Steve Finlay is the editor of WardsAuto Dealer Business magazine and a senior editor for His journalism career started 42 years ago as a crime reporter. A Michigan native, he likes fast cars, big lakes and cold days.

Posts by Steve Finlay

in Retail Front Jun 06, 2014

Car Sharing Could Help, Hurt Auto Sales

Some people think car collectivism is up and coming. But the auto industry prefers that individuals, not groups, buy vehicles....More
in Final Inspection May 28, 2014

As Seen in Automaker Conference Rooms

Watch-it-come-clean demos aren’t limited to TV spots....More
in Road Ahead May 08, 2014

Fix Potholes, Then Let’s Talk About High-Tech Roadways for Autonomous Cars

How can we consider advanced road infrastructures of tomorrow when some of today’s streets look like B-52s carpet bombed them?....More
in Retail Front May 05, 2014

Executives in Pinstripes Replace Salesmen in Plaid

Publicly owned dealership group Asbury Automotive shows that the used-car business isn’t what it used to be....More
in Retail Front Apr 09, 2014

Dealers to the Rescue…Again

GM dealers must do damage control, hold some hands and try to prevent existing customers from becoming ex-customers who trash the brand for the rest....More
in Retail Front Mar 07, 2014

You Are Under My Power…Now Read This

Marketers do many creative things. Hypnotizing consumers isn’t one of them....More
in Retail Front Feb 07, 2014

NADA Chairman Rates Hillary’s Speech

Critics claimed Clinton had no business speaking to dealers....More
in Retail Front Dec 27, 2013

NADA Tries to Stay Positive

The so-called dealer-reserve or dealer-markup system ducks a bullet. But the gun isn’t empty....More
in Retail Front Dec 26, 2013

20 Million Vehicle Sales by 2017?

TrueCar’s Scott Painter optimistically thinks U.S. light-vehicle sales will hit a milestone sooner than later. Well, let’s hope he’s right....More
in Retail Front Oct 29, 2013

Survey Raps Infotainment Systems

Consumer Reports reliability rating calls in-car electronics an “Achilles' heel.”....More

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