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February 22, 2018 - Industry News

VW’s New California Port Should Lower OTD Times

A new facility at San Francisco Bay’s Port of Benicia will support distribution of vehicles to Volkswagen, Audi, Bentley and Porsche dealers.

February 22, 2018 - Industry News

Carvana Adds Vehicle Pickup Garages

Carvana Curbside creates a new option for the online retailer's users: street-facing garages that house sold used vehicles.

February 22, 2018 - Industry News

Volvo to Add V60 Wagon to Subscription Service

Photo Courtesy of Volvo Cars

Volvo Cars said this week it will add its V60 to its Care by Volvo subscription program when the redesigned station wagon makes its U.S. arrival in 2019.

Tags: Care by Volvo, station wagon, Subscription Service, V60, Volvo

February 21, 2018 - Industry News

Going Big: Californians Sour on Small Cars

The CNCDA reports California dealers closed out 2017 with a marked increase in sales of larger vehicles and a corresponding decline in small-car sales.

February 20, 2018 - Industry News

Blinker Adds Ally’s F&I Protections, Expands Into Florida and California

Blinker was founded in 2016 by a team of industry veterans from US Bank, CarMax, GM Financial, and Cox Automotive. With this week’s announcements, the startup is quickly gearing up to take on private-party marketplaces like Craigslist, Letgo, Autotrader, Cars.com and Facebook Marketplace.

Tags: auto finance, Blinker, digital retailing, Fintech, online F&I, private-party sales

February 20, 2018 - Industry News

ELEAD1ONE Introduces DealBuilder Digital Retailing Solution

ELEAD1ONE’s ‘game-changing’ application was designed to keep dealerships central to the online car-buying process.

February 15, 2018 - Industry News

FordDirect Dealers Get CarStory Access

A new partnership with CarStory gives Ford and Lincoln dealers who own FordDirect websites access to CarStory’s AI- and analytics-based market reports.

February 15, 2018 - Industry News

ACV Becomes NIADA Partner

ACV Auctions has become a national corporate partner of the National Independent Automobile Dealers Association, giving member dealers access to ACV’s inventory management platform.

February 14, 2018 - Industry News

Cox Promotes Williams to VP of Logistics

Cox Automotive has promoted Jim Williams to senior vice president of logistics, joining the company’s Inventory Solutions team.

February 14, 2018 - Industry News

Cars.com Acquires Dealer Inspire, LDM

Cars.com announced the impending acquisition of Dealer Inspire and Launch Digital Marketing, a move designed to augment Cars.com’s retailing platform with a range of dealer-focused digital solutions.

February 13, 2018 - Industry News

Autosoft Partners With NIADA

NIADA members can enjoy special pricing on Autosoft’s DMS offerings as part of a new partnership between the association and the software provider.

February 13, 2018 - Industry News

SmartAuction Adds Off-Lease Nissan, Infiniti Units

Registered dealers can now use Ally’s SmartAuction to access listings of off-lease vehicles from Nissan Motor Acceptance Corp. and Infiniti Financial Services.

February 12, 2018 - Industry News

Hyundai, Acura Take Top Honors in KBB’s ‘5-Year Cost to Own’ Awards

The firm named Hyundai as the brand with the lowest cost to own and Acura as the lowest cost luxury brand. Top vehicles were selected in 22 categories.

Tags: Acura, Cost to Own, General Motors, Hyundai, Kelley Blue Book, Toyota

February 8, 2018 - Industry News

Manheim: Wholesale Prices Decline for Third Straight Month

Despite a 4.9% increase from a year ago, the Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index’s January reading was the lowest since last July.

February 7, 2018 - Industry News

Black Book: Index Falls 1.2% to 113.1 in January

The firm had expected a steeper decline due to replacement activity linked to last year’s hurricanes. Instead, Black Book saw fairly typical depreciation.

Tags: Black Book, Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, used-vehicle values, vehicle depreciation

February 7, 2018 - Industry News

Pearl Launches Rapid Proactive Messaging

Rapid Proactive Messaging is a new system designed to allow dealership sales associates to connect and communicate directly with interested customers from their mobile phones.

February 6, 2018 - Industry News

Tesla vs. Firetruck: Feds to Investigate Latest Incident

Tesla’s ‘Autopilot’ setting has once again drawn interest from regulators after a Model S plowed into a parked firetruck.

February 6, 2018 - Industry News

AIADA: International Brands Made Gains in January

International nameplates outpaced the competition in U.S. new-vehicle sales last month, accounting for 57.4% of all transactions.

February 6, 2018 - Industry News

Cox Ranks Super Bowl Car Commercials

Data collected by Kelley Blue Book and Dealer.com shows which factories and brands benefited from their significant investments in Super Bowl airtime.

February 5, 2018 - Industry News

DealerFenix Introduces Dealer Reporting, Workflow and Activity Solution

DealerFenix is a new system designed to improve process adherence and consistency, eliminate repetitive tasks, and automate activities.

February 1, 2018 - Industry News

KBB: New-Car Prices Up 3.9% in January

The average transaction price for a new light vehicle sold in the U.S. was $36,270, down slightly from December but up 3.9% from the year-ago period.

January 31, 2018 - Industry News

Prodigy Announces $5.4M Seed Funding

Prodigy’s full-stack automotive retail sales solution enters a new phase after earning $5.4 million in seed funding from a group of venture capitalists led by 8VC, Battery Ventures, SV Angel and CrunchFund.

January 31, 2018 - Industry News

Nissan Captive Joins AutoGravity Network

Nissan Motor Acceptance Corp. became the latest captive to join AutoGravity’s digital marketplace. The captive's financing options are currently available on the firm's mobile app in California and will be available nationwide in mid-2018.

Tags: AutoGravity, digital retailing, mobile app, online F&I, showroom

January 30, 2018 - Industry News

Good as New: Autotrader Lists Top 10 CPOs for 2018

Autotrader has listed the top 10 certified pre-owned models for new-car buyers on a budget.

January 24, 2018 - Industry News

Autotrader Plans Dramatic Transformation

The online retailer will introduce a series of enhancements designed to deliver higher-quality leads to auto dealers and add transparency and speed to the customer experience.

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