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April 3, 2018 - Industry News

Proactive Updates BDC Video Training Library

Proactive Dealer Solutions announced a series of new additions to its library of interactive videos for business development center training.

April 2, 2018 - Industry News

Hendrick to Install Reynolds docuPAD in All 96 Locations

When installations are completed in mid-July, Hendrick Automotive Group will be the largest single user of Reynolds’ docuPAD system in the United States.

Tags: compliance, docuPAD, econtracting, F&I menu, F&I products, F&I technology, Hendrick Automotive Group

April 2, 2018 - Industry News

Darwin to Power ELEAD1ONE’s DealBuilder

A new partnership between Darwin and ELEAD1ONE promises to help protect F&I production in an increasingly digitized car-buying process.

April 2, 2018 - Industry News

Lincoln Adds Pre-Owned Vehicles to Subscription Program

Photo courtesy of Lincoln.

The automaker is adding a slate of pre-owned 2017 Lincoln models to its subscription program in West Los Angeles. The program was originally launched there and in San Francisco in 2015.

Tags: auto finance, Canvas, Lincoln, Subscription Service

March 29, 2018 - Industry News

Black Book: Car Segment Values Strongest in Two Years

Last week, car segment values were up 0.26% compared to the 0.01% depreciation the segment experienced the week prior. This added up to the strongest week for car segment values in two years.

Tags: Black Book, used-vehicle values, vehicle depreciation

March 29, 2018 - Industry News

Vero Partners with Allied Solutions on New VSC Program for Independents

The Dealership Advantage Program is a vehicle merchandising and protection package designed to help dealers present fresher, more appealing inventory and deliver a better customer experience.

Tags: Allied Solutions, certified pre-owned vehicles, Fidelis PPM, paint protection, vehicle service contracts, Vero

March 29, 2018 - Industry News

Cox: Off-Lease Tidal Wave Poses Greatest Risk to New-Vehicle Sales

It’s not just the wave of off-lease vehicles expected to return to the market this year and next, it’s the type of vehicles returning that could stunt new sales. Rising interest rates, however, could turn the tide for the new-vehicle market.

Tags: Cox Automotive, new-vehicle sales, used-vehicle sales

March 28, 2018 - Industry News

Lexus to Offer ‘Subscription-Type Plan’ With New Compact SUV

Photo of 2019 Lexus UX 200 courtesy of Toyota.

The all-new UX crossover SUV will be Lexus' first vehicle to be offered through a subscription plan when it arrives in dealership showrooms this December.

Tags: auto finance, Cadillac, Hyundai, Lexus, Lincoln, Subscription Service, UX 200, Volvo

March 27, 2018 - Industry News

Survey: Dealers Open to Change

A survey of 400 U.S. auto dealers by MAXDigital indicates the majority are preparing to change their sales process to boost profits, combat turnover, and improve CSI.

March 27, 2018 - Industry News

Hearst Autos Releases Two New 'Car and Driver' Shopping Tools

The automotive publisher now offers a trade-in appraisal widget and an Equifax-powered credit score tool dealers can embed into their vehicle details page on a 'Car and Driver' vehicle listing.

Tags: Car and Driver, digital marketing, digital retailing, Hearst Autos

March 26, 2018 - Industry News

USEA Adds Esignature Feature

US Equity Advantage has added a suite electronic enrollment features to its biweekly F&I service.

March 26, 2018 - Industry News

Darwin to Power F&I for CDK Connected Store

CDK Global’s Connected Store 2.0 now offers F&I products through a new partnership with Darwin Automotive.

March 26, 2018 - Industry News

Chicago Dealer Mike McGrath Earns Lifetime Achievement Award

The American International Automobile Dealers Association presented Chicago auto dealer Mike McGrath with its 2018 David F. Mungenast Sr. Lifetime Achievement Award.

March 26, 2018 - Industry News

New AIADA Chair: ‘Trade Wars Have Real Consequences’

Utah dealer Brad Strong began his 2018 AIADA chairmanship with a bang, calling out Washington’s ‘tax and tariff schemes’ in a Las Vegas address.

March 26, 2018 - Industry News

NADA Chairman Outlines Goals, Focus Areas for 2018

Michigan dealer Wes Lutz outlined his chief concerns as the new chairman of the National Automotive Dealers Association.

March 26, 2018 - Industry News

automotiveMastermind Debuts Conquest Marketing Tech at NADA

automotiveMastermind has launched conquestMastermind, a new marketing solution designed to leverage ‘market-best’ predictive indicators.

March 26, 2018 - Industry News

NADA’s Scarpelli: Vehicle Affordability Drives Advocacy Efforts

Outgoing NADA chair and Illinois dealer Mark Scarpelli delivered a moving address at the association’s 2018 convention.

March 26, 2018 - Industry News

Nobilis Group Names Oltman Senior VP

Industry veteran Greg Oltman has been named senior vice president of sales for Nobilis Group, home of the Dent Zone, AutoBodyGuard and PDR LINX brands.

March 23, 2018 - Industry News

NADA Economist: U.S. Light-Vehicle Sales Down 20,000 Units Through February

Patrick Manzi met with the automotive press to discuss the trends affecting auto dealers and industry suppliers in attendance at NADA Show 2018.

March 23, 2018 - Industry News

Outsell Reveals Upgraded Marketing Automation Platform at NADA

Outsell 5.0 promises to take individualized content to the next level, providing unprecedented insight into who’s ready to buy and what they want.

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 23, 2018 - Industry News

Malone Joins AAGI as Southeast VP

Twenty-five-year industry veteran Rick Malone has joined AAGI as Southeast regional vice president.

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