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May 30, 2017 - Industry News

KBB Puts May New-Vehicle Sales at 1.53 Million Units

If the firm's forecast is realized, May's new-vehicle sales total would best April by 7% but would be flat with a year ago. The vehicle information site also believes retail sales will account for 80.5% of volume.

Tags: incentives, Kelley Blue Book, leasing, new-vehicle sales, SAAR

May 30, 2017 - Industry News

Mich. Senators Support Fuel Economy Bill

Michigan's U.S. senators are backing a proposal that would allow automakers to apply credits for model years as far back as 2009 to help them meet future standards to require their car and truck fleets to average 41 miles per gallon by 2021, reports the Detroit News.

Tags: CAFE Standards, Donald Trump, Elected Leaders, EPA, Fuel Economy, Michigan

May 30, 2017 - Industry News

VenueVision Launches Centralized Text Messaging Solution for Any DMS

With autoTEXT, dealers can set a single number or different numbers for each department to manage texts from one place. Customers can text to request appointments, and staff can get repair authorization, send service status updates and service completion notifications with payment options, and more.

Tags: digital marketing, Parts and Service, service department, text marketing, texting

May 25, 2017 - Industry News

Experian Acquires String Automotive

String’s marketing intelligence platform will be matched with Experian’s own data-driven insights. The combination will direct dealers on how to spend marketing dollars and where to target their conquesting efforts, officials said.

Tags: Data, digital marketing, Experian Automotive, String Automotive

May 25, 2017 - Industry News

Former Dealer Awarded $256 Million in Case Against Nissan Captive

An Orange County Superior Court Jury sided with a former Nissan dealer who claimed the automaker’s captive financing arm forced him out of business during the Great Recession, awarding him $121.9 million in compensatory damages and $134.6 million in punitive damages.

Tags: Floorplan Financing, inventory financing, Nissan Motor Acceptance Corp., Superior Automotive Group

May 24, 2017 - Industry News

Mike Black Named President of Dent Wizard

Black replaces Terry Koebbe, who will retain his title as CEO. Black will also operate as COO, a title he's held for the last six years.

Tags: Appearance Protection, Dent Wizard, dent-and-ding, F&I products, Mike Black, Terry Koebbe

May 24, 2017 - Industry News

Poll: Most Voters in Battleground States Support Structural Reforms to CFPB

By a three-to-one margin, voters surveyed in seven key battleground states said they prefer a bipartisan commission over a single director.

Tags: CBA, CFPB, compliance, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

May 24, 2017 - Industry News

PassTime Names New CEO, President

PassTime cofounder Jeffrey Frank was named chairman and CEO, while 19-year company veteran Chris Macheca was named president. The latter will retain his title of COO.

Tags: GPS devices, payment assurance systems, special finance, subprime

May 24, 2017 - Industry News

Westlake Financial Adds eContracting

Through a partnership with eOriginal, Westlake Financial has digitally transformed its dealership management system into an econtrating solution for its network of more than 20,000 new- and used-car dealers.

Tags: econtracting, eOriginal, Westlake Financial Services

May 24, 2017 - Industry News

CDK to Acquire Auto/Mate Dealership Systems

CDK Global has entered into a definitive agreement with Auto/Mate to acquire the technology company, which provides a suite of DMS products and solutions to more than 1,000 new-car dealerships. The transaction is expected to close later this summer.

Tags: Auto/Mate Dealership Systems, CDK Global Inc., Data, DMS, DMS integration, Mike Esposito

May 23, 2017 - Industry News

AIADA: Border Adjustment Tax Will Hurt Dealers, Customers

America’s 9,600 international nameplate dealers reinforced their opposition to a border adjustment tax that say will cost U.S. consumers $34.6 billion or about $2,000 per vehicle.

Tags: AIADA, American International Automobile Dealers Associat, Donald Trump

May 23, 2017 - Industry News

Frost & Sullivan Names AutoGravity Entrepreneurial Company of the Year

The executive team for AutoGravity includes CTO Martin Prescher, CEO Andreas Hinrichs, COO Nicholas Stellman, and COO Serge Vartanov.

The business consulting firm recognized AutoGravity for transforming the automotive finance industry with its 'first-of-its-kind fintech platform.'

