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March 2, 2017 - Industry News

Reynolds and Reynolds President Steps Down

Ron Lamb

Ron Lamb, who was named president of the software firm in October 2010, has stepped down from his post. Officials said the position will not be immediately filled.

Tags: Dealer Software, Reynolds & Reynolds, Ron Lamb

March 14, 2017 - Industry News

CUDL Holds Onto No. 2 Spot in Auto Finance Rankings

The more than 1,000 credit unions on CU Direct’s lending platforms maintained their No. 2 spot on Experian’s auto finance leaderboard in January. And with plateauing demand for new vehicles expected to drive up pre-owned sales, the market appears ripe for credit unions to reap further market share gains.

Tags: Auto Finance, Credit Unions, CUDL, powerbooking

March 2, 2017 - Industry News

Impala Most Cross-Shopped Vehicle in 2016

Jumpstart named the Chevrolet Impala the most cross-shopped mass-market vehicle across its portfolio of sites in 2016.

March 7, 2017 - Industry News

Jaguar Land Rover North America Honors Top Retailers

Jaguar Land Rover North America LLC announced the 32 dealership winners of the 2016/17 Pride of Jaguar and Land Rover Pinnacle Retailer Excellence awards.

Tags: Jaguar Land Rover

January 30, 2017 - Industry News

Experian Announces New Senior Vice President of Automotive Sales

The information services firm announced that John DeMarco has joined the company as senior vice president of automotive sales. He brings 27 years of leadership experience, having held a number of senior leadership roles at firms like CDK Global and Ford Motor Co.

Tags: CDK Global, Experian Automotive, Ford Motor Co., John DeMarco

March 16, 2017 - Industry News

AutoLoop: Dealers Lose $380K in Millennial Service Revenue

A survey of 1,000 car buyers found dealership service departments are losing revenue by failing to connect and engage with millennial customers. Photo by librarianfinsen

A new study from AutoLoop finds dealers are failing to properly market their service departments, engage service customers digitally, and improve the service experience.

February 22, 2017 - Industry News

J.D. Power: Quality Not Exclusive to Highlines

The 2014 Toyota Prius topped J.D. Power’s latest dependability rankings in the compact car segment, one of 10 category wins for the mass-market OEM. Photo courtesy Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc.

J.D. Power’s annual dependability rankings include a strong showing from a number of mass-market manufacturers, including Toyota, General Motors and Hyundai.

Tags: Buick, Dodge, Ford, General Motors, J.D. Power, Land Rover, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Toyota, Vehicle Dependability

March 15, 2017 - Industry News

Ford Tests Smart Service Kiosks

LaFontaine Ford of Birch Run (Mich.) is the first Ford dealership to test the Panasonic/GoMoto Smart Service Kiosk.

February 24, 2017 - Industry News

F&I Digital Media Awards Now Accepting Entries

Entries are now being accepted for the 2017 F&I Digital Media Awards, organizers announced Friday. The submission deadline is Friday, March 31, 2017.

Tags: Digital Retailing, F&I Digital Media Awards, Online F&I

February 22, 2017 - Industry News

Eric Brown Named President of LotLinx

The executive, who founded research firm Dataium in 2009 before joining LotLinx in September, also assumes the title of chief product officer.

Tags: business development center, digital marketing, Digital Retailing, Internet Leads, LotLinx

February 28, 2017 - Industry News

DataScan Announces Organizational Changes

The company announced the appointment of Ed Brown as president. He succeeds Brent Sergot, who was promoted to group vice president with World Omni Financial Corp.

March 8, 2017 - Industry News

AAGI Unveils New Branding, Exclusionary VSC

AAGI unveiled a corporate rebrand and the AutoGuard Plus exclusionary vehicle service contract at a recent event.

February 14, 2017 - Industry News

Group 1’s U.S. F&I Team Delivers Record PVR

For the year, the nation’s third largest dealer group grew its U.S. F&I per-copy average by $129 from the prior year to $1,644. Company officials, however, tell investors and equity research analysts ‘not to model anything higher.’

Tags: F&I manager, F&I products, Group 1 Automotive, PVR

March 2, 2017 - Industry News

Experian: Total Balances, Amount Financed Reach Record Highs in Q4 2016

The firm today reported that average amounts financed for new and used reached record highs of $30,621 and $19,329, respectively. Total balances also reached a record high, although Experian observed a slowing in year-over-year growth.

