A seldom-used incentive plan might help Honda regain its stride after a disappointing November. The automaker hopes to finish strong in a year that is already one of its best ever, continuing a rise in sales in the months since the 2011 tsunami in Japan stalled production. To encourage that strong finish, Honda is giving dealers a $3,000 bonus for each light vehicle (noncommercial) they sell in December in excess of that store’s December 2012 sales total.
Back in the days when President Ronald Reagan was staring down the Soviet Union, buying a car was often a prolonged process requiring considerable patience and mental endurance from both buyer and salesperson.
The last new-car dealership near Downtown is moving to the suburbs. Byers Chevrolet, now at 555 W. Broad St., will move new-car sales in the fall to a new showroom near I-71 and London-Groveport Road in Grove City.
Trucks are on the rise at this year’s Columbus International Auto Show, with new models and heightened competition for your dollars. The show, which opened yesterday, features 41 auto and motorcycle brands and several hundred models. It runs through the weekend at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.
Tesla Motors and the Ohio Automobile Dealers Association are now talking to each other, but they still don’t agree on much. The sides met yesterday, their first face-to-face meeting, as Ohio lawmakers seek a compromise in a debate about whether the state should ban Tesla’s business model of manufacturer-owned stores — as the dealers association wants.
TOKYO (AP) — Honda has appointed a woman to its board for the first time and given a major promotion to a foreigner in a sign the automaker wants to change perceptions of a hidebound corporate culture.