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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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ASOTU Triple Crown, Ford Cuts EV Prices, Hertz Hearts Denver

ASOTU Triple Crown, Ford Cuts EV Prices, Hertz Hearts Denver

The Automotive Troublemaker
January 31, 2023

Time to close out strong as we talk about Toyota’s triple crown, Ford matching Tesla’s price cut moves, and Hertz brings the ‘try before you buy’ to Denver.

Make Meeting Melody, Closing Out January, Cybertruck Volume Not Until 2024

Make Meeting Melody, Closing Out January, Cybertruck Volume Not Until 2024

The Automotive Troublemaker
January 30, 2023

We’re rolling into the last 2 days of the month with a full head of steam as NADA is over and the work of the industry gets a speed boost. We’ll be giving some ‘day after’ insights, covering what happened in the make meetings, and talking about some cyber-delays.

The NADA Convergences Begins, and Getting Back To Basics w/ Guest Todd Caputo

The NADA Convergences Begins, and Getting Back To Basics w/ Guest Todd Caputo

The Automotive Troublemaker
January 25, 2023

Today it begins as the NADA Show in Dallas draws in tens of thousands from across the industry and across the country. ASOTU coverage of the show means that no one has to feel like they missed out.

1970’s Toyota Wait Lists, Stability Of Retail Auto, Tesla Bumps Prices

1970’s Toyota Wait Lists, Stability Of Retail Auto, Tesla Bumps Prices

The Automotive Troublemaker
January 24, 2023

Throttle down with us this Tuesday as we talk about the benefits of “legacy” in our conversations about broad stability in Retail Auto as opposed to much of the popular workplace narratives.

The BIG Week Ahead, Sales Process Shift, Retail = Personal and Pizza

The BIG Week Ahead, Sales Process Shift, Retail = Personal and Pizza

The Automotive Troublemaker
January 23, 2023

It’s a big week for the Retail Auto Industry as the 2023 NADA Show is coming in hot and we’re making sure no one is left out! We’ll give you the plan as we also talk about the return of salesmanship, as well as how some retailers are dropping gems for Dealers to pick up.

Toyota Calls Their Shot, What Is On Dealers’ Minds, Best And Worst Airlines

Toyota Calls Their Shot, What Is On Dealers’ Minds, Best And Worst Airlines

The Automotive Troublemaker
January 20, 2023

It’s Friday and we’re flying through the week as we prep to fly to Dallas for the NADA Show next week. Today we cover Toyota’s production predictions for 2022, a recent Dealer survey, as well as the WSJ list of Best and Worst Airlines in 2022

COX Used Vehicle Report Surprise, Charging Charges Forward, Technology & Empathy From Pepsi

COX Used Vehicle Report Surprise, Charging Charges Forward, Technology & Empathy From Pepsi

The Automotive Troublemaker
January 19, 2023

Thursday is charging ahead as we talk about yesterday’s COX Used Vehicle report. We also talk about some big moves in EV charging networks, as well as PepsiCo’s solution for keeping employees happy and stable.

Partner Break Ups, EV Glow Ups, Rousing Talk From Lowe’s CEO

Partner Break Ups, EV Glow Ups, Rousing Talk From Lowe’s CEO

The Automotive Troublemaker
January 18, 2023

Welcome to Wednesday campers! Today we talk about the waning partnership between Ford and VW. We also give a broad look at EV news, as well as an automotive-applicable talk from Lowe’s CEO Mervin Ellison

Carmax v Carvana Tesla Strategy, New Vehicle Inventory Flex, Is Nepotism So Bad?

Carmax v Carvana Tesla Strategy, New Vehicle Inventory Flex, Is Nepotism So Bad?

The Automotive Troublemaker
January 17, 2023

Tuesday is coming in hot as we discuss the massive motion in used Teslas across the country. We also talk about new car inventory getting back (or close to) “normal” as well as the risks and rewards of nepotism. Yeah, we’ll tell you what it means too.

Not-so-VinFast, Decentralized Power, $40M Pay Cut

Not-so-VinFast, Decentralized Power, $40M Pay Cut

The Automotive Troublemaker
January 16, 2023

Welcome to a beautiful week in Retail Auto. This morning we’re talking about some less than flattering reviews of the new VF8, a partnership to leverage EV tech to put power back into the grid, as well as a pay cut for the CEO of one of the world's biggest companies.

Tesla vs Toyota: The Tale of 2 OEMS in Early 2023, A Glass Cage Of No Motion In Denver

Tesla vs Toyota: The Tale of 2 OEMS in Early 2023, A Glass Cage Of No Motion In Denver

The Automotive Troublemaker
January 13, 2023

It’s Friday, friends. Today we contrast the operational ongoings of Toyota with Tesla in the first few weeks of 2023. We also talk about a potential mess for local Denver residents as a Carvana parking garage sits empty.

Carvana Gets Suspended and Soars at the Same Time, Porsche Considers Google, Celebrity Ads

Carvana Gets Suspended and Soars at the Same Time, Porsche Considers Google, Celebrity Ads

The Automotive Troublemaker
January 12, 2023

It’s Thursday folks and today we’re talking about Carvana’s surrender of their dealer license in Michigan. We also cover Porsche and Google’s talks, a follow up of our EV charger story yesterday, as well as a new AI written celebrity ad.

Full Stop, How Many EV Chargers Does It Take?, EV Updates, Guest Host Todd Caputo

Full Stop, How Many EV Chargers Does It Take?, EV Updates, Guest Host Todd Caputo

The Automotive Troublemaker
January 11, 2023

Welcome to a wild Wednesday as a full ground stop of all flights in the US is upon us. We also answer the question of how many EV chargers to we really need by 2030, as well as a few quick hit updates across the wild world of electrification.