Tags: Auto Finance, deliquencies, Experian Automotive, leasing, new-vehicle financing, used-vehicle financing

February 23, 2017 - Industry News

Georgia Man Pleads Guilty to Odometer Fraud

A Georgia businessman this week pleaded guilty to operating an odometer fraud scheme that revolved around buying later-model cars at auction, tampering with the odometer reading, and then selling the cars at inflated prices, the U.S. Department of Justice announced.

Tags: compliance, Department of Justice, Odometer Fraud

February 27, 2017 - Industry News

Black Book/Fitch: Vehicle Depreciation to Reach 17.8% in 2017

The vehicle valuation firm said the depreciation rate will rise from 17.3% in 2016 to 17.8%, while Fitch said Auto ABS performance will continue to slow in 2017 as losses slowly rise to more normalized levels.

Tags: Auto ABS, Black Book, Fitch Ratings, vehicle depreciation

February 22, 2017 - Industry News

Interstate Title Solutions Partners With NIADA

The technology solution provider is the association’s newest National Member Benefit partner, which means association members will have discounted access to the firm’s out-of-state tax, title and registration tool, DMV Nationwide.

Tags: DMV Nationwide, F&I manager, NIADA, tax and title fees

February 27, 2017 - Industry News

AutoFi Adds iLendingDIRECT Network

AutoFi today announced the addition of iLendingDIRECT and its network of credit unions to its point-of-sale auto finance solution. The fintech firm also announced its entrance into the used-vehicle market.

Tags: AutoFi, Digital Retailing, Online F&I

March 1, 2017 - Industry News

AutoGravity App Surpasses 200,000 Downloads

The fintech firm today announced it has surpassed 200,000 downloads of its native iOS and Android smartphone apps. The company’s platform allows car shoppers in 46 states to secure financing on a specific vehicle before heading to the dealership to complete the deal.

Tags: AutoGravity, Digital Retailing, Online F&I

March 1, 2017 - Industry News

KBB: Average Transaction Price for New Up $757 in February

With sales skewed toward utility vehicles, the average transaction price for light vehicles rose by $757, or 2.3%, from a year ago to $34,352 in February, the firm reported today.

Tags: Average Transaction Price, Kelley Blue Book, new-vehicle sales

February 15, 2017 - Industry News

No Sedans Among KBB’s Top 12 Family Cars

The 2017 Honda CR-V is the top seller among the two-row SUVs Kelley Blue Book included in its latest list of top family vehicles. Photo courtesy American Honda Motor Co. Inc.

Kelley Blue Book’s list of the best family vehicles for the 2017 model year includes eight SUVs, four minivans, and no sedans.

Tags: Chevrolet, Chrysler, Honda, Kelley Blue Book, Kia, Nissan, Subaru, Toyota

February 23, 2017 - Industry News

Dallas Compliance Summit Set to Break Attendance, Certification Records

Organizers of Compliance Summit say an 'unprecedented' response to the announcement that the next event will be held alongside Industry Summit at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, Texas, all but guarantees the Sept. 11, 2017, event will set new marks for attendance and Automotive Compliance Specialist certification.

Tags: Automotive Compliance Specialist, Compliance Summit, Gil Van Over, Industry Summit, Jim Ganther

February 23, 2017 - Industry News

Sonic Reports Recordbreaking Fourth Quarter

The nation’s fourth-largest auto retailer reported annual and quarterly records for pre-owned sales, F&I gross profit and fixed ops gross profit.

February 16, 2017 - Industry News

Used-Vehicle Market Bracing for Off-Lease Tidal Wave

While low interest rates and consistent values are making it possible for the market to absorb the wave of newer, more expensive off-lease vehicles, demand for older, less expensive vehicles hasn't waned. But with fewer older vehicles available, sellers will be at a disadvantage, Edmunds said this week.

Tags: Edmunds, Inventory Management, Off-Lease Vehicles, used-vehicle values

March 7, 2017 - Industry News

Black Book Powers AutoGravity’s Trade Appraisals

Black Book and AutoGravity have reached an agreement that pairs Black Book’s valuation tools with AutoGravity’s digital sales and financing platform.