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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

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

Zurich to Showcase F&I Online Consumer Education Program at NADA

Zurich continues to enhance its digital presence with the introduction of a co-branded F&I landing page dealers can add to their websites. The new offering, which will be on display at NADA 2018, is designed to educate internet shoppers about F&I protection products.

Tags: digital retailing, F&I products, online F&I, virtual F&I office, Virtual Showroom, Zurich

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.