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February 8, 2017 - Industry News

Carleton Expands Compliance Expertise

Carleton Inc. announced the hiring of Sarah Way, an attorney whose expertise includes business law, contract development and documentation, intellectual property regulations, property insurance law, and other litigation disciplines.

Tags: Carleton, compliance, Sarah Way

February 8, 2017 - Industry News

Jumpstart: Alfa Romeo, Ford, Kia Had Best Super Bowl Commercials

Alfa Romeo's "Dear Predictable" ad took the top spot in Jumpstart's rankings of Super Bowl car commercials. Photo courtesy Alfa Romeo USA

Jumpstart Automotive Media released its annual report listing the Super Bowl car commercials that drove the most online engagement.

February 8, 2017 - Industry News

Volvo Offers Factory Sales to V90 Buyers

A 2017 V90 wagon rolls off Volvo's Gothenburg, Sweden, assembly line. Photo courtesy Volvo Car USA LLC

Volvo Car USA LLC announced that buyers of the 2017 V90 wagon can order their vehicle direct from the OEM’s Gothenburg, Sweden, factory. The service can be initiated online or at a Volvo dealership.

February 8, 2017 - Industry News

ABN Earns GM’s DTAP Certification

Automotive Broadcasting Network has joined the ranks of companies certified by General Motors' Dealer Technology Assistance Program.

February 8, 2017 - Industry News

Zubie Hires CEO Tucker from DealerRater

The connected car and telematics provider announced that Gary Tucker has joined the company as CEO. Tucker leaves his role as CEO of dealer review site DealerRater.com.

Tags: Connected Vehicle, Dealerrater, Gary Tucker, telematics, Zubie

February 7, 2017 - Industry News

President of RouteOne Canada to Retire

Barry McMillan, who has led RouteOne Canada since 2003, will retire at the end of this month. Assuming his duties is Anthony Goulbourne, who was promoted to senior vice president.

Tags: digital retailing, F&I manager, RouteOne Canada

February 7, 2017 - Industry News

EasyCare Makes ‘Best and Brightest Companies To Work For’ List

The National Association of Business Resources named EasyCare to its ‘Best and Brightest Companies to Work For” list, which the association put together in partnership with an independent research firm.

Tags: CoVideo, EasyCare, F&I products, GWC Warranty Corporation, Human Resources

February 7, 2017 - Industry News

Manheim: Wholesale Prices Slipped in January

Manheim's Tom Webb believes the 0.3% year-over-year decrease could have been much worse considering the "sharply rising" supply of used units.

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

February 7, 2017 - Industry News

Rico Glover to Speak at NYC Event

ADT contributor Rico Glover and his team from Bryan Honda will deliver a presentation on dealership digital marketing in New York City next month.

February 7, 2017 - Industry News

Wise F&I Product Suite Now Available Through Reynolds DMS

The connection, which features erating and econtracting capabilities, provides access to the F&I product provider’s full suite of branded protection products, including GAPWise, WiseCARE, TIREWise, WISETVP, THEFTWise and KEYWise.

Tags: DMS, DMS integration, F&I manager, F&I products, Reynolds & Reynolds, Wise F&I

February 7, 2017 - Industry News

Brandon Honda, Sun Toyota Win DealerRater Consumer Satisfaction Awards

Brandon Honda and sister dealership Sun Toyota are winners of DealerRater’s 2017 Consumer Satisfaction Award, an annual recognition given to auto dealerships in the United States and Canada that deliver outstanding customer service as rated by online consumer reviews.

Tags: Brandon Honda, Customer Reviews, Dealerrater, Sun Toyota

February 7, 2017 - Industry News

GWC Warranty Releases Fourth 'Behind the Wheel' Dealer Story

GWC Warranty's 'Behind the Wheel' dealer story series now features the story of Texas Cars Direct. It's the fourth video in the series, and focuses on owner Pete Bulban, who founded Texas Cars Direct more than 35 years ago.

Tags: F&I products, GWC Warranty Corporation, Pete Bulban, Texas Cars Direct, Used-Vehicle Service Contracts

February 7, 2017 - Industry News

Cardone Endorses VinSolutions' Connect CRM

According to officials, this is the first time the sales expert and trainer has endorsed a dealership software solution in his more than 30-year career.

