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NEED A LYFT

The boss of ride-hail­ing com­pany Lyft, John Zim­mer, be­lieves pri­vate car own­er­ship will come to an end by 2025 in US cities. He says self-driv­ing cars will re­move the need for pri­vate ve­hi­cles and hu­man driv­ers.

DAY OF REST

For most deal­ers, Sat­ur­day and Sun­day are the days they sell the most cars. But Honolulu Ford dealer Mark Ben­son closes on Sun­days so his work­ers and buy­ers can go to church. He also has a cable-TV chan­nel with on­de­mand re­li­gious pro­grams. Hav­ing friends in high places pays off — his is Hawaii’s No.1 Ford deal­er­ship.

HELP DE­SIGN A CAR

VW sub-brand Seat wants greater buyer in­volve­ment in de­sign. Mar­ket­ing boss Su­sanne Franz, launch­ing a spe­cial edi­tion picked by 30 read­ers of Cos­mopoli­tan mag­a­zine, says: “The most so­cial thing you can do is in­vite peo­ple in and let them be a part of the de­ci­sion­mak­ing process.”

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