Marketing Minute, A Handy EV Tax Credit Tool, Bed Bath and Beyond Goes Meme

Marketing Minute, A Handy EV Tax Credit Tool, Bed Bath and Beyond Goes Meme

The Automotive Troublemaker
January 10, 2023

Tuesday is upon us as we are in Phoenix to speak at a Marketing NCM 20 Group moderated by David Kain We talk about a new tool taking the mystery out of the new EV tax credits for used car buyers. We also talk about the meme-stock comeback of Bed Bath and Beyond, and of course…a little marketing talk is in order.

Real talk with Steve Greenfield, Kyle Pushes Back, 2023 Is Full of Opportunity

Real talk with Steve Greenfield, Kyle Pushes Back, 2023 Is Full of Opportunity

The Automotive Troublemaker
January 9, 2023

We’re one full week into the new year, and we got Steve Greenfield of Automotive Ventures joining the show to talk about the predictions he made for 2022 and how things actually turned out. Then, we’ll look ahead to 2023 with 10 bold predictions for the coming year.

Ram’s Revolution, Cheaper Teslas, Delta’s Free Wi-Fi

Ram’s Revolution, Cheaper Teslas, Delta’s Free Wi-Fi

The Automotive Troublemaker
January 6, 2023

We’re burning around the corner on Thursday as we review Ram’s entry into the EV Truck market. We also cover dramatic pricing changes for Tesla, as well as Delta’s plan to (finally) give free wi-fi to all passengers.

CES Auto Roundup, Amazon Fires and Borrows, Guest Host Todd Caputo

CES Auto Roundup, Amazon Fires and Borrows, Guest Host Todd Caputo

The Automotive Troublemaker
January 5, 2023

It’s Thursday, folks and we have quite a lot to talk about when it comes to auto related announcements at CES yesterday. We also talk about Amazon’s big layoffs as well as their big borrowing this week.

Chips w/ A Side of Auto, Under Armor Embraces Hospitality, Shopify Cans Meetings

Chips w/ A Side of Auto, Under Armor Embraces Hospitality, Shopify Cans Meetings

The Automotive Troublemaker
January 4, 2023

Welcome to Wednesday as we talk about some new Automotive partnerships being announced at CES. We also talk about a surprise new CEO for Under Armor and how it applies to Auto. We also talk about a bold move from Shopify to stop wasting time.

New Tesla US Chief, No ICE For Hyundai In Norway, Volvo Buys Even More Safety

New Tesla US Chief, No ICE For Hyundai In Norway, Volvo Buys Even More Safety

The Automotive Troublemaker
January 3, 2023

It’s Tuesday already as Automotive welcomes everyone else back to work. Today we’re talking about Tesla’s new US Chief. We’re also covering the end of ICE sales for Hyunday in Norway, as well as the autonomous tech company now exclusively owned by Volvo

Building is Booming, New NADA Chair, Auto Ventures Predictions, Text to shop

Building is Booming, New NADA Chair, Auto Ventures Predictions, Text to shop

The Automotive Troublemaker
January 2, 2023

It’s ‘go time’ for 2023 as we talk about the all-time boom in factory builds and say hello to the new NADA Chair. We also review the Automotive Ventures top 10 predictions of 2022 and 2023, as well as talk about a newly launched text-to-shop feature from Walmart.

Final Morning Show of 2022, Top 5 All Gas No Brake Moments, Tax Credit Updates, Hiring Getting Easier

Final Morning Show of 2022, Top 5 All Gas No Brake Moments, Tax Credit Updates, Hiring Getting Easier

The Automotive Troublemaker
December 30, 2022

Rockin into the new year with our last show of this year. We cover some important EV tax credit updates, talk about hiring getting easier, and we give our top 5 ‘all gas no brake’ moments of 2022.

GUEST Matt Lasher: Dealers To the Rescue, Powered By Pickups, Cox’s Crystal Ball

GUEST Matt Lasher: Dealers To the Rescue, Powered By Pickups, Cox’s Crystal Ball

The Automotive Troublemaker
December 29, 2022

We’re on the final approach for 2022 and talking about how the auto industry has helped communities weather the recent (literal) storms. We also review Cox’s top 10 prediction list for 2023

Used Teslas Lose Their Charge, EVs Ditch Brand Loyalty Rules, Most Popular Xmas Gifts

Used Teslas Lose Their Charge, EVs Ditch Brand Loyalty Rules, Most Popular Xmas Gifts

The Automotive Troublemaker
December 28, 2022

It’s Wednesday on that weird holiday week as we talk about the continuing used car correction being led by Tesla. We also talk about what EVs are doing to the brand loyalty landscape, as well as reviewing the list of most popular Christmas gifts of 2022.

Kate Lumsden, Marketing Director, Walser Automotive Group

Kate Lumsden, Marketing Director, Walser Automotive Group

The Automotive Troublemaker
December 28, 2022

ASOTU was on the ground with Kate Lumsden during the 2022 Modern Retailing Conference.

How Retail Did, Credit Unions Crushing Auto, Bowls Full of Chips In Time for CES

How Retail Did, Credit Unions Crushing Auto, Bowls Full of Chips In Time for CES

The Automotive Troublemaker
December 27, 2022

The ASOTU team is saddled up and ready to ride as we talk about the retail scorecard from Christmas. We also get into auto loan rates, a chip surplus, and all the buzz around this week’s CES in Vegas.

