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January 12, 2017 - Industry News

Cox Automotive Makes Two Executive Promotions

Cox Automotive this week announced two executive promotions. Rock Anderson Jr. has been promoted to executive vice president of people strategies and John Kovac has been promoted to executive vice president and CMO.

Tags: Cox Automotive, Promotions, Vice President

January 12, 2017 - Industry News

automotiveMastermind Adds Toyota to Its Platform

automotiveMastermind, a predictive analytics and marketing automation technology company for automotive dealerships, today announced that Toyota dealerships across the country will now be able to partner with it.

Tags: automotiveMastermind, Data, Marketing, Technology, Toyota

January 12, 2017 - Industry News

VinSolutions Announces New Integration with Dealertrack

With the Rates & Residuals enhancement, dealerships now have the ability to structure deals for new and pre-owned vehicles by accessing incentives, rates and programs from both their captive and noncaptive lenders, all within VinSolutions. The portal, powered by Dealertrack, then returns the top retail and/or lease programs based on consumer credit scores.

Tags: Dealertrack, Desking, Digital F&I, digital retailing, VinSolutions

January 11, 2017 - Industry News

IHS Markit Awards General Motors With Top Customer Loyalty Award

During IHS Markit’s 21st annual Automotive Loyalty Awards, the company recognized automakers who have displayed excellent levels of customer loyalty. In total, the awards show recognized winners in more than 30 categories.

Tags: Automotive Loyalty Awards, Awards, Customer Loyalty, IHS Markit

January 11, 2017 - Industry News

Pearl Combines Equity Mining Tool With 'Buy Direct From Consumer' Platform

The integration will allow dealers to search for vehicles they wish to purchase directly from consumers by year, make, model and trim, according to the company.

Tags: Equity, Marketing, Pearl Technology, Technology

January 10, 2017 - Industry News

Black Book: Smaller Cars Back in Demand

Small cars (model-year 2008-2014) are making a comeback to open the year, and Black Book believes the segment could be in for a good spring.

Tags: Black Book, vehicle depreciation, Wholesale Pricing

January 9, 2017 - Industry News

Cadillac Launches $1,500 a Month Subscription Service

Cadillac has launched a subscription-based, on-demand vehicle utilization program that provides access to Cadillac vehicles without a commitment to buy or lease.

Tags: Cadillac, General Motors, Online Buying, Subscription

January 9, 2017 - Industry News

DealerDoc Offers Out-of-State Titling and Registration Solution

The solution provides correct taxes and fees for an out-of-state sale in seconds, according to the company, allowing users to prepopulate and print all state-required documents along with a detailed checklist for specific requirements in every jurisdiction.

Tags: Electronic Registration, Titling, Vehicle Sales

January 9, 2017 - Industry News

Wholesale Used-Vehicle Prices Increase in December, Manheim Reports

Wholesale used-vehicle prices on a mix-, mileage-, and seasonally adjusted basis increased by 0.2% in December, according to Manheim. Compared to December 2015, the Manheim Used Vehicle Value Index declined 0.6% to 124.9.

Tags: Manheim, Useve Vehicles, Wholesale, Wholesale Pricing

January 9, 2017 - Industry News

Autotrader: 48% of Car Buyers Choose In-Vehicle Tech Over Brand, Body Style

The report shows a growing number of consumers believe certain safety technologies, including blind-spot detection and and forward collision warning, should come standard on all vehicles in the United States. Convenience and entertainment options also ranked high on consumers' preferred list of technology features.

Tags: Autotrader, blind-spot detection, collision warning, Connected Vehicle, telematics

January 5, 2017 - Industry News

BMW Using Google’s Augmented Reality Technology to Sell Cars

The German automaker announced it’s piloting a new program that will allow customers to explore their ideal BMW i3 and i8 using Google’s Tango augmented reality technology

Tags: Accenture, Augmented Reality, BMW, Google

January 5, 2017 - Industry News

Autobytel Sells Off Specialty Finance Leads Product to Internet Brands

Autobytel last week completed the sale of its specialty finance leads product to Internet Brands Inc. for $3.2 million in cash and $1.6 million in additional transition licensing income.

Tags: Autobytel, Internet Brands Inc., Sale

January 5, 2017 - Industry News

AutoNation Holding One-Day Hiring Event to Fill Thousands of Positions

AutoNation will be holding a one-day hiring event on Tuesday, Jan. 10, according to a recent company announcement. The event will take place throughout 15 cities across the country, and will feature thousands of sales and service positions available at all of the company’s stores and service centers, the company stated.