Tags: CRM, Dealership Solutions, Grant Cardone, VinSolutions

February 3, 2017 - Industry News

President Trump Orders Review of Dodd-Frank

President Donald Trump took his first step toward making good on his promise to dismantle the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, signing on Friday an executive order directing the secretary of the Treasury to review the 2010 financial oversight law.

Tags: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Dodd-Frank Act, Donald Trump, Richard Cordray

February 2, 2017 - Industry News

Senate Republicans Introduce CFPB-Restructuring Bill

Senate Republicans have reintroduced legislation aimed at replacing the CFPB’s single-director structure with a five-member bipartisan board. The bill was unveiled as Congressional Democrats and state regulators pledged to defend Director Richard Cordray and his agency.

Tags: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Dodd-Frank Act, Donald Trump, Richard Cordray

February 2, 2017 - Industry News

Last Chance: Podium to Present Webinar on Online Review Management

Register to learn about how online reviews can enhance your online reputation, get you noticed on top sites, and drive customer purchase decisions.

Tags: Dealerrater, Edmunds, Google, online reputation management, online reviews, Podium, Yelp

February 2, 2017 - Industry News

AutoNation Promotes Berman to President

AutoNation has named William "Bill" Berman president and COO of the public dealer group. The 30-year auto retail veteran replaces Mike Jackson, who remains the company's chairman and CEO.

Tags: AutoNation, Marc Cannon, Mike Jackson, William Berman

February 1, 2017 - Industry News

VW Settles Civil Claims for 3.0L Diesels

Volkswagen has agreed to pay $1.2 billion to buyers of vehicles powered by its emissions-violating 3.0L V-6 diesel engine as part of a settlement that still requires approval from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and a federal judge.

Tags: Federal Trade Commission, Volkswagen, Volkswagen Scandal

February 1, 2017 - Industry News

Pearl Technology Completes Integration With RouteOne

Through RouteOne’s online credit application and econtracting platform, users of Pearl’s Showroom Xpress digital retail platform can contract car buyers on mobile devices and websites.

Tags: digital retailing, econtracting, online credit application, Pearl Technology, RouteOne, ShowroomXpress

February 1, 2017 - Industry News

Average Transaction Price Rises in January

A sales mix in favor of utility vehicles drove up January’s average transaction price 3.3% from a year ago to $34,968. Among the greatest beneficiaries were the Detroit Three, with General Motors leading the way.

Tags: Average Transaction Price, Kelley Blue Book, new-vehicle sales

February 1, 2017 - Industry News

Dent Zone Forms Nobilis Group

Appearance protection solutions provider Dent Zone Companies has announced the formation of Nobilis Group, a new entity consisting of the Dent Zone, AutoBodyGuard and PDR LINX lines of business.

February 1, 2017 - Industry News

Ford Relaunches Commercial Vehicle Dealer Program

Ford is launching the Commercial Vehicle Center dealer program to replace the Business Preferred Network. According to officials, the new program offers improved service, better parts availability and a new loyalty program.

Tags: fleet sales, Ford

February 1, 2017 - Industry News

Black Book: Weekly Used Luxury Car Prices Tumble

While the truck segment realized its best week in terms of vehicle depreciation last week, values for used luxury cars tumbled, according to Black Book’s Jan. 31 Market Insights Report.

Tags: Black Book, used-vehicle values, wholesale values

February 1, 2017 - Industry News

Lease Volume Reaches Record High in 2016, Edmunds Reports

Leasing accounted for 31% of new-vehicle sales in 2016, up from 29% in 2015. And according to the vehicle information, nearly one-third of all millennials turned to leasing to secure a new vehicle.

Tags: Auto Sales, Edmunds, vehicle leasing

January 31, 2017 - Industry News

ChannelNet Adds Three to Leadership Team

The digital marketing solutions provider named Chris Sims CTO, Joe Karle vice president of account management for the Midwest United States and Canada, and K.C. Loughlin vice president of dealer sales and service for the United States and Canada.