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November 28, 2016 - Industry News

Mechanical Breakdown Protection Inc., PEN Announce Integration Pact

F&I product provider Mechanical Breakdown Protection Inc. (MBPI) is now plugged into the Provider Exchange Network as part of an integration pact the two companies announced this week.

Tags: DMS, Mechanical Breakdown Protection, Partnership, Provider Exchange Network, technology

November 14, 2016 - Industry News

izmocars to Showcase Virtual Reality Platform at Automobility LA

izmocars will showcase its newest virtual reality offering in the Tech Pavilion at this week's AutoMobility LA. Dealers will be able to use izmoVR in the showroom and service wait room. They can also make it available as a download from their dealership's website.

Tags: AutoMobility LA, izmocars, technology, Virtual Reality, Virtual Showroom

November 10, 2016 - Industry News

Affinitiv Rolls Out New Version of Service Scheduling Solution

Affinitiv announced the rollout of its upgraded V6.0 service scheduling solution this week. According to the company, the new version features increased flexibility and customization to help dealers drive even more revenue to their service departments.

Tags: Affinitiv, Dealership Systems, technology

November 2, 2016 - Industry News

Fletcher Jones Targets Millennials With New Car-Buying App

The mobile app allows customers of the group's Mercedes-Benz stores to select their vehicle, the dealership from which to buy, apply for financing or a lease, and then take their approval to the dealership to pick up their vehicle.

Tags: AutoGravity, Fletcher Jones, Mercedes-Benz, Mobile Applications, technology

November 2, 2016 - Industry News

ADESA Opens New Location In Chicago

ADESA has officially opened its new ADESA Chicago auto auction, a location that cost the company $40 million to develop, according to a company announcement.

Tags: ADESA, Chicago, Kar Auction Services, technology

October 25, 2016 - Industry News

Gubagoo Adds Facebook Integration

Gubagoo has announced that its dealer solutions are now fully integrated with Facebook Messenger, allowing Facebook users to chat with dealerships just like they would with friends.

Tags: Dealerships, Facebook, Gubagoo, Mobile Applications, technology

October 5, 2016 - Industry News

Mercedes-Benz Captive Now Available on AutoGravity's Auto Financing App

AutoGravity, a new car-shopping app that allows car shoppers to arrange their financing, has added Mercedes-Benz Financial Services. The partnership gives AutoGravity users access to the captive's loan and lease offers.

Tags: AutoGravity, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, Mobile Applications, technology

September 29, 2016 - Industry News

Alpha Warranty Services Releases Claims Tracker

Alpha Claims Tracker allows vehicle owners, dealers, and even agents to track claims in real time on a mobile device. The F&I product provider said the new offering is designed to improve the customer experience.

Tags: Alpha Warranty Services, Mobile Applications, software, technology

September 7, 2016 - Industry News

DealersLink Expands Into Illinois as Part of Nationwide Rollout Plan

DealersLink announced this week it has expanded into Illinois. According to the company, it is aggressively signing on new dealerships in Illinois and plans further expansion into other Midwest markets.

Tags: DealersLink, technology, Wholesale

May 26, 2016 - Industry News

TradeRev Wins Gold Award in 11th Annual IT World Awards

TradeRev CEO and President Mark Endras announced today that his company’s product, a vehicle appraisal and auctioning system for automotive dealers, was named the Gold winner in Network Products Guide’s 2016 IT World Awards in the Hot Technologies category.

Tags: Auctioning System, Mobile Applications, technology, TradeRev, Vehicle Appraisal

May 24, 2016 - Industry News

AutoTech Protect Releases Technology-Focused Service Contract

The new F&I product will be available in 47 states. It offers a cheaper service-contract alternative for customers who want to protect their in-car technology but object to traditional coverage due to price constraints.

Tags: AutoTech Protect, Service Contracts, technology

March 31, 2016 - Industry News

National Credit Center Announces New CRM Product

National Credit Center has announced its newest product, Avendas CRM. The company claims it can train dealership staff on the product in as little as a few days.

Tags: CRM, National Credit Center, technology

March 31, 2016 - Industry News

RouteOne Launches Desking Tool

RouteOne has entered the desking tool category with RouteOne Desking. The launch of the product, the company states, comes from requests from many of their customers.

