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Vendor M&A at Record Levels

Vendor M&A at Record Levels

November 13, 2018 —  A flurry of 26 deals since the beginning of September has pushed the year’s total to 64, a record for investments and acquisitions in the automotive retail vendor space. The blistering pace continued into the first week of November with data analytics firm Marchex’s purchase of Telmetrics and Infomedia’s acquisition of…

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Former Intel CEO Assumes Top Spot at CDK Global

November 7, 2018 — CDK Global announced this morning it has named Brian Kraznich as president and chief executive officer, replacing Brian MacDonald. Kraznich, 58, spent 36 years at Intel, including serving as its CEO from May 2013 to June 2018. He also was named to CDK’s board of directors. Kraznich generally received high marks for… Continue Reading

Reynolds Reaches Agreement to Settle Dealer Class Action Lawsuit

Reynolds Reaches Agreement to Settle Dealer Class Action Lawsuit

October 2, 2018 — The Reynolds and Reynolds Company and several dealers part of a class action lawsuit filed against the technology vendor agreed in principle last week to settle, according to a court document filed late Friday. There is no word on what the terms of the pending settlement are. A similar agreement with…

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Amazon’s Automotive Play May Not Be What You Think

Amazon’s Automotive Play May Not Be What You Think

September 20, 2018 — Two years ago, Amazon launched its Amazon Vehicles page setting off a flurry of industry predictions the tech giant was preparing to upend and take over the automotive retail space. Not so fast. Amazon is preparing a huge push into automotive, but it’s not going to be in the sales and…

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Cox Automotive Acquires Clutch Technologies; Creates Mobility Solutions Division

Cox Automotive Acquires Clutch Technologies; Creates Mobility Solutions Division

August 13, 2018 — Cox Automotive is announcing early Monday morning it has acquired vehicle subscription start up Clutch Technologies as part of the creation of its new Mobility Solutions Division. The moves are part of a restructuring that includes an ongoing intensive review of where its 34 brands and investments fit in its overall…

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CDK Global to Integrate Lyft Concierge into Fortellis Platform

CDK Global to Integrate Lyft Concierge into Fortellis Platform

August 12, 2018 — Sources have confirmed CDK Global will announce Monday morning it is partnering with ride hailing company Lyft to provide a transportation solution for dealership service departments to integrate into their loaner fleet programs. Lyft Business’ Concierge dispatch solution — already being used by approximately 300 dealerships — will be integrated into… Continue Reading