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The Banks Report’s AUTOVATE 2017 Features Early Stage Startups Designed for the Next Generation of Automotive Retail

DETROIT, Nov. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — AUTOVATE 2017, created by The Banks Report and hosted by CarStory, will feature seven early stage startup companies during its debut event Dec. 7-8, in Austin, TX.  The Startup Showcase will allow attendees to learn more about these breakthrough technologies through presentations and panel discussions with industry experts.  “We created AUTOVATE to bring together the influencers and… Continue Reading

The Banks Report Introduces AUTOVATE 2017

The Banks Report Introduces AUTOVATE 2017

DETROIT, Nov. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Debuting Dec. 7-8 in Austin, TX, is AUTOVATE 2017, a unique event for dealer executives, investors, entrepreneurs and auto manufacturers. Created by The Banks Report and hosted by CarStory, AUTOVATE will focus on advanced technology solutions driving the automotive retail industry forward, including the innovators behind the solutions, decision-making dealer executives, and investors funding growth in the industry. “AUTOVATE is a… Continue Reading

Lutz Predicts End of Automotive in 20 Years, Do the Math, It Ain’t Happening

Lutz Predicts End of Automotive in 20 Years, Do the Math, It Ain’t Happening

November 6th, 2017 — “The era of the human-driven automobile, its repair facilities, its dealerships, the media surrounding it — all will be gone in 20 years.” So wrote automotive extraordinaire Bob Lutz yesterday for Automotive News as part of its Redesigning the Industry series. Lutz, who is in his mid-eighties, has a rich history… Continue Reading

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Sage Sells Four Dealerships in Southern CA

UPDATED — October, 21, 2017 — Last month, the Trophy Automotive Group completed the purchase of four dealerships that were part of the eight-store Sage Automotive Group in the Los Angeles, CA area. Trophy, which was started by Nasser Watar in 2014 with the acquisition of Mercedes Benz of Encino, acquired Glendale Nissan, Universal City… Continue Reading

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Hyundai Launches New Shopper Assurance Program

October 13, 2017 — Hyundai Motor America last week unveiled its Shopper Assurance program – what the company calls an industry-first nationwide program that streamlines and modernizes the car-buying experience. The key elements of Shopper Assurance are intended to align with auto consumers’ major pain points: transparent pricing; flexible test drives; streamlined purchases; and a three-day… Continue Reading

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Jonathan Ord Steps Down as CEO of DealerSocket

August 29, 2017 — Jonathan Ord, CEO of CRM vendor DealerSocket, is stepping down as CEO of the company he founded with Brad Perry in 2001. Replacing Ord is Sejal Pietrzak, who is leaving her position as Chief Administration Officer at Active Network. Under Ord’s leadership, DealerSocket grew into one of the top CRM companies… Continue Reading

Berkshire Bill Dead in Texas?

Berkshire Bill Dead in Texas?

May 18, 2017 — According to an article in The Texas Tribune this week, legislation dubbed the “Buffett Bill” that would allow Berkshire Automotive to keep selling vehicles in Texas is dead. Fierce opposition from Tea Party activists and environmental groups (yes, politics still can make strange bedfellows) forced Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick to pull the legislation… Continue Reading

Former AutoNation Exec Mike Maroone Buys Serra Stores in CO

Former AutoNation Exec Mike Maroone Buys Serra Stores in CO

(Update -Correction Below) May 15, 2017 — Mike Maroone, former AutoNation president, has acquired four dealerships from the Serra organization in Colorado Springs, CO. The acquisition follows a two-year non-compete stemming from Maroone’s retirement from AutoNation in April 2015. The stores include two Chevrolet dealerships and Honda and Volkswagen dealerships along with a collision shop. The… Continue Reading