Wrapping up YEE, US Postal Going EV, & Twitter May Soon Have New Boss

Wrapping up YEE, US Postal Going EV, & Twitter May Soon Have New Boss

The Automotive Troublemaker
December 22, 2022

We have only a few short days until Christmas and then the biggest week of the year is upon us! Today we will recap all things Year End Extravaganza, check out a new deal the US Postal Service has made, and hear from Elon…again.

Some Quick Jabs and Predicting the Future...the Year is 2030!

Some Quick Jabs and Predicting the Future...the Year is 2030!

The Automotive Troublemaker
December 22, 2022

It's throwback Thursday! Even though it was only two days ago, we are throwing it back to YEE 2022's opening monologue! Enjoy!

The Day Has Finally Arrived As Where Live On Set In Nashville

The Day Has Finally Arrived As Where Live On Set In Nashville

The Automotive Troublemaker
December 20, 2022

We’re on the set where the 2022 Year End Extravaganza is about to go down this afternoon and we’re on set with one of our event co-hosts, Michael Cirillo as we talk about what’s coming in 2023 and how to stay connected to those who will help you keep the wheel steady in 2023.

Self-Fired By A Twitter Poll, Robos Racking Up Rides, The Best Final Ever?

Self-Fired By A Twitter Poll, Robos Racking Up Rides, The Best Final Ever?

The Automotive Troublemaker
December 19, 2022

Welcome to the week before Christmas, where Amazon shipping is everyone’s best friend! Today we welcome the ASOTU crew to Nashville, but we have to talk about some news. Elon may be stepping down as head honcho at Twitter, driverless cars are getting more popular in China, and we recap one of the greatest World Cup finals of all time.

Pricey Lightning, Honda Goes Over The Air, & Metaverse Gets Another Go

Pricey Lightning, Honda Goes Over The Air, & Metaverse Gets Another Go

The Automotive Troublemaker
December 16, 2022

The landing gear on YEE presented by Orbee is coming down this Friday as the pieces move in place for our annual end-of-year livestream event. But first some news about Ford’s F150 Lighting price hike, Honda’s announcement of their first car running on a Google OS, and some automakers are pressing into the metaverse.

Quick Shot EV Updates, Nuclear Fusion Working, Tiktok As A News Source

Quick Shot EV Updates, Nuclear Fusion Working, Tiktok As A News Source

The Automotive Troublemaker
December 15, 2022

Thursday is full of surprises as we update you on several EV ongoings. We also talk about the long awaited success of nuclear fusion (yep), as well as Tiktok being a growing source of news…but not from traditional sources.

IIHS Gets Picky, Private Label Products Surging, and Rate Hikes Slowing

IIHS Gets Picky, Private Label Products Surging, and Rate Hikes Slowing

The Automotive Troublemaker
December 14, 2022

Rolling into Wednesday we welcome special guest Ben Hadley to help us take a tour around the news. We are looking at the impact the new IIHS guidelines are having on CUVs, new consumer demand for private label grocery items, and the changes in the economy that are leading to slower rate hikes.

Inventory Is…UP!, Mobile Service Coming In Hot, Outta’ Paper, ChatGPT

Inventory Is…UP!, Mobile Service Coming In Hot, Outta’ Paper, ChatGPT

The Automotive Troublemaker
December 13, 2022

Welcome to Tuesday as we talk about some good news with new car inventory, mobile service in the rise, the lack of the paper to print titles on, and give you the scoop on this ChatGPT thing.

Charging On Across the US, Experience To The Front, Restraining Order Incoming?

Charging On Across the US, Experience To The Front, Restraining Order Incoming?

The Automotive Troublemaker
December 12, 2022

It’s a fine Friday across the Automotive Industry as we talk about Dealers banding together to become a formidable charging network. We also talk about stand alone stores bringing experience to the forefront, as well as a leaked email seething with desperation from one startup EV maker.

What To Do w/ Three Weeks Left, Rental’s Role in EV, Why These Christmas Colors?

What To Do w/ Three Weeks Left, Rental’s Role in EV, Why These Christmas Colors?

The Automotive Troublemaker
December 12, 2022

Welcome to Monday, Troublemakers. As we start the three week countdown to 2023, we’re talking about what Dealers across the country are doing to prepare. We also talk about rental fleets of EV’s, as well as the reason Coke is so closely associated with the Christmas holiday.

Dealer Sentiment Shift, Mixed Emotions On Carvana, Apple Encryption, and a Lego EV

Dealer Sentiment Shift, Mixed Emotions On Carvana, Apple Encryption, and a Lego EV

The Automotive Troublemaker
December 8, 2022

Thursday is all the rage as we talk about the results of the Q3 Cox Dealer Sentiment Survey. We also talk about Carvana’s current spot, Apple putting data recovery in user’s hands, and the Lego indicator we’ve all been waiting for.

Apple Battles Autonomy, Side Hustles the New Norm, and Culture Produces Results

Apple Battles Autonomy, Side Hustles the New Norm, and Culture Produces Results

The Automotive Troublemaker
December 7, 2022

We are in dealerships across the east this week, but that won’t slow down the news drip. We are chatting up how it looks like Apple is pulling back on their autonomous dreams, Americans are leaning into side hustles, and how a coach got a team culture right enough to dismantle expectations.

Farley Is Pleased, Best Buy’s Warehouse Studio Service, Wazers Rejoice

Farley Is Pleased, Best Buy’s Warehouse Studio Service, Wazers Rejoice

The Automotive Troublemaker
December 6, 2022

It’s an energetic Tuesday in Retail Automotive as we cover Ford CEO Jim Farley’s recent comments as the EV certification deadline closes. We also cover Best Buy’s move to meet consumers where they are at, as well as an in-car integration with the popular mapping app Waze

Next Gen Auto Tech School, Liza’s Tips For Pricing Aged Inventory, Swiss Ban On EV Driving?

