CDK’s Acquisition of AutoMate – Bold Move for Investors; for Dealers, Jury is Still Out

CDK’s Acquisition of AutoMate – Bold Move for Investors; for Dealers, Jury is Still Out

June 4, 2017 — CDK Global’s pending acquisition of competitor Auto/Mate is a brilliant deal that should make investors happy. With only 1,300 or so dealerships in play and a price tag that won’t dent the bottom line (although Auto/Mate will get a nice multiple) it isn’t that big of a deal on the surface.…

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Latest Moves Align AutoNation’s Executive Team With Its Strategic Initiatives

Latest Moves Align AutoNation’s Executive Team With Its Strategic Initiatives

June 1, 2017 — AutoNation named Lance Iserman as its new Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of Sales yesterday. Iserman’s appointment is the latest in a series of executive moves by Chairman and CEO Mike Jackson designed to better position AutoNation for the future as it moves forward with new strategic initiatives to extend… Continue Reading

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