Tags: AutoGravity, digital marketing, digital retailing, online F&I, Third-party leads

May 23, 2017 - Industry News

GoMoto, UpdatePromise Announce Exclusive Partnership

UpdatePromise’s customers will immediately gain access to GoMoto’s kiosk platform as a result of the partnership, while GoMoto’s kiosk customers will be able to incorporate the UpdatePromise consumer experience lifecycle solution.

Tags: brand loyalty, digital marketing, GoMoto, UpdatePromise

May 23, 2017 - Industry News

ADT Announces 2017 Dealers’ Choice Awards Winners

Auto Dealer Today named the winners of the 13th annual Dealers’ Choice Awards.

May 23, 2017 - Industry News

CDK Veteran Dan Crowley Named Senior Field Sales Consultant

Crowley brings more than 20 years of experience in the automotive space, most notably as one of the leading sales managers at CDK.

May 23, 2017 - Industry News

Cars.com Names Jennifer Newman Editor-in-Chief

Newman has served in various roles of increasing responsibility since joining the company nine years ago, most recently as managing editor. She will lead efforts to expand and grow Cars.com's content and innovate the way its packaged and delivered.

Tags: Cars.com, Jennifer Newman, third-party sites

May 22, 2017 - Industry News

CNA National Appoints New Senior Vice President of Customer Service

Trace Thaxton will be responsible for overseeing the company's claims, operations, and reinsurance departments. He previously served as the head of customer care and relations for AGIA Affinity's Scottsdale division.

Tags: claims, CNA National, F&I products

May 22, 2017 - Industry News

Pioneer Launches Five Affordable Multimedia Receivers

A 2016 Toyota Carola shown with the AVH-1300NEX, priced at $400.

The company’s AVH-3300NEX offers a motorized touchscreen display that's seven inches wide and two inches tall, making it an easy installation on older and collectible vehicles. And like the other four models, it offers audiophile-grade sound features, Bluetooth connectivity, and is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Tags: aftermarket accessories, Infotainment Systems, used-vehicle sales

May 22, 2017 - Industry News

Ford Appoints Jim Hackett CEO

Executive Chairman Bill Ford (right) and Hackett met with employees and members of the press to discuss the appointment.

More than a year after being hired to lead the automaker's ‘Smart Mobility’ innovation unit, Jim Hackett was named Ford’s CEO and president. He replaces Mark Fields, who ends his three-year tenure at the helm of Ford Motor Co.

Tags: Ford Motor Co., Hire, Jim Hackett, Mark Fields, Promotions

May 22, 2017 - Industry News

VW's 3.0L Settlement Approved by Judge

Photo of 2015 Porsche Cayenne diesel courtesy of Volkswagen AG.

Judge Charles R. Breyer of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California granted final approval on May 17. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and California Air Resources Board have also approved the agreement.

May 22, 2017 - Industry News

Kontos: Wholesale Prices Show Strength Again in April

Average wholesale used-vehicle prices reached $11,141 in April, a 2.2% increase from March and a 2.5% increase from a year ago, Tom Kontos reported. The only three segments registering declines were compact, mid-size, and luxury cars.

Tags: Tom Kontos, used-vehicle sales, wholesale values

May 22, 2017 - Industry News

RoadVantage Releases New Series of Point-of-Sale Product Videos

Six months after releasing its first educational F&I product video, the F&I product provider released a new series of point-of-sale product videos dealers can use in their F&I offices and on their websites.

May 22, 2017 - Industry News

Fixed-Ops Specialist Issues Warning

A visit of service departments across the nation revealed that 25% of service lifts are out of compliance with the OSHA’s vehicle lift maintenance and inspection standards. Fixed-ops expert issues a warning and offers four recommendations for maintaining worker safety.

Tags: compliance, fixed operations

May 18, 2017 - Industry News

Former Chase Custom Exec Joins Westlake

The once head of Chase Custom Finance is back. Today, Westlake Financial Services announced it has contracted Bill Jensen to focus on developing its strategic accounts division.

Tags: auto finance, Bill Jensen, Chase Custom, special finance, subprime, Westlake Financial Services

May 18, 2017 - Industry News

KISS Concepts, American Auto Shield Join Forces

KISS Concepts Group's Rod Heasley will head up a new division at American Auto Shield dedicated to the launch of a new customizable VSC program. The union marks American Auto Shield's entrance into the dealer arena after focusing exclusively on direct-to-consumer opportunities.

Tags: American Auto Shield, F&I products, KISS Concepts Group, vehicle service contracts