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The Automotive Troublemaker w/ Paul J Daly and Kyle Mountsier is a regular weekday show where progressive Automotive Dealers and industry partners aren’t afraid to make some trouble by pushing back on many popular, but failing, beliefs that persist in the Retail Automotive Industry. Beliefs that are degrading both the customer experience and the future of retail Auto Dealers. Paul and Kyle give their fresh take on industry news, technology, culture, and retail while trying not to have too much fun. // The Automotive Troublemaker is produced by Automotive State of the Union (ASOTU). Learn more at https://www.asotu.com

The Automotive Troublemaker w/ Paul J Daly and Kyle Mountsier ASOTU Podcasts

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The Automotive Troublemaker w/ Paul J Daly and Kyle Mountsier is a regular weekday show where progressive Automotive Dealers and industry partners aren’t afraid to make some trouble by pushing back on many popular, but failing, beliefs that persist in the Retail Automotive Industry. Beliefs that are degrading both the customer experience and the future of retail Auto Dealers. Paul and Kyle give their fresh take on industry news, technology, culture, and retail while trying not to have too much fun. // The Automotive Troublemaker is produced by Automotive State of the Union (ASOTU). Learn more at https://www.asotu.com

    Carmax Recalibrates, Ford Starts Shipping Rangers, 9 Figure Dudes

    Carmax Recalibrates, Ford Starts Shipping Rangers, 9 Figure Dudes

    We’re rounding the track on Friday as we cover CarMax’s latest bumpy road. We also talk about Ford’s truck wave as well as a massive nine figure trick shot from creators Dude Perfect. 


    Show Notes with links:
    CarMax is facing significant headwinds amidst high interest rates and fewer cars purchased directly from customers. The company reported a marginal increase in comparable store used-car unit sales of 0.1% for Q4, underperforming against analyst expectations of 0.36% growth.Net income for the quarter fell by 27%, sharply contrasting with analysts’ forecasts of an 8.4% increase, leading to a 13% drop in CarMax shares.High interest rates have deterred buyers, pushing them towards newer and more affordable cars, exacerbated by a supply shortage of newer used cars, which isn't expected to improve until late 2025.CarMax has focused on preserving profitability rather than market share expansion, with CarMax Auto Finance seeing a 19% growth in income due to reduced loan loss provisions.Originally planning to hit the 2M cars per year mark by 2026, the company has now pushed that target out to 2030"Affordability will be the key driver of our future success," noted CarMax executives, as the company revises its vehicle sales targets amidst ongoing economic challenges.

    Ford has announced it will finally be shipping 144,000 redesigned F-150 and Ranger pickup trucks to North American dealers, following a quality assurance delay.The automaker is also resuming shipments of the F-150 Lightning electric trucks, with price cuts on some variants by up to $5,500.Originally Initiated due to past warranty costs ($4.8 billion in 2023), this cautious approach was intended to avoid electronic issues detected in pre-shipment inspections.These shipments are pivotal for Ford to meet its ambitious 2024 pre-tax profit goal of $10 to $12 billion, reinforcing confidence expressed last month

    And for the $100 million dollar trick shot, YouTube sensation Dude Perfect is scoring a massive investment to expand their empire into a Texas-sized headquarters and beyond. With plans to transform digital fun into a family-friendly destination, the group is setting up to score big, not just online, but in real-world entertainment, merch, beverages and beyond.The investment will fund a new headquarters in Frisco, Texas, featuring a trick-shot tower, museum, mini-golf, and more, aiming to create a family-friendly entertainment hub.Initiatives include an international tour, a new streaming app, and an ESPN "30 for 30" documentary premiering on April 25.Known for their faith-based mission and philanthropic efforts, Dude Perfect continues to focus on "serving families with the most trusted entertainment on earth."Dude Perfect Member, Cody Cotton said "This partnership will help us transform digital experiences into tangible ones for families," Hosts: Paul J Daly and Kyle Mountsier

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    • 12 min
    Friends and Fam Review, Insurance Still Rising, Cyber-Hollow

    Friends and Fam Review, Insurance Still Rising, Cyber-Hollow

    It’s Thursday and we’re going to review the recent Kain Friends and Family event in Lexington, KY. We’re also talking about the continued pricing pressing on car insurance, as well as a revealing look at a teardown of the Tesla Cybertruck


    Show Notes with links:
    Kyle to give summary of what he observed, learned at Kain Friends and Family

    Just as car buyers breathe a sigh of relief from decreasing vehicle prices, a new hurdle is emerging—skyrocketing insurance rates. Darin Davis's experience epitomizes this shift, as his insurance for a 2024 Cadillac XT4 nearly doubled upon renewal.Car prices drop as pandemic-related supply chain issues resolve, but insurance costs surge due to repair complexities and climate-induced damages.Auto insurance rates have soared by 22.2% over the past year, marking the largest increase since the 1970s, contrasting with the stabilization of vehicle prices.Darin Davis, a 56-year-old from Dallas, felt the sting of rising insurance costs when the rate for his new 2024 Cadillac XT4 nearly doubled at renewal. This unexpected increase dimmed his excitement over the car, making him reconsider his vehicle choice due to the financial strain."It takes the fun out of owning a new car when you’re paying so much money," reflects Davis on the unforeseen hike in his car insurance rate.


