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January 10, 2018 - Industry News

Stanton Returns to the NADA as COO

Michael Stanton Jr., former vice president and general manager of J.D. Power’s Vehicle Valuation Practice, formerly known as the NADA Used Car Guide, has returned to the NADA to work across the organization on strategic and operational issues.

Tags: JD Power, NADA, NADA Used Car Guide

January 10, 2018 - Industry News

Dealertrack Unveils 2018 Compliance Guide

Dealertrack has released the 13th edition of its Compliance Guide, a free resource for industry members, including dealers and F&I professionals.

January 10, 2018 - Industry News

Renault Alliance Launches $1B Fund for Next-Gen Mobility

Alliance Ventures, a new corporate venture capital fund, will act as the main interface for startups, investors, and the venture capital ecosystem, and will prioritize open innovation in new mobility, including electrification, autonomous systems, connectivity, and artificial intelligence.

Tags: Autonomous Driving, Connected Vehicle, Mitsubishi, mobility, Nissan, Renault

January 10, 2018 - Industry News

Manheim Market Report Reaches 23 Million Visits in 2017

After making upgrades to its Manheim Market Report this past summer, Manheim announced today that more than 90,000 unique users, on average, access MMR each month.

Tags: Auction, Manheim, wholesale vehicle valuations

January 9, 2018 - Industry News

Survey: Online F&I Improves CSI

Customers who are able to initiate the financing and F&I product selection process online report a better overall car-buying experience, according to a new survey from SpringboardAuto.

January 9, 2018 - Industry News

Dent Wizard Rolls Out New F&I Programs

Road hazard tire-and-wheel, key protection with Tile Technology and optional add-on coverages highlight the F&I product provider’s new offerings.

Tags: Dent Wizard, dent-and-ding, F&I products, key replacement, reconditioning, Tire and Wheel, windshield protection

January 9, 2018 - Industry News

Manheim’s Hansen Takes on Expanded Role

Derek Hansen has been promoted to vice president of offsite solutions for Manheim, a move designed to organize the company’s digital and mobile solutions under one leader.

January 9, 2018 - Industry News

Hallowell Promoted to VP for Manheim, RMS Automotive

Zach Hallowell has been promoted to vice president of Manheim Digital Marketplace and RMS Automotive.

January 9, 2018 - Industry News

Spireon Demos Dealer Subscription Service at CES

Spireon is offering demos of its Drive On Demand dealership subscription service at the 2018 International Consumer Electronics Show.

January 9, 2018 - Industry News

Audi Captive Joins AutoGravity Network

The fintech firm has added Audi Financial Services to its car-shopping and financing platform, which now allows Audi shoppers to find their chosen vehicle at the dealership of their choice and secure financing through the carmaker’s captive in four easy steps.

Tags: Audi Financial Services, AutoGravity, digital retailing, online F&I

January 9, 2018 - Industry News

Manheim: Wholesale Used Vehicle Prices Continue to Soften

Used-vehicle value pricing continues to return to pre-hurricane levels but overall remains high, the firm reported this week.

Tags: Manheim, Manheim Index, new-vehicle sales, used-vehicle values

January 8, 2018 - Industry News

KBB: Average New-Vehicle Prices Rise to Record High in December

December’s average transaction price for a new vehicle rose nearly 2% from a year ago to a record high of $36,113, the firm reported last week.

Tags: Kelley Blue Book, new-vehicle sales, transaction prices

January 8, 2018 - Industry News

Cars.com to Convert Affiliates to Direct Sales

A new agreement between Cars.com and McClatchy will convert the online vehicle marketplace’s 17 remaining affiliate markets to its direct sales channel.

January 8, 2018 - Industry News

AIADA: International Nameplate Dealers Optimistic Despite Sales Slip

Total new-vehicle sales didn't grow for the first time since the Great Recession, but the American International Automobile Dealers Association said last week its member dealers remain optimistic about 2018.

Tags: American International Automobile Dealers Associat, new-vehicle sales, SAAR

January 5, 2018 - Industry News

StoneEagle Welcomes New CEO

Cindy Allen has been named CEO of StoneEagle, joining an executive leadership team that includes founder and chairman Bobby Allen and managing partner Brent Allen.

January 4, 2018 - Industry News

Global Autonomous Vehicle Sales to Reach 33M by 2040

Automakers should be able to increase global sales of fully autonomous vehicles to 33 million by 2040 from 51,000 in 2021 — the first year of significant volume, according to a forecast from IHS Markit.

Tags: automatic braking, Autonomous Driving, IHS Markit, Safety, technology

January 4, 2018 - Industry News

F&I Express, F&I Admin Launch Product Cancellation Platform

A strategic partnership between F&I Express and F&I Administration Solutions was designed to create the industry’s first electronic F&I product cancelation process.

January 4, 2018 - Industry News

Top 5 CIM Trends for 2018

The consumer identification management experts at Infutor list artificial intelligence, blockchain marketing and chatbots among the leading trends that will shape the way auto dealers drive appointments and sales this year.

January 3, 2018 - Industry News

Hudco Attorneys to Speak at ABA’s CFSC Winter Meeting

Attorneys Katie Hawkins and Jean Noonan of Hudson Cook LLP will speak at the American Bar Association’s Consumer Financial Services Committee 2018 Winter Meeting next week.

January 3, 2018 - Industry News

Toyota Recalls Pickups, Other Models for Overloading Risk

Photo of Toyota Tundra courtesy of Toyota

Toyota is recalling 649 vehicles because they may have labels that inaccurately specify load-carrying capacity, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Tags: NHTSA, Recall, Toyota

January 3, 2018 - Industry News

Marijuana Use Still Illegal on Calif. Roads

Photo by Evan-Amos/Wikimedia Commons

Marijuana sales for recreational use became legal in California on Jan. 1, but another change in state law prohibits smoking or consuming the drug while driving or riding in a vehicle.

Tags: California, Law, Regulations, Safety

January 3, 2018 - Industry News

Advanced Car Safety Tech Will Roll Out Gradually: HDLI

Screen shot illustrating Toyota's Safety Sense Lane Departure Alert system controls. Image courtesy of Toyota

The Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) has projected that 95% of registered vehicles in the U.S. will be equipped with automatic emergency braking in 2045 and equipped with adaptive headlights sometime after 2050.

Tags: Automatic Emergency Braking, Safety, technology

January 3, 2018 - Industry News

Gasoline Prices Jump to $2.49 Per Gallon

Photo by Vince Taroc

The national average price of unleaded gasoline jumped 5 cents to $2.49 per gallon in the first week of 2018 and has reached a level not seen since 2014 during the week that starts the new year, according to AAA.

Tags: Fuel Economy, Gas Prices

December 28, 2017 - Industry News

Top Chef Takes Helm at Florida Dealer Cafés

Culinary Institute of America-trained Chef Earl Weiss has taken his talents to the in-dealership restaurants at Morgan Auto Group’s Sun Toyota and Brandon Honda in Central Florida.

December 27, 2017 - Industry News

4 Automakers Offer Auto-Braking Standard on Most Cars

The 2017 Volvo XC60 SUV includes an updated City Safety AEB system. Photo courtesy of Volvo

Four of 20 automakers reported that automatic emergency braking (AEB) is standard on more than half of their 2017 model-year vehicles, according to an update released jointly by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Tags: automatic braking, Automatic Emergency Braking, NHTSA, Tesla Motors, Toyota, Volkswagen, Volvo