Next Gen Auto Tech School, Liza’s Tips For Pricing Aged Inventory, Swiss Ban On EV Driving?

The Automotive Troublemaker
December 5, 2022

Welcome to another great week in Retail Auto as we talk about the newest auto tech school on the west coast and why it’s significant. We also share Liza Borches’ tips and strategies for moving aged inventory, as well as the truth on a rumored Swiss EV ban.

FTC Won’t Let Ford Be, Tesla’s ‘adjustment’, Kid’s Don’t Want Cash

FTC Won’t Let Ford Be, Tesla’s ‘adjustment’, Kid’s Don’t Want Cash

The Automotive Troublemaker
December 2, 2022

It’s time for a Friday as we talk about one Senator's plan to sic the FTC on Ford. We also talk about Tesla incentivising customers to take delivery now, as well as the growing trend of kids passing on cash for meta-stuff.

Kicking Off December W/: Hyundai, Kia, Ringless, Quitting, Metallica

Kicking Off December W/: Hyundai, Kia, Ringless, Quitting, Metallica

The Automotive Troublemaker
December 1, 2022

December 1st doesn’t disappoint as we talk about Hyundai and Kia crushing November, illegal voicemails, people quitting on quitting, and Metallica’s new song (yep).

Tesla Loses EV Market Share, The 10 Cars Holding Their Value Best, USMNT Defeats Iran

Tesla Loses EV Market Share, The 10 Cars Holding Their Value Best, USMNT Defeats Iran

The Automotive Troublemaker
November 30, 2022

It’s the last day of November and we’re ready to flip into the final month of the year as we talk about new S&P data that shows Tesla’s shrinking market share. We also talk about the used cars that are holding their value best. Of course, we have to talk about US Soccer for a moment or Kyle might explode.

A Simplified and Revamped Model 3, Bricked Lightning, Social Media vs. Entertainment

A Simplified and Revamped Model 3, Bricked Lightning, Social Media vs. Entertainment

The Automotive Troublemaker
November 29, 2022

Welcome to *almost* the last day of November as we talk about leaked plans to revamp Tesla’s Model 3, one F150 Lightning user's experience with a ‘bricked’ truck, and is that app ‘social media’ or ‘entertainment’?

All Star Automotive Cast, VinFast Ships 999 Vehicles to the US, Black Friday Delivers

All Star Automotive Cast, VinFast Ships 999 Vehicles to the US, Black Friday Delivers

The Automotive Troublemaker
November 28, 2022

Welcome back to a Turkey filled world as we throttle down on the last 5 weeks of 2022 starting with the Automotive News All Stars list. We also talk about VinFast delivering its first US vehicles, as well as the retail numbers from Black Friday.

Introducing Some New Faces, How An Industry Fixes a Brand Problem

Introducing Some New Faces, How An Industry Fixes a Brand Problem

The Automotive Troublemaker
November 25, 2022

As we head into Black Friday weekend we’re excited to introduce you to a new voice from the frontlines of Retail Auto, Morgan McManaman, Senior Client Advisor and Brand Ambassador for Bozard Lincoln in Jacksonville, FL.

Safe Questions To Ask Family On Thanksgiving

Safe Questions To Ask Family On Thanksgiving

The Automotive Troublemaker
November 24, 2022

It's Thanksgiving Day and we're helping you be the savvy conversationalist around the family table with a list of fun questions you can ask to keep the gravy train rolling.

Nissan EV Bundle, St Louis Service Dept Develops Tech, In-Vehicle PS5

Nissan EV Bundle, St Louis Service Dept Develops Tech, In-Vehicle PS5

The Automotive Troublemaker
November 23, 2022

Tomorrow is the big day where we get extra thankfulness, but today we’re still battening down the hatches as we talk about Nissans new EV maintenance bundle. We also cover a St Louis Dealer doing their part to curb vehicle theft, as well as a potential PS5 embedded in a vehicle.

Mazda Dives Into the EV Pool, GM Stores Maintaining Teslas, Mr. Beast Goes to College

Mazda Dives Into the EV Pool, GM Stores Maintaining Teslas, Mr. Beast Goes to College

The Automotive Troublemaker
November 22, 2022

It’s the Tuesday before turkey day and we’re talking about Mazda’s plans to zoom their way into the EV race. We also talk about the thousands of Tesla’s being maintained by GM dealerships, as well as the new college course by…Mr. Beast?

Dealerships Selling Like Hotcakes, Bright Drop To Hit $1B, Dominos Gets Charged

Dealerships Selling Like Hotcakes, Bright Drop To Hit $1B, Dominos Gets Charged

The Automotive Troublemaker
November 21, 2022

It’s a magnificent Monday to be in the car business as we warm up those turkey ovens and those Black Friday deals. Today we discuss private sector buy/sells, GM’s Bright Drop reaching $1B, and Domino’s EV delivery strategy.

GM Plans to Save Big, Hybrids Give EVs A Smackdown, No Beer at the World Cup

GM Plans to Save Big, Hybrids Give EVs A Smackdown, No Beer at the World Cup

The Automotive Troublemaker
November 18, 2022

We’ve got that Friday feeling as we talk about GMs plans to leverage tech and fulfillment centers to save a pile per car. We also talk about Consumer Reports Brand Reliability results, as well as the last minute decision to keep soccer fans more sober.

Automotive As The Economy’s Hope, Dealer CX Atrophy, Tiktok Analytics Grow Up

Automotive As The Economy’s Hope, Dealer CX Atrophy, Tiktok Analytics Grow Up

The Automotive Troublemaker
November 17, 2022

Thursday is in full swing as we’re talking about why the Auto Industry might just be the economy’s bright spot in early 2023. We also talk about shaking off the deal-entitlement of 2022, as well as a new depth in analytics for Tiktok advertisers.

