CDK, Reynolds and Reynolds Sued for Alleged Antitrust Practices

CDK, Reynolds and Reynolds Sued for Alleged Antitrust Practices

February 4, 2017 — In what may become the year’s biggest story in automotive retail, the long simmering battle over data access in the automotive retail world escalated yesterday when a third party vendor sued tech giants CDK Global, Reynolds and Reynolds and one of their joint ventures for engaging in antitrust practices. This is the first…

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CDK Shares Jump on Strong Fiscal 2nd Qtr

CDK Shares Jump on Strong Fiscal 2nd Qtr

February 3, 2017 — CDK Global’s stock price hit its all time high yesterday of $65.03 following a strong second quarter fiscal 2017 report. It settled back down to close at just over $64. The stock has been on an upward trajectory the last six months and was trading at just under $54 a share in… Continue Reading

BMW Exec to Join Holman Automotive

BMW Exec to Join Holman Automotive

February 3, 2017 — Holman Automotive is expected to name longtime BMW executive Peter Witt as its Platform Vice President for the Northeast today, The Banks Report has learned. Witt will lead Holman’s 10 dealerships in New Jersey and Pennsylvania and will report to Gene Welsh, the group’s executive vice president. Holman is one of… Continue Reading

NADA’s 2017 Will Be Challenging

NADA’s 2017 Will Be Challenging

February 2, 2017 —  As the National Automobile Dealers Assn. celebrated its 100 year anniversary at its annual convention in New Orleans last week, it capped an nine year period that might have been its toughest, yet finest hour. But 2017 brings a new set of daunting challenges. Playing Defense For the last nine years, the association…

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Asbury Acquires Oldest Family-Owned Transportation Co. in the U.S.

Asbury Acquires Oldest Family-Owned Transportation Co. in the U.S.

January 16, 2017 — The Asbury Automotive Group is buying Hare Chevrolet and its affiliated companies — a collision center, an Isuzu dealership and a truck center. Hare Chevrolet, which sits a few miles north of Indianapolis in the town of Noblesville on State Road 37, is unique because it is the oldest family-owned transportation… