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April 19, 2016 - Industry News

FCA Taps Express Lane Dealers for Mopar Fleet Parts Program

Through its 1,000 U.S. dealerships offering the Mopar Express Lane service, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is rolling out the Mopar fleet parts and service program — a one-stop maintenance solution designed to assist fleets with uptime, driver safety, and competitive pricing,

Tags: FCA, Fiat Chrysler, Mopar Express Lane Service

April 19, 2016 - Industry News

Quakes Shut Down Toyota, Hino Production

Toyota will shut down most of its production of Toyota, Lexus, and Hino vehicles over the coming week, after a pair of deadly earthquakes rocked Japan and caused parts shortages for the automaker.

Tags: Hino, Lexus, Production, Toyota

April 19, 2016 - Industry News

SouthWest Dealer Services Acquires Two Agencies

SouthWest Dealer Services' acquisition of Chicago-based United Insurance Group and Seattle-based Olympic Dealer Marketing will expand its national reach, increase its employee count to 360, and raise its active dealer customer base to 650 across 16 states.

Tags: Acquisition, Olympic Dealer Marketing, SouthWest Dealer Services, United Insurance Group

April 19, 2016 - Industry News

Fidelis PPM Completes Reynolds Certified Interface Program

The announcement marks the first time a prepaid maintenance program has achieved Reynolds and Reynolds certification. It's also the first time such a program has been recognized as a Reynolds Certified Interface product.

Tags: Certification, Fidelis PPM, Prepaid Maintenance, Reynolds & Reynolds

April 19, 2016 - Industry News

Consumers Prefer Compliant Dealerships, Survey Shows

A survey that targeted both consumers and car dealers found that the majority of consumer respondents favored dealerships that adhere to federal regulations. However, survey results also reveal that the majority of dealerships polled did not offer their employees comprehensive compliance training.

Tags: Compliance, Consumer Buying Habits, Survey, Total Dealer Compliance

April 19, 2016 - Industry News

J.D. Power Sold to Global Alternative Investments Firm

J.D. Power owner McGraw Hill Financial is expected to finalize the $1.1 billion sale to XIO Group during the third quarter of 2016.

Tags: J.D. Power, McGraw Hill Financial, Transaction, XIO Group

April 14, 2016 - Industry News

Ford Credit Now Offering 84-Month Financing

In a dealer bulletin obtained by F&I and Showroom, Ford Motor Credit announced the availability of 84-month financing on new retail and subvented rate contracts. The bulletin urges dealers to consider the negative impacts of longer term loans.

Tags: 84-Month Auto Loans, auto finance, F&I office, Ford Credit, Long Loan Terms, New-Vehicle Financing

April 14, 2016 - Industry News

Houston Dealership Becomes First to Sell and Service Hyundai's Genesis Brand

North Freeway Hyundai has reached an agreement with Hyundai Motor America to become the first dealership to showcase, sell and service the new Genesis brand and its luxury vehicles, according to a North Freeway Hyundai announcement.

Tags: Hyundai, Hyundai Genesis, Luxury Vehicles

April 14, 2016 - Industry News

Drivers Still Multitasking Behind the Wheel, Survey Shows

Results from a KBB.com survey show that 61% of drivers continue to multitask behind the wheel, with nearly half of respondents still using their mobile phones while driving.

Tags: distracted driving, In-Car Technology, Infotainment Systems, Kelley Blue Book

April 14, 2016 - Industry News

Richard Evans to Head Dealertrack Canada

Dealertrack announced today the appointment of Richard Evans to vice president and general manager of Dealertrack Canada. He officially takes the helm of Dealertrack Canada on April 25.

Tags: Dan Evans, Dealertrack, HomeNet, Manheim, NextGear Capital, vAuto, VinSolutions, Xtime

April 13, 2016 - Industry News

EFG, F&I Express Integrate Econtracting Capabilities

Through a new partnership between EFG Companies and F&I Express, the two companies will integrate eContracting capabilities to better serve their dealership clients.

Tags: eContracting, EFG Companies, F&I Express, Partnership

April 13, 2016 - Industry News

GoMoto Adds Kelley Blue Book Integration to Platform

Through the integration, users of GoMoto's Customer Experience platform will be able to offer Kelley Blue Book's appraisal tool as part of the initial customer registration process. Users will also be able to use the appraisal tool to get service customers to trade up and explore their inventory.

Tags: Customer Engagement, GoMoto, Kelley Blue Book, Systems Integration

April 13, 2016 - Industry News

Penske Acquires Canadian Truck Dealer Group

Penske's Premier Truck Group subsidiary has completed its acquisition of Harper Truck Centres' five commercial truck dealerships in Toronto. The acquired stores are expected to generate approximately $130 million in annualized revenue for Penske Automotive.

