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December 27, 2017 - Industry News

Ford Mustangs Recalled for Instrument Clusters

Photo of Ford Mustang courtesy of Ford

Ford Motor Co. is recalling 2,100 2018 Ford Mustangs so dealers can update the instrument cluster software to address a potential vehicle rollaway risk.

Tags: Ford, Ford Mustang, Recall, Repair, software

December 27, 2017 - Industry News

Nissan Appoints Renault's Le Vot to Oversee North America

Le Vot Photo: Nissan Motor Co.

Nissan Motor Co. has appointed Denis Le Vot to oversee North American sales. Le Vot arrives from Renault, where he has held multiple positions since joining the French automaker.

Tags: leadership, Nissan, People

December 27, 2017 - Industry News

Tax Cut Should Spur Fleet Industry Growth

Photo via Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia.

A tax reform bill signed by President Donald Trump on Dec. 22 is expected to spur economic expansion, bring off-shore corporate revenues back to the U.S., and help fleet management companies make decisions about their operations that aren't tax driven.

Tags: Donald Trump, fleet sales, Tax Revenues

December 26, 2017 - Industry News

LotLinx Announces Move to Bolster VDPs

A new integration with CarNow was designed to strengthen LotLinx’s vehicle display pages.

December 26, 2017 - Industry News

Manheim Hosts ‘Digital Block Sale’ for BMW Financial

The November event allowed dealers to access BMW Financial Services inventory from three Manheim sites via the factory’s Performance Center in Thermal, Calif.

December 21, 2017 - Industry News

J.D. Power: Used Vehicle Price Index Falls 1.4% in November

Underperforming van and car segments led to a decline in J.D. Power's used vehicle price index in November, a reversal from the index's previous three months of consecutive growth.

Tags: J.D. Power, new-vehicle sales, SAAR, Used Vehicle Price

December 21, 2017 - Industry News

NY AG Sues Two Dealerships Over the Sale of Etch

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has filed a lawsuit against Victory Mitsubishi of Larchmont and Victory Suzuki of the Bronx, charging the stores with selling an ‘unwanted and bogus’ anti-theft product.

December 20, 2017 - Industry News

UPDATED: Core F&I Product Could Put Some Auto Finance Deals Under Military Lending Act’s Requirements

Based on an interpretive rule issued by the Defense Department on Dec. 14, including credit-protection products like GAP in a servicemember’s vehicle finance contract could subject it to a slew of restrictions and requirements under the Military Lending Act (MLA).

Tags: compliance, credit insurance, Department of Defense, F&I products, GAP, Military Lending Act, National Automobile Dealers Association, servicemembers

December 19, 2017 - Industry News

VisionMenu Releases Paperless Deal Jacket

Using Paperless Deal Jacket, any form may be signed at the dealership or remotely using the customer’s smartphone. This is facilitated by VisionMenu’s patent-pending vSignature technology.

December 19, 2017 - Industry News

Wells Fargo Names New Head of Consumer Lending

About a month after dismissing its former head of consumer lending, Wells Fargo named Mary Mack to the post. The 33-year Wells Fargo veteran will maintain her prior duties as senior executive vice president of community banking, which she has led since July 2016.

Tags: auto finance, Wells Fargo, Wells Fargo Dealer Services

December 18, 2017 - Industry News

Black Book: Hurricanes Boosted Used-Vehicle Values 2%

Courtesy of Enterprise Holdings.

The firm said hurricanes Harvey and Irma had a similar effect on used-vehicle values as the Clash for Clunkers program had on values in 2009.

December 18, 2017 - Industry News

Auto/Mate Promotes Vickers to Regional Sales Manager

David Vickers

David Vickers has earned a promotion from customer success manager to regional sales manager for New York and Pennsylvania at Auto/Mate Dealership Systems.

December 18, 2017 - Industry News

FTC Reminds Businesses of Duties to Victims of Identity Theft

The Fair Credit Reporting Act’s ‘business records turnover provision’ requires that business provide free of charge and without subpoena records relating to the theft within 30 days of a victim’s written request.

Tags: auto finance, FTC, identity theft, Red Flags Rule

December 15, 2017 - Industry News

TrueCar Settles California Dealer Suit

TrueCar has agreed to switch California auto dealers from a pay-per-sale to a flat-fee subscription model and double their indemnity to $50,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by the California New Car Dealers Association.

Tags: California New Car Dealers Association, compliance, digital retailing, third-party sites, TrueCar

December 14, 2017 - Industry News

RouteOne Processes Industry's First Remotely Executed Finance Contract

RouteOne moved the industry closer to the fully online transaction by executing the first remotely captured, electronic customer signature on an indirect finance contract. The executed contract was booked with Toyota Financial Services.

Tags: auto finance, digital retailing, econtracting, online F&I, RouteOne

December 14, 2017 - Industry News

Scott Painter’s Fair Now Offers Insurance Coverage

Through a partnership with risk-management services provider Assurant, Fair's digital flexible ownership platform now allows consumers to add insurance coverage when they sign for a pre-owned vehicle through its mobile app.

Tags: digital retailing, Fair, Scott Painter, Subscription Service

December 14, 2017 - Industry News

Fed Reserve Raises Interest Rates

One industry analyst said the quarter-point hike will result in new-vehicle sales dropping below 17 million units in 2018, noting that the Fed Reserve’s previous three increases are responsible for fewer new leases and this year’s shift from new to used.

Tags: auto finance, auto loan, F&I office, Federal Reserve, interest rates

December 13, 2017 - Industry News

TransUnion: Subprime Pullback to Continue in 2018

Replacement demand from hurricanes Harvey and Irma should provide a temporary boost in new-vehicle demand to open 2018, but TransUnion officials said consumers will shift toward the used-vehicle market as finance sources continue to tighten credit underwriting standards.

Tags: auto finance, average finance amount, deliquencies, Subprime Financing, TransUnion

December 13, 2017 - Industry News

Spireon Launches GoldStar Enterprise

Spireon has added new monitoring and workflow features to its GoldStar GPS solution for large, multi-rooftop dealers and auto finance sources.

December 13, 2017 - Industry News

ActivEngage Completes 700Credit Integration

ActivEngage announced the addition of a 700Credit-powered financial qualification feature to its dealer-focused omnichannel communications solution.

December 12, 2017 - Industry News

Cox Automotive Files Antitrust Lawsuit Against CDK Global

Add Cox Automotive to the growing list of tech vendors and dealers alleging that CDK and Reynolds and Reynolds Co. conspired to eliminate competition for data integration services and seize control over dealer and third-party data.

Tags: CDK Global, Cox Automotive, data, DMS, DMS integration, Reynolds & Reynolds

December 12, 2017 - Industry News

Black Book: Vehicle Values Down in November

After a steady October, used-vehicle values fell slightly in November. Black Book officials said the decline was typical of the holiday season.

December 12, 2017 - Industry News

NAE/NWAN Earns Pillar Award for Community Service

National Automotive Experts was honored with a Medical Mutual Pillar Award for Community Service, presented by Smart Business.

December 12, 2017 - Industry News

Ally Financial Names Successor to Retiring CFO Chris Halmy

With current CFO Chris Halmy set to retire on March 1, 2018, Ally Financial today announced that Jenn LaClair is joining the company as CFO designate, with the intent that she will be appointed to succeed Ally's retiring CFO.

Tags: Ally Financial, auto finance, hires

December 12, 2017 - Industry News

Toyota Financial Announces Executive Leadership Appointments

The captive named Scott Cooks group vice president and chief risk officer and Cindy Wang group vice president of treasury.

Tags: auto finance, captive, hires, Promotions, Toyota Financial Services