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Direct-to-Consumer Model “A Disaster Waiting to Happen” for Automakers

April 17, 2022 — A direct-to-consumer sales model appears to be a non-starter for Toyota as sales chief Bob Carter calls it “a disaster waiting to happen.” Carter provided his perspective on a wide range of topics during an on-stage interview with Jason Stein, president of Motormindz, at the NADA/J.D. Power Automotive Forum in New…

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Cars.com to Acquire Vehicle Valuation & Appraisal Company

February 8, 2022 — Cars.com announced this morning it is acquiring the assets of Accu-Trade, Galves Market Data, and MADE Logistics from founder Robert Hollenshead. Terms of the transaction, which should close within the next month, include an initial cash payment of $65 million with another expected $63 million earnout payment based on certain financial… Continue Reading

Magnesium & Silicon Shortages Threaten Vehicle Production

Magnesium & Silicon Shortages Threaten Vehicle Production

October 27, 2021 — As the auto industry continues to manage an ongoing chip shortage, a looming magnesium and silicon shortage is threatening to erode vehicle production even further. Magnesium and silicon are key ingredients in the production of aluminum alloy, which is used in numerous vehicle parts. Silicon also is a main component in…

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Automotive Retail Tech & Investor Conference Returns to Austin in December 2021

Follow the money — or more specifically, the investment capital. I became convinced during my 10 years as a reporter and editor at WardsAuto that the investment community fuels much of the vendor growth and strategy in automotive retail. But it is an under-reported and underserved — and often, misunderstood — component of the industry.… Continue Reading

Rodo Lands Big Investors as Investment in Auto Digital Retailing Remains Hot

Rodo Lands Big Investors as Investment in Auto Digital Retailing Remains Hot

(Photo Source: Shutterstock, Photographer: Jaguar PS) July 28, 2021 — Hollywood actor and noted comedian Kevin Hart sees the upside in automotive digital retailing and has decided to ride along with a group of investors putting $18 million into Rodo, a mobile app that lets customers lease, purchase, or sell a vehicle online. Hart’s investment… Continue Reading

Layoffs at DealerSocket, Omnitracs Further Evidence Vista Equity is Preparing an IPO for Solera

Layoffs at DealerSocket, Omnitracs Further Evidence Vista Equity is Preparing an IPO for Solera

July 21, 2021 — Following a scuttled SPAC attempt earlier this year for portfolio company Solera Holdings, Vista Equity Partners now is planning for an initial public offering later this year or early next year. The original strategy called for partnering with special purpose acquisition company Apollo Growth Strategic Capital, which had raised $817 million…

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