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Auto dealer groups that have expanded into the Buffalo Niagara region from outside the area: Some have come and gone: AutoNation: Florida-based group bought Ford dealership in Clarence in 1997, sold it in 2006. Zeigler: Michigan-based group bought a Honda dealership in Amherst in 2013, recently sold it to Northtown. Auction Direct USA: Rochester-based used ca…

A Mitsubishi dealership in Hamburg is about to reopen under new ownership. Upstate car dealer James Provenzano will open James Mitsubishi Hamburg at 5160 Camp Road, formerly the home of Hamburg Mitsubishi, which recently closed. The dealership is expected to debut Thursday or Friday. Provenzano owns a Mitsubishi dealership in Rome, N.Y. He also has dealerships sellin…

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About 90 people at Buffalo Niagara auto dealerships have been working in the car sales business for 40 or more years. With the Buffalo Auto Show opening later this week, the Niagara Frontier Automobile Dealers Association will salute those industry veterans. The association, which organizes the auto show, will hold an invitation-only reception Tuesday night for men a…

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Calspan Corp. for decades has prided itself on its expertise in crash-testing vehicles. But its test facilities were overdue for an upgrade. Calspan would run its tests outdoors, exposed to the weather and perhaps prying eyes from hotel rooms near its Cheektowaga campus. The layout also limited how many tests Calspan could run per year. All of that has changed. Calsp…

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NIAGARA FALLS – Fifty classic and new Corvettes will be on display Saturday at a free, day-long “Cruise-In” event on Old Falls Street. The Corvette Club of Buffalo and the Sunburst Corvette Club of Crystal Lake, Ill., will show off their vehicles from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The event, open to the public, also features live music from Lance Diamond from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., as w…