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Chanos on Musk – “No Extradition Treaty with Mars”

April 26, 2018 — Harsh comments from Jim Chanos, founder and managing partner of Kynikos Associates, this morning on CNBC’s Squawk Box about Elon Musk and Tesla. His firm, well-known for its short-selling investment strategy, has been short on Tesla for four years. Chanos brings some street cred to the conversation. He was one of the first… Continue Reading

Carvana Adds 3D Augmented Reality with Acquisition of Car360

Carvana Adds 3D Augmented Reality with Acquisition of Car360

April 17, 2018 — Online used vehicle retailer Carvana announced this morning it has acquired Car360, an Atlanta-based start up that developed a mobile app with one the first commercially available uses of 3D computer vision, machine learning and augmented reality technology for the automotive industry. The acquisition adds 3D and augmented reality technology to the… Continue Reading

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FusionZONE Acquires Seattle-based MotorWebs

April 4, 2018 — Acquisition activity in the dealer website world suddenly has become hot with the third deal since last November. This afternoon, fusionZONE Automotive LLC announced it is acquiring competitor MotorWebs Inc. The acquisition is the 18th automotive retail vendor deal this year and follows Primus Capital’s majority investment into fusionZONE last November.… Continue Reading

TBR 2018 1st Quarter Auto Retail Vendor M&A Report

TBR 2018 1st Quarter Auto Retail Vendor M&A Report

April 4, 2018 — A flurry of announcements during the week of the annual National Automobile Dealers Assn.’s convention in late March capped what has been a busy first quarter for M&A activity for automotive retail vendors this year. The 17 investments and acquisitions through March puts the industry on a pace to nearly double…

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Auto Industry Enters Era of Uncertainty

March 30, 2018 — On the wall outside the executive conference room at Cars.com’s headquarters, is a mural. It’s a picture of a two-lane road in the forest that bends abruptly to the left. The turn —  which is a bit misty — is so sharp, we can’t see what’s beyond the bend. CEO and… Continue Reading

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Why the Dealer Franchise Model Will Not Go Extinct

(Republished from LinkedIn) March 21, 2018 — There’s a narrative being pushed at conferences, in headlines, on social media, in studies or customer surveys and in investor meetings that the dealership model is not long for this earth. And this mindset is starting to take hold within the industry itself — consultants, vendors and even… Continue Reading

TBR 2017 Report on Dealership Buy Sell Activity

TBR 2017 Report on Dealership Buy Sell Activity

March 6, 2018 — Despite industry perception that dealership consolidation is on the rise, buy-sell activity of U.S.-based stores declined in 2017 for the second consecutive year, based on data compiled by The Banks Report. Even with the downward trend the last two years, the buy-sell market has been vibrant since 2013 as the industry…

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