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June 1, 2017 - Industry News

AutoNation Names New COO

AutoNation named Lance Iserman executive vice president of sales and COO. The more than 15-year company veteran replaces William “Bill” Berman, who resigned last month.

Tags: AutoNation, Bill Berman, Hiring, Mike Jackson

June 1, 2017 - Industry News

AutoGravity’s Car Financing App Now Available in New Jersey

AutoGravity’s mobile financing app is now available in New Jersey. According to company officials, the app has been downloaded more than 400,000 times since its introduction last summer.

Tags: AutoGravity, digital retailing, online F&I

June 1, 2017 - Industry News

KBB: New-Vehicle Transaction Prices Rise Nearly 3% in May

Transaction prices continued to climb at a steady rate in May, driven by the weakening sales mix of cars, according to the vehicle information side.

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

May 31, 2017 - Industry News

J.D. Power/LMC Expect Lowest May Retail SAAR Since 2013

(in millions of units)Source: Power Information Network® (PIN) from J.D. Power

Not even record incentive spending for the month is expected to keep May retail sales on pace with a year ago, according to the two firms.

Tags: incentive spending, J.D. Power and Associates, LMC Automotive, new-vehicle sales, SAAR

May 31, 2017 - Industry News

CNA National Takes Two Top Spots in 2017 Dealers’ Choice Awards

CNAN earned first-place Diamond honors in the Service Contract and Reinsurance categories. The company has been voted a top provider by readers of Auto Dealer Today every year since the awards program was created in 2005.

May 30, 2017 - Industry News

BofA Adds F&I Component to Mobile Car-Shopping App

Bank of America is piloting new enhancements to its mobile banking technology that will allow clients to complete the auto financing process directly with the bank on a mobile device.

Tags: Bank of America, digital retailing, mobile app, online F&I

May 30, 2017 - Industry News

White Clark Group CEO Named ‘Auto Finance Personality of the Year’

The award is designed to recognize an individual who has made the most noteworthy contribution to the auto finance industry in the last two years. Judges described White Clark CEO Brendan Gleeson as a “visionary for the motor finance industry.”

Tags: auto finance, White Clarke Group

May 30, 2017 - Industry News

KBB Puts May New-Vehicle Sales at 1.53 Million Units

If the firm's forecast is realized, May's new-vehicle sales total would best April by 7% but would be flat with a year ago. The vehicle information site also believes retail sales will account for 80.5% of volume.

Tags: incentives, Kelley Blue Book, leasing, new-vehicle sales, SAAR

May 30, 2017 - Industry News

Mich. Senators Support Fuel Economy Bill

Michigan's U.S. senators are backing a proposal that would allow automakers to apply credits for model years as far back as 2009 to help them meet future standards to require their car and truck fleets to average 41 miles per gallon by 2021, reports the Detroit News.

Tags: CAFE Standards, Donald Trump, Elected Leaders, EPA, Fuel Economy, Michigan

May 25, 2017 - Industry News

Former Dealer Awarded $256 Million in Case Against Nissan Captive

An Orange County Superior Court Jury sided with a former Nissan dealer who claimed the automaker’s captive financing arm forced him out of business during the Great Recession, awarding him $121.9 million in compensatory damages and $134.6 million in punitive damages.

Tags: Floorplan Financing, inventory financing, Nissan Motor Acceptance Corp., Superior Automotive Group

May 24, 2017 - Industry News

Westlake Financial Adds eContracting

Through a partnership with eOriginal, Westlake Financial has digitally transformed its dealership management system into an econtrating solution for its network of more than 20,000 new- and used-car dealers.

Tags: econtracting, eOriginal, Westlake Financial Services

May 23, 2017 - Industry News

AIADA: Border Adjustment Tax Will Hurt Dealers, Customers

America’s 9,600 international nameplate dealers reinforced their opposition to a border adjustment tax that say will cost U.S. consumers $34.6 billion or about $2,000 per vehicle.

Tags: AIADA, American International Automobile Dealers Associat, Donald Trump

May 23, 2017 - Industry News

Frost & Sullivan Names AutoGravity Entrepreneurial Company of the Year

The executive team for AutoGravity includes CTO Martin Prescher, CEO Andreas Hinrichs, COO Nicholas Stellman, and COO Serge Vartanov.

The business consulting firm recognized AutoGravity for transforming the automotive finance industry with its 'first-of-its-kind fintech platform.'

