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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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Analysis of Autobytel’s Acquisition of Dealix

Analysis of Autobytel’s Acquisition of Dealix

May 22, 2015 — Yesterday, Autobytel announced the acquisition of competitor Dealix for $25 million from CDK Global, confirming a prediction The Banks Report made in February. We have the inside story and a full analysis of the deal and what it means for the industry and Autobytel’s future. Meanwhile, numbers show the leads business may…

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New Country Makes Big Acquisition

May 17, 2015 — New Country Motor Cars Inc. recently added six top-line franchises to bring its total number of locations to 30. It’s only the seventh transaction since January 2013 that included six or more dealerships and is the second biggest acquisition of the year.  Michael Cantanucci’s New Country Automotive Group in Hartford, CT is turning into…

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Public Group Buy-Sell Activity Slow in 2015

May 8, 2015 — The public dealer groups are off to a slow start in 2015 on the acquisition front. Asbury Automotive Group announced its first purchase of the year last night, acquiring Capitol City Nissan in the Atlanta area. The transaction is only the ninth this year completed by the six public groups according to data…

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Reynolds and Reynolds Acquires Another Co.

April 27, 2015 — So far this year, there have been nine (updated from eight) acquisitions in the automotive retail vendor space, the latest deal being completed today by Reynolds and Reynolds. Today’s deal comes on the heels of last week’s announcement that Solera Holdings had acquired DME Automotive. Meanwhile, we know of at least another three deals…

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A New Cars.com is in the Cards

April 25, 2015 — This week, Gannett Co. announced the new name of the digital and broadcast company that will be created as part of the split with its newspaper business. The split should be completed sometime in the late second quarter or third quarter of this year. Meanwhile, the move likely will position Cars.com as a significant…

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TBR Daily Update — Ports Slowdown Affecting Automakers; Berkshire Hathaway Acquisition of Van Tuyl to Close this Week? Mass Action Lawsuit Against TrueCar?

February 16, 2015 — Ports Slowdown Affecting Automakers; Berkshire Hathaway Acquisition of Van Tuyl to Close this Week? Mass Action Lawsuit Against TrueCar? Ports Slowdown Affecting Automakers Several automakers are taking steps to offset a looming parts shortage caused by a contract dispute between dockworkers and shipping companies at 29 West Coast ports. Following nine months…

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Hyundai and Subaru in Lawsuits Against Dealers

February 13, 2015 — In a lawsuit you don’t see every day, Hyundai is suing a Chevrolet store for importing parts and selling them to its dealers in the U.S. Meanwhile, Subaru filed a lawsuit against one of its California dealers for falsifying customer service surveys. Wonder how long before that store is on the…

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TBR Daily Update — February 4

February 4, 2015 — Felix Sabates Closes Bentley Store; Number of Stores & Average Sales Up in 2014; Mike Sullivan, Barry Switzer Acquire Primeaux Kia in Tulsa Felix Sabates Closes Bentley Store Felix Sabates, has closed the Bentley dealership in Charlotte that he opened in November 2013. Sabates is a partner in several stores with Terry Taylor and…

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