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February 13, 2017 - Industry News

VisionMenu Releases Remote F&I

The software maker announced the release of Remote F&I, a remote menu, disclosure and document-signing web application. The new offering comes equipped with vSignature, a patent-pending technology that allows the user to control what a customer views on his or her smartphone. It also allows buyers to esign any document.

Tags: F&I manager, F&I menu, F&I products, Ron Martin, VisionMenu Inc.

February 13, 2017 - Industry News

ALG Sets Bolt EV's Residual Value

The 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV should retain as much as 39% of its value after three years of retail leasing, which is significantly better than other mainstream competitors, according to ALG.

Tags: ALG, Chevrolet Bolt, Electric Vehicle

February 13, 2017 - Industry News

LeasePlan Names Schlesinger President, CEO

Jeff Schlesinger was named president and CEO of LeasePlan USA, a fleet management company. Schlesinger succeeds Mike Pitcher, who retired as president and CEO at the end of 2016.

Tags: GE Capital, Jeff Schlesinger, LeasePlan USA

February 8, 2017 - Industry News

Volvo Offers Factory Sales to V90 Buyers

A 2017 V90 wagon rolls off Volvo's Gothenburg, Sweden, assembly line. Photo courtesy Volvo Car USA LLC

Volvo Car USA LLC announced that buyers of the 2017 V90 wagon can order their vehicle direct from the OEM’s Gothenburg, Sweden, factory. The service can be initiated online or at a Volvo dealership.

February 8, 2017 - Industry News

ABN Earns GM’s DTAP Certification

Automotive Broadcasting Network has joined the ranks of companies certified by General Motors' Dealer Technology Assistance Program.

February 8, 2017 - Industry News

Zubie Hires CEO Tucker from DealerRater

The connected car and telematics provider announced that Gary Tucker has joined the company as CEO. Tucker leaves his role as CEO of dealer review site DealerRater.com.

Tags: Connected Vehicle, Dealerrater, Gary Tucker, telematics, Zubie

February 7, 2017 - Industry News

President of RouteOne Canada to Retire

Barry McMillan, who has led RouteOne Canada since 2003, will retire at the end of this month. Assuming his duties is Anthony Goulbourne, who was promoted to senior vice president.

Tags: digital retailing, F&I manager, RouteOne Canada

February 7, 2017 - Industry News

Rico Glover to Speak at NYC Event

ADT contributor Rico Glover and his team from Bryan Honda will deliver a presentation on dealership digital marketing in New York City next month.

February 7, 2017 - Industry News

Wise F&I Product Suite Now Available Through Reynolds DMS

The connection, which features erating and econtracting capabilities, provides access to the F&I product provider’s full suite of branded protection products, including GAPWise, WiseCARE, TIREWise, WISETVP, THEFTWise and KEYWise.

Tags: DMS, DMS integration, F&I manager, F&I products, Reynolds & Reynolds, Wise F&I

February 7, 2017 - Industry News

Brandon Honda, Sun Toyota Win DealerRater Consumer Satisfaction Awards

Brandon Honda and sister dealership Sun Toyota are winners of DealerRater’s 2017 Consumer Satisfaction Award, an annual recognition given to auto dealerships in the United States and Canada that deliver outstanding customer service as rated by online consumer reviews.

Tags: Brandon Honda, Customer Reviews, Dealerrater, Sun Toyota

February 7, 2017 - Industry News

Cardone Endorses VinSolutions' Connect CRM

According to officials, this is the first time the sales expert and trainer has endorsed a dealership software solution in his more than 30-year career.

Tags: CRM, Dealership Solutions, Grant Cardone, VinSolutions

February 2, 2017 - Industry News

Last Chance: Podium to Present Webinar on Online Review Management

Register to learn about how online reviews can enhance your online reputation, get you noticed on top sites, and drive customer purchase decisions.

Tags: Dealerrater, Edmunds, Google, online reputation management, online reviews, Podium, Yelp

February 2, 2017 - Industry News

AutoNation Promotes Berman to President

AutoNation has named William "Bill" Berman president and COO of the public dealer group. The 30-year auto retail veteran replaces Mike Jackson, who remains the company's chairman and CEO.