Tags: AutoNation, Hiring, training

January 4, 2017 - Industry News

Ally Agrees to Finance up to $600 Million of Carvana's Retail Contracts

Under the terms of the agreement, Ally will provide financial arrangements to support the online retailer's operations, with an initial commitment of up to $600 million. The agreement expands Ally's existing relationship with Carvana, which also includes a floorplan credit line and vehicle sourcing through Ally's SmartAuction platform.

January 4, 2017 - Industry News

Black Book: Used-Car Prices Stabilize in December

Depreciation trends stabilized to close out 2016, with depreciation rates for all cars and trucks falling into seasonal patterns, Black Book reported this week.

Tags: Black Book, Cars, Depreciation, Trucks, Used Vehicles

January 4, 2017 - Industry News

KBB: Average Transaction Price Climbs to Record High in December

The estimated average transaction price for light vehicles in the United States reached an all-time record high of $35,309 in December, according to Kelley Blue Book. This increase, the firm noted, amounted to a 1.5% increase over the same time last year.

Tags: Fiat Chrysler, Ford, Kelley Blue Book, Nissan, Transaction Prices, Vehicle Sales

December 29, 2016 - Industry News

15 Arrested in Connection to Theft of 40 Cars

Over the course of several weeks, a group of thieves stole more than 40 cars from a Nissan-Infiniti dealership's overflow lot in Torrance, Calif. About 15 people have been arrested in connection to these vehicle robberies and nearly 30 vehicles have been recovered, according to KTLA 5 News.

December 28, 2016 - Industry News

Edmunds Releases List of 'Most Researched' Vehicles

The list demonstrates that it will take a major shift in consumer preferences to unseat passenger cars from best-seller lists. Through the first 11 months of 2016, the share of passenger cars has dropped 10%, while the popularity of SUVs and light trucks continues to soar.

Tags: Edmunds.com, Online Marketplace, Vehicle Sales

December 22, 2016 - Industry News

Edmunds: New-Vehicle Sales Record in Reach

Edmunds.com believes the industry will sell 1,629,011 new cars and trucks in December. If realized, the prediction puts the industry on pace to break last year's sales record. But the firm says it'll be a photo finish.

Tags: 2017, Edmunds, SAAR, Vehicle Sales

December 20, 2016 - Industry News

Wheel's Automotive to Service Kia Canada's CPO Marketing Needs

On Jan. 12, 2017, Wheel’s Automotive Dealer Supplies Inc. will begin servicing the certified pre-owned merchandising and marketing needs of Kia Canada’s network of dealers.

Tags: Canada, CPO, Kia, Wheel's Automotive Dealer Supplies Inc.

December 19, 2016 - Industry News

CarMax, Asbury, West-Herr Automotive Settle FTC Recall Advertising Charges

The three retailers agreed to settle FTC charges that they touted rigorous inspections while failing to disclose that some vehicles were subject to unrepaired safety recalls. The FTC also finalizes orders against GM and two other sellers in similar cases settled earlier this year.

Tags: Asbury Automotive, CARMAX, Deceptive Advertising, Federal Trade Commission, vehicle recall, West-Herr Automotive

December 19, 2016 - Industry News

Auto/Mate Now Integrated Into DealerOps

As part of the integration, dealerships that use both vendors’ solutions will now receive automatic and seamless updates from their Auto/Mate Automotive Management Productivity Suite (AMPS) software into their DealerOps Platform.

Tags: Auto/Mate, Auto/Mate Dealership Systems, DealerOps, Mobile Applications, Technology

December 19, 2016 - Industry News

AutoBase Customers to Gain Access to Flick Fusion's Video Marketing Platform

Flick Fusion has announced a partnership with AutoBase that will allow users of the company's inventory merchandising solutions to create and distribute inventory videos, personalized walkaround videos, dealership value proposition videos, customer testimonial videos and more.

Tags: AutoBase, Flick Fusion, Smart Flicks, Video Marketing

December 19, 2016 - Industry News

Carvana Partners With Two Georgia Credit Unions

In two separate announcements, Carvana today announced that it has partnered with Associated Credit Union and LGE Community Credit Union to offer their members access to certified and competitively priced vehicles through an online car-buying experience.

Tags: Carvana, Credit Unions, Online Buying

December 15, 2016 - Industry News

NADAUCG: Wholesale Prices Fall More Than Expected in November

Wholesale prices for vehicles up to eight years in age depreciated more than expected last month, falling 3.3% on a monthly basis. That’s more than double the 1.4% average drop recorded during November the past three years, according to the NADA Used Car Guide.

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