Tags: Acquisition, Canada, Harper Truck Centres, Penske Automotive Group, Premier Truck Group

April 12, 2016 - Industry News

GM Financial Breaks Ground on New Financial Servicing Center

General Motors Financial Company Inc. broke ground on a new financial servicing center in San Antonio, Texas, on Monday. When completed in the Spring 2017, the 100,000-square-foot facility will represent the fifth servicing center in North America for the captive finance company.

Tags: Construction, GM, GM Financial, Servicing Center

April 12, 2016 - Industry News

Compliance Summit to Hit Tampa, Las Vegas in 2016

Organizers of Compliance Summit, a series of regional events dedicated to front-end compliance for dealers and dealership management, announced that events will be held in Tampa and Las Vegas this year following stops in Chicago and Austin, Texas, in 2015.

Tags: CFPB, Compliance, Compliance Summit, Dealer Summit, ECOA, F&I Think Tank, Federal Trade Commission, Regulation Z, Regulations, TILA

April 12, 2016 - Industry News

Dr. Huey Antley to Lead KAR’s New Data Science Solutions Group

KAR Auction Services announced the formation of a new Data Science Solutions Group, which will apply the latest data science tools to optimize economic outcomes for vehicle remarketing customers.

April 12, 2016 - Industry News

Holman to Acquire Kuni Automotive

The acquisition, which is expected to be finalized this summer, will create one of the largest privately owned dealer networks in the country. The bi-coastal network will operate 33 dealerships and bring in more than $3 billion in overall annual revenue.

Tags: Acquisition, Dealer Network, Holman Automotive Group, Kuni Automotive Group

April 12, 2016 - Industry News

Vehicle Depreciation Accelerates in Q1, Black Book Reports

The acceleration in vehicle depreciation during the first quarter points to the market reaching the peak of spring, Black Book said this week. While many segments saw noticeable spikes in depreciation, the firm noted, some segments experienced increases in value during the quarter.

Tags: Black Book, Depreciation, Used Vehicles, Used-Vehicle Value

April 7, 2016 - Industry News

Drop in Fuel Prices Pushes 'Cost to Own a Vehicle' to Six-Year Low

Spurred by a nearly 25% drop in fuel price, the annual cost to own and operate a vehicle in the United States has fallen to a six-year low of $8,558, according to AAA’s 2016 Your Driving Costs study. The drop more than offset the increase in every other cost associated with vehicle ownership.

Tags: AAA, Cost to Own, Fuel Economy, Study

April 7, 2016 - Industry News

Used-Vehicle Pricing Continues to Ease

Wholesale prices fell for the third straight time in March, but Cox Automotive’s Tom Webb said the softening is no cause for alarm.

Tags: Manheim, Manheim Used Vehicle Report, Tom Webb, used-vehicle values

April 7, 2016 - Industry News

Dealer Group Files Class Action Lawsuit Against Volkswagen

A family-owned dealer group has filed a class action lawsuit against Volkswagen for intentionally defrauding dealers by installing defeat devices in its diesel cars. The dealer group is also claiming that Volkswagen separately carried out an illegal pricing and allocation scheme that favored some dealers over others.

Tags: Diesel, Lawsuit, Volkswagen, Volkswagen Scandal

April 7, 2016 - Industry News

2014 F&I Dealer of the Year Added to F&I Think Tank Roster

Vaden Automotive Group's Jane Vaden Thacher will be at next month's F&I Think Tank in Tampa, Fla., to explain how the group's sales and F&I process makes $1,400 per copy a reasonable expectation for F&I producers.

Tags: F&I Process, F&I Think Tank, F&I Turnover, Jane Vaden Thacher, Vaden Automotive Group

April 6, 2016 - Industry News

Shoppers Satisfied With Dealership Experience, Study Shows

Eight out of 10 shoppers are entering the dealership and leaving satisfied, according to the 2015 Channel Immersion and Perspectives study published by Foresight Research. And the remaining dissatisfied shoppers have suggestions for dealerships as to how to make the experience even better.

Tags: Dealership Experience, Foresight Research, Study, Survey

April 6, 2016 - Industry News

Dealers’ Choice Awards Voting Open Until April 15

Dealers and dealership personnel are encouraged to vote for their favorite vendors, suppliers, banks and finance companies in 34 categories covering new- and used-car leads, training, marketing, F&I products and more. Voting for the 12th annual Dealers’ Choice Awards is now open and will remain so until midnight on April 15.

Tags: Awards, Dealers, Dealers Choice Award, Dealerships

April 6, 2016 - Industry News

Xtime Launches Customer Retention Platform

At last week's National Automobile Dealers Association Convention, Xtime unveiled a cloud-based system designed to drive owner loyalty through one service experience platform.

Tags: Service, Technology, Xtime, Xtime Spectrum