Car dealership inventory should be better in coming months

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (WMBD/WYZZ) — Leaders in the automotive industry said March through May is one of the two peak seasons for purchasing cars, but supply chain issues and microchip shortages are affecting dealership inventory.

Ryan Gremore, President of O’Brien Auto Team of Bloomington-Normal said he felt the impacts of supply chain shortages in late summer 2020, which caused many dealerships to have a smaller supply of vehicles.

“But it was really not until maybe the summer of ’21 when it all went haywire when you started seeing dealership lots with no cars, inventory was so hard to get, you’re waiting months to find a new car,” said Gremore.

Leaders said the microchip shortage was created by overall demand in the electronic industry.

Gremore has seen this shortage first hand.

“Most consumers are wanting the models that have the higher

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James Bond car exhibit coming to L.A.’s Petersen Automotive Museum

The Petersen Automotive Museum was already a must-see for any car enthusiast visiting Los Angeles, and it’s about to get a little better should you also be a James Bond fan. Opening Sept. 25 in the museum’s appropriately named Grand Salon gallery will be the “Bond in Motion” exhibit of more than 30 cars, motorcycles, boats, submarines, helicopters and scale models used during the creation of the 24 official James Bond films. The timing corresponds with the Oct. 8 release of “No Time to Die,” the upcoming 60th anniversary of the first Bond movie … and hey, the release of our “All 24 James Bond movies ranked only by their cars.”

Highlights include many of the most famous Bond cars, including a 1977 Lotus Esprit S1 in submarine guise from “The Spy Who Loved Me,” an Aston Martin V8 from “The Living

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Chinese cars aren’t coming to America via HAAH as firm files for bankruptcy

This was the luxury SUV HAAH planned to sell under the new Vantas brand. It’s just a rebadged Chery.


The promise of Chinese cars landing on US soil is, yet again, broken. Automotive News reported Monday HAAH Automotive Holdings, a big player hoping to import Chinese cars to the US, has filed for bankruptcy after a seven-year-long journey. The publication spoke with HAAH CEO Duke Hale, who delivered the news. HAAH did not immediately return Roadshow’s request for comment on the filing.

With the news, the US will not see the planned Vantas or T-GO brands HAAH wanted to launch in the US. The cars from both brands were to come from China’s Chery Automobile Company. HAAH first aimed to simply import the cars through a Chery joint venture, then pivoted last year to say it would actually build the cars in the US. The company never announced a

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Plug-in hybrid super sedan coming soon

Mercedes-Benz AMG is readying a new plug-in hybrid version of its GT 4-Door Coupe.

Our spy shots show a prototype of the AMG sedan with a concealed flap on its rear fascia, located just below the taillight on the right. On the corresponding rear fender is the regular filler cap.

When the Mercedes-Benz AMG GT Concept bowed in 2017 as a preview of the GT 4-Door Coupe, the striking show car packed a powerful electrified V-8 under the hood. So far such a powertrain hasn’t taken shape but that is now about to change. In fact, AMG has already teased it. A debut will take place later this year and we should see the car reach showrooms as a 2022 model.

2022 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT 73e 4-Door Coupe spy shots - Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

2022 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT 73e 4-Door Coupe spy shots – Photo credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

The electrified sedan will be positioned as the range-topper in the GT 4-Door Coupe lineup,

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