AutoNation Buys A Chunk of TrueCar, First Release Luxury Data

AutoNation Buys A Chunk of TrueCar, First Release Luxury Data

The Automotive Troublemaker
November 16, 2022

We’re into Wednesday as we talk about AutoNation’s announcement of their purchase of a substantial number of TrueCar shares. We also talk about the just-released data on luxury loyalty including Tesla.

EV’s Moving, Retail Facial Recognition, Hitting 8 Billion People

EV’s Moving, Retail Facial Recognition, Hitting 8 Billion People

The Automotive Troublemaker
November 15, 2022

MRC is winding down and Used Car Week is rolling, but we are still on the grind to bring you the stories that count today. We are rounding up some EV talk, checking on your retail shopping experience, and joining all of you in a population that is expected to cross 8bn today!

Conference Kickoffs, Lightning Powered Flying, and Skills for Social

Conference Kickoffs, Lightning Powered Flying, and Skills for Social

The Automotive Troublemaker
November 14, 2022

We’re in Palm Beach with a whole crew of incredible operators, marketers, and industry partners learning and networking. Today also kicks off Used Car Week and the energy is palpable. We are also talking about charging ground to air and a shift in social media skill requirements.

NADA’s Manifesto, EV Round Up, World’s Top YouTuber

NADA’s Manifesto, EV Round Up, World’s Top YouTuber

The Automotive Troublemaker
November 10, 2022

It’s Thursday and we’re talking about NADA’s Guiding Principles which were just released. We also give a round up of current EV news, as well as the likely new king of YouTube.

Omnichannel is the new DR, Mazda On Top, & Target Goes Bigger

Omnichannel is the new DR, Mazda On Top, & Target Goes Bigger

The Automotive Troublemaker
November 10, 2022

We’ve got that Friday feeling as we ask the question if ‘omnichannel’ is the next retail auto buzzword. We also talk about Mazda’s claim to the top spot in 3 vehicle segment IIHS categories. One brand is also returning to brick and mortar with their customers.

Honda-Sony Dealer Service, Vroom v Carvana, 3 Day Workweek Host Notes

Honda-Sony Dealer Service, Vroom v Carvana, 3 Day Workweek Host Notes

The Automotive Troublemaker
November 9, 2022

Welcome to Wednesday as we discuss the potential of US Honda Dealers being a service solution for the new Honda-Sony EV. We also review Vroom's latest earnings call, as well as one Chick-fil-a operator's 3-day work week that’s working.

Ford Dealers Unite, Tech Downsizing, How Much Will Turkey Day Cost

Ford Dealers Unite, Tech Downsizing, How Much Will Turkey Day Cost

The Automotive Troublemaker
November 8, 2022

This Tuesday we’re talking about state associations banding together to push back against Ford’s plan to separate EV and ICE dealers. We also talk about the broader layoffs being announced in the tech space, as well as a preview of how much this years Thanksgiving might cost.

Hopes Rising on Hydrogen, Amazon and Rivian Progress, Restaurants Copying Dealer Pricing

Hopes Rising on Hydrogen, Amazon and Rivian Progress, Restaurants Copying Dealer Pricing

The Automotive Troublemaker
November 7, 2022

Welcome to a fresh, shiny week in Retail Auto as we talk about the growing promise of the role of hydrogen as an alternative fuel. We also talk about the progress that has been made in the partnership between Amazon and Rivian, as well as new tech-enabled variable pricing at restaurants.

Used Cars Down, Carvana Down, Colors That Pick You Up

Used Cars Down, Carvana Down, Colors That Pick You Up

The Automotive Troublemaker
November 4, 2022

It’s time for a Friday as we cover the Q3 earnings reports from the major auto retailers from across the country, as well as Carvana’s drop and their strategy to turn it around. We also get into the psychology of color and how to deploy it to your advantage.

Steve Greenfield Reads The News w/ Paul and Kyle

Steve Greenfield Reads The News w/ Paul and Kyle

The Automotive Troublemaker
November 3, 2022

Today we welcome back Steve Greenfield, Founder of Automotive Ventures to talk about today’s news and give us the breakdown of his November 2022 Auto Intel Report.

October Winners and Losers, 2023 Cybertruck, Waymo At The Airport

October Winners and Losers, 2023 Cybertruck, Waymo At The Airport

The Automotive Troublemaker
November 2, 2022

Welcome to Wednesday as we go through the winners and losers of the October sales figures. We also talk about new information about the Cybertruck production dates, as well as the reason you might start seeing more Waymo vehicles at the Phoenix Airport.

A Supply Chain Bright Spot, Marketing Moves for 2023, Viral Coal Miner Gets The nod

A Supply Chain Bright Spot, Marketing Moves for 2023, Viral Coal Miner Gets The nod

The Automotive Troublemaker
November 1, 2022

It’s the first day of November and we’re fired up to talk about a bright spot in Hyundai’s supply chain, as well as a gathering of some of the most powerful marketers in the country. We also talk about one coal-mining dad who is making waves as he publicly prioritizes his family.

Ford’s Postponed Deadline, Shape Up Or Ship Out, A Year of Meta

Ford’s Postponed Deadline, Shape Up Or Ship Out, A Year of Meta

The Automotive Troublemaker
October 31, 2022

Don’t let the costumes fool ya, we’re here to work this Monday as we talk about Ford’s announcement to delay the deadline for dealers to decide on their EV future. We also talk about Ford’s efforts to part ways with underperformers, as well as what one year of Meta being Meta has gotten us.

