Ferrari Races Into IPO

Ferrari Races Into IPO

October 9, 2015 — Sergio Marchionne, showing confidence in Ferrari, decides to move forward with a planned IPO of the luxury brand despite a volatile stock market that has forced numerous companies to recently postpone going public. Ferrari N.V. filed amended IPO papers this morning with the Securities Exchange Commission expecting to generate anywhere from $48… Continue Reading

Management Changes at FCA

Management Changes at FCA

October 7, 2015 — Management changes at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles happen so often, they normally amount to nothing more than press release fodder. But three changes that were announced this week might provide a hint as to which executives are moving up the ladder and possibly be in the running for the top job when Sergio… Continue Reading

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TBR Weekly Top 10 — October 2, 2015

October 2, 2015 — 500 Car Pileup; Dealerships and car hacking; 30 minute car deals; Karma returns – sort of; Diesel scandal hurting car sales? Why are we still buying from dealers? Automakers driving car sharing; X marks the spot; GM’s vision of the future. The TBR Weekly Top 10 is our list of what… Continue Reading

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Scary News for Dealers from the Cyber War Front

October 2, 2015 — As the automotive industry moves at breakneck speed into the connected car era, making cyber security a leading challenge, dealerships are often left out of the conversation. TBR wrote in December 2014 an analysis of how dealerships were going to become a key battlefront in defending against cyber attacks. One of… Continue Reading

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UAW Rejects FCA Deal — Now What?

October 1, 2015 — More bad news for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles as the United Auto Workers Union rejects the proposed new labor contract this week raising significant questions about future production costs for the automaker. Meanwhile, significant problems on the recall side lurk beneath the surface and indicate deeper systemic issues.  United Auto Worker leaders flew…

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UAW Says No to FCA

October 1, 2015 — United Auto Worker leaders flew into Detroit this morning to discuss options following the union’s rejection of the proposed new labor contract with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. The rejection heightens the possibility that the UAW will strike within the next few days. Leaders are still meeting in Warren, MI this evening. Basically, the… Continue Reading

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Cox Completes Dealertrack Acquisition

October 1, 2015 — After four extensions and other delays resulting from stipulations from the Department of Justice, Cox Automotive completed the $4 billion acquisition of Dealertrack this morning. Cox is paying $63.25 per share of Dealertrack common stock which ceases trading today on the NASDAQ Global Market. It is the biggest vendor acquisition in the… Continue Reading