Detroit's dealership disadvantage

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Posted: Jun 30, 2011 3:36 PM
Detroit's dealership disadvantage

Detroit automakers have far more U.S. dealerships than their Japanese competitors, and Detroit's showrooms are generally older. As a result, Japanese-brand dealerships sell have far higher sales, make more money and have more to invest in buildings and advertising.

Here are 2010 sales figures per franchise by automaker. A franchise is a dealer's right to sell a particular brand of car. So a dealer who owns a Buick-GMC-Cadillac dealership would have three franchises.

_ Toyota Motor Corp.: 1,200.

_ Honda Motor Co.: 944.

_ Nissan Motor Co.: 730.

_ Ford Motor Co.: 370.

_ General Motors Co.: 225

_ Chrysler Group LLC: 171.

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Source: Automotive News.