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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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The new Maps+ app will allow drivers to use a navigation system who had not previously purchased navigation.

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General Motors is giving its vehicles a new navigation solution. Maps+, an in-vehicle, app-based way-finding program, will begin rolling out to approximately 900,000 model year 2018 and newer Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles by the end of 2021, starting on April 30.

"We know customers want an easy and convenient in-vehicle experience that improves over time," said Santiago Chamorro, GM vice president of Global Connected Services. "We listened to customer feedback and developed a product that works seamlessly with our current infotainment systems and provides a highly personalized experience that will iterate throughout the lifetime of the vehicle."

Maps+ was developed in partnership with Mapbox. The new app replaces navigation functionality in already-purchased vehicles that had purchased a navigation system. It provides navigation functionality to drivers of vehicles that did not opt for navigation at the onset.

The new application features Alexa build-in voice control that allows users to listen to music or podcasts using the system's integrated audio apps. A search box allows users to find points of interest, shops, restaurants, parking, and more. There is also embedded speed alert, low fuel recognition, predictive keyboard entry, day and night modes, category shortcuts, rear-time traffic routing, and dynamic mapping capability.

"Our obsession is the driver," said Peter Sirota, CEO of Mapbox. "The map is the canvas for providing the driver with a delightful, easy-to-use experience. From discovering new places to avoiding traffic on your commute to paying at the pump or the plug, Maps+ lays the foundation for an excellent navigation experience. We are excited to build upon this with GM to continue to drive adoption."

GM and Mapbox are committed to continuing Maps+ post-launch, developing new features and improvements based on feedback and metrics.

Maps+ will be available on select vehicles through Connected Vehicle, Premium and App Access subscription plans. Current eligible Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac owners will be notified when their vehicle is eligible for Maps+.

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Ford dealerships will be adding Bronco showrooms to their portfolio in the coming year.

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Reporting by Automotive News reveals that Ford is enabling its dealership network to opt-in to build Bronco-specific showrooms. The stores are designed to be near or connected to existing Ford dealer locations, but will feature the Bronco horse logo rather than the traditional Ford Blue Oval.

Ford currently has two Bronco models: Bronco and Bronco Sport. All this for two models? Not quite. Ford is reportedly working on a Bronco-based pickup truck. Could it be Ranger Raptor-like? We'll have to wait and see.

Renderings of Bronco storefronts feature those models and vintage versions of the beloved off-roader alongside 3,800 square feet of building space that includes an outdoor fire pit and room to display three vehicles. There's also a wall that showcases Bronco merchandise including some of the over 200 accessories Ford is promising will be available for Bronco models.

Ford Bronco standalone showroom renderings

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The overall aesthetic is very much in line with what you'll see at your local REI. There's back-painted ceiling lining, exposed concrete, a gray stone entryway, and wood accents throughout the modern structure as well as plenty of windows that show it all off.

Dealers are able to modify the design that Ford has come up with. One dealer, in Arizona, told Automotive News that he is planning to build out a 12,000-square-foot space but hasn't included a fire pit in the plans because of the location's desert climate.

If dealerships don't opt for a separate showroom, dealerships can choose from other Ford-backed options to display the Bronco that are more traditional in nature. Andrew Frick, the head of Ford sales in the U.S. said that there are three options: a standalone showroom, an expansion of existing showrooms or displays that can be added to a showroom. All the options are available and recommended, but not required, kind of like the Sasquatch Package on the Bronco itself.

"It's an announcement to the world we're back; the Bronco is back," Tim Hovik, owner of San Tan Ford in Gilbert, Ariz., and chairman of Ford's national dealer council, told Automotive News. "It's such an iconic product that in an absolute way, we feel a Ford dealer is really adding almost an additional franchise."

Last month, Ford revealed that of its 190,000 reservations for either the two- or four-door Bronco, two-thirds of those have turned into firm orders. Deliveries of the redesigned Bronco are slated to begin in June. Early models are already making their way out onto the streets under the car of Ford employees.

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