Chrysler sued by four upstate New York dealers to block new rival

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 23, 2012

Chrysler has been sued by four upstate New York dealers in federal court for granting a dealership to a local auto group and threatening their sales. These four dealers -- Albany Dodge, Armory Garage, Goldstein Chrysler Jeep and Saratoga Chrysler Jeep-Dodge – are located in the Albany/ Schenectady area.

They claim that by permitting Lia Auto Group to operate a Chrysler dealership in the Albany suburb of Colonie, Chrysler is going up against its strategy of reducing the number of dealerships after reorganization. By filing the lawsuit on August 15 in the U.S. District Court for the northern district of New York, the dealers hope to block the opening of the new Lia dealership. They’re also seeking financial penalties.

They further claim that Chrysler is not following its plan to have a dealer network that’s smaller and more efficient, similar to what Toyota and Honda are doing. The other defendant in the case is Lia Auto Group, which is set to open its Chrysler dealership in September at the Lia Collision Center in Colonie. It also aims to open a permanent showroom located just east of its Lia Toyota store in Colonie in 2013.

It was in 1977 that the company was established. In a statement, Michael Lia, co-president of the Lia Auto Group, said that they were impressed with Chrysler’s strategy and that they believe that they will remain to be “strong players in the American automotive market.” The Times Union newspaper in Albany reported that when Lia Auto Group opens the dealership, it will be selling 12 brands at 17 locations in New York, Massachusetts and Connecticut.

If you liked the article, share on:

Comments

Login or Create new account to add a comment!

Recommended

Hyundai is making the green vehicle race more competitive by offering three powertrain types -- pure electric (EV), hybrid (EV plus combustion engine) and plug-in hybrid (PHEV) – in one...
by - December 9, 2016
Although specs for the new Renault Megane had already surfaced several weeks ago, we didn’t know that the company has cooked up something new. Aside from the 200hp gasoline, Renault‘s...
by - December 9, 2016
For the first time in fifty-eight years, Infiniti registers its first US-Spec Q60 Coupe in Cuba. American products have not been allowed entry into Cuba for six decades. But it...
by - December 9, 2016
Chevrolet has already given out the pricing for some of its 2018 Equinox models. Not only will the new Equinox be available in both the US and Canada, it is...
by - December 9, 2016
Nearly all details have been set with regards to the upcoming market introduction of the new Jaguar I-Pace. Its production version was recently previewed at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto...
by - December 8, 2016
Facebook

Youtube Channel

Tip Us
Do you have a tip for us?
Did you film an important event?
Contact us
Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter!
Subscribe
Galleries