    The Tesla Cybertruck's design continues to both intrigue and baffle, with a new teardown revealing a massive but oddly half-full battery pack. This discovery raises questions about Tesla's engineering choices and the vehicle's efficiency.Sandy Munro's preview of a Tesla Cybertruck teardown unveils a surprisingly empty battery pack, despite its large 123 kWh capacity.The Cybertruck's range has fallen short in tests, with independent evaluations showing only 254 miles, and potentially as low as 200 miles under certain conditions.Speculation arises on whether this design choice aims to reduce weight or reflects Tesla's cost-cutting strategies, with an upcoming bed-mounted range extender expected to add significant range at the expense of cargo space.One lead Cybertruck engineer responded to the findings on X, responding “Looks half full to me.”, yet. Hosts: Paul J Daly and Kyle Mountsier

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    • 12 min
    Cruise Comeback, Contentious Lithium Mines, Return of the Cubicle

    Cruise Comeback, Contentious Lithium Mines, Return of the Cubicle

    Welcome to Wednesday as we talk about GM’s Cruise staging a comeback. We also talk about the tension around the only active lithium mine in the US, as well as the potential return of the cubicle (yeah, those things). 


    GM's Cruise driverless fleet is steering its way back into action with a human touch. After a high-profile suspension, they're hitting the road in Phoenix with human-driven vehicles for data collection, signaling a cautious return to their autonomous ambitions.Aiming to rebuild trust, the initiative marks a tentative step towards resuming fully autonomous operations in collaboration with cities, after a suspension triggered by safety concerns and regulatory actions following a series of incidents, including a significant accident in San Francisco.Amid ongoing Justice Department and SEC investigations into the handling of a past accident, Cruise emphasizes progress in safety protocols and a commitment to earning back public trust.Despite setbacks, Cruise remains optimistic about the future of autonomous driving, touting its potential to enhance safety and reduce accidents.

    Nevada's lithium demand is drying up its water sources. As the Silver Peak mine expands and new players enter, the race for this vital battery component is challenging the arid state's limited water reserves.Nevada's Clayton Valley, home to the U.S.'s only active lithium mine, faces growing competition for water amid a lithium mining boom.Local residents and environmental advocates are expressing deep concerns about the mining's impact on water resources, with fears that increased lithium mining could deplete already scarce water supplies in Nevada's arid environment, affecting both communities and ecosystemsWater rights disputes are intensifying as Albemarle claims almost all groundwater, crucial for lithium extraction, leaving little for newcomers.Sustainable water use is questioned, with current aquifer volume estimates outdated, raising concerns about environmental impacts.Direct Lithium Extraction (DLE) technology could offer a less water-intensive solution, but water rights remain a contentious issue.


    Remember those cubicles? They might just be making a comeback as millennials, once critics of this office staple, are discovering their hidden value. A Business Insider article highlights Sydney Baker, a 27-year-old millennial, who shares how her cubicle became a blend of personal sanctuary and social hub.Baker initially viewed cubicles as outdated, only to find them offering a unique blend of privacy and personalization but now appreciates the cubicle's ability to balance sociability with focus, although maintaining concentration can be challenging amidst the office buzz.Decorating her cubicle transformed it into a personalized and inviting workspace, debunking the myth of dreariness.The shift towards a hybrid work model post-pandemic has highlighted the importance of flexibility and work-life balance, making cubicles a surprisingly fitting choice for the modern worker.Hosts: Paul J Daly and Kyle Mountsier

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    • 15 min
    Greenfield’s Hot Takes, Arizona AG Rules On Dealership, Delta Eclipse Flight

    Greenfield’s Hot Takes, Arizona AG Rules On Dealership, Delta Eclipse Flight

    It’s Tuesday and we’ve got special guest Steve Greenfield to give us his hot takes on the Top 150 Dealer list as well as Tesla’s decision to halt its low cost EV. We also talk about the Arizona Attorney General’s ruling against one Dealership for not honoring advertised prices, as well as a look inside yesterday’s special Delta eclipse flight. 


    Show Notes with links:

    Greenfield’s takes on:
    Top 150 Dealership listTesla’s alleged decision to halt production of low-cost EV

    Desert Toyota in Tucson, Arizona, agrees to a $60,000 settlement for not honoring advertised vehicle prices, the Arizona Attorney General's Office reports.
    The dealership allegedly left out mandatory accessory costs and reconditioning fees from online prices.Items such as exterior protective coating, door edge guards, door cups, and window tint, as well as additional undisclosed reconditioning expensesAttorney General Kris Mayes stressed that advertised prices must include all mandatory add-ons.Desert Toyota did not admit wrongdoing but opted to settle to resolve the matter: the settlement is made up of $40,000 in civil penalties, $10,000 for consumer restitution, and $10,000 in legal fees and costs.Desert Toyota must now include all mandatory fees in advertised prices and preserve price-quoting customer communications for a year.This case highlights broader regulatory efforts against auto retail deceptive practices, including the FTC's proposed rules on pricing transparency.Desert Toyota did not admit wrongdoing but opted to settle to resolve the matter.

