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May 12, 2016 - Industry News

Nissan to Take 34% Controlling Stake in Mitsubishi

Nissan Motor Co. will acquire 34% of Mitsubishi Motors Corp. for 237 billion yen ($2.17 billion) in a deal that makes Nissan the leading investor in the struggling automaker.

Tags: Carlos Ghosn, Mitsubishi, Nissan

May 11, 2016 - Industry News

U.S. Treasury Issues White Paper on Online Marketplace Lending

On Tuesday, the U.S. Treasury issued a white paper on online marketplace lending. It includes a handful of recommendations to encourage safe growth of the segment and access to credit, including a call for more regulatory oversight.

Tags: Online F&I , Online Financing, U.S. Department of Treasury

May 11, 2016 - Industry News

Q1 2016 Delinquency Rates Reach New Highs, TransUnion Reports

High delinquency rates for auto loans and credit cards in the first quarter pushed national average delinquency rates to levels not seen in at least three years, according to TransUnion. Much of the increase can be attributed to the continued slump in oil prices and an increase in loans made to customers with nonprime credit.

Tags: Auto Loan Delinquency Rate, Credit Cards, Report, TransUnion

May 11, 2016 - Industry News

Manheim Announces New Promotions

Manheim announced three promotions this week, naming Kevin Cook, Jesse Nelson and Bonnie Williams general managers as part of an effort to develop talent and execute on its business objectives.

Tags: General Manager, Manheim, Promotion

May 11, 2016 - Industry News

Take 5 Media Group Partners With Starfish Media Group to Promote Documentary to Auto Sector

The digital media marketing group announced it is partnering with Soledad O’Brien and Starfish Media Group to promote "The War Comes Home," a documentary about the challenges veterans face when they return home from active duty.

Tags: Film, Marketing, Veterans

May 10, 2016 - Industry News

National Auto Care Wins Top Workplace Award

The F&I product provider made Columbus CEO magazine’s 2016 Top Workplaces list, which is based on results of an employee feedback survey administered by WorkplaceDynamics LLC.

Tags: National Auto Care, Tony Wanderon, workplace

May 10, 2016 - Industry News

EasyCare Adds Steve Richards to Leadership Team

The former managing partner of RedZone Sales Strategies, an automotive consulting and training firm, will serve as national director of EasyCare’s MOTOR TREND Certified Program.

May 10, 2016 - Industry News

CFPB Issues Proposal to End Forced Arbitration

At its May 5 field hearing in Albuquerque, N.M., the CFPB issued its proposal to ban mandatory arbitration clauses in finance contracts. Financial services providers will still be able to include arbitration clauses in finance contracts; they just can’t use the agreements to stop consumers from being part of a class action in court.

Tags: American Financial Services Association, Arbitration, CFPB, Compliance

May 9, 2016 - Industry News

Georgia Dealer, State Employee Arrested for Odometer Fraud

The dealer and state employee were charged with devising a scheme to buy high-mileage vehicles in nearby states, roll back their odometers, and then resell them in Georgia. They now face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

Tags: Department of Justice, Georgia, Odometer Fraud, Tampering

May 9, 2016 - Industry News

HP360 to Distribute Black Book's Bullseye Prospecting Solution

Black Book's distribution agreement with HP360 will help expand the footprint of its new Bullseye Prospecting solution, a turnkey platform for dealer marketing campaigns.

Tags: Black Book, Bullseye Prospecting, HP360, Marketing

May 9, 2016 - Industry News

Dent Zone Forms New Product Division

Dent Zone’s AutoBodyguard will offer interior and exterior protection products, as well as tire-and-wheel protection, windshield, automobile deductible reimbursement and paintless dent repair. Serving as president is 40-year industry veteran John Martin.

Tags: AutoBodyguard, Dent Zone, Exterior Protection, interior protection, paintless dent removal, Tire and Wheel

May 5, 2016 - Industry News

AutoBodyguard Adds Zavada’s Odor Elimination Technology

AutoBodyguard, a division of Dent Zone, has obtained the exclusive rights to Zavada Scientific’s organic odor elimination technology. Officials said the odor remover will be added to the firm's line of interior protection programs.

Tags: Dent Zone, Exterior Protection, F&I menu, F&I products, interior protection

May 4, 2016 - Industry News

PayLink Payment Plans Updates Look and Website

The company unveiled a new company and launched a refreshed website. The latter is designed to help facilitate access to information for all PayLink Direct customers and prospects.

