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

Uber and Fair Enter Into Strategic Partnership

Uber and Fair Enter Into Strategic Partnership

January 30, 2018 — Fair announced this morning a strategic partnership with Uber along with the acquisition of the lease portfolio of the ride-hailing firm’s XChange Leasing program. As part of the agreement, Fair will become Uber’s exclusive U.S.leasing partner for drivers leasing vehicles for a month or longer. Financial terms of the acquisition were… Continue Reading

Review of Online Vehicle Transaction Models

Review of Online Vehicle Transaction Models

January 25, 2018 — The Banks Report research has found 21 companies that offer some type of online vehicle transaction solution. In the last four years, companies offering such solutions have exploded onto the scene attracting more than $1 billion in investment money — more than $200 million since July (Not including Fair’s $1 billion…

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Review of Flexible Vehicle Ownership Models

Review of Flexible Vehicle Ownership Models

January 24, 2018 — Over the last several months, numerous automakers and dealers have launched flexible ownership models creating a new means of interacting with customers beyond the typical loan or lease. The question is whether flexible ownership and vehicle subscriptions will move beyond being a novel and cool idea to becoming an accepted method of…

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Asbury Acquisition Highlights Growing Trend of Move into Midwest

Asbury Acquisition Highlights Growing Trend of Move into Midwest

January 9, 2018 — The Asbury Automotive Group acquired Terry Lee Honda in Avon, IN this week and renamed it Hare Honda. The acquisition follows Asbury’s purchase of Hare Chevrolet in Noblesville, IN in 2017. The two acquisitions indicate Asbury, the country’s seventh largest dealer group with more than $6.5 billion in annual revenue and… Continue Reading

LiDAR Technology and Automotive Retail

LiDAR Technology and Automotive Retail

January 8, 2018 — As 2017 came to a close, two seemingly innocuous announcements hint at the pending impact LiDAR technology may have on automotive retail in the near future. First was AutoNation’s agreement with Waymo to provide maintenance and repair services to its fleet of self driving vehcles. And second was  an under-the-radar press release…

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Antitrust Lawsuits Potentially Headed for Multi District Litigation

Antitrust Lawsuits Potentially Headed for Multi District Litigation

January 8, 2018 — Eight of the 10 antitrust-related lawsuits filed against Reynolds and Reynolds and/or CDK Global in 2017 may be headed to multi-district litigation (MDL) this year. The cases include five dealer class action lawsuits that were filed the final two months of 2017 and three of the five third-party vendor lawsuits that…

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Cox Automotive Files Lawsuit Against CDK Global

Cox Automotive Files Lawsuit Against CDK Global

December 11, 2017 — This afternoon, Cox Automotive and several of its subsidiaries filed a $200 million lawsuit against CDK Global alleging ongoing antitrust and unlawful competition. The suit is the latest in a series of legal actions taken against CDK and Reynolds and Reynolds since February this year by competitors and dealers complaining about… Continue Reading

Kia Expands AI Shopping Tool With New Chatbot

Kia Expands AI Shopping Tool With New Chatbot

November 21, 2017 —  Kia Motors introduced “Kian” this week, an extension of its chatbot NiroBot, which launched last year during the Super Bowl. Kian is an artificial intelligence-powered virtual assistant designed to help shoppers wade through the data stacks of information in the car buying process – from pricing, payments, special offers, vehicle images, competition,… Continue Reading