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December 15, 2016 - Industry News

AutoGravity Unveils Vehicle Financing App

Add AutoGravity to the growing list of firms looking to digitize the finance portion of the car-buying process. The fintech firm unveiled today a mobile app that will allow California car buyers to secure vehicle financing or a lease.

Tags: AutoGravity, Financing, Mobile Applications, technology

December 14, 2016 - Industry News

EFG Companies Names Winner of 2016 Innovator of the Year Award

EFG Companies and Northwood University have named Team Vigilance the winner of their 2016 Innovator of the Year competition. The three-person team was awarded $25,000, and could see their winning product developed by EFG for market availability.

Tags: Customer Retention, EFG Companies, Innovator of the Year Award, Northwood University, technology

December 13, 2016 - Industry News

Google Parent Company Launches Self-Driving Technology Company

John Krafcik, the former president of TrueCar and the current CEO of Google’s self-driving car division, announced in a blog post that Google’s parent company has launched Waymo, a self-driving technology company.

Tags: Autonomous Driving, Google, Self Driving, technology, Waymo

December 13, 2016 - Industry News

Trust in Salespeople Top Painpoint for Consumers, DealerSocket Reports

Cutting transaction times was the No. 1 focus for franchised dealers in 2016, but it wasn't the top painpoint for car buyers, according to DealerSocket's 2016 Dealership Action Report.

Tags: Car-Buying Experience, DealerSocket, J.D. Power, Report, Survey, technology

December 12, 2016 - Industry News

Helion: 5 Priorities for Dealership IT Departments in 2017

Helion Automotive Technologies issued its Top 5 priorities for dealership IT departments today. According to the company, allocating budgets to improve internet bandwidth, wireless signals, incoming call flow, security and regulatory compliance are a must for 2017.

Tags: Dealership, Helion Automotive Technologies, IT, technology

December 6, 2016 - Industry News

DealerStar DMS myCarfax Service Shop Program Integration

Dealerships using the DealerStar DMS can now join the Carfax program and take advantage of free resources like Carfax Service History and Carfax QuickVIN.

Tags: Carfax, DMS, technology

December 1, 2016 - Industry News

Autologic Diagnostics Enters Licensing Agreement With Volvo

Under the agreement, Autologic Diagnostics will have direct access to Volvo diagnostic data and technical information, enabling the provision of a comprehensive repair and maintenance on 2000 to current-year models through Autologic’s cloud-based diagnostic solution.

Tags: Autologic Diagnostics, Cloud Service, technology, Volvo

November 28, 2016 - Industry News

Pearl Technology Launches Proximity Marketing Platform for Dealers

The new solution, according to Pearl Technology, gives a dealer the ability to circumvent a retail transaction at a competitor’s lot by delivering real-time offers through the customer’s mobile device.

Tags: marketing, Mobile Marketing, Pearl Technology, Proximity Marketing, technology

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