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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… Continue Reading

Hot Start for Auto Retail Vendor M&A Activity in the First Quarter

Hot Start for Auto Retail Vendor M&A Activity in the First Quarter

February 26, 2018 — We’re still not through February but there have been 14 investments, acquisitions and mergers already this year with vendors in the automotive retail space, up from two in the first quarter of last year. Seven of the deals have been in the online transaction space where investments have continued a frenzied…

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Cars.com Acquires Dealer Inspire

Cars.com Acquires Dealer Inspire

February 14, 2018 — Cars.com announced this morning it is acquiring the Chicago-based automotive retail technology firm Dealer Inspire and its digital advertising agency Launch Digital Marketing (LDM). The acquisition, which is expected to close this month, is the first for Cars.com since it became a stand-alone company after completing its public spinoff from media…

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TBR 2017 Automotive Retail Vendor M&A Year End Report

TBR 2017 Automotive Retail Vendor M&A Year End Report

Februrary 9, 2018 —  Welcome to our fourth annual TBR Automotive Retail Vendor M&A Report. Our M&A reports on vendor acquisition and investment activity are published quarterly along with an annual year-end report. The reports provide insight and analysis of each acquisition, investment and IPO from the previous year including an outlook for the upcoming…

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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