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Dealertrack to Sell Inventory Solution to Dealersocket

August 20, 2015 — Dealertrack informed its employees this morning (and announced in a press release) that it is selling its suite of Inventory+ solutions (formerly AAX) to Dealersocket for $55 million in cash. The announcement likely means Cox Automotive’s pending $4 billion acquisition of Dealertrack is nearing commpletion. In-depth analysis of vendor activity in… Continue Reading

AutoNation Acquires 16 Stores

AutoNation Acquires 16 Stores

August 18, 2015 — AutoNation announced this morning its biggest acquisition by revenue since 2001. The nation’s largest dealer group is acquiring 16 dealerships — 13 from Carl Gregory Enterprises and three stores owned by the Valley Motors Auto Group. Combined, the stores generated more than $600 million in revenue in 2014 on nearly 20,000 new and used…

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Spireon’s Inilex Play Positions It for Future Acquisition

Spireon’s Inilex Play Positions It for Future Acquisition

August 3, 2015 — Two weeks ago, Spireon, backed by private equity firm Bertram Capital, announced the acquisition of privately-held Inilex, a leading GPS recovery solutions provider for an undisclosed sum. The Spireon name probably isn’t familiar to many in the automotive retail space, but it will be soon as the deal could be an intriguing play with significant…

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Investor Sues to Stop Dealertrack Acquisition

Investor Sues to Stop Dealertrack Acquisition

July 7, 2015 — An investor in Dealertrack filed a lawsuit yesterday afternoon seeking to stop Cox Enterprise’s $4 billion acquisition of the Long Island, NY-based technology firm contending the deal prohibits investors from participating in Dealertrack’s projected growth while providing executives with golden parachutes. The suit claims the agreement is the “culmination of a…

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Cars.com’s New Owner Goes Public

June 29, 2015 — Over the next several months, we believe the automotive industry will see a more aggressive Cars.com at play in the acquisitions market as its parent company, the newly minted Tegna begins trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol TGNA this morning. Gannett Co., the giant newspaper publishing and…

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FCA Australia Scandal Reaches U.S.

  June 6, 2015 — An erupting scandal involving former Fiat Chrysler  and Mercedes Benz executives in Australia snags website provider MotorTrak and potentially threatens its business globally while raising questions about its deal to provide websites to Mercedes Benz retailers in the U.S.  For the last week, media outlets in Australia and New Zealand have been… Continue Reading

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J.D. Power to Acquire NADA Used Car Guides

May 28, 2015 — The acquisitions in the automotive retail space keep coming. The latest is J.D. Power and Associates’ acquisition of NADA Used Car Guides, announced minutes ago. It’s a move that will shake up the used vehicle pricing guides space, which includes Hearst Corporation’s Black Book and Kelley Blue Book, which is owned by…

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