Infiniti, Mazda stores increase in popularity

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Automotive News
June 30, 2024

The number of Infiniti and Mazda franchises acquired in 2023 as part of dealership acquisitions increased, while fewer Honda and Toyota stores changed hands.

Infiniti, a lower-volume luxury brand, saw the number of franchises acquired in 2023 dealership transactions leap from the year before, according to Automotive News' tracking of buy-sell transactions across the U.S.

Eleven Infiniti franchises were part of buy-sell transactions last year, almost double the six in 2022 and triple the three in 2021, according to the Automotive News Research & Data Center. Infiniti had the highest share of its total U.S. franchises change hands last year, at 5.5 percent, Automotive News found.

Erin Kerrigan, managing director of Kerrigan Advisors, a dealership sell-side firm in Incline Village, Nev., said her 2023 Kerrigan Dealer Survey showed 56 percent of auto retailers thought the value of the Infiniti franchise would decline in the next 12 months. That was the second-highest percentage of predicted value decline for a franchise, only behind Lincoln. More than 650 dealers were surveyed from June through October last year.

She said dealers with franchises they aren't happy with increasingly are divesting those stores, realizing the earnings are declining at a faster rate than other brands.

"Dealers that own Infiniti are realizing that the franchise is probably not going to get better over time," Kerrigan said. "Its best profits were probably during the pandemic, and they do not want to own that franchise, so they are jettisoning that franchise at a higher rate."

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