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December 8, 2017 - Industry News

Affinitiv Launches Analytics-Powered Marketing Platform

Connectiv1 is a new end-to-end marketing platform that includes a predictive analytics engine designed to allow dealers to leverage their data and conduct multichannel campaigns that increase customer retention.

December 5, 2017 - Industry News

EFG Companies Launches Mobile App

Born out of the F&I product provider’s 2015 and 2016 F&I Innovator of the Year competitions at Northwood University, EFG Companies’ Driver’s Advocate mobile app features a host of service-retention tools, including a loyalty rewards tracker, and doubles as an inventory-management tool.

Tags: Customer Loyalty, EFG Companies, F&I products, Mobile Applications, Service

December 5, 2017 - Industry News

Alpha Warranty Rolls Out Online Claims Submission Tool

The new online tool allows service departments to enter multiple claims and multiple jobs at once without having to call in the claim. Company officials said claims can be submitted through the portal in about two to three minutes.

Tags: Alpha Warranty Services, claims, F&I products

December 5, 2017 - Industry News

AutoGravity Names Wang as CTO

AutoGravity’s Sheng Wang has been appointed to chief technology officer after serving as the fintech provider’s first product director.

December 5, 2017 - Industry News

Fastlane Plans 2018 Launch for Ecommerce Solution

Fastlane has announced plans to offer its online car-buying platform to independent and pre-owned dealers starting in January.

December 4, 2017 - Industry News

RouteOne Adds Exeter to Econtracting Platform

RouteOne officials said the availability of finance sources like Exeter has led to notable growth in the tech firm’s noncaptive econtracting share, which has more than doubled every year since 2014.

Tags: auto finance, econtracting, RouteOne, software, technology

December 4, 2017 - Industry News

Auto/Mate Integrates With DealerFenix

Auto/Mate Dealership Systems’ DMS is now integrated with DealerFenix’s reporting and workflow automation system.

November 30, 2017 - Industry News

Volvo Announces Subscription Service for 2019 XC40

Volvo Cars used this week’s AutoMobility LA and the Los Angeles Auto Show to debut its 2019 XC40 and a new subscription service for its new compact SUV.

Tags: AutoMobility LA, Care by Volvo, mobility, Subscription Service, Volvo, XC40

November 30, 2017 - Industry News

Dealership Transaction Values Hit Record Levels

The latest Blue Sky report from Kerrigan Advisors finds the dealership buy/sell market remains highly active as concerns about disruptive technology drive dealers to sell.

November 28, 2017 - Industry News

UDS Launches Online Training Platform

United Development Systems Inc. has launched a learning management system, starting with the delivery of an ethics and compliance certification course.

November 28, 2017 - Industry News

CarStory Files Two New Patents

Vast’s AI platform, CarStory, announced new patents for its Predictive Conversions Systems and Methods and Market Relative Position Engine solutions.

November 20, 2017 - Industry News

Darwin’s Digital F&I Department Goes Live

Darwin Automotive has launched Darwin Online, described by the company as the auto industry’s first fully functional 24-hour F&I department.

November 16, 2017 - Industry News

Facebook Adds New Tools for Auto Dealers

The social network announced the launch of two new ad features intended to help dealers and other automotive companies target users and capture their contact information.

November 16, 2017 - Industry News

Manheim to Combine Marketplace Channels

The Manheim Marketplace is poised to deliver what the provider claims to be the industry’s first omnichannel experience, combining all channels to create a single, integrated destination for buyers and sellers.

November 16, 2017 - Industry News

Dougherty Joins DealersLink as VP of Sales

Fifteen-year industry veteran Josh Dougherty has joined DealersLink as the dealer technology provider’s vice president of sales.

November 15, 2017 - Industry News

Toyota Financial Tests Ridesharing Waters

Toyota Financial Services and Launch Mobility will collaborate to develop a product that will make off-lease units available to rideshare drivers as short-term rentals.

November 14, 2017 - Industry News

It’s a Trap! Car Buyers Hip to Lead Capture Forms

New research from PERQ shows dealership website visitors are more likely to purchase if offered a guided online experience and increasingly wary of features designed to capture their contact information.

November 14, 2017 - Industry News

Sherman, De Palma Join LotLinx as VPs

Former R.L. Polk executive Bob Sherman and former CallRevu executive Kim De Palma have joined LotLinx as the company prepares to expand.

November 14, 2017 - Industry News

Black Book Provides Appraisal Data to ASNSoftware

Black Book has agreed to provide vehicle valuation data to ASNSoftware’s dealer management solutions, helping to power trade valuations for independent auto dealers.

November 14, 2017 - Industry News

AutoGravity’s Car-Buying Platform Surpasses 1 Million Users

Launched in 2016, AutoGravity rapidly expanded from 100,000 users in its first six months to more than one million users less than a year later, according to officials. In 2017 alone, car shoppers have request more than $1 billion in vehicle financing through the fintech firm’s car-buying app.

Tags: auto finance, AutoGravity, digital retailing, online F&I

November 9, 2017 - Industry News

Manheim Launches Dealer Sales Channel

Manheim’s growing collection of digital and offsite offerings promises dealers more ways to buy and sell vehicles.

November 2, 2017 - Industry News

AutoNation Inks Multiyear Deal With Waymo

AutoNation has agreed to support Waymo’s fleet of self-driving Chrysler Pacifica hybrids and plans to expand the partnership as Waymo grows and diversifies its fleet.

Tags: AutoNation, mobility, Self Driving, Waymo

November 1, 2017 - Industry News

fusionZONE Announces Major Investment by Primus Capital

The funding will be used to grow market share, invest in product development, and expand client services, officials with the digital marketing firm said. fusionZONE was founded in 2009 and provides web design services and conversion strategies to dealers.

Tags: dealer website, digital marketing, fusionZONE, lead conversion, Primus Capital

October 31, 2017 - Industry News

Pearl Technology Integrates Experian Propensity Scoring Platform

The new platform gives users of Pearl’s VehicleXchange incentive-based marketing solution the ability to know which consumers are new or pre-owned buyers, and can target by propensity, APR, payment amount, term and credit score, and more.

Tags: data mining, digital retailing, Experian Automotive, online F&I, Pearl Technology

October 31, 2017 - Industry News

Daniel Flynn Named President of CDK North America

Flynn guided the company’s multi-year transformation effort. The executive is now set to replace Robert. N. Karp, who is leaving the company in December.

Tags: CDK Global, Daniel Flynn, showroom, technology

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