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Charleston-based Hudson Auto Group grows to 39 dealerships after buying Summerville Ford

A Charleston-based automobile dealer can now count 39 stores in its growing footprint across the Southeast and Midwest.

Hudson Automotive Group recently bought the franchise for Summerville Ford at 9700 Dorchester Road in North Charleston. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The previous owner was Mitchell Family Office of Birmingham, Mich., which has exited the car dealership business to concentrate on its health care holdings, according to Haig Partners LLC, an auto broker in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.


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“We made the decision to sell the Summerville Ford store to allow us to completely focus on the family’s core business opportunities in health care,” said Mark Mitchell, owner of Mitchell Family Office.

Earlier this year, the Michigan firm sold its Toyota of Bristol dealership in Tennessee to Springhill Automotive Group of Mobile, Ala.

Hudson Automotive CEO David Hudson said the Summerville Ford acquisition “aligns well” with his group’s principals of service and

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Nutson’s Weekly Auto News Wrap-up March -March 6-12, 2022


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AUTO CENTRAL CHICAGO – March 13, 2022; Every Sunday Larry Nutson, The Chicago Car Guy and Executive Producer, with able assistance from senior editor Thom Cannell from The Auto Channel Michigan Bureau, compile The Auto Channel’s “take” on this past week’s automotive news, condensed into easy to digest news Nuggets.

LEARN MORE: Full versions of today’s news nuggets along with thousands of pages of relevant news and opinions, information stored in a million-page library published and indexed on The Auto Channel during the past 25 years. Complete information can be found by copying a bold headline and then inserting into any Site Search Box.

Nutson’s Automotive News Wrap-up – Week Ending February 26, 2022 Below are the past week’s important, relevant, semi-secret, or snappy automotive news, opinions and insider back stories presented as
expertly crafted easy-to-understand automotive universe news nuggets.

* According to the J.D. Power 2022 U.S. Customer Service

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Nutson’s Weekly Auto News Wrap-up February 26-March 5, 2022


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AUTO CENTRAL CHICAGO – March 6, 2022; Every Sunday Larry Nutson, The Chicago Car Guy and Executive Producer, with able assistance from senior editor Thom Cannell from The Auto Channel Michigan Bureau, compile The Auto Channel’s “take” on this past week’s automotive news, condensed into easy to digest news Nuggets.

LEARN MORE: Full versions of today’s news nuggets along with thousands of pages of relevant news and opinions, information stored in a million-page library published and indexed on The Auto Channel during the past 25 years. Complete information can be found by copying a bold headline and then inserting into any Site Search Box.

Nutson’s Automotive News Wrap-up – Week Ending February 26, 2022 Below are the past week’s important, relevant, semi-secret, or snappy automotive news, opinions and insider back stories presented as
expertly crafted easy-to-understand automotive universe news nuggets.

* U.S. DoE factoid of the week: Sales of new

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Black Auto Designers Pay it Forward Mentoring Next-Generation Talent

Without designers, there are no cars.

Automotive designers combine knowledge of mechanics, production and materials with artistic talent to improve the style, appearance and aerodynamics of automobiles.

Much like in other professions, Black designers have fought for representation in the auto industry.

General Motors hired Edward Welburn as their first Black designer in 1972. In 2003 Welburn became the first Black Vice President of Global Design in the industry.

Black designers like Michael Burton, Crystal Windham, Earl Lucas and Chris Young have each contributed impressive feats to automotive design, from the Ford Flex to the 2021 Ford Bronco.

In 2011 when the Hyundai Sonata shook up the car market due to its modern sweeping body style, designer Andre Hudson was to thank.

According to the U.S. International Trade Commission, Black employees make up 17.2 percent of workers in automotive manufacturing but the industry lacks diversity at the leadership level.

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