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Two dealerships, just 8 miles apart, have sold the most Chevys year-to-date

Bomnin Chevrolet dealerships in Miami have topped GM's sales list for the first four months of 2020.

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These days, with traffic relatively light, it take just 10 minutes to drive the eight miles between Arnaldo Bomnin's two Chevrolet dealerships in South Florida. Though they're that close, the two dealerships, Bomin Chevrolet in Dadeland and Bomnin Chevrolet in West Kendall ranked at the top of the charts in sales for all General Motors dealerships nationwide in the first four months of 2020.

"This is truly remarkable as it has never happened before - to have two Chevrolet dealerships, in the same geographic market, owned by the same person, ranking number one and number two in the nation," said Bomnin. "It's also unique because Miami has been known as an import market over the past two decades, but there's no question that American made Chevrolets are proving to be popular again among our diverse community."

The Dadeland dealership was tops while West Kendall was second.

New car sales have declined drastically year-over-year due in large part to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to IHS Markit, global auto sales are forecasted to be down 22 percent in 2020. Sales in the U.S. are forecasted to be down 26.6 percent from 2019 levels.

Yet, the two Chevy dealers aren't down nearly as much as the industry average. West Kendall has seen sales slump 1.3 percent and Dadeland is off just 4.8 percent.

"The secret to our success is no secret," said Bomnin, who lists the Corvette and Chevrolet pickup trucks as the top-sellers in the area.

2020 Chevrolet Corvette

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Bomnin Chevrolet isn't a long-standing dealership. It was founded in 2010 by Bomnin, a Cuban immigrant. The success of the dealerships has paralleled the regrowth of General Motors since the Great Recession. Bomninn Automotive has grown from selling 70 cars per month to selling over 1,400. Currently, Bomnin Automotive operates five top-rated General Motors franchises, with four in South Florida and a fifth in Virginia. The group generated $580 million in revenue in 2019.

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Cadillac will be the first brand with Ultra Cruise

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Tesla has been in hot water for a while now for shenanigans pulled by owners abusing the automaker's advanced cruise control functions. While the company's Full Self Driving (FSD) tech isn't quite ready for primetime, other automakers are catching up – quickly. Today, General Motors announced Ultra Cruise, its advanced driver assistance tech that promises to allow hands-free driving in 95 percent of driving scenarios.

Ultra Cruise Ultra Cruise will build on Super Cruise functionality.General Motors

GM notes that its goal is to eventually roll the service out to all paved roads in the U.S. and Canada. When it launches, the service will work on over two million miles of roads, which could nearly double as the program expands.

Ultra Cruise will offer a host of automated driving features that build on Super Cruise:

  • Dynamic display system
  • Ability to react to permanent traffic control devices
  • Follow internal navigation routes
  • Maintain headway and follow speed limits
  • Support automatic, on-demand lane changes
  • Support left and right turns
  • Support close object avoidance
  • Support parking in residential driveways

The system uses LiDAR, radar, and cameras to build a 360-degree, three-dimensional picture of the world around it. An additional LiDAR unit is located behind the windshield. GM notes that a big part of the system is its Human Machine Interface (HMI), which communicates with the driver to alert them when they need to take control. Ultra Cruise-equipped vehicles will do this with a head-up display that helps drivers stay focused on the road, and will use the same driver monitoring cameras that are used in Super Cruise.

Ultra Cruise Ultra Cruise will enable hands-free driving in the majority of driving scenarios.General Motors

Ultra Cruise will first be available in Cadillac vehicles starting from 2023. There's no word on pricing or specific vehicle availability at this time.

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Honda notified dealers of upcoming supply cuts.

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Honda, like all major automakers today, is truly a global operation. Though it produces plenty of vehicles here in the United States, many of the components it relies on for manufacturing come from elsewhere in the world. That means Honda, like the other auto giants, needs its global supply chain operating smoothly in order to prevent disruption. Unfortunately for Honda dealers and potential customers, disruption is what's about to happen. The automaker recently sent a letter to its dealers, forecasting reduced vehicle supply in the coming weeks.


2021 Honda Ridgeline No. 19 - Honda Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co., Inc


The dealer letter, posted to the Civic XI forum and fan site, was dated August 25 and confirmed by a dealer upset with the development, according to Automotive News. In the letter, Honda cites the ongoing pandemic and microchip shortages as major factors impacting its production efforts. Total shipments to dealers could be cut by up to 40 percent, but not all models will be affected to the same degree.

The letter noted that supplies of the Pilot and Passport SUVs will hold steady, and shared that production of the Civic hatchback is on schedule. However, the situation is fluid and could change at any time, so there's a chance that timelines could speed up or slack off as necessary.


2022 Honda Pilot Some models will see more cuts than others.Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co., Inc


Honda is just the latest in a long line of automakers struggling to keep pace with demand in the face of several converging global crises. In an effort to keep vehicles rolling out of factories, General Motors has implemented selective feature cuts in some of its new vehicles, such as the removal of engine start/stop tech from some trucks and SUVs. Earlier this month, Ford Motor Company told Mustang Mach-E buyers to expect delays of at least six weeks as it grapples with the chip shortage, and will temporarily reduce production capacity at a few of its plants.

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