Experian Automotive Acquires Data Firm String Automotive

Experian Automotive Acquires Data Firm String Automotive

May 23, 2017 — We’re still waiting the official announcement, but sources have confirmed Experian Automotive will announce in the near future that it has acquired String Automotive, a 12 year-old data analytics firm based in Newton, MA. The acquisition cements a relationship that began in 2014 when Experian Automotive’s Auto Market DNA℠ demographic and behavioral information’s… Continue Reading

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Update – Round One to Authenticom in Antitrust Lawsuit

May 22, 2017 — The court today denied motions filed by CDK Global and Reynolds and Reynolds on Friday afternoon requesting dismissal of Authenticom’s request for a preliminary injunction hearing in the antitrust lawsuit it recently filed. Both defendants cited Authenticom’s nearly two-year delay in filing the lawsuit and request for the preliminary injunction. They also cited… Continue Reading

Toyota’s Vision of How Blockchain Will Change the Auto Industry

Toyota’s Vision of How Blockchain Will Change the Auto Industry

May 22, 2017 — Imagine a world where automotive vehicles are no longer depreciating assets, but are profit generating machines. That world may be here much sooner than we think. Automakers are beginning to explore blockchain, a new and disruptive technology that may prove to be critical to the creation of a mobile ecosystem where autonomous… Continue Reading

Dealership Buy-Sell Market Plummets — TBR’s 2017 1st Qtr Report

Dealership Buy-Sell Market Plummets — TBR’s 2017 1st Qtr Report

May 22, 2017 — The downward trend in dealership buy-sell activity which began in 2016 continued into the first quarter of this year with a 36% year-over-year decline, according to data compiled by The Banks Report. Also in the first quarter report, Audi continues to be aggressive in using the Right of First Refusal to…

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Authenticom Asks for Preliminary Injunction; Lands Big Time Expert Witness in Antitrust Suit Against Reynolds, CDK

Authenticom Asks for Preliminary Injunction; Lands Big Time Expert Witness in Antitrust Suit Against Reynolds, CDK

May 19, 2017 — Late yesterday afternoon, data services provider Authenticom filed a motion in its antitrust lawsuit against Reynolds and Reynolds and CDK Global, seeking a preliminary injunction. TBR wrote about the pending request last week. The lawsuit alleges the dealer management system providers conspired in 2015 to force Authenticom and other data integration competitors out of… Continue Reading

Berkshire Bill Dead in Texas?

Berkshire Bill Dead in Texas?

May 18, 2017 — According to an article in The Texas Tribune this week, legislation dubbed the “Buffett Bill” that would allow Berkshire Automotive to keep selling vehicles in Texas is dead. Fierce opposition from Tea Party activists and environmental groups (yes, politics still can make strange bedfellows) forced Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick to pull the legislation… Continue Reading

Auto Retail Vendor Acquisition Activity Slowly Rebounding

Auto Retail Vendor Acquisition Activity Slowly Rebounding

May 14, 2017 — Acquisition activity among auto retail vendors is slowly rebounding following a first quarter that brought only one deal. In recent weeks, Dominion Web Solutions, Drivin, Automatic and World Dealer were acquired while Carvana launched an initial public offering (IPO). Next up is Cars.com which will begin trading on the New York…

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Former AutoNation Exec Mike Maroone Buys Serra Stores in CO

Former AutoNation Exec Mike Maroone Buys Serra Stores in CO

(Update -Correction Below) May 15, 2017 — Mike Maroone, former AutoNation president, has acquired four dealerships from the Serra organization in Colorado Springs, CO. The acquisition follows a two-year non-compete stemming from Maroone’s retirement from AutoNation in April 2015. The stores include two Chevrolet dealerships and Honda and Volkswagen dealerships along with a collision shop. The… Continue Reading

Tesla’s Retail Model May Be Its Biggest Challenge

Tesla’s Retail Model May Be Its Biggest Challenge

May 9, 2017 — Tesla’s moment of truth is nearly here. This year’s introduction of its Model 3 may be the auto industry’s most critical vehicle launch since Ford’s Model T took over America’s roads more than a century ago. Whether the fledgling company becomes the ultimate disruptor and a truly viable automaker will be determined by the…

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