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KEITH CRAIN

This is no time to get sloppy

There is a great deal of uncertainty out there and it seems prudent to be conservative. Still, when the car business is bad, I am told, it is still pretty good.

ANTHONY ALLISON, BRIAN BRUEGGEMAN AND SHELLY JACKLEY

Month-end close in one day? Here's how.

One giant dealership group manages to handle its month-end close in one day. Here's how.

MICHELLE HILL

GAC Motor in Detroit: A sign of the next new auto empire

GAC Motor's presence at the Detroit auto show last month may be just the beginning of a wave of electric vehicles coming out of China in the near future.

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