GAC Motor in the US? History and Timing Not on Chinese Automaker’s Side

GAC Motor in the US? History and Timing Not on Chinese Automaker’s Side

February 5, 2018 — One of the splashier stories coming out of this year’s Detroit Auto Show is the prospect of the Guangzhou Automotive Co. Group (GAC) entering the U.S. market sometime in late 2019. And in a few weeks, representatives from GAC Motor will be in Las Vegas at the National Automobile Dealers Assn.…

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CDK, Reynolds Antitrust Lawsuits Transferred to Northern District Illinois as Part of MDL

CDK, Reynolds Antitrust Lawsuits Transferred to Northern District Illinois as Part of MDL

February 1, 2018 — A judicial panel in Miami ruled this morning that five of the antitrust cases in which Reynolds and Reynolds and CDK Global are defendants will be classified under the multi-district litigation and transferred to the Northern District Court in Illinois. The panel issued the ruling after listening to oral arguments from… Continue Reading

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Cars.com Unwinds Affiliate Contract With Tronc

January 30, 2018 — Cars.com continues to unwind its affiliate contracts with previous owners which include six major newspaper publishing firms, a relic from the company’s founding 20 years ago. The latest move, announced this morning, converting eight of newspaper publisher tronc’s affiliate markets into Cars.com’s direct sales channel effective February 1. As part of… Continue Reading

Uber and Fair Enter Into Strategic Partnership

Uber and Fair Enter Into Strategic Partnership

January 30, 2018 — Fair announced this morning a strategic partnership with Uber along with the acquisition of the lease portfolio of the ride-hailing firm’s XChange Leasing program. As part of the agreement, Fair will become Uber’s exclusive U.S.leasing partner for drivers leasing vehicles for a month or longer. Financial terms of the acquisition were… Continue Reading

Review of Online Vehicle Transaction Models

Review of Online Vehicle Transaction Models

January 25, 2018 — The Banks Report research has found 21 companies that offer some type of online vehicle transaction solution. In the last four years, companies offering such solutions have exploded onto the scene attracting more than $1 billion in investment money — more than $200 million since July (Not including Fair’s $1 billion…

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Review of Flexible Vehicle Ownership Models

Review of Flexible Vehicle Ownership Models

January 24, 2018 — Over the last several months, numerous automakers and dealers have launched flexible ownership models creating a new means of interacting with customers beyond the typical loan or lease. The question is whether flexible ownership and vehicle subscriptions will move beyond being a novel and cool idea to becoming an accepted method of…

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Potential Buyers Identified as CDK Sales Process Enters Second Round

Potential Buyers Identified as CDK Sales Process Enters Second Round

January 15, 2018 — For the second time in the last week, CDK Global shares have spiked to record highs due to rumors of a potential sale. Fueling the most recent spike was chatter last week (later confirmed to TBR by sources familiar with the process) that at least three groups are submitting second round…

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AutoNation’s Mike Jackson Named Chairman of Atlanta Federal Reserve Board

AutoNation’s Mike Jackson Named Chairman of Atlanta Federal Reserve Board

January 10, 2018 — AutoNation Chairman and CEO Mike Jackson has been appointed to serve as chairman of Atlanta’s Federal Reserve board for a one-year term that started January 1. Jackson, who previously was deputy chairman, will head Atlanta’s nine-member board that is responsible for the district encompassing Florida, Alabama, Georgia and areas of Mississippi, Tennessee… Continue Reading

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Spireon Shows Vehicle Subscription Concept

January 10, 2018 — Spireon Inc. is demonstrating a vehicle subscription concept it is dubbing Drive On Demand at the International Consumers Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week. Calling it a Mobility as a Service (MaaS) technology, the company says the new solution will allow new car dealers to select specific vehicles in their… Continue Reading

Asbury Acquisition Highlights Growing Trend of Move into Midwest

Asbury Acquisition Highlights Growing Trend of Move into Midwest

January 9, 2018 — The Asbury Automotive Group acquired Terry Lee Honda in Avon, IN this week and renamed it Hare Honda. The acquisition follows Asbury’s purchase of Hare Chevrolet in Noblesville, IN in 2017. The two acquisitions indicate Asbury, the country’s seventh largest dealer group with more than $6.5 billion in annual revenue and… Continue Reading