April 28, 2016 - Industry News

KBB Predicts Record Sales in April

After a disappointing March, new-vehicle sales should bounce back in April, KBB said yesterday. The firm predicts new-vehicle sales will rise 4% from a year ago to a record 1.51 million units.

Tags: April, Kelley Blue Book, New-Vehicle Sales

April 28, 2016 - Industry News

American Auto Guardian Hires New Western Regional Vice President

American Auto Guardian has named Ken Acha as its new Western regional vice president. He most recently served as regional director of sales for Hyundai Capital America, where he developed and launched the Hyundai Protection Plan in 2013.

Tags: American Auto Guardian, Hiring, Vice President

April 28, 2016 - Industry News

Edmunds Predicts April Record for Industry Sales

The vehicle information site said this week that April sales are on pace to eclipse the April 2005 sales record of more than 1.5 million units. It also believes the industry is on pace to shatter last year’s 17.5 million-unit sales record.

Tags:, fleet sales, New-Vehicle Sales, SAAR

April 28, 2016 - Industry News

Group 1's U.S. F&I Operations Delivers Record Q1 Performance

The dealer group's U.S. F&I operations increased its per-copy average by $26 to a record $1,564. Including operations in the United Kingdom and Brazil, the group's consolidated average increased 0.7% to $1,385.

Tags: Financial Report, First Quarter, Group 1 Automotive

April 28, 2016 - Industry News

EFG Companies Adds OEM and Reinsurance Veteran to Leadership Team

The F&I product provider has named Richard Christensen, a 25-year veteran of the automotive retail industry and reinsurance business, vice president of product development.

Tags: EFG Companies, F&I manager, F&I products, Reinsurance

April 27, 2016 - Industry News

N.Y. Dealer Admits to Falsifying Auto Loan Applications

N.Y. Dealer Gerald McDonald pleaded guilty last month to submitting fraudulent loan documents to financial institutions. He faces a maximum of five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 when he is sentenced on July 19.

Tags: Crime, Dealership, U.S. District Court

April 27, 2016 - Industry News

ChannelNet to Build Customer Management Portals for Hyundai Capital Canada

ChannelNet announced this week it will begin building customer lifecycle management programs and dealer portals for Hyundai Motor Finance and Kia Motors Finance in Canada as part of its new contract with Hyundai Capital Inc.

Tags: Canada, Hyundai, Kia, Online Buying

April 27, 2016 - Industry News

Demand for Alternative Fuel Vehicles Dwindling

The percentage of alternative-fuel vehicles in the overall automotive market has dwindled over the last three years, the NADA Used Car Guide said this week. Hybrids continue to make up the majority of the alternative fuel market, but data does show consumers are beginning to shift toward electric vehicles in greater numbers.

Tags: Alternative Fuel, Electric Vehicle, Hybrid, Report, Vehicle Sales

April 27, 2016 - Industry News

KBB: Low Fuel Prices Have Used-Vehicle Buyers Flocking to High-Performance Segments

Used-vehicle buyers are turning to sports cars in greater numbers thanks to low fuel prices, which are allowing them to forego fuel efficiency in favor of performance, KBB said this week.

Tags: Auction, Blue Book Market Report, First Quarter, KBB, Kelley Blue Book, Used Vehicle

April 26, 2016 - Industry News

F&I, Fixed Ops Lead the Way for Sonic in Q1 2016

Record F&I and fixed-ops gross profit helped Sonic Automotive offset low vehicle sales. But the big story for the publicly traded dealer group was the performance of the F&I offices at its one-touch EchoPark dealerships. They increased their per-copy averages by 54.1%.

Tags: EchoPark, Quarterly Earnings, Quarterly Report, Sonic Automotive

April 26, 2016 - Industry News

NIADA Dealer 20 Groups Program Adds Moderator

Longtime industry veteran Mark Dubois has joined the association’s expanding Dealer 20 Groups team. He will work with BHPH dealer groups as part of the NIADA 20 Groups operation acquired from Leedom and Associates.

Tags: 20 Groups, bhph dealers, Mark Dubois, NIADA, Remarketing

April 26, 2016 - Industry News

RoadVantage Rolls Out GPS Anti-Theft System

RoadVantage's newest product bundles GPS tracking with vehicle theft protection. Dealers can use it to keep track of and protect their inventory, while consumers can take advantage of a host of family safety features.

Tags: Anti-Theft, GPS Tracking, Inventory Management, RoadVantage