IRVINE, Calif. — Aftermarket telematics solutions provider Spireon Inc. has announced the launch of Kahu, the company’s latest connected car solution, at the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Convention & Expo in New Orleans.
Kahu was designed to provide dealers with streamlined lot management — as well as a new F&I profit center — by offering car buyers a modern location tracking and stolen vehicle recovery service. Spireon’s CEO, Kevin Weiss, said the solution also empowers dealers to grow service retention by providing accurate vehicle data for proactive maintenance reminders that can improve vehicle health and keep vehicles within warranty.
“New-car dealer margins have been flat for several years, driving a need to create new revenue and profit opportunities,” Weiss said. “Connected cars are changing the industry, but dealers are receiving little value from this shift. Kahu changes that dynamic, giving dealers the tools they need before, during and after the sale to grow profits and benefit from the connected car revolution.”
Kahu includes an aftermarket GPS device and mobile apps for both dealers and their customers. The solution is already installed with a select group of early adopters and will be generally available in the second quarter of 2017, according to Spireon.
“Our partnership with Spireon has paid for itself tenfold,” said Jon Hansen, general sales manager of Burien (Wash.) Nissan. “Being able to offer a product that I find value in to our customers and making it a revenue generator for the dealership is really big for us. I would absolutely recommend Spireon to other dealerships.”
To learn more about Spireon and Kahu at NADA, click here to schedule a meeting or visit Booth No. 4309 in Hall E.