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January 19, 2016 - Industry News

Wash. Dealer Ordered to Pay $74,000 for Deceptive Advertising

Rairdon’s Dodge Chrysler Jeep of Kirkland agreed to pay $35,125 in civil penalties and $39,210 in costs and fees. The dealership was charged with violating the state's Consumer Protection Act for sending out 7,025 promotional mailers that mimicked official NHTSA recall notices.

Tags: Chrysler, consumer protection, Dodge, Jeep, mailers, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

January 19, 2016 - Industry News

GoMoto, Market Scan Develop New Sales Experience for Kuni Honda

The dealership will utilize GoMoto’s HUBs, large-format kiosks and mobile software, combined with Market Scan’s application to personalize a consumer’s buying experience.

Tags: CSI, Customer Experience, GoMoto, Honda, Market Scan

January 19, 2016 - Industry News

Cox Names Eric Jacobs Senior Vice President of Corporate Development

Eric Jacobs, senior vice president, Corporate Development.

Dealertrack's former CFO will lead strategic business development across Cox Automotive, including mergers and acquisitions.

Tags: appointment, Cox Automotive, Dealertrack, Vice President

January 15, 2016 - Industry News

Dealer Summit 2016 to Host F&I Think Tank

The one-day preshow event was created in partnership with Ethical F&I Managers, a more than 5,000-member Facebook group created by F&I and Showroom’s ‘Mad’ Marv Eleazer. It’s scheduled for Tuesday, May 3, at the Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk Hotel.

Tags: Dealer Summit, F&I manager, F&I Process, F&I products, F&I Think Tank, Mad Marv, Objection Handling

January 14, 2016 - Industry News

Hearst Promotes Black Book's Cross to Group Head of Transportation

Tom Cross was named executive vice president and deputy group head of transportation for Hearst Business Media. He will retain his title of president of Black Book and will continue to report to Hearst President Richard P. Malloch.

Tags: Black Book, executive vice president, Promotion

January 14, 2016 - Industry News

Autotrader: Consumers Want Advanced Safety Features on Their Next Vehicle

AutoTrader's 2016 Car Tech Impact Study showed that 77% of consumer surveyed will make in-car technology a bigger consideration than color on their next vehicle purchase. And what they want most are advanced safety features such as parking assist, collision avoidance and automatic braking.

Tags: automatic braking, Autonomous Driving, Autotrader, In-Car Technology, Safety

January 14, 2016 - Industry News

GM to Launch Online Shopping Portal for Low-Mileage Used Cars

General Motors' decision to open up its remarketing channel to consumers through an online car-buying portal may give dealers pause, but officials said the move is designed to help GM dealers compete with third-party sites that are disrupting the used-car market.

Tags: General Motors, mileage, Online Buying, Used Vehicles

January 13, 2016 - Industry News

Judge Denies TrueCar’s Motion to Dismiss Dealer Lawsuit

A U.S. District judge denied TrueCar’s request to dismiss the lawsuit filed by 162 non-TrueCar dealers last March, but he did throw out four of the complaint’s six claims that the vehicle-buying site violated federal and New York laws by engaging in false and misleading advertising.

Tags: Bellavia Blatt, Leonard Bellavia, TrueCar

January 13, 2016 - Industry News

Robertson to Offer Glimpse into Future at Dealer Summit

Organizers of Dealer Summit announced that David Robertson, longtime executive director of the Association of Finance & Insurance Professionals (AFIP), will present a session dedicated to regulatory compliance at the 2016 event, which will be held May 3–5 at the Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk Hotel.

Tags: AFIP, Association of Finance and Insurance Professionals, Dealer Summit, Florida

January 13, 2016 - Industry News

Hudson Cook Promotes Allen H. Denson to Partner

Denson, who has been an associate with the firm since January 2014, represents financial institutions and other creditors in investigations and litigations with federal financial regulators like the CFPB and FTC.

Tags: attorney, Hudson Cook LLP, Promotions

January 12, 2016 - Industry News

NADA Used Car Guide Introduces NADA Values Online

NADA Used Car Guide has replaced its NADA Online product with NADA Values Online, offering lenders and automotive dealers new features as well as a more streamlined experience.

Tags: NADA, NADA Used Car Guide, NADA Values Online, Pricing, Used Vehicles

January 12, 2016 - Industry News

RoadVantage Announces New F&I Bundle

RoadVantage has announced a new addition to its Preferred customizable bundles. The new offering adds environment interior and exterior coverage to a package that already includes tire-and-wheel protection, cosmetic/alloy wheel repair, windshield repair, dent and ding, key replacement and emergency roadside service.

