Traffic Imminent

The Automotive Troublemaker
April 4, 2024

It’s Thursday and we’re talking about GM’s big power plant open in a Tennessee town. We also talk about the pricing and specs on the upcoming launch of the Silverado EV, as well as give you the need-to-know details on Monday’s full solar eclipse. 

Sales Chutes and Ladders, Gender Gap in EV Purchasing, GenZ Getting Their Hands Dirty

Sales Chutes and Ladders, Gender Gap in EV Purchasing, GenZ Getting Their Hands Dirty

The Automotive Troublemaker
April 3, 2024

Q1 numbers are rolling in and the reports are mixed…go figure. This Wednesday we are also looking at some cultural broad strokes, including the stark gender gap in EV purchase behavior and GenZ returning to college-less skilled trades.

BYD Dethroned?, Ford Rides the Discount Train, Big Brand April Fools

BYD Dethroned?, Ford Rides the Discount Train, Big Brand April Fools

The Automotive Troublemaker
April 2, 2024

The week is in full swing and Q1 results are starting to hit the news cycle. We take a look at BYD’s possible slide in Q1, Ford’s journey back to the discount aisle, and how big brands have leveraged the April Fools moment over the years.

Special Guest Elon Musk, What Inventory Level?, 20 Years of Gmail

Special Guest Elon Musk, What Inventory Level?, 20 Years of Gmail

The Automotive Troublemaker
April 1, 2024

Happy April 1st as we roll into a fresh week, fresh month, and fresh quarter all at the same time. Today we’re talking about landing Elon Musk as a special guest. We also ask what we have learned as an industry about inventory levels, as well as looking back on 20 years of Gmail. 

March Sales Marching, Valuations Adjusting, Costco Hot Dog Changes Coming?

March Sales Marching, Valuations Adjusting, Costco Hot Dog Changes Coming?

The Automotive Troublemaker
March 29, 2024

It’s a magical fifth Friday before a fifth Saturday and we’re ready to roll as we talk about the anticipated strong end to the month. We’re also covering the latest M&A report from the Presidio Group, as well as checking in on our old friend, the Costco Hot dog, Soda Combo. 

Bye Bye Diesel, Hello AI Movies, Fisker’s Low Prices

Bye Bye Diesel, Hello AI Movies, Fisker’s Low Prices

The Automotive Troublemaker
March 28, 2024

It’s a throwback Thursday today as we have JC in the house and we reflect on Volvo’s diesel legacy. We’re also talking about Fisker lowering MSRP on its troubled Ocean SUVs and the way AI is changing the video game.

ASOTU In NYC, Car Shipment Pivot, Tom Doll Legacy 

ASOTU In NYC, Car Shipment Pivot, Tom Doll Legacy 

The Automotive Troublemaker
March 27, 2024

Welcome to Wednesday as we recap yesterday’s trip to NYC, the AutoForum, VaynerMedia, and podcast with NYT Bestselling author, Will Guidara. We also talk about the plan to keep imported cars moving toward dealer lots despite the bridge collapse, as well as a Newsweek nod to Tom Doll’s lasting contribution to the Subaru brand and to the industry. 

Nissan Goes for 2030, Fisker Might Go Bust, Starbucks Breakup?

Nissan Goes for 2030, Fisker Might Go Bust, Starbucks Breakup?

The Automotive Troublemaker
March 26, 2024

We are wheels up to NYC, but not before a little tour around the world of auto. We are looking at how Nissan is setting up for a model release onslaught, Fisker running out of runway, and Starbucks thinking Locally Global.

Slasher Honda, Mini-Lambo, AI Power Grid Probs

Slasher Honda, Mini-Lambo, AI Power Grid Probs

The Automotive Troublemaker
March 25, 2024

It’s the last week in March as we head toward our 5th Friday and 5th Saturday. On our way, we’re covering Honda’s unilateral cut to Dealer profit margins plus BYD's 10k ‘Mini Lambo”, as well as another impending anchor on the power grid. 

A Saturday Two-For-One Special

A Saturday Two-For-One Special

The Automotive Troublemaker
March 23, 2024

Writers Chris Reeves and Kristi Canada join Head of Community Jordan Cox and Producer Nathan Southwick to talk about 2 inspiring stories from inside dealers

New VW Brand to the US, Super Cheap Lease, Vroom Wound Down

New VW Brand to the US, Super Cheap Lease, Vroom Wound Down

The Automotive Troublemaker
March 22, 2024

It’s the fourth Friday in March with one still to go as we talk about a new EV brand entering the US market. We also discuss the surprising cheapest lease in America right now, as well as a smooth stop for online retailer Vroom.