    Yesterday, $6B worth of consumer spending hit the market due to the total solar eclipse and Delta Air Lines jumped in on the action offering a special flight from Dallas to Detroit, aligning with the solar eclipse's path, providing passengers with a once-in-a-lifetime experience from 35,000 feet.
    Passengers, including excited children and Delta employees, were treated to a pre-flight party at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, complete with a celestial-themed balloon arch and music, they received “Warby Parker” brandedl eclipse-viewing glasses, and goodie bags with themed apparel and snacks like Moon Pies and Sun Chips awaited passengers aboard the Airbus A321neo.The flight aimed to maximize the time in totality, adjusting its path allowing passengers on both sides to view the eventThe flight ended in Detroit with a celebration, featuring astronaut Scott Kelly, who highlighted the rarity of the experience even for seasoned travelers.Hosts: Paul J Daly and Kyle Mountsier

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    • 24 min
    Top 150 Breakdown, Hasta-la-vista-cheap-Tesla, Blackout Bump

    Top 150 Breakdown, Hasta-la-vista-cheap-Tesla, Blackout Bump

    Welcome to quite an eventful Monday as we not only take a first look at the Automotive News Top 150 Dealer list, but also dig into a he-said-she-said about Tesla’s affordable vehicle, as well as a quick primer on today’s eclipse frenzy. 
    It’s finally released, from the AN article:  “The Automotive News top 150 dealership groups collectively sold 3,764,272 new vehicles in 2023, representing a 24.1 percent share of the industry's total retail sales of 15,614,328. In 2022, the groups on the list sold 23.3 percent of the industry's retail sales, or 3,231,490 of the industry's 13,865,803 vehicles sold.
    Represented at ASOTU CON so far:1. Lithia 2. Autonation 4. Group 1 16. Ourisman 26. Walser 59. DGDG 84. Sam Pack 87. CMA 
    Is Tesla's $25k car dead? Amidst escalating competition from budget-friendly Chinese EVs, Tesla is reportedly canceling its long-awaited affordable car project, pivoting the focus towards the development of autonomous robotaxis.
    Tesla abandons plans for a $25,000 vehicle, a key part of Elon Musk's vision for mainstream EV adoption, in favor of focusing on self-driving robotaxis.The decision marks a significant shift from Tesla's initial strategy to use luxury model profits to fund more accessible EVs for the average consumer.Despite Musk's dismissal of Reuters' report as "lying," Tesla shares fell 3.6% at market close, with a brief recovery following Musk's announcement of a Tesla Robotaxi unveil on August 8.Tesla's decision was informed by discussions in a large employee meeting in late February, communications from an unnamed program manager about halting the affordable car project, and a fourth individual optimistic about the strategy pivot. These were backed by messages and company communications seen by Reuters, highlighting internal deliberations and directions

    Business is booming across a swath of the US thanks to today's total solar eclipse
    Today's total solar eclipse, visible across North America, is likened to a celestial blackout event, promising an early afternoon spectacle from Texas to Maine, not to be repeated in the US until 2044.The eclipse is anticipated to boost the US economy by $6 billion, with millions treating the event as a major holiday, rivaling the financial impacts of major events like Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour and the Super Bowl, as cities along the path of totality prepare for an influx of visitors and businesses roll out themed promotions.Notably: Indianapolis is preparing for 500,000 visitors—more than 7x the attendance of the Super Bowl it hosted in 2012.Niagara Falls expects to host up to 1 million people for the eclipse. It typically gets 14 million visitors…throughout the entire yearCompanies are rolling out eclipse-themed promotions, such as Delta’s two flights that track the path of totality.Hosts: Paul J Daly and Kyle Mountsier

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    • 14 min
    Unreasonable Hospitality = A Trunk Full of Supplies for New Parents

    Unreasonable Hospitality = A Trunk Full of Supplies for New Parents

    Welcome to the first Saturday of April! Writers Chris Reeves and Kristi Canada join the show to share their favorite 'More Than Cars' stories from the week.

    Today we're highlighting the story of Service Director John Frazier (friend of ASOTU) caring uniquely for a poor customer experience.
    Hosts: Paul J Daly and Kyle Mountsier

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    • 10 min

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Passionate about the industry

Paul and Kyle have launched a movement in the automotive world and share great information and insights each weekday. You won’t find people with more passion, excitement and love for the industry! Valuable 10-20 minutes daily catching up on happening events and news.

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10/10 recommend!

Paul and Kyle have truly outdone themselves with their incredible podcast. It's full of engaging conversations, informative content, and insightful discussions about the automotive industry. I can't thank them enough for putting together such an amazing show. Keep up the great work!

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