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March 11, 2017 - Industry News

Tom Webb to Retire as Cox Automotive's Chief Economist

Tom Webb will retire on June 30 as Cox Automotive's chief economist, ending a more than four-decade career.

Tags: Cox Automotive, Manheim, Manheim Index, Manheim Used Vehicle Report, Tom Webb, used-vehicle values

March 9, 2017 - Industry News

CNCDA: California New-Vehicle Sales Cool in 2016

The California new-vehicle market leveled off in 2016, with new light vehicle registrations increasing by less than 2% during the final three quarters of last year, according to the California New Cars Dealers Association (CNCDA).

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

March 9, 2017 - Industry News

Lease Credit Approvals Jump 33.3% in February

Car lease credit applicants registered a 72.2% approval rate in February, a 33.3% increase from January’s 50% approval rate but flat with a year ago, according to Swapalease.com.

Tags: lease, Swapalease.com

March 8, 2017 - Industry News

Black Book: Retention Holds Relatively Strong in February

Small pickups led the way, but cars also showed retention strength during a month in which the average price of a used vehicle for model years 2011-2015 depreciated by 0.8%.

Tags: Black Book, depreciation, used-vehicle values

March 7, 2017 - Industry News

Manheim: Wholesale Prices Slip in February

Given last February's sharp dip in pricing, the Manheim Index shows a year-over-year gain of 1.1%, putting it at 124.6 for the month of February. The firm also noted that the crazy tax refund season that was expected to negatively impact dealers never materialized.

Tags: Certified Pre-Owned, Manheim Index, used-vehicle pricing, used-vehicle sales, Wholesale Pricing

March 7, 2017 - Industry News

Black Book Powers AutoGravity’s Trade Appraisals

Black Book and AutoGravity have reached an agreement that pairs Black Book’s valuation tools with AutoGravity’s digital sales and financing platform.

March 2, 2017 - Industry News

Experian: Total Balances, Amount Financed Reach Record Highs in Q4 2016

The firm today reported that average amounts financed for new and used reached record highs of $30,621 and $19,329, respectively. Total balances also reached a record high, although Experian observed a slowing in year-over-year growth.

Tags: auto finance, deliquencies, Experian Automotive, leasing, new-vehicle financing, used-vehicle financing

March 2, 2017 - Industry News

AIDA: Trucks Up, Sales Down in February

America's 9,500 international nameplate franchises accounted for 54% of all new vehicles sold in the United States in February. Industrywide, 1.33 million light vehicles were sold last month.

Tags: American International Automobile Dealers Associat, Audi, Autodata Corp, Honda, SAAR

March 1, 2017 - Industry News

KBB: Average Transaction Price for New Up $757 in February

With sales skewed toward utility vehicles, the average transaction price for light vehicles rose by $757, or 2.3%, from a year ago to $34,352 in February, the firm reported today.

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

March 1, 2017 - Industry News

AutoGravity App Surpasses 200,000 Downloads

The fintech firm today announced it has surpassed 200,000 downloads of its native iOS and Android smartphone apps. The company’s platform allows car shoppers in 46 states to secure financing on a specific vehicle before heading to the dealership to complete the deal.

Tags: AutoGravity, digital retailing, online F&I

March 1, 2017 - Industry News

F&I Express Sponsors Inaugural F&I Digital Media Awards

F&I Express is sponsoring the 2017 F&I Digital Media Awards in partnership with F&I and Showroom.

Tags: digital retailing, F&I Digital Media Awards, F&I Express, online F&I

February 28, 2017 - Industry News

RouteOne Promotes Two to VP

RouteOne has promoted Jeff Belanger to senior vice president of sales and created the position of vice president of strategy for Amanda George.

Tags: F&I technology, MaximTrak, online F&I, RouteOne

February 28, 2017 - Industry News

Kontos: January Wholesale Prices Rise 6.7% YOY

Wholesale used-vehicle prices in January averaged $10,945, a 6.7% increase from a year ago and a 2.8% rise from the prior month, according to ADESA Analytical Services.

Tags: ADESA, certified pre-owned vehicles, Tom Kontos, used-vehicle sales, wholesale values

February 28, 2017 - Industry News

DataScan Announces Organizational Changes

The company announced the appointment of Ed Brown as president. He succeeds Brent Sergot, who was promoted to group vice president with World Omni Financial Corp.

