first_img Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation The football world shook Wednesday morning following theannouncement of the suspensions to four players in thewake of the New Orleans’ Saints pay-for-performance/bountyprogram.The NFL’s official release made public Wednesday madereference to a $10,000 bounty put on Arizona Cardinalsquarterback Kurt Warner during their 2010 NFC DivisionalPlayoff game, won by the Saints 45-14.In that game, following an interception thrown by Warner,Saints’ defensive tackle Bobby McCray laid out thequarterback, knocking him from the game in the secondquarter. Warner eventually returned in the second half,but thatproved to be his last game in the NFL as he announced hisretirement two weeks later. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaycenter_img Comments   Share   Top Stories What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinkelast_img read more

first_imgSource: Electric Vehicle News U.S. Tesla Sales In November 2018 Up By 592% Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on December 30, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News CONSUMER REPORTS: TESLA’S DIRECT SALES MODEL IS AN ‘INSPIRATION’ FOR AUTO BIZBuying a car can be a grueling process. Keith Barry writes in Consumer Reports, “In an era of online shopping and instant gratification, the traditional way of buying a car can seem like a painful throwback. Some dealers are still doing business the old-school way: insisting buyers haggle over the price, hiding fees and charges until the last minute, and making customers wait hours to sign form after form.”Check Out These Stories: Above: Store staff demo the Model 3’s center touchscreen at Tesla’s Aventura Mall location in Miami (Photo: Jorge Sierra)Perhaps that’s why Elon Musk envisions a different experience altogether for car buyers when purchasing a Tesla. He says that Tesla’s store employees are Product Specialists “not on commission and they will never pressure you to buy a car. Their goal and the sole metric of their success is to have you enjoy the experience of visiting so much that you look forward to returning again.”===Source: Consumer Reports; Video: Sean Chandler*Editor’s Note: EVANNEX, which also sells aftermarket gear for Teslas, has kindly allowed us to share some of its content with our readers, free of charge. Our thanks go out to EVANNEX. Check out the site here. Above: A look inside one of Tesla’s company-owned stores (Image: Tesla)Barry cites, “a Deloitte study [which] found that 60 percent of car buyers want to cut out the dealership entirely and purchase a vehicle online, directly from a manufacturer. That’s the model used by the electric carmaker Tesla, which relies on online ordering and company-owned showrooms.”However, “Traditional manufacturers are bound by franchise agreements with existing dealers, and some states don’t allow direct sales and require the dealership model.” And Tesla continues to face significant opposition (depending on the state) for its approach to direct sales.Consumer Reports’ Barry also sat down with Guillaume Saint, global automotive lead at consulting firm Kantar to get his thoughts. While Saint acknowledges that owning and controlling a dealer network can get expensive, he admits that Tesla’s system is “a source of inspiration” for traditional manufacturers..embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; }Above: Inside the thorny franchise dealership laws that are challenging Tesla and other carmakers when they try to sell direct (Youtube: Sean Chandler)Barry notes “the Deloitte study found that 57 percent of car buyers disliked how much paperwork they had to fill out, 42 percent said the whole process took too long, and 40 percent hated haggling over price.” In turn, Tesla has worked to simplify the car-buying experience and doesn’t negotiate price.And when it comes to car buying, it’s clear Millenials want change. Kathy Gilbert at consulting firm CDK Global, says her company’s in-house research shows “younger buyers are less tolerant of being handed off from salesperson to salesperson, long negotiations, and fuzzy pricing.”“Consumers today don’t want to deal with salespeople,” contends Patrick McMullen, MAXDigital’s senior vice president of strategy and innovation. “They just want to know they’re getting a fair deal, and if they have any questions about the car, that the salesperson is knowledgeable enough to answer those questions.” *This article comes to us courtesy of EVANNEX (which also makes aftermarket Tesla accessories). Authored by Matt Pressman. The opinions expressed in these articles are not necessarily our own at InsideEVs. The Tesla Direct Sales vs. Franchised Dealership Battle Is Far From Resolution Tesla Still Fighting To Sell Its Cars In Several U.S. Stateslast_img read more