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January 11, 2017 - Industry News

Head of Wells Fargo Dealer Services Set to Retire this Year

Wells Fargo announced this week that Dawn Martin Harp, the head of Wells Fargo Dealer Services, is set to retire this year, after more than 20 years of service.

Tags: Retirement, Wells Fargo, Wells Fargo Dealer Services

December 21, 2016 - Industry News

Tech Companies Offer 2017 Marketing and F&I Predictions

This year saw a slew of companies enter the automotive space looking to push vehicle sales into the Digital Age. With the New Year’s bells within earshot, several of them offered their 2017 predictions in the areas of marketing and F&I.

Tags: 2017, Drive Motors, Outsell, Predictions, Technology

December 20, 2016 - Industry News

CRM Usage a Struggle for Average Dealerships, Study Shows

A recent study co-released by VinSolutions and DealerKnows analyzed customer relationship management (CRM) software usage at dealerships. It found some notable differences between average and best-in-class dealers.

Tags: CRM, DealerKnows, Study, VinSolutions

December 21, 2016 - Industry News

Dave Zuchowski Out as Hyundai President, CEO

The automaker’s Chief Legal and Safety Officer, W. Gerald Flannery, takes over as interim president and CEO while the company searches for Zuchowski’s replacement. Flannery has been with the company since 1987.

Tags: employment, Hyundai, Hyundai Genesis

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 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

December 20, 2016 - Industry News

RouteOne Targeting Digital Retailing With Acquisition of MaximTrak

MaximTrak President Jim Maxim Jr.

The deal was executed through a wholly owned subsidiary developed by RouteOne. It will operate as MaximTrak Technologies under the leadership of RouteOne CEO Justin Oesterle and MaximTrak President Jim Maxim Jr.

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 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 21, 2016 - Industry News

VW Reaches $1B Settlement for 3.0L Diesels

Volkswagen has reached an agreement to settle claims relating to its 3.0L V-6 TDI engines, committing to buy back a quarter of those vehicles. The automaker will also set aside $225 million for emissions reduction, and pay $25 million to support the use of zero emission vehicles (ZEVs) in California.

Tags: Diesel, Settlement, Volkswagen

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 21, 2016 - Industry News

Larry H. Miller to Donate $100,000 to Arizona Charities

Larry H. Miller Dealerships this week announced the beneficiaries of its annual holiday giving campaign, which, according to the dealer group, will provide more than $100,000 to 11 charities across the Phoenix metroplitan area.

Tags: Arizona, Charity, Larry H. Miller Dealerships

December 20, 2016 - Industry News

Autobytel to Sell Specialty Finance Leads Product to Internet Brands

Per the agreement, the SFL product will be sold for $3.2 million in cash, as well as additional transition licensing income that will total $1.6 million over a five-year period.

Tags: Autobytel, Definitive Agreement, Internet Brands Inc., Transaction

January 4, 2017 - Industry News

CFPB Orders TransUnion and Equifax to Pay $23.1 Million for Deceptive Practices

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) this week took action against Equifax and TransUnion, ordering the two credit reporting agencies and their subsidiaries to pay more than $17.6 million in restitution for deceiving consumers about the usefulness and actual cost of credit scores they sold to consumers. The two firms were also ordered to pay $5.5 million in fines to the regulator.

Tags: CFPB, Credit Agencies, Credit Report, Dodd-Frank Act, Equifax, TransUnion

December 21, 2016 - Industry News

Ford Promotes Three Executives to Support Mobility Expansion

Marcy Klevorn

Ford Motor Co. announced three executive promotions this week, moves aimed at supporting the automaker's plans to expand as both an auto and mobility company.

Tags: Ford Motor Co., Promotions, Vice President

December 20, 2016 - Industry News

GWC Warranty Caps Off Charitable Year With Toy Drive Donation

GWC Warranty employees across the country donated hundreds of toys and more than $1,000 to help families of hospitalized children shop for holiday gifts.

Tags: Charity, Donation, GWC Warranty Corporation

December 19, 2016 - Industry News

KEEPS Adds Former Ford Executive to Board of Directors

KEEPS Inc., a provider of retail automotive service department analytics, repair order analysis, and advanced service management support, has appointed James G. O’Connor to its board of directors, the company announced this week.

Tags: Board of Directors, hiring, KEEPS Inc.

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 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 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.

December 8, 2016 - Industry News

Manheim Promotes Four General Managers From Within

Trevor Enge

Trever Enge, John Duplanty, Gus Jones and Maxine Vega will lead the Manheim Georgia, Manheim Tucson, Manheim Arizona and Manheim New Mexico locations, respectively, the company announced this week.

Tags: Auto Auctions, Manheim, Promotion

December 15, 2016 - Industry News

Subprime Car Buyers to Feel Fed's Rate Hike, Analyst Says

For the second time in 10 years, the Federal Reserve's Federal Open Market Committee unanimously voted to raise the federal interest rate on Dec. 14. The impact of the rate hike should be minimal for all but one consumer segment, a Black Book analyst says.

Tags: Federal Interest Rate, Government, Interest Rates

December 29, 2016 - Industry News

New VSC Portal Helps Monetize Lost VSC Leads

ForeverCar, a vehicle service contract technology provider, has launched a new dealer-branded VSC sales platform designed to help dealers sell protection products on older, higher mileage vehicles. The platform is also designed to help dealers recapture 'lost' VSC opportunities from prior lead investments.

Tags: Digital F&I, Technology, VSC

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 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