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June 1, 2018 - Industry News

Fiat Chrysler to Electrify 30 Models by 2022

Fiat Chrysler's five-year plan to 2022 includes a heavier emphasis on Jeep and Ram, as well as a broad-ranging electrification initiative. Photo courtesy of FCA.  

The company's executive leadership, including outgoing chief executive Sergio Marchionne, outlined the new investments during a June 1 investors meeting. Marchionne presented a five-year plan for the company, even though he has said he will retire in 2019.

Tags: Chrysler, Chrysler Capital, Dodge, FCA, Fiat, Jeep, Santander Consumer USA

June 1, 2018 - Industry News

Fidelis Adds Fluids Check Service

Fidelis PPM has partnered with Fixed Ops Pros to add a vehicle fluids check component to its prepaid maintenance programs.

May 31, 2018 - Industry News

Assurant Completes Acquisition of The Warranty Group

Following the announced closing of its acquisition of The Warranty Group, Assurant announced new leaders for its global automotive business.

Tags: Assurant, F&I manager, F&I products, general agents, online F&I, The Warranty Group, vehicle service contracts

May 31, 2018 - Industry News

Experian: Americans Borrow Record Amounts for Auto Purchases in Q1

The dream of owning a new vehicle is becoming more elusive for the average American consumer, with the average amount financed and monthly payment for a new vehicle climbing to record highs of $31,455 and $523, respectively.

Tags: auto finance, average finance amount, average monthly payment, Experian Automotive, interest rates, prime, subprime

May 31, 2018 - Industry News

Tech Crunch: UTI Opens NJ Campus

Universal Technical Institute has opened a new, 108,000-square-foot, ‘state-of-the-industry’ campus in Bloomfield, N.J., in part to address a growing shortage of skilled technicians.

May 31, 2018 - Industry News

Dealers’ Choice Awards Voting Ends Today

Dealers and dealership personnel who wish to recognize their favorite vendors and finance sources must submit their votes by midnight tonight.

May 31, 2018 - Industry News

OTE Releases Ecommerce Solution for Selling F&I Products Online

The turnkey, ecommerce solution allows dealers to present options for service contracts, tire-and-wheel, GAP, and many other F&I products during or after the time of purchase. Consumers simply visit the dealer’s website and enter their VIN to access competitive rates from multiple F&I product vendors.

Tags: digital retailing, Ecommerce, F&I products, online F&I, OTE, Over the Edge

May 30, 2018 - Industry News

Drive Motors Hires New Senior Director of Consumer Experience

Lauren Wolfe, a more than 15-year digital-marketing specialist, will spearhead growth on the West Coast as the digital retailing provider’s new senior director of consumer experience.

Tags: digital retailing, Drive Motors, online F&I

May 30, 2018 - Industry News

Car-Ware Integrates BillingTree Digital Payment Technology

Users of Car-Ware’s dealer management solutions can now offer an industry-specific digital payment solution for auto finance transactions.

May 29, 2018 - Industry News

Autotrader, Kelley Blue Book Team With LendingTree

Adding LendingTree's capabilities to the Autotrader and Kelley Blue Book sites allow car buyers to research, shop and secure financing on a vehicle all in one spot.

Tags: Autotrader, Cox Automotive, digital retailing, Kelley Blue Book, LendingTree, online F&I

May 29, 2018 - Industry News

May Flowers: Cox Predicts 3% Increase in New-Car Sales

Cox Automotive forecasts new light-vehicle sales to reach 1.56 million units by the end of the month — a 3% year-over-year increase — despite a downward trending SAAR.

May 29, 2018 - Industry News

Trump Tariffs Are ‘Big News’ for Auto Dealers

President Trump’s tweet promising ‘big news’ for the automotive industry was quickly followed by an investigation that could lead to inflated costs for imported vehicles and parts.

May 29, 2018 - Industry News

FCA Recalls 4.8M Vehicles

A potentially serious cruise control issue has compelled Fiat Chrysler to recall more than 4 million cars, trucks, and SUVs.

May 29, 2018 - Industry News

Alpha’s Jeff Olsen Honored With 2018 Corporate Counsel Award

The award was handed out by Utah Business magazine during a ceremony at The Grand America Hotel on April 26. Jeff Olsen, the F&I product provider’s in-house legal counsel, is also featured in the publication’s May 2018 edition.

Tags: Alpha Warranty Services, F&I products, in-house counsel, Jeffrey Olsen

May 25, 2018 - Industry News

KBB: Memorial Day Shoppers Not Hung Up on Fuel Efficiency

Despite rising gas prices, larger vehicles should remain popular among car buyers through the holiday weekend, according to the results of a new survey by Kelley Blue Book.

May 24, 2018 - Industry News

Client Command Named an Inc. Magazine Best Workplace 2018

The distinction adds to an already impressive list of awards and distinctions, including a Pacesetter award, a 150 Best Places to Work List award from the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Atlanta Business Chronicle Best Places to Work List, and 6-time winner of the Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies List.

Tags: Client Command, digital marketing, technology

May 24, 2018 - Industry News

GWC Warranty Adds to Sales Management Team

The F&I product provider has added more than 100 years of combined sales and automotive experience with the addition of five new regional sales managers.

Tags: F&I products, GWC Warranty, Used-Vehicle Service Contracts

May 24, 2018 - Industry News

AutoGravity Names Jason Bonifay Vice President of Engineering

The fintech firm’s executive previously served as vice president of product development and engineering at CDK Global. He is now tasked with accelerating AutoGravity’s engineering efforts.

Tags: auto finance, AutoGravity, digital retailing, online F&I, technology

May 23, 2018 - Industry News

Autotrader Names 10 Best Non-Luxury and Luxury CPO Programs

Topping Autotrader’s 2018 lists of non-luxury and luxury CPO programs were Hyundai and Lexus, respectively. Both offer unrivaled warranty coverages, along with several perks that make them an ideal choice for shoppers looking for a lightly used model.

Tags: Autotrader, Certified Pre-Owned, Hyundai, Lexus

May 23, 2018 - Industry News

AAA: Crashes Shake Faith in Driverless Vehicles

Two surveys conducted less than a year apart show Americans are increasingly anxious about the growing presence of autonomous vehicles on public roads.

May 23, 2018 - Industry News

California New-Vehicle Sales Expected to Exceed 2 Million in 2018

With the car market having plateaued after several years of increases, the California New Car Dealers Association said it continues to see increasing demand for larger, more family-friendly vehicles. But with gas prices continuing to increase, that trend could shift in the quarters ahead.

Tags: California, California New Car Dealers Association, new-vehicle sales, SUV

May 21, 2018 - Industry News

Trump Signs Repeal of CFPB’s Dealer Participation Guidance

The president’s signature comes exactly five years and two months after the bureau put the auto finance industry on notice with its controversial guidance on dealer rate markups.

Tags: auto finance, CFPB, compliance, dealer participation, guidance, rate markups

May 18, 2018 - Industry News

RMS Adds AI-Powered Portfolio Tools

RMS Automotive’s new Optimization suite was designed to leverage the combined power of machine learning and Cox Automotive data.

May 18, 2018 - Industry News

RoadVantage Adds Don Oliver as SVP

Thirty-year industry veteran Don Oliver has joined RoadVantage as senior vice president of operations.

May 17, 2018 - Industry News

Spireon Named Telematics Company of the Year

Compass Intelligence has named Spireon as the industry’s best telematics provider for 2018.