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West Herr Automotive Group has acquired Transitowne Hyundai and moved the dealership about 2 miles up Transit Road, to Clarence. Terms of the deal were not announced. West Herr now has 26 dealerships in its group. This is its first Hyundai dealership. West Herr over the weekend relocated the Hyundai dealership to a newly renovated, 23,000-square-foot facility at 5485…

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A former United Auto Workers official from Grand Island was charged Friday by federal prosecutors in a widening corruption scandal. Jeffery Pietrzyk, 74, was charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering. He was the 11th person charged by federal prosecutors in the case. Pietrzyk, who retired in 2014, previously held a number …

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As United Auto Workers members walked picket lines outside General Motors plants in the Town of Tonawanda, Lockport and elsewhere Monday, the big question was: How long might this strike last? No one can say for sure. But the UAW and GM have a number of significant issues to resolve, including workers' earnings, the fate of GM plants outside the region that face shutdow…

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West Herr Automotive Group ranked No. 25 in the country based on its sales of new retail vehicles in 2018, according to Automotive News. Orchard Park-based West Herr sold 29,272 new retail vehicles last year, an average of nearly 563 a week across 22 dealerships, according to the publication's statistics. But its total was down 5.3 percent from 2017, causing its ranking…

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Copart, an online auto auction business, has bought a former auto auction property in the Town of Evans for $3 million. Copart purchased the former home of Buffalo Auto Auctions at 8418 Southwestern Blvd., according to county property records. Brothers Roy and Carl Emerling sold the property, which is just west of the Thruway. Copart says it specializes in salvage ve…

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Buffalo Sabres forward Johan Larsson is scheduled to make an appearance at the Buffalo Auto Show. Larsson will be at the show 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Feb. 8 at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. The annual show runs from Feb. 7 to 10 and is organized by the Niagara Frontier Automobile Dealers Association. On Feb. 10, Sabres broadcasters Rick Jeanneret, Rob Ray, Marti…

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The region's lone Jaguar dealership has changed hands. Northtown Automotive has bought Jaguar Buffalo from West Herr Automotive Group. Terms were not disclosed. Jaguar Buffalo is located on Campbell Boulevard, just off Millersport Highway in Amherst. Northtown will move the Jaguar operations to its Porsche, Land Rover and Volvo complex at 8135 Main St. in Clarence, w…

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The nation's top seller of used vehicles has opened its Amherst store, with a local native returning home to run it. CarMax began selling vehicles Thursday at its location on Niagara Falls Boulevard, just north of the Youngmann Expressway. The Richmond, Va.-based company operates more than 200 stores across the country, but this is only its third store in New York State…

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General Motors' plants in the Town of Tonawanda and Lockport aren't targeted for shutdown, unlike five other GM facilities in North America. But the headcount at the two GM plants in the Buffalo Niagara region will likely drop, as GM slashes its North American salaried workforce. GM on Monday revealed plans to end production at assembly plants in Lordstown, Ohio; Det…

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General Motors'  Town of Tonawanda and Lockport plants weren't on the list of plants that the automaker revealed on Monday are poised for shutdown. The Tonawanda plant makes engines and the Lockport plant makes a variety of heating, ventilation and air-conditioning products for vehicles. Nearly two years ago, GM announced it would pour $296 million into the Tonawanda…

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If you haven't heard of the Genesis luxury car brand, Northtown Automotive would like to change that. Northtown has opened the first Genesis dealership in New York State, and just started selling the vehicles last week, through Genesis of Amherst. Genesis is a luxury brand established by Hyundai. For now, Northtown will sell Genesis vehicles at its Hyundai showroom o…

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If you buy a new Honda Accord or Toyota Camry in the Buffalo area, chances are you will own it for quite a while: an average of 7.3 years. Those two vehicles came out on top in an analysis of which new vehicles in the region were kept the longest conducted by iSeeCars, an automotive research site and search engine. The site studied 6 million vehicles sold by their origi…

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Area nonprofits have until Oct. 1 to apply to be considered for a free van, through the Ford Friendship Express program. Applications for the program, presented by the Ford Dealers of Western New York, are available at wnyford.com, under the tab for "local events." Since its inception in 1996, the program has donated 77 new vehicles.

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Would you pay $1 million for two Dodge cars? If you're Clarence businessman and avid car collector Dan Snyder, the answer is yes. Snyder was the winning bidder for a 2017 Dodge Viper and a 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon at a charity auction held Saturday in Connecticut. What made the vehicles special? They were the last vehicles off their respective production lines…

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CarMax plans to open a used-car superstore in Amherst late this year or early next year. A schedule of the Virginia-based chain's openings says the Amherst store will debut sometime between December and the end of February 2019. CarMax's plans for opening a store on Niagara Falls Boulevard, just north of the Youngmann Memorial Highway interchange, surfaced about thre…