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January 19, 2017 - Industry News

Rapid Recon to Launch ‘Group Reporting’ at NADA

The workflow and reconditioning software and process provider's new offering is designed to compile and index in graphical dashboard format the monthly performance metrics of multi-rooftop operations, providing clarity into the challenges — and potential performance gains — realized by individual dealerships.

Tags: Dennis McGinn, NADA Convention and Expo, Rapid Recon, reconditioning

January 19, 2017 - Industry News

CarHub.com Quiz Targets Super Bowl Viewers

CarHub.com today released results of a consumer survey designed to help manufacturers and marketers select which models to advertise during the upcoming Super Bowl.

Tags: advertising, automaker, business development center, CarHub.com, CarTron, Internet department, Online Marketing, Super Bowl

January 19, 2017 - Industry News

Compliance Summit Returns to Texas in September

Held alongside Industry Summit for the second consecutive year, Compliance Summit will include one full day of compliance education for dealers, managers, and sales and F&I professionals. An onsite certification courtesy of Automotive Compliance Education (ACE) will be available to all attendees the following day.

Tags: auto finance, Best Training Day Ever, compliance, Compliance Summit, F&I training, Industry Summit

January 18, 2017 - Industry News

CU Direct Claims $30 Billion in Auto Loans, Pays Cash Dividend

Credit unions funded 1.4 million loans through CU Direct’s Lending 360 and CUDL lending platform, generating a record $30 billion in credit union auto loans in 2016 and surpassing the $26 billion in loans the company funded in 2015.

Tags: auto finance, Credit Unions, CU Direct, CUDL, F&I manager, loan originations

January 18, 2017 - Industry News

F&I Express Announces Initiative to Streamline F&I Product Cancellation Process

The software company today released details on an initiative to electronically integrate major finance sources with F&I product providers in a bid to develop better F&I product cancellation processes and systems.

Tags: auto finance, Dealertrack, F&I Express, F&I products, Repossessions

January 17, 2017 - Industry News

Hyundai-Kia to Invest $3.1B in U.S.

Sister South Korean automakers Hyundai Motor Co. and Kia Motors Corp. will invest $3.1 billion in the U.S. in the next five years and may build a new assembly plant in the United States, Hyundai Motor's president told reporters on Tuesday.

Tags: Donald Trump, Hyundai, Kia, Vehicle Manufacturing

January 17, 2017 - Industry News

Roadster, F&I Express Announce Integration Pact

Through F&I Express’ Express Digital Media Solution, Roadster dealers can now provide car buyers with accurate F&I product quotes and education material from more than 130 F&I product providers.

Tags: digital retailing, F&I Express, F&I products, online F&I, Roadster

January 17, 2017 - Industry News

Technology, Customer Satisfaction to Headline Vehicle Finance Conference

The American Financial Services Association's 21st annual Vehicle Finance Conference will focus on compliance, cyber security, customer satisfaction, and technology. The question the event will attempt to answer is, 'Are we there yet?'

January 17, 2017 - Industry News

EPA Finalizes Green House Gas and CAFE Standards

On Friday, the Environmental Protection Agency finalized the fuel efficiency rules that will guide the federal greenhouse gas and CAFE standards for 2022-2025 model-year vehicles.

Tags: CAFE Regulations, EPA, Fuel Economy, GHG

January 17, 2017 - Industry News

GM Invests $1B in U.S. Manufacturing

General Motors is investing $1 billion in its U.S. manufacturing operations and will move production of axles for its pickup trucks from Mexico, the company announced on the eve of President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration.

Tags: Donald Trump, General Motors, Vehicle Manufacturing

January 12, 2017 - Industry News

Cox Automotive Makes Two Executive Promotions

Cox Automotive this week announced two executive promotions. Rock Anderson Jr. has been promoted to executive vice president of people strategies and John Kovac has been promoted to executive vice president and CMO.

Tags: Cox Automotive, Promotions, Vice President

January 12, 2017 - Industry News

automotiveMastermind Adds Toyota to Its Platform

automotiveMastermind, a predictive analytics and marketing automation technology company for automotive dealerships, today announced that Toyota dealerships across the country will now be able to partner with it.

