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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

Painter’s New Initiative

Painter’s New Initiative

November 15, 2016 — UPDATED: Word is getting out that Scott Painter is soon to be back in the auto industry. His newest initiative is being called, “Fair.” The project has come up in a few conversations that we’ve had the last several months — mainly just cocktail reception gossip. Then, a couple of weeks ago over… Continue Reading