Tags: AutoNation, Marc Cannon, Mike Jackson, William Berman

February 1, 2017 - Industry News

Pearl Technology Completes Integration With RouteOne

Through RouteOne’s online credit application and econtracting platform, users of Pearl’s Showroom Xpress digital retail platform can contract car buyers on mobile devices and websites.

Tags: digital retailing, eContracting, online credit application, Pearl Technology, RouteOne, ShowroomXpress

January 31, 2017 - Industry News

ChannelNet Adds Three to Leadership Team

The digital marketing solutions provider named Chris Sims CTO, Joe Karle vice president of account management for the Midwest United States and Canada, and K.C. Loughlin vice president of dealer sales and service for the United States and Canada.

January 31, 2017 - Industry News

Two ProMax Execs Become Owners

ProMax Unlimited CTO Darian Miller and COO Shane Born acquired minority ownership stakes in the software company.

January 31, 2017 - Industry News

EFG Companies: F&I Industry Faces Murky 2017

John Pappanastos, president and CEO of EFG Companies

The expected regulatory rollback, plateauing sales, rising interest rates, and the push to change the in-dealership experience clouds the F&I industry’s future, EFG Companies said today. Four of the firm's executives offered their predictions for 2017.

Tags: Consumer FInancial Protection Bureau, digital retailing, Donald Trump, EFG Companies, interest rates, new-vehicle sales, Regulations, used-vehicle sales

January 30, 2017 - Industry News

Outsell Forms Customer Advisory Board, Demos New Tools at NADA

Outsell formed and convenved its first customer advisory board at the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Convention and Expo. The technology firm also announced the launch of several new digital marketing tools.

January 30, 2017 - Industry News

eLEND Study: Mobile Technology Adoption Hampered by Resistance to Change

Sixty percent of respondents to the technology provider’s dealer survey indicated that they are not considering using tablets in either their sales or F&I departments. Aside from resistance to change, respondents cited cost and an undefined ROI as reasons for not using mobile tablets.

Tags: digital retailing, eLend Solutions, tablet menu, technology

January 30, 2017 - Industry News

Advent DMS Adds myCarfax Tools

Dealers now have access to myCarfax Service Shop tools through Advent Resources' DMS. The collaboration was designed to make resources such as Carfax Service History Check and Carfax QuickVIN available to Advent dealers immediately.

January 30, 2017 - Industry News

DealerSocket Clients Get Carfax Snapshot Tool

Carfax's Snapshot Tool is now available to dealers on the DealerSocket website platform. The feature puts key vehicle history details for specific vehicles on search results pages and VDPs

Tags: Carfax, DealerSocket, technology, VDPs

January 30, 2017 - Industry News

Advent, Darwin Form Strategic Alliance

The DMS maker is working with Darwin to provide a fully integrated version of Darwin’s prescriptive selling/F&I menu solution to Advent dealers as part of the strategic alliance.

Tags: Advent Resources, Darwin Automotive, DMS, DMS integration, F&I manager, F&I menus

January 30, 2017 - Industry News

The Work Number Connects With Digital Matrix Systems

Digital Matrix Systems has added Equifax Workforce Solutions' income and employment verification service.

January 30, 2017 - Industry News

Experian Announces New Senior Vice President of Automotive Sales

The information services firm announced that John DeMarco has joined the company as senior vice president of automotive sales. He brings 27 years of leadership experience, having held a number of senior leadership roles at firms like CDK Global and Ford Motor Co.

Tags: CDK Global, Experian Automotive, Ford Motor Co., John DeMarco

January 30, 2017 - Industry News

VinSolutions Announces New Integration with Dealertrack

The integration has resulted in a new upgrade for VinSolutions Connect Desking tool. Called Rates & Residuals, the new feature allows users to structure deals for new and pre-owned vehicles by accessing incentives, rates, and captive and noncaptive lending programs within VinSolutions.

Tags: auto finance, CRM, Deal Structuring, Dealertrack, Desking, VinSolutions

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