Tags: automotiveMastermind, Data, Marketing, Technology, Toyota

January 12, 2017 - Industry News

VinSolutions Announces New Integration with Dealertrack

With the Rates & Residuals enhancement, dealerships now have the ability to structure deals for new and pre-owned vehicles by accessing incentives, rates and programs from both their captive and noncaptive lenders, all within VinSolutions. The portal, powered by Dealertrack, then returns the top retail and/or lease programs based on consumer credit scores.

Tags: Dealertrack, Desking, Digital F&I, digital retailing, VinSolutions

January 12, 2017 - Industry News

EPA Accuses FCA of Excess Diesel Emissions

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has accused Fiat Chrysler Automobiles of failing to disclose engine management software that increased air pollution in 104,000 diesel-powered Ram 1500 trucks and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs in the 2014 to 2016 model years. FCA officials say the software shouldn’t be considered a defeat device.

Tags: Autotrader, Emissions, Environmental Protection Agency, Fiat Chrysler, Volkswagen

January 11, 2017 - Industry News

Pearl Combines Equity Mining Tool With 'Buy Direct From Consumer' Platform

The integration will allow dealers to search for vehicles they wish to purchase directly from consumers by year, make, model and trim, according to the company.

Tags: Equity, Marketing, Pearl Technology, Technology

January 11, 2017 - Industry News

AutoGravity Adds First Investors to Vehicle Financing Platform

AutoGravity is adding First Investors Financial Services’ indirect business onto the AutoGravity platform, the two companies announced this week.

Tags: AutoGravity, Financing, Fintech, Technology

January 9, 2017 - Industry News

Cadillac Launches $1,500 a Month Subscription Service

Cadillac has launched a subscription-based, on-demand vehicle utilization program that provides access to Cadillac vehicles without a commitment to buy or lease.

Tags: Cadillac, General Motors, Online Buying, Subscription

January 9, 2017 - Industry News

NIADA Member Services Creates New Partnership Program

NIADA Member Services has created a new partnership program designed to offer members a wider array of companies whose products and services they can trust, according to an association announcement.

Tags: Independent Dealerships, NIADA, Partnership

January 9, 2017 - Industry News

KosLo Website Integrates NADAguides Data to Improve Consumer Experience

The online vehicle deal generation company has enhanced its site with year, make and model data from NADAguides to help further enhance the customized car-buying experience it offers consumers.

Tags: KosLo, NADA, NADAguides, Technology, Website

January 9, 2017 - Industry News

DealerDoc Offers Out-of-State Titling and Registration Solution

The solution provides correct taxes and fees for an out-of-state sale in seconds, according to the company, allowing users to prepopulate and print all state-required documents along with a detailed checklist for specific requirements in every jurisdiction.

Tags: Electronic Registration, Titling, Vehicle Sales

January 9, 2017 - Industry News

Autotrader: 48% of Car Buyers Choose In-Vehicle Tech Over Brand, Body Style

The report shows a growing number of consumers believe certain safety technologies, including blind-spot detection and and forward collision warning, should come standard on all vehicles in the United States. Convenience and entertainment options also ranked high on consumers' preferred list of technology features.

Tags: Autotrader, blind-spot detection, collision warning, Connected Vehicle, telematics

January 5, 2017 - Industry News

BMW Using Google’s Augmented Reality Technology to Sell Cars

The German automaker announced it’s piloting a new program that will allow customers to explore their ideal BMW i3 and i8 using Google’s Tango augmented reality technology

Tags: Accenture, Augmented Reality, BMW, Google

January 5, 2017 - Industry News

Toyota Developing Cloud-Based Telematics System

Toyota announced it is developing a cloud-connected telematics system that offers improved navigation features, in-vehicle Wi-Fi, and remote connectivity via a smartphone app.

Tags: Connected Vehicle, telematics, Toyota

January 5, 2017 - Industry News

Autobytel Sells Off Specialty Finance Leads Product to Internet Brands

Autobytel last week completed the sale of its specialty finance leads product to Internet Brands Inc. for $3.2 million in cash and $1.6 million in additional transition licensing income.

Tags: Autobytel, Internet Brands Inc., Sale

January 5, 2017 - Industry News

Edmunds Unveils New Website, Logo Design

Edmunds this week unveiled a revamped online experience and refreshed new logo. The company has also dropped the '.com' from its name and will now be known as simply “Edmunds,” according to a company announcement.

Tags: Edmunds, Logo, Redesign

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