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March 23, 2018 - Industry News

Digital Air Strike Launches AI Messaging Tool at NADA

Digital Air Strike’s newest release was designed to help dealers improve website chat, SMS messaging, and Facebook Messenger interaction with car buyers and service customers.

March 23, 2018 - Industry News

AutoLoop Adds TradeAi Tool

AutoLoop’s latest NADA-timed launch was designed to accelerate trade cycles and simplify the process.

March 22, 2018 - Industry News

CDK Global Launches Fortellis Automotive Commerce Exchange Platform

The plug-and-play platform is designed to allow developers, OEMs, and dealers to leverage, build, innovate, and securely integrate solutions and workflows. According to company officials, the platform makes designing, building and publishing new solutions a simple administrative function.

Tags: API, CDK Global, data integration, Dealer Software, software developer, technology

March 22, 2018 - Industry News

RouteOne’s MaximTrak Rolls Out Digital Retailing Platform

MaximTrak aims to redefine the F&I transaction with its new FLITE ENGAGE digital retailing platform. Designed to provide an omnichannel experience, the platform can be used by dealership personnel in the showroom or by consumers on their mobile device.

Tags: digital retailing, Jim Maxim, Jr., MaximTrak, online F&I, RouteOne, virtual F&I office, Virtual Showroom

March 22, 2018 - Industry News

LoJack Debuts Next-Gen Connected Car Tech

LoJack is showcasing ‘next-generation’ telematics and stolen vehicle recovery technology at the 2018 NADA convention.

March 22, 2018 - Industry News

Spireon Debuts Kahu Updates at NADA

Spireon’s connected dealer solution now features advanced analytics, enterprise group management, and consumer mobile engagement to drive loyalty and profit for dealers.

March 22, 2018 - Industry News

DealerSocket to Display Enhanced Auto Retail Tech at NADA

DealerSocket has announced improvements related to CRM, sales, inventory, and pricing to coincide with this week’s NADA convention.

March 22, 2018 - Industry News

AutoLoop Acquires Trade-In Valet

The acquisition adds a new online appraisal tool to AutoLoop’s suite of dealership sales and service solutions.

March 21, 2018 - Industry News

J.D. Power Taps Technology Visionary as President and CEO

Dave Habiger, a seasoned technology sector visionary who has led several initial public offerings and served as CEO of multiple public companies, succeeds Finbarr O’Neill as the data and analytics firm’s new chief executive.

Tags: Analytics, data, Dave Habiger, Finbarr O'Neill, J.D. Power

March 21, 2018 - Industry News

Bosch Debuts Virtual Assistant at NADA

‘Charlie’ is a new virtual service assistant designed to make dealership service faster while training techs in the process.

March 21, 2018 - Industry News

RouteOne, ODE Alliance Targets Longstanding F&I Challenges

Officials with both companies said the technology convergence resulting from the new alliance will eliminate the need for traditional system-to-system integration and creates the broadest access point in the industry for dealers to connect with finance sources, OEMs, and F&I product providers.

Tags: digital retailing, econtracting, F&I technology, online F&I, Open Dealer Exchange, RouteOne

March 21, 2018 - Industry News

Manheim Adds Intelligent Search to OVE

The auction provider’s new personalized search tool was designed to offer dealers greater speed, more relevant results, and greater accuracy.

March 21, 2018 - Industry News

Zurich Joins Dealertrack Network

Zurich North America has joined Dealertrack’s aftermarket network in a move designed to help dealers deliver a ‘more digitized’ experience for car buyers.

Tags: Dealertrack, digital retailing, F&I process, online F&I, Zurich

March 20, 2018 - Industry News

FTC Blocks CDK Global's Acquisition of Auto/Mate

The regulator had charged in an administrative complaint that the proposed sale violates federal antitrust laws. The two companies subsequently announced they are abandoning the proposed merger. Auto/Mate officials said the technology company is no longer for sale.

Tags: antitrust, Auto/Mate Dealership Systems, CDK Global, compliance, Federal Trade Commission, merger and acquisition

March 19, 2018 - Industry News

Darwin Partners With RouteOne

A new partnership between Darwin Automotive and RouteOne was designed to connect dealers with online car shoppers without compromising F&I production.

March 19, 2018 - Industry News

TradeRev Unveils AI for Digital Auctions

TradeRev’s ‘H’ is a new suite of machine learning and imaging capabilities designed specifically for auto dealers.

March 19, 2018 - Industry News

DealerDNA Launches Synergie Marketing Engine

DealerDNA’s newest offering was designed to bring trim-level payment-driven inventory marketing to auto dealers.

March 19, 2018 - Industry News

Ford Launches Online Sales and F&I Website

Ford Motor Co. has launched Ready.Shop.Go., a new ‘online experience’ designed to allow car buyers to find a vehicle, make a deal, and apply for financing.

March 19, 2018 - Industry News

KBB Launches Trusted Advisor Program

Kelley Blue Book’s new program was designed to streamline the vehicle trade-in and purchase process.

March 19, 2018 - Industry News

Dominion Adds Mobile App for Inventory Management

Dominion Dealer Solutions’ new inventory management mobile app was designed to improve on-the-lot mobility and data reliability.

March 19, 2018 - Industry News

Appeals Court Vacates Some FCC Rules on Robocalls

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals vacated the FCC’s rule clarifying what devices qualify as automated telephone dialing systems, saying the agency’s explanation ‘invites conclusions that all smartphones are autodialers.’

Tags: compliance, digital marketing, Federal Communications Commission, marketing, Robocalls, Telephone Communications Protection Act

March 19, 2018 - Industry News

NextGear Adds Rapid Pay for Non-Auction Units

NextGear Capital’s Account Portal now includes a feature designed to help dealers purchase and finance dealer-to-dealer and trade-in units.

March 19, 2018 - Industry News

vAuto Offers Enterprise-Level Inventory Insights

vAuto will debut Provision Enterprise at NADA 2018, offering dealer group owners and operators a new tool designed to drive efficiency across rooftops.

March 19, 2018 - Industry News

myKaarma Adds Video Walkaround App

Designed specifically for auto dealers, myKaarma’s new mobile app promises to speed check-in, reduce damage claims, and increase upsell opportunities.

March 15, 2018 - Industry News

J.D. Power’s Finbarr O’Neill Joins APCO Holdings Board

Finbarr O’Neill, who is set to retire from J.D. Power this month, was weighing his options for retirement when the vehicle service contract administrator invited him to join its board of directors.

Tags: APCO, EasyCare, Finbarr O'Neill, GWC Warranty Corporation, J.D. Power, vehicle service contracts