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Asbury Acquires Oldest Family-Owned Transportation Co. in the U.S.

Asbury Acquires Oldest Family-Owned Transportation Co. in the U.S.

January 16, 2017 — The Asbury Automotive Group is buying Hare Chevrolet and its affiliated companies — a collision center, an Isuzu dealership and a truck center. Hare Chevrolet, which sits a few miles north of Indianapolis in the town of Noblesville on State Road 37, is unique because it is the oldest family-owned transportation… Continue Reading

CES 2017 Automotive Wrap Up

CES 2017 Automotive Wrap Up

The autonomous and connected vehicle news coming out of the CES show this week in Las Vegas was fast and furious. The show’s automotive exhibit has become perhaps, the most important auto show in the country. In fact, CES’ growing popularity has forced both Los Angeles and Detroit to incorporate a mobility-related focus into their…

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TBR 2016 Annual Auto Retail Vendor M&A Report

TBR 2016 Annual Auto Retail Vendor M&A Report

January 2, 2017 — M&A activity among automotive retail vendors for the year ended quietly with only four deals completed in the fourth quarter. Nevertheless, the 31 acquisitions and investments in 2016 surpassed the 30 in 2015. The four deals in the fourth quarter include (more information about the following deals are included in the…

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Tonkin Dealer Group to be Sold

Tonkin Dealer Group to be Sold

UPDATED: December 13, 2016 — The Banks Report has learned that the Ron Tonkin Family of Dealerships is selling to the Gee Automotive Companies in Spokane, WA, confirming rumors the last several months that a sale was in process. An announcement is expected sometime in the next few days. Meanwhile, the deal is expected to close sometime… Continue Reading

Vendor M&A Activity Quiet — Except for JMI Equity

Vendor M&A Activity Quiet — Except for JMI Equity

Except for a couple of investments from JMI Equity, M&A activity in the automotive retail vendor space has been silent in the fourth quarter. With three weeks left to go in the year, there have been 27 investments or acquisitions among vendors to date. (For more analysis on investment and acquisitions in the automotive retail…

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Connected Car Over-the-Air Updates Not a Sure Thing

Connected Car Over-the-Air Updates Not a Sure Thing

Is a potential battle looming between automakers and tech firms with the government over security issues with over-the-air updates made possible by connected car technology? Billions of dollars are at stake for automakers, technology firms and even dealers, but comments from various government officials over the last several months indicate OTAs may be be strictly…

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TBR 2016 3rd Quarter Report on Dealership Buy-Sell Activity

TBR 2016 3rd Quarter Report on Dealership Buy-Sell Activity

Dealership buy-sell activity rebounded in September and October following a slow second quarter and should remain brisk for the foreseeable future. With 17 fewer transactions through the end of the third quarter, the 2016 pace is slightly off what was a record year in 2015, according to data compiled for TBR’s 2016 Third Quarter Dealership Buy-Sell Report. (Subscribers…

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