The Bird Is Freed, New Service Plans for EVs, Get You Netflix Popcorn…at Walmart

The Bird Is Freed, New Service Plans for EVs, Get You Netflix Popcorn…at Walmart

The Automotive Troublemaker
October 28, 2022

We’ve got that Friday feeling as we talk about the first steps of the Twitter takeover and what it means for advertisers. We also talk about the new and hopeful service strategies for Dealer EV service departments, as well as a Walmart - Netflix partnership just in time for the holidays.

Closure of Holman Store, Dealership Turnover Drops, Elon Sinks in @Twitter

Closure of Holman Store, Dealership Turnover Drops, Elon Sinks in @Twitter

The Automotive Troublemaker
October 27, 2022

This Thursday is full of fire as we talk about the sudden closure of Holman Lincoln Ford in Pompano Beach that is sending a shockwave through the industry. We also cover the sizable drop in employee turnover at Dealerships in 2021, as well as the viral video of Elon Musk marching into Twitter HQ.

Outside of Retail Shops, Apple is Grumpy, and Hyundai Building Big

Outside of Retail Shops, Apple is Grumpy, and Hyundai Building Big

The Automotive Troublemaker
October 26, 2022

We are in Atlanta with Michael Cirillo and we couldn’t help but stand in front of some iconic retail locations for the show. Today we are talking about how lawmakers are forcing the hand of Apple engineering and Hyundai is preparing for a big boost in state side EV production.

Hatchback Takeover, Farley Flies In An F150, To Tip or Not To Tip

Hatchback Takeover, Farley Flies In An F150, To Tip or Not To Tip

The Automotive Troublemaker
October 25, 2022

This Tuesday we’re talking about how a hatchback just won SUV of the year. We also talk about a over-delivering tweet from Ford CEO, Jim Farley, as well as the uptick and sentiment around POS tipping.

Major Lenders Getting Careful On Car Loans, Tesla Cuts Prices in China, Not-So Hole-In-One

Major Lenders Getting Careful On Car Loans, Tesla Cuts Prices in China, Not-So Hole-In-One

The Automotive Troublemaker
October 24, 2022

We’re firing up the engines (and batteries) this Monday as we cover the shifting landscape with auto loans. We also talk about the reasoning behind Tesla’s price cuts in China, as well as a lucky swing that turned unlucky for one Ford store.

Lithia Records a Record, A Rural Dealer Group is 1st in GM EV Charger Program Rollout, Zoom Calls On Airplanes

Lithia Records a Record, A Rural Dealer Group is 1st in GM EV Charger Program Rollout, Zoom Calls On Airplanes

The Automotive Troublemaker
October 21, 2022

We’re closing out the week of regular programming as we talk about Lithia’s record Q3 numbers with a twist. We also talk about a Wisconsin Dealer Group who is the first to execute on a widespread GM EV Charger program, as well as the new Starlink internet service on commercial airplanes coming soon.

GM Thinks About Hummer Lite, Netflix+ (Kind of), and The Tale of the Tech

GM Thinks About Hummer Lite, Netflix+ (Kind of), and The Tale of the Tech

The Automotive Troublemaker
October 20, 2022

This Thursday we’re talking about a new mid size concept for Hummer, Netflix rebounds in Q3, and a new study that has retailers asking for more tech to enhance the customer experience.

An EV Flagship, FTC Drops A Big Fine on a Dealer Group, 1B Hospitality

An EV Flagship, FTC Drops A Big Fine on a Dealer Group, 1B Hospitality

The Automotive Troublemaker
October 19, 2022

Welcome to Wednesday as we talk about Cadillac’s return to the ultralux state. We also cover a major fine levied by the FTC on a Maryland Auto Group, as well as a $1B investment in hospitality for an upcoming F1 event in Vegas.

Amazon’s 150% Churn, Gen Z Drips, An Old Ford Factory Goes Boom

Amazon’s 150% Churn, Gen Z Drips, An Old Ford Factory Goes Boom

The Automotive Troublemaker
October 18, 2022

This Tuesday we’re talking about Amazon's impressive employee churn rates. We also cover a new report indicating big differences between Millennial and Gen Z buying habits, as well as an iconic former Ford Factory going down in Jacksonville.

Further Investment in Fixed Ops, EV Service Training Safety, Pop-ups Here To Stay

Further Investment in Fixed Ops, EV Service Training Safety, Pop-ups Here To Stay

The Automotive Troublemaker
October 17, 2022

Let us be the first to welcome you into a fresh Fall week as we survey what Dealers are doing across the country by investing in fixed ops. We also talk about a cogent warning for EV service safety, as well as the pop-up retail trend that will be sticking around well past the holidays.

Sony/Honda in NA, An OEM Goes Air Taxi, & Pickleball is All the Rage

Sony/Honda in NA, An OEM Goes Air Taxi, & Pickleball is All the Rage

The Automotive Troublemaker
October 14, 2022

Welcome to Friday, home of All Things Used Cars on Clubhouse. Today we look at rising new ventures in auto and sports to pay attention to. We look at the newest announcement by Sony and Honda with their plans in North America, Hyundai pressing the accelerator on air travel, and the sport you didn’t see coming.

Burnt Hair is All the Rage, Carvana Petitions, and Connecting Coffee and Flying

Burnt Hair is All the Rage, Carvana Petitions, and Connecting Coffee and Flying

The Automotive Troublemaker
October 13, 2022

Thursday is full of brand and community conversations. We are welcoming special guest Ben Hadley to talk about Elon’s new Musk, Carvana petitioning to get back in Michigan, and how Delta and Starbucks are giving you more bang for your buck on the way to data and brand loyalty.

