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Sonic Automotive Opens Las Vegas Dealership

Auto retailer Sonic Automotive, Inc. on Tuesday (Aug. 17) opened an EchoPark Automotive outpost in Las Vegas, continuing the expansion of the brand across the U.S. EchoPark customers can shop in person or pick up their cars at the new Las Vegas area location after shopping online. The used car dealership has more than 10,000 one- to four-year-old vehicles listed for sale.

“EchoPark Las Vegas is an important part of our growing omnichannel solution for consumers, and offers guests who visit in-store or shop online at EchoPark.com an entirely new way to buy cars,” said David Smith, CEO of Sonic Automotive and EchoPark Automotive, in the company announcement. “Our rapidly growing distribution network brings an exciting, seamless guest experience to another key market.”

EchoPark, which opened in 2014, expects to have 90 percent population coverage across the U.S. by 2025 and has a target of two million vehicles sold

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Step One Automotive car dealership opens in Andalusia – The Andalusia Star-News

Step One Automotive Group opened the doors to its new Andalusia dealership on Monday.

Step One Andalusia will be holding a launch event Saturday, August 7 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. to celebrate the new dealership. Community members are invited to enjoy free food and refreshments inside the store. Participants who take a test drive during the event can take home a free t-shirt.

Step One Automotive Group broke ground on the new dealership on July 1. Andalusia is the first Alabama dealership for the automotive group. The company plans to continue expanding throughout the South, as they have three dealerships in Georgia as well.

Project Management Director Bud Lubben is happy about his company’s new location. He said, “The opening of our newest dealership will allow more job opportunity and growth within the community of Andalusia.” Lubben also said those looking for a career within the Step One

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GM opens new 3D-printing development center

GM’s new Additive Industrialization Center is home to 24 3D printers.


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On Monday, GM announced the opening of its new 15,000-square-foot Additive Industrialization Center at the Warren Tech Center in suburban Detroit. This facility is dedicated to pushing 3D printing forward in the automotive industry. 

One goal of the AIC is to “productionize” this technology, to make it a cornerstone of GM vehicle development and manufacturing. In the future, 3D printing promises to revolutionize the car-making process, and it’s already dramatically accelerating development times, reducing costs and even improving quality. 

A new-from-the-ground-up facility, the AIC is the result of investments GM has made over the last several years, though no one is willing to comment on how much they’ve shelled out. Currently, it’s home to 24 3D printers, which can make components out of both polymers and metal. The AIC can carry out a number of different processes, from

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