Eighty-seven dealers on this year’s Ward’s Dealer Business 500 are from California. It shows what’s going on in that state of 30 million people with an economy that’s the sixth largest in the world. California is on the leading edge of the automotive industry in styling influence, trend setting, sales and more. Last year, about 2 million new vehicles were sold there. It’s an auto maker’s dream. But in one respect, California is almost an auto maker’s nightmare. It’s traditionally been ...

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