Cliff Banks - The Banks Report

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

Cliff Banks - The Banks Report

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…

This content is for subscribers only.
Log In Subscribe
Cliff Banks - The Banks Report

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

Cliff Banks - The Banks Report

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

DOJ Approves Cox’s Purchase of Dealertrack

DOJ Approves Cox’s Purchase of Dealertrack

September 30, 2015 — The Department of Justice yesterday approved Cox Automotive’s acquisition of Dealertrack provided Dealertrack completes the sale of its Inventory+ solution. The DOJ is requiring the divestiture of Inventory+ because it believes allowing Cox to own both vAuto and Inventory+ would provide Cox with too much of that market , and hence, limit… Continue Reading

IHS – Strong Quarter; Denies Pursuing Solera

IHS – Strong Quarter; Denies Pursuing Solera

September 29, 2015 — The Solera saga takes an interesting turn today as IHS used its quarterly earnings call with analysts to deny media reports that is pursuing an acquisition of Solera. We speculated a couple of weeks ago that Solera would be a good fit for IHS. Both Reuters and Bloomberg reported last week that…

This content is for subscribers only.
Log In Subscribe
Cliff Banks - The Banks Report

TBR Weekly Top 10 — Sept. 25

September 25, 2015 — Herb Chambers for Sale?  CFPB Admits Problems; Will Carmakers Kill Uber? Salesman Confidential; Top Trends; WV Catches VW; UAW Vote Not a Slam Dunk; Honda Civic. The TBR Weekly Top 10 is our list of what we believe are the week’s must-read stories from various sources on the web. The stories that… Continue Reading

Cox, Dealertrack Acquisition to Close in October

Cox, Dealertrack Acquisition to Close in October

September 24, 2015 — Despite four extensions of Cox Automotive’s all cash tender offer for Dealertrack, the companies announced today that the deal is now expected to close in October. Executives originally projected the $4.2 billion acquisition would close by the end of the third quarter, but a sale of Dealertrack’s Inventory+ to Dealersocket last month… Continue Reading