Dealerships

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.

Photo courtesy of Bomnin Automotive

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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Electric vehicle production

GM outlines huge investment in new EV production

The $7 billion number is GM's largest single investment to date.

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Automakers are not shy about their plans to electrify their vehicle lineups. In fact, it's just the opposite, as most can't wait to release a media kit that sings the virtues of moving toward electrification and outlines their commitments to investing billions to make the move a reality. General Motors has been more active than most, building new facilities and revamping existing factories to handle new-age EV manufacturing. Today, the auto giant announced a further investment to build a new plant and overhaul the Orion Township facility in Michigan. The move creates thousands of jobs and positions GM as an early powerhouse in the EV race.

GM EV investment. GM says its new and existing facilities will create and retain thousands of jobs.General Motors

The $7 billion investment is slated for four Michigan manufacturing facilities. GM says the move will create 4,000 new jobs and retain 1,000 existing positions, and notes that the amount represents the single largest investment in company history. A new Ultium Cells battery plant in Lansing is part of the deal, along with the conversion of the GM assembly planting Orion Township. Orion will eventually house production of the upcoming Chevrolet Silverado EV and the electric GMC Sierra, making it the second of GM's facilities dedicated to building electric pickup trucks.

The Orion and Ultium Cells Lansing facilities will help GM boost its total full-size electric truck production to 600,000 units per year when both Factory Zero and Orion are in full swing. Though Ford sells more full-size trucks than Chevy or GMC individually, GM notes that the two combined move more trucks per year than The Blue Oval. The two plants join General Motors' existing EV-ready facilities that include Factory Zero in Detroit-Hamtramck, Spring Hill Assemble in Tennessee, CAMI in Ontario, and the Ramos Arizpe Assembly facility in Mexico.

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Limited-edition pickup truck

Ford offering limited edition colors for 2022 Ranger Splash

The Ranger Splash will be offered in three limited-run colors.

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During its time off the market in the United States, the Ford Ranger remained a popular utility vehicle in global markets. In other markets, the truck is offered in unique special editions, such as the Ranger Raptor and Ranger Storm, but the options in the U.S. are limited. Last year, Ford announced the return of the Ranger Splash, a funky version of the truck that roamed the streets in the 1990s. Today, the automaker outlined another Splash edition, this time to be produced in limited quantities with special color options.

Ford will offer three colors for the new Ranger Splash Limited Edition: Snow Edition, Forest Edition, and Sand Edition. The colors will roll out one at a time "every few months," according to Ford, and the package will add $1,495 to the Ranger's price tag.

Ranger Splash Limited Edition The Snow Edition is based on the Lariat trim, but the other two are based on the lower XLT model.Ford

The Lariat Ranger Splash Snow Edition features a gray paint color with black exterior trim and a unique grille design. Inside, the truck carries ebony leather upholstery with ash gray accent stitching and carbon touches. Ford says it will produces just 750 Splash Snow Edition trucks, with availability starting in spring.

The XLT Ranger Splash Forest Edition (pictured above) comes with Forged Green exterior paint and red grille accents. The interior offers black cloth upholstery with ash gray accent stitching and carbon accents. Just 500 Forest Edition vehicles will be produced, with availability starting in summer.

Ranger Splash Limited Edition The colors will roll out every few months in 2022. Ford

The third and final truck in the series is the XLT Ranger Splash Sand Edition. It gets Desert Sand exterior paint, dark exterior accents and red grill "nostrils." It also gets black cloth upholstery with ash gray stitching and carbon accents. The Sand Edition will debut in fall with a run of only 500 trucks.

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