Tesla’s EV Hold Slips, Nissan Loses ¾ of a Billion, Real Life Asteroids

Tesla’s EV Hold Slips, Nissan Loses ¾ of a Billion, Real Life Asteroids

The Automotive Troublemaker
October 12, 2022

Welcome to Wednesday as we are talking about the recent delivery numbers in the EV game. We also talk about Nissan’s sale of their Russian business at a substantial loss, as well as the results of a real-life asteroids game.

GM Wants To Be A Power Company, CNN Pulls the Rug on NFT Holders, Black Friday Begins

GM Wants To Be A Power Company, CNN Pulls the Rug on NFT Holders, Black Friday Begins

The Automotive Troublemaker
October 11, 2022

It’s a great Tuesday to be in Retail Auto as we cover a move by GM to leverage their battery tech into home and fleet services. We also talk about the demise of CNN NFT project that promised ownership of history, as well as the fact that October is apparently the new November when it comes to Black Friday.

Guest Host Damon Lester, Total Recall by Rivian, Tesla’s Takes the Casino Playbook, Toyoda’s Happy Dance.

Guest Host Damon Lester, Total Recall by Rivian, Tesla’s Takes the Casino Playbook, Toyoda’s Happy Dance.

The Automotive Troublemaker
October 10, 2022

Welcome to the second full week of October during a five Saturday month as we talk about a near-total recall of every Rivian vehicle produced this year. We also talk about Tesla’s latest strategy to skirt state franchise laws, as well as a “happy dance” little moment for Toyota President Akio Toyoda

Waterlogged EVs Exploding, Amazon Stops Scout Autonomous Delivery Program, Bad News = Good News

Waterlogged EVs Exploding, Amazon Stops Scout Autonomous Delivery Program, Bad News = Good News

The Automotive Troublemaker
October 7, 2022

It’s Friday and we’re wrapping up this week's news talking about an unanticipated challenge with waterlogged EVs. We’re also talking about why Amazon is pulling the plug on its autonomous delivery robot program, as well as what we should be looking for in today's jobs report.

NAMAD President Change, Self Driving Stalls, Heavy EVs, NY Making Chips

NAMAD President Change, Self Driving Stalls, Heavy EVs, NY Making Chips

The Automotive Troublemaker
October 6, 2022

This Thursday we’re coming to you from the annual NAMAD membership meeting in Miami, FL where a change in leadership was announced last night. We’re also talking about the continued struggle of self-driving tech, as well as the new weight requirement for roads given the rise in EVs, and a massive semiconductor plant coming to Syracuse, NY.

Wheels Up To NAMAD, Elon (still) Buying Twitter (Maybe), Non Auto Minds Joining Auto

Wheels Up To NAMAD, Elon (still) Buying Twitter (Maybe), Non Auto Minds Joining Auto

The Automotive Troublemaker
October 5, 2022

Welcome to Wednesday as we get ready to cover the 2022 Namad Annual Meeting. We’re also talking about Elon holding true to his original offer for Twitter, an outside automotive tech joining the automotive ranks to help improve auto tech, and a big step forward in home connectivity.

Reflecting on the Agency Model w/ Special Guest Steve Greenfield

Reflecting on the Agency Model w/ Special Guest Steve Greenfield

The Automotive Troublemaker
October 4, 2022

This Tuesday we are talking about the drop in vacancies in retail real estate. We also welcome long-time collaborator with ASOTU, Steve Greenfield, to discuss October’s Auto Intel Report.

Big Trucks Eject the Battery, Auto Stocks Take One On The Chin, Creepy Tracking Survey

Big Trucks Eject the Battery, Auto Stocks Take One On The Chin, Creepy Tracking Survey

The Automotive Troublemaker
October 3, 2022

Welcome to the first full week of making trouble in Q4. Today we talk about why big truck ICE engines aren’t going anywhere. We also discuss last week's big stock hit to automakers and sellers, as well as a survey that goes deep on sentiment toward ad tracking.

Forecast Friday, Toyota Doesn’t Mince Words, NY ❤️s Cali

Forecast Friday, Toyota Doesn’t Mince Words, NY ❤️s Cali

The Automotive Troublemaker
September 30, 2022

We’ve got that Friday feeling as we give a full rundown of Cox Automotive’s Q3 Forecast report. We also talk about some very clear messaging coming from Toyota’s Dealer meetings happening in LasVegas, as well as NY’s efforts to be like California when it comes to EV rules.

1 YEAR of this Podcast 🎉, NADA Cites The Automotive Troublemaker, Report From Florida

1 YEAR of this Podcast 🎉, NADA Cites The Automotive Troublemaker, Report From Florida

The Automotive Troublemaker
September 29, 2022

It is a Wednesday to remember as we celebrate the one year anniversary of this podcast! We also talk about NADA’s submission to the FTC that cited us, as well as covering the live situation in Florida as Hurricane Ivan closes in.

The Pop Culture and Publicly Traded Episode

The Pop Culture and Publicly Traded Episode

The Automotive Troublemaker
September 29, 2022

We’re thankful for Thursdays as we give you a fly over of all things pop culture in this unique episode of The Automotive Troublemaker. We also talk about some motorized momentum in new mobility stocks as of this week.

EV Dealership Experience Preferred, Tesla’s Used Car Biz, NFL Punts the Pro Bowl

EV Dealership Experience Preferred, Tesla’s Used Car Biz, NFL Punts the Pro Bowl

The Automotive Troublemaker
September 27, 2022

This Tuesday we’re all about the changing season as we talk about popular opinion looking for a dealership when buying that first EV. We also talk about the rapid growth of Tesla’s used car business, as well as the NFL replacing the Pro Bowl with something much more 2023.