February 28, 2017 - Industry News

Black Book: Small Crossovers and Cars Have Strong Week

After four weeks of living below 0.37%, the depreciation rate for the truck segment reached its highest level in February — and its second-highest this year — last week, according to Black Book’s Feb. 27 Market Insights report.

Tags: Black Book, vehicle depreciation, wholesale values

February 27, 2017 - Industry News

Black Book/Fitch: Vehicle Depreciation to Reach 17.8% in 2017

The vehicle valuation firm said the depreciation rate will rise from 17.3% in 2016 to 17.8%, while Fitch said Auto ABS performance will continue to slow in 2017 as losses slowly rise to more normalized levels.

Tags: Auto ABS, Black Book, Fitch Ratings, vehicle depreciation

February 23, 2017 - Industry News

Spireon Reports ‘Outstanding’ 2016

Spireon Inc. reported second-half gains in revenue, profitability and multiple segments in 2016. The company is also in the midst of a 14-year run of top-line growth and 'outstanding' financial and operational performance, officials said.

Tags: Connected Vehicle, Spireon, telematics

February 23, 2017 - Industry News

New York Fed: Auto Originations Reach 18-Year High in 2016

Every type of debt posted a quarter-over-quarter increase, with auto loan balances increasing by $22 billion ($93 billion from a year ago) to $1.16 trillion. Much of that growth was driven by originations, which totaled $142 billion. That’s the highest level recorded in the 18-year history of New York Fed’s data.

Tags: Auto Loan Delinquency Rate, auto loan origination, Federal Reserve Bank of New York

February 23, 2017 - Industry News

Dallas Compliance Summit Set to Break Attendance, Certification Records

Organizers of Compliance Summit say an 'unprecedented' response to the announcement that the next event will be held alongside Industry Summit at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, Texas, all but guarantees the Sept. 11, 2017, event will set new marks for attendance and Automotive Compliance Specialist certification.

Tags: Automotive Compliance Specialist, Compliance Summit, Gil Van Over, Industry Summit, Jim Ganther

February 23, 2017 - Industry News

Hiroto Saikawa Replaces Ghosn as Nissan's CEO

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Veteran leader Hiroto Saikawa will replace Carlos Ghosn as CEO of Nissan Motor Co., the automaker announced on Thursday. Ghosn will remain chairman of Nissan's board of directors.

Tags: Carlos Ghosn, Hiroto Saikawa, Nissan

February 22, 2017 - Industry News

Interstate Title Solutions Partners With NIADA

The technology solution provider is the association’s newest National Member Benefit partner, which means association members will have discounted access to the firm’s out-of-state tax, title and registration tool, DMV Nationwide.

Tags: DMV Nationwide, F&I manager, NIADA, tax and title fees

February 22, 2017 - Industry News

EFG Launches Multimedia Compliance Platform

The company today announced the launch of Common Sense Compliance, a platform designed to break through the legalese of automotive compliance with practical and actionable information. The platform will feature a video series and podcast hosted by Steve Roennau, the company’s vice president of compliance.

Tags: compliance, EFG Companies, F&I manager, Steve Roennau

February 22, 2017 - Industry News

RoadVantage Appoints Mike Essig Director of Risk Management

Mike Essig is a 13-year industry veteran who specializes in actuarial analysis and risk management. He most recently served as risk management director and actuary at CNA National. He now joins a firm that's expanding contract volume, programs, staff and offices.

Tags: F&I manager, F&I products, RoadVantage

February 22, 2017 - Industry News

National Auto Care Names Steve Verney CFO

The company’s new executive retired from Allstate Insurance in 2015 after a 34-year career. Now he’ll head the F&I product provider’s finance, accounting, and reinsurance teams. His main goal, officials said, will be to help amplify the company’s recent profitable growth.

Tags: F&I manager, F&I products, National Auto Care

February 22, 2017 - Industry News

automotiveMastermind Names New Dealer Relations Head

The digital marketing firm today announced the promotion of Napolean Rumteen to vice president of dealer relations, a new role created to increase the firm’s level of service to its dealer and OEM partners.

Tags: automotiveMastermind, Business Development Center, digital marketing, internet department, Vehicle Sales