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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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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. 

Interest Rates Ups and Downs, Cheaper Used Cars, Charge Wars Over 

Interest Rates Ups and Downs, Cheaper Used Cars, Charge Wars Over 

The Automotive Troublemaker
March 21, 2024

It’s Thursday and we're talking about the impact of the Fed’s interest rate decision on Dealers. We’re also covering the dramatically changing used car market, as well as the end of the charging platform wars as we’ve known them. 

Dealer Mega-Deal, Ford Skunkworks Update, Buc-ee’s Heads West 

Dealer Mega-Deal, Ford Skunkworks Update, Buc-ee’s Heads West 

The Automotive Troublemaker
March 20, 2024

Welcome to Wednesday as we talk about the latest mega acquisition deal. We also cover the latest on Ford’s internal skunkworks EV project as well as a big move west for gas-station chain Buc-ee’s. 

EV Final Rule Is a Win For OEMs, VW Union, Shredding EGs

EV Final Rule Is a Win For OEMs, VW Union, Shredding EGs

The Automotive Troublemaker
March 19, 2024

It’s Tuesday and the Auto Industry is alive and well as we talk about the DOE final rules on EV requirements that are a win for OEMs. We also talk about the pending UAW vote at VWs Chattanooga plant as well as the legendary metal band, Metallica, going an an EV/hydrogen powered tour. 

Is Tesla A Luxury Brand, 100% Tariff On Chinese EVs, Ultimate Retirement Flight

Is Tesla A Luxury Brand, 100% Tariff On Chinese EVs, Ultimate Retirement Flight

The Automotive Troublemaker
March 18, 2024

Welcome to a beautiful Monday in Retail Auto as we weigh the merit of Tesla being labeled as a ‘Luxury brand’. We also discuss Trump’s proposed 100% tariff on China-made EVs as well as one Delta Pilot’s epic retirement flight. 

The Heart of Hospitality Opens The Door For A Magical Experience

The Heart of Hospitality Opens The Door For A Magical Experience

The Automotive Troublemaker
March 18, 2024

Writers Chris Reeves and Kristi Canada join Kyle Mountsier on this Saturday

Jim Farley Hits the Road and Cars are Getting Judged and X-rayed

Jim Farley Hits the Road and Cars are Getting Judged and X-rayed

The Automotive Troublemaker
March 15, 2024

Welcome back to the pod Michael Wood, whose dogs are as excited about this show as we are! Today we are looking at the road trip Jim Farley is about to embark on, how customers perceive automakers and dealers, and a car going under the microscope…er, x-ray machine!

Pi Day is for EVs, We Guess

Pi Day is for EVs, We Guess

The Automotive Troublemaker
March 14, 2024

It isn’t Pi day if we don’t mention it, and we are excited to ask Michael Wood what his favorite “pie” is. Today, we are all in the EV space chatting about broadening lineups for Hyundai, VW, and Jaguar.

Tesla vs Rogue: Guess which one is implementing deep discounts?!

Tesla vs Rogue: Guess which one is implementing deep discounts?!

The Automotive Troublemaker
March 13, 2024

Hump day has arrived yet again and Nissan is again attempting to get over the hump of overproduction. On the EV side of things, Tesla is beginning to crack down on resellers and a couple companies are bringing supercar power to their EV lineup.

Connectivity Resulting in Driver Exposure and an Exposed Purchase

Connectivity Resulting in Driver Exposure and an Exposed Purchase

The Automotive Troublemaker
March 12, 2024

The world is seemingly upside down again as Ben Hadley joins the pod to chat about a digital asset auction gone wild, automated driving under scrutiny, and insurance companies getting more data than consumers may have bargained for.

Marques Brownlee Downs Fisker while Rivian and GM are Reviving

Marques Brownlee Downs Fisker while Rivian and GM are Reviving

The Automotive Troublemaker
March 11, 2024

Just another EV Monday! The weekend was a bit light for automotive news, but GM is bringing back the Blazer EV, Rivian handed out Steve Jobs style surprises, and Marques Brownlee threw shade on the Ocean.

This Dealership Asked Its Community Where They Should Donate $100,000

This Dealership Asked Its Community Where They Should Donate $100,000

The Automotive Troublemaker
March 9, 2024

Head Writer Chris Reeves is joined by Head of Community Jordan Cox and Producer Nathan Southwick on this Saturday

Dealer Trust Results, Gen Z plus F&I

Dealer Trust Results, Gen Z plus F&I

The Automotive Troublemaker
March 8, 2024

It’s the second of five Friday’s in March and we’re talking about the results of a new Dealership Trust Survey. We also get into some specifics on Gen Z’s preferences in the F&I process, as well as peeking at the new Rivian R3 surprise release. 

Carvana Not Focused on Growth, Leaked Rivian Release,

Carvana Not Focused on Growth, Leaked Rivian Release,

The Automotive Troublemaker
March 7, 2024

It’s Thursday and we’re talking about Carvana’s strategic pivot from growth to efficiency. We’re also talking about Rivian’s leaked release details of today’s R2 drop

GM’s Hydrogen Play, Physical Button Comeback, Target Subscription

GM’s Hydrogen Play, Physical Button Comeback, Target Subscription

The Automotive Troublemaker
March 6, 2024

Welcome to a beautiful Wednesday in Retail Auto as we talk about GM’s collab with the US Department of Energy on hydrogen powered vehicles. We also talk about Europe’s efforts to enhance vehicle safety by bringing back buttons, as well as a new annual subscription from retail giant Target. 

Store Count Down-Throughput Up, AI Credit Misquotes, Cybertruck Sale Rebellion

Store Count Down-Throughput Up, AI Credit Misquotes, Cybertruck Sale Rebellion

The Automotive Troublemaker
March 5, 2024

Welcome to Tuesday as we talk about franchise dealership count going down while throughput goes up on the other side of the seesaw. We also talk about Dealer complaints about the use of AI in credit leading to misquotes on payments, as well as a follow up on the dealer-purchased Cybertruck from last week. 

This OEM Cares More About Consumer Demand Than EPA Fines

This OEM Cares More About Consumer Demand Than EPA Fines

The Automotive Troublemaker
March 4, 2024

Happy first week of the month (and happy birthday to our very own Paul Daly). Today, we’re covering Toyota’s concern over consumer demand, the fastest EV charger ever and robotaxis rolling on.

A Fashion Show at a Dealership? Yes, Please...

A Fashion Show at a Dealership? Yes, Please...

The Automotive Troublemaker
March 2, 2024

Writers Chris Reeves and Kristi Canada join the show today to tell about a Regina, Saskatchewan dealership that turned its showroom into a catwalk.

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.