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September 27, 2017 - Industry News

Cox Automotive Names Janet Barnard Chief People Officer

Barnard steps into a role vacated by the retirement of longtime human resources leader Rock Anderson. Filling her role as president of the company’s Inventory Solutions group is Grace Huang, who served as senior vice president of Manheim Inventory Services.

September 27, 2017 - Industry News

AutoGravity Hits $1 Billion Mark

More than 750,000 car buyers have downloaded the AutoGravity app, pushing the company past $1 billion in total finance amount requested.

Tags: AutoGravity, digital retailing, online F&I

September 20, 2017 - Industry News

Hyundai Capital America Partners With AutoGravity

Beginning in the state of California, financing through Hyundai Capital America is now accessible to AutoGravity users searching for financing for Hyundai, Kia or Genesis.

September 20, 2017 - Industry News

Jumpstart: Interest in Luxury Sport, Coupe Segments Growing

Shoppers on Jumpstart Automotive Media’s portfolio of automotive publishers are gravitating toward the luxury sport, coupe, luxury sport sedan, and large SUV categories. But the two segments grabbing the most attention are alternative fuel vehicles and subcompact SUVs and CUVs.

Tags: BMW, Jaguar, Jumpstart Automotive, online shoppers, Toyota

September 20, 2017 - Industry News

Vast Adds Predictive Analytics Feature to CarStory Platform

CarStory Insights is a new feature that adds predictive analytics functionality to Vast’s artificial intelligence platform.

September 20, 2017 - Industry News

Gubagoo Adds Credit Check Capability to Live Chat

Gubagoo’s new Credit Pre-Qualification feature is designed to provide dealers with rich data they can use to prequalify customers during an online chat session.

September 19, 2017 - Industry News

TradeRev, AFC Partner for Zero-Interest Floorplan Promotion

Automotive Finance Corp. and TradeRev are encouraging dealers to ‘go digital’ by offering zero interest and no floorplan financing fees for 45 days on vehicles bought and sold on TradeRev.

September 19, 2017 - Industry News

Summit Place Kia Waterford Moves to Auburn Hills

Michigan’s No. 1 import dealership has moved into a new, state-of-the-art facility in Auburn Hills, Mich. The 27,000-square-foot facility sits on 10 acres and has the capacity to sell and serve more than 500 cars per month.

Tags: facility upgrades, Kia, New Dealership, Richard Lalonde, Summit Place Kia

September 18, 2017 - Industry News

AutoGravity Wins Top Prize in F&I Digital Media Awards

Sponsored by F&I Express, the awards program is designed to honor companies and individuals driving innovation in the digital F&I space.

Tags: AutoGravity, digital retailing, F&I Digital Media Awards, online F&I

September 18, 2017 - Industry News

Bill Leek Named President, COO of InterActiveTel

The former vice president of sales for Dominion Dealer Services will be responsible for leading the entire InterActiveTel organization, as well as maintaining business development partnerships and driving the adoption of the company's suite of communication products.

September 18, 2017 - Industry News

Client Command Launches Active Shoppers Network

Client Command’s new Active Shoppers Network was designed to generate more leads for auto dealers by delivering powerful audience data.

September 18, 2017 - Industry News

LotLinx Names John Gottschalk to Senior VP Post

Former FordDirect executive and 20-year industry veteran John Gottschalk has joined LotLinx as senior vice president of client relationships.

September 14, 2017 - Industry News

Trump Administration Streamlines Self-Driving Guidelines

Photo courtesy Waymo

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao released a new set of voluntary federal guidelines for autonomous vehicles on Sept. 12 — a move the Trump administration said will make federal regulatory processes "more nimble to help match the pace of private sector innovation."

Tags: Autonomous Driving, Donald Trump, Fully Autonomous

September 14, 2017 - Industry News

AutoGravity Wins Grand Prize in F&I Digital Media Awards

AutoGravity capped off its two-category win in the 2017 F&I Digital Media Awards with recognition as the contest’s Grand Prize Winner at Industry Summit.

September 8, 2017 - Industry News

RoadVantage Donates Free F&I Videos to the Industry

The F&I program provider released a series of non-brand-specific videos designed to raise consumer awareness about nine F&I protections and the value they provide vehicle owners. The videos can be downloaded for free and posted to a dealer’s website or played in a dealership’s waiting room.

Tags: digital marketing, F&I office, F&I process, online F&I, RaodVantage

September 8, 2017 - Industry News

CDK, ActivEngage Roll Out New Retailing Platform

CDK Global and ActivEngage Inc. have partnered to launch Concierge Chat, a new feature built into CDK’s Next Gen websites.

September 6, 2017 - Industry News

Eric Cotter Joins SpinCar as Chief Product Officer

Cotter’s prior experience includes leadership roles and product launches with CompetitorPro, TrueCar and Cox Automotive.

September 6, 2017 - Industry News

Traffic Control Adds Acuant Auto-Fill

Traffic Control CRM announced the integration of its mobile app with Acuant Inc.’s data-capture and auto-fill technology, giving users the ability to scan and capture customer info anywhere in the dealership and with minimal disruption.

September 6, 2017 - Industry News

Houston-Area Auto Auctions Coming Back Online

Photo of Manheim Houston in 2013 via YouTube.

Houston auto auctions are slowing coming back online after assessing the impact of Hurricane Harvey.

Tags: ADESA, America's Auto Auction, Houston Auto Auction, Hurricane Harvey, Manheim

September 5, 2017 - Industry News

Category Winners Named for 2017 F&I Digital Media Awards

F&I and Showroom and F&I Express announced the five category winners for the inaugural F&I Digital Media Awards. The Grand Prize winner will be announced at Industry Summit next week.

September 5, 2017 - Industry News

Scott Painter’s Fair Launches in Los Angeles

Fair was founded last year by former TrueCar CEO Scott Painter and auto finance legend Georg Bauer. Today, the company launched its car-buying app, which allows a customer to get a pre-owned car with just a driver’s license and a bank account.

Tags: digital retailing, Fair, George Bauer, online F&I, Scott Painter, TrueCar

August 30, 2017 - Industry News

ShowroomXpress Adds KBB’s Instant Cash Offer

Pearl Technology’s ShowroomXpress car-buying platform now features Kelley Blue Book’s Instant Cash Offer for online and showroom customers.

August 29, 2017 - Industry News

DealerSocket Hires New President and CEO

DealerSocket CEO Jonathan Ord is stepping into a new role within the company he co-founded in 2001. Replacing him as president and CEO is Sejal Pietrzak

Tags: CRM, DealerSocket, desking, digital retailing, Jonathan Ord, online F&I

August 29, 2017 - Industry News

Palmer to Tackle Soft Pull Tech at Industry Summit

ProMax Unlimited’s John Palmer will present ‘Soft Pull Technology: Best Practices for Both Digital Marketing and Showroom Traffic’ as part of the Special Finance portion of the Industry Summit agenda.

Tags: auto finance, John Palmer, lead generation, ProMax Unlimited, Soft Pull

August 28, 2017 - Industry News

NADA Mobilizes Emergency Relief Fund for Dealership Employees Impacted by Hurricane Harvey

The NADA Foundation is calling on dealers and dealer association groups to donate online to its emergency relief fund. Dealership employees affected by the flooding can apply for financial assistance.

Tags: Hurricane Harvey, NADA Foundation