Tags: Credit Applications, desking, Monthly Payments, RouteOne, technology

March 15, 2016 - Industry News

AMS Launches LeadsBeacon Mobile Wallet Loyalty Geofencing Program for Car Dealers

The system is designed to use Apple Wallet, a native app to all iPhones, or Android Wallet, installed in most U.S. smartphones, to send above-the-lock-screen alerts that cannot be ignored by customers.

Tags: Geofencing, Mobile Applications, technology

March 15, 2016 - Industry News

Ford Forms Mobile Tech-Focused Subsidiary

With the formation of Ford Smart Mobility, the automaker has its sights on becoming one of the leaders in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, the customer experience, and data analytics.

Tags: Ford, Subsidiary, technology

March 8, 2016 - Industry News

Pearl Technology to Unveil Dealer "Genius Stations" at NADA 2016

The new touchscreen kiosks are designed to allow Internet shoppers to seamlessly transition into a dealer's showroom process. It works on a platform that prequalifies car buyers for vehicle financing without the need for a Social Security number.

Tags: Online Shopping, Pearl Technology, ShowroomXpress, technology

January 7, 2016 - Industry News

Renault-Nissan Issues Four-Year Autonomous Vehicle Schedule

Renault-Nissan Alliance announced this week it will launch more than 10 vehicles with autonomous drive technology in the United States, Europe, Japan and China within the next four years.

Tags: Autonomous Driving, New Vehicles, Nissan, technology

August 25, 2015 - Industry News

Car Owners Rejecting Entertainment, Connectivity Features, Report Finds

J.D. Power found that even Gen Y vehicle owners aren't finding the latest in-car entertainment and connectivity features useful. What consumers want are features that enhance the driving experience and safety.

Tags: Connected Vehicle, features, J.D. Power, technology

July 30, 2015 - Industry News

J.D. Power: Tech-Focused Car Buyers Consume Media at High Rates

Consumers who shop for and purchase a vehicle based on its in-vehicle technology consume media such as Internet, television and magazines at high rates, according to the summer edition of J.D. Power's 2015 U.S. Automotive Media and Marketing Report.

Tags: Infotainment Systems, J.D. Power and Associates, social media, technology

March 3, 2015 - Industry News

J.D. Power: In-Car Tech Impacting Dependability, Brand Loyalty

Bluetooth connectivity and voice recognition issues are the most frequently reported problems after three years of ownership, according to J.D. Power's 2015 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study.

Tags: J.D. Power and Associates, Study, technology, Vehicle Dependability, vehicle quality

August 28, 2014 - Industry News

Voice Recognition Tops J.D. Power’s List of New-Vehicle Problems

Problems with built-in voice recognition average 8.3 problems experienced per 100 vehicles, with the technology’s inability to recognize or interpret verbal commands being the biggest complaint among car owners.

Tags: Infotainment Systems, J.D. Power and Associates, smartphone, technology

July 30, 2014 - Industry News

Dealertrack Partners With Element Payment Services

Using Element Payment Services, Dealertrack Technologies will seamlessly integrate electronic payment processing into Dealertrack DMS 2.0.

Tags: down payment, PERSONAL IDENTIFICATION INFORMATION, technology

May 1, 2014 - Industry News

Vehicle Owners Willing to Pay for Smartphone Functionality, Not Connectivity

The 2014 U.S. Automotive Emerging Technologies Study conducted by J.D. Power found that technology features consumers want most are those that allow them to access the entertainment, information and connections they currently get from their smartphone.

Tags: Fuel Economy, J.D. Power and Associates, smartphones, technology

January 28, 2014 - Industry News

Ford Signs Licensing Agreement for ADP ServiceEdge Solution

Ford Motor Co. and ADP have signed an enterprise license agreement for ADP ServiceEdge solution, a next-generation service technology designed to enhance the consumer experience.

Tags: ADP Dealer Services, DMS integration, Ford Motor Co., Lincoln, technology

January 21, 2014 - Industry News

Deloitte: Gen Y Prefers Hybrid Vehicles

A new study from Deloitte shows that a majority Gen Y consumers prefer an electrified vehicle over any other type of car or truck. Moreover, Gen Y consumers heavily favor hybrid gasoline-electric vehicles.

Tags: Deloitte, Electric Vehicles, Gen Y, Hybrid Vehicle, Millenials, Study, technology