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Lindley Estes is a business writer for The Free Lance-Star and This blog is on Fredericksburg-area business. Send an e-mail to Lindley Estes.

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Area auto dealership groups among top in nation

Several automotive dealership groups with a presence in the Fredericksburg area, including one that’s locally based, are among the top revenue generators in the country.

Fredericksburg-based Rosner Automotive Group placed 92nd on WardsAuto’s recently published Mega Dealer 100 list of the top U.S. dealer groups by 2011 revenue. Rosner owns local Toyota, Scion, Nissan, Volvo and Mercedes-Benz dealerships as well as a collision center and large used-car operation. The company had revenue of about $261.6 million in 2011, according to the WardsAuto list.

Pohanka Automotive Group placed 33rd on the list with 2011 revenue of $901.7 million. Pohanka is based in Maryland and operates throughout the Washington area, including Honda, Nissan and Hyundai dealerships in the Fredericksburg area.

Richmond-based used-car dealership CarMax Inc. placed third on the list with 2011 revenue of $8.7 billion. Florida-based AutoNation Inc. topped the list with 2011 revenue of $13.8 billion.

Northern Virginia-based Sheehy Auto Stores, Jim Koons Automotive Group and Rosenthal Automotive also made the Wards list.

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