Tags: dent-and-ding, environmental protection, Key Replacement, RoadVantage, windshield protection

January 12, 2016 - Industry News

2015 New-Vehicle Sales Reaches 17.5 Million Units

New-vehicle sales for 2015 totaled 17.5 million units, with the industry closing out the year with December sales of 1.6 million units, according to Autodata Corp.

Tags: BMW, Chrysler, December, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan, SAAR, Toyota, Volkswagen

January 8, 2016 - Industry News

Registration Open for Dealer Summit 2016

Organizers of Dealer Summit announced that registration is now open for the event, which is scheduled for May 3–5, 2016, at the Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk Hotel.

Tags: Compliance, Dealer Summit, DealerStrong, Digital Marketing, Greg Goebel, Jim Ziegler, lead conversion, Reinsurance, Sales, special finance

January 7, 2016 - Industry News

Renault-Nissan Issues Four-Year Autonomous Vehicle Schedule

Renault-Nissan Alliance announced this week it will launch more than 10 vehicles with autonomous drive technology in the United States, Europe, Japan and China within the next four years.

Tags: Autonomous Driving, New Vehicles, Nissan, Technology

January 7, 2016 - Industry News

Cox Automotive Canada Acquires Manheim Source Edmonton

Cox Automotive Canada, through its Manheim Canada operation, has acquired complete ownership of Manheim Source Edmonton. The auction will now operate as Manheim Edmonton.

Tags: Acquisition, Canada, Cox Automotive, Manheim

January 7, 2016 - Industry News

Edmunds, CUneXus Partner to Develop New Car-Buying Solutions

Edmunds is teaming with CUneXus to build new shopping and purchasing solutions. The latter offers a “click-to-accept” consumer loan platform that allows finance sources to deliver loan offers to in-market consumers through their mobile devices.

Tags: Auto Lending, CUneXus, Edmunds.com, Online Buying

January 6, 2016 - Industry News

Goebel, Ziegler to Headline Dealer Summit

Organizers of Dealer Summit announced that Greg Goebel and Jim Ziegler will speak at the 2016 event, which will be held May 3–5 at the Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk Hotel.

Tags: Dealer Summit, Dealers, DealerStrong, Greg Goebel, Jim Ziegler, Zieger Supersystems

January 6, 2016 - Industry News

FTC Plans to Study the Auto-Buying Experience

On Dec. 29, the Federal Trade Commission announced plans to conduct a qualitative survey of consumers who have purchased and financed an automobile from a dealer within the last six months. If issues are revealed, the agency said it may consider enforcement initiatives or rulemaking.

Tags: Customer Experience, Federal Trade Commission, Financing, Survey

January 6, 2016 - Industry News

Calif. Dealer Group Amends Lawsuit Against TrueCar

The original lawsuit, filed last May, charged TrueCar with acting as a dealer and a broker when it does not have a dealer or broker license. The new amendment asks the court to declare that TrueCar continues to act as a 'dealer' and 'broker” without license.

Tags: broker, California New Car Dealers Association, CNCDA, Dealer, litigation, TrueCar

January 6, 2016 - Industry News

Wise F&I Adds to Sales Team

The F&I product provider announced the hiring of Amy Counts as an account executive. The 18-year industry veteran has served in various roles at Reynolds and Reynolds and RouteOne.

Tags: Amy Counts, F&I manager, F&I Process, F&I product provider, F&I products, Matt Croak, Wise F&I

January 5, 2016 - Industry News

Subaru, Ford Rank Highest in Loyalty Rates, Experian Reports

Between October 2014 and September 2015, consumers returned to Subaru and Ford more than any other OEM brand, according Experian Automotive.

Tags: brand loyalty, Experian Automotive, Ford, Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, Subaru

January 5, 2016 - Industry News

Mary Barra Named New Chairman of GM

The General Motors Board of Directors has unanimously elected Mary Barra as its next chairman, effective immediately. She succeeds Theodore Solso, who will serve as the board’s lead independent director.

Tags: Board of Directors, CEO, Chairman, General Motors, Mary Barra

January 5, 2016 - Industry News

Justice Department Files Civil Complaint Against Volkswagen

The complaint was filed on Monday and alleges that nearly 600,000 diesel engine vehicles were equipped with illegal devices designed to cheat emissions testing.

Tags: Civil Complaint, Department of Justice, Violations, Volkswagen

December 30, 2015 - Industry News

Kelley Blue Book TV Available On Roku Platform

Kelley Blue Book announced this week that Kelley Blue Book TV, its video content platform, is now available on Roku players and Roku TV models.

Tags: KBB, Kelley Blue Book, Online Marketing