Toyota Turns Around Its EV Tone, Ford Looks For Blue Ovals, Target Breaking Out The Tinsel

Toyota Turns Around Its EV Tone, Ford Looks For Blue Ovals, Target Breaking Out The Tinsel

The Automotive Troublemaker
September 26, 2022

It’s Monday as we welcome our first week of Fall talking about Toyota’s changing tone on rapid EV adoption. We also talk about the badges which may be driving Ford’s supply hold ups, as well as Target going all in on holiday season…like now.

Doing the Ford Shuffle, Tesla Low Key Recall Dance, Walmart Making It Seem Easy

Doing the Ford Shuffle, Tesla Low Key Recall Dance, Walmart Making It Seem Easy

The Automotive Troublemaker
September 23, 2022

It’s time for that Friday Feeling as we talk about Ford’s significant executive reorganization. We also cover Tesla’s recall that Elon Musk doesn’t like calling a recall, as well as Walmart’s move to be the easiest place for Christmas shopping this year.

Fed Getting Feddy, An Entire Tesla Neighborhood, and Hydrogen Advocates

Fed Getting Feddy, An Entire Tesla Neighborhood, and Hydrogen Advocates

The Automotive Troublemaker
September 22, 2022

This Thursday we’re doing a fly over of yesterday's Fed announcement on interest rates. We’re also talking about a massive Tesla powered neighborhood, as well as a pretty solid case for hydrogen. Yes, hydrogen is still in the running.

GM and Hertz Going Steady, Lithium Launches, Interest Rates v. Purchasing Power

GM and Hertz Going Steady, Lithium Launches, Interest Rates v. Purchasing Power

The Automotive Troublemaker
September 21, 2022

Welcome to Wednesday as we’re covering an announcement by GM and Hertz to move some serious EV volume through rental fleets. We also talk about what the lithium supply is looking like as well as the effects of rising interest rates on Dealers and home owners alike.

Porsche For Sale, Tesla Pulls FSD Team, Etherium Merge Success

Porsche For Sale, Tesla Pulls FSD Team, Etherium Merge Success

The Automotive Troublemaker
September 20, 2022

Happy Tuesday! It’s like Monday, but less imminent. Today we’re breaking down the upcoming Porsche IPO which is a little complicated. We’re also covering why Tesla deployed their FSD team to work on their Humanoid, as well as the basics of what the Ethereum Merge means for you and the planet.

Football Woos Auto Advertisers, Rivian’s Lobby Journey, The Merge Worked

Football Woos Auto Advertisers, Rivian’s Lobby Journey, The Merge Worked

The Automotive Troublemaker
September 19, 2022

It’s Monday and we have a great week in the works! Today we cover the auto advertisers who are swooning back to the live viewership. We also meet Rivian’s Chief Lobbyist and get into the WSJ comments section, as well as the impact of the much awaited ‘merge’ for the crypto currency Ethereum.

FedEX Falters, Tesla Centers, Uber Gets Hacked

FedEX Falters, Tesla Centers, Uber Gets Hacked

The Automotive Troublemaker
September 16, 2022

Welcome to Friday! Today we’re covering the drop in retail packages being shipped and what that means for the broader retail economy. We also talk about Tesla's move to larger facilities, as well as the 18 year old that hacked Uber…completely.

Ford’s EV Dealer Model Plans, Rail Strike Averted, Walmart’s Virtual Try-On

Ford’s EV Dealer Model Plans, Rail Strike Averted, Walmart’s Virtual Try-On

The Automotive Troublemaker
September 15, 2022

We’re back in the saddle talking about the ongoing Ford Dealer meetings in LasVegas regarding the shift to Model e. We’re also talking about the rail strike that may never happen, and WalMarts new tech that allows users to upload some ‘personal’ photos to virtually try on clothes.

The Queen’s Cars, Wholesale Slips, Brand vs Merch

The Queen’s Cars, Wholesale Slips, Brand vs Merch

The Automotive Troublemaker
September 9, 2022

We have that ‘Friday feeling’ as we’re prepping to roll onto ASOTU CON. But first, we’re talking about the Queen’s epic taste in cars, the wholesale price index in August seeing some sinking numbers, as well as a bold move by retailer Lowes in its reorganizing marketing and merchandising.

Primary Care, Special Guest Jamie Oldershaw of DealerRater, FTC Comments.

Primary Care, Special Guest Jamie Oldershaw of DealerRater, FTC Comments.

The Automotive Troublemaker
September 8, 2022

We have a special show for you today as we welcome special guest, Jamie Oldershaw, GM of DealerRater. We also talk about changes to primary care, as well as your closing window of opportunity to weigh in on the new FTC proposed rules for Dealers.

We Got the Power, Should Service CSIs Die, Return to LIVE Apple Events

We Got the Power, Should Service CSIs Die, Return to LIVE Apple Events

The Automotive Troublemaker
September 7, 2022

Holiday week means it’s already Wednesday as we give a power purview from across the spectrum of uses. We also talk about the unintended negative effects of service CSIs, as well as the return to Steve Jobs’ Theater for the latest Apple event in Cupertino, CA.

Cali Tells Residents to Unplug EVs, Netflix Goes Lux For Ad Buyers, Time to Edit Those Tweets

Cali Tells Residents to Unplug EVs, Netflix Goes Lux For Ad Buyers, Time to Edit Those Tweets

The Automotive Troublemaker
September 6, 2022

Welcome to Friday, friends. Today we share what we’ve been learning from talking to Dealers all week. We also cover California’s power shortages, Netflix taking the expensive route for advertisers, and the much anticipated ‘edit tweet’ button.