CES 2017 Automotive Wrap Up

CES 2017 Automotive Wrap Up

The autonomous and connected vehicle news coming out of the CES show this week in Las Vegas was fast and furious. The show’s automotive exhibit has become perhaps, the most important auto show in the country. In fact, CES’ growing popularity has forced both Los Angeles and Detroit to incorporate a mobility-related focus into their…

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Solera Acquires British-based Autodata

Solera Acquires British-based Autodata

January 6, 2017 — Solera Holdings announced yesterday it has acquired the British-based Autodata from Bowmark Capital and Five Arrows Principal Investments for  £340 million ($418 million). Autodata, which was founded in 1975, publishes technical service and repair information to the automotive aftermarket. It licenses data from 136 manufacturers covering 32,000 different models globally. Its owners, Bowmark… Continue Reading

Ford Goes All Out with EV & Autonomous Strategy

Ford Goes All Out with EV & Autonomous Strategy

January 3, 2017 — Days prior to the opening of Detroit’s North American International Auto Show, Ford Motor Co.’s President and CEO Mark Fields dropped several bombshells outlining the automaker’s strategy the next three years. Addressing the media and UAW members at Ford’s Flat Rock, MI assembly plant, Fields announced the company is cancelling plans it… Continue Reading

Penske Acquires CarSense; Stock Price Riding High

Penske Acquires CarSense; Stock Price Riding High

December 1, 2016 — The Penske Automotive Group (PAG) announced today it has acquired specialty automotive retailer CarSense from owner and founder Francis I. McGowen. CarSense has five locations in the Philadelphia and Pittsburgh markets specializeing in reconditioning and retailing high-quality, late-model used vehicles at no-haggle prices. Penske says the acquisition should add an estimated $350… 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