Tags: AutoGravity, digital marketing, digital retailing, online F&I, Third-party leads

May 22, 2017 - Industry News

CNA National Appoints New Senior Vice President of Customer Service

Trace Thaxton will be responsible for overseeing the company's claims, operations, and reinsurance departments. He previously served as the head of customer care and relations for AGIA Affinity's Scottsdale division.

Tags: claims, CNA National, F&I products

May 22, 2017 - Industry News

Ford Appoints Jim Hackett CEO

Executive Chairman Bill Ford (right) and Hackett met with employees and members of the press to discuss the appointment.

More than a year after being hired to lead the automaker's ‘Smart Mobility’ innovation unit, Jim Hackett was named Ford’s CEO and president. He replaces Mark Fields, who ends his three-year tenure at the helm of Ford Motor Co.

Tags: Ford Motor Co., Hire, Jim Hackett, Mark Fields, Promotions

May 22, 2017 - Industry News

Kontos: Wholesale Prices Show Strength Again in April

Average wholesale used-vehicle prices reached $11,141 in April, a 2.2% increase from March and a 2.5% increase from a year ago, Tom Kontos reported. The only three segments registering declines were compact, mid-size, and luxury cars.

Tags: Tom Kontos, used-vehicle sales, wholesale values

May 22, 2017 - Industry News

RoadVantage Releases New Series of Point-of-Sale Product Videos

Six months after releasing its first educational F&I product video, the F&I product provider released a new series of point-of-sale product videos dealers can use in their F&I offices and on their websites.

May 18, 2017 - Industry News

Former Chase Custom Exec Joins Westlake

The once head of Chase Custom Finance is back. Today, Westlake Financial Services announced it has contracted Bill Jensen to focus on developing its strategic accounts division.

Tags: auto finance, Bill Jensen, Chase Custom, special finance, subprime, Westlake Financial Services

May 18, 2017 - Industry News

NY Fed: Household Debt Surpasses 2008 Peak in Q1

The feat comes almost nine years after the Great Recession, when household debt reached $12.68 trillion. But the debt and its borrowers look quite different today, the New York Fed noted, and auto finance sources showed signs of tightening in response to some deterioration in auto loan performance.

Tags: auto finance, Delinquencies, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Originations, Oustanding Auto Loan Balances

May 16, 2017 - Industry News

New Study: Generation Gap On Auto Ownership Is as Wide as a Highway

Teens say they're ready for car ownership, while parents disagree. The reason, a new study from American Honda Finance Corp. reveals, will make Baby Boomers shake their heads.

Tags: American Honda Finance, Baby Boomers, Gen Z, Millennials

May 11, 2017 - Industry News

Ally Adding Digital Signature, Contract Management Capabilities to Clearlane

Launched in April, Clearlane will soon be getting an upgrade. Through eOriginal, the auto finance marketplace will soon allow car buyers to sign and submit their financing documents online or via mobile devices.

Tags: Ally, auto finance, Clearlane, digital retailing, online F&I

May 11, 2017 - Industry News

GM Financial Completes Transition to Captive in Q1

Executives with the former AmeriCredit Corp. described GM Financial’s transition to General Motors’ captive finance source as ‘substantially complete’ during its recent first-quarter earnings call.

Tags: auto finance, GM Financial

May 10, 2017 - Industry News

TransUnion: Auto Delinquencies Tick Up as Originations Slow

The impact of wider access to credit on repayment rates could be causing auto finance sources to reevaluate their guidelines for subprime and nearprime borrowers.

May 10, 2017 - Industry News

Longtime Wells Fargo Dealer Services Exec Joins CRB Auto

Bill Katafias, a longtime retail credit executive for Wells Fargo Dealer Services, has joined CRB Auto as its new CEO. He succeeds Scott Raymer, who previously announced his resignation from his CEO post to pursue other opportunities.

Tags: auto finance, Bill Katafias, CRB Auto, Indirect Lending, Mechanics Bank, Wells Fargo Dealer Services

May 10, 2017 - Industry News

PayLink Direct, Omnisure Group Announce Merger

The merger creates what officials describe as the largest vehicle service contract payment plan provider in the United States. The new entity will operate under the PayLink Direct brand. Rebecca Howard, cofounder of PayLink Direct, will serve as CEO.

Tags: F&I products, Omnisure, PayLink Direct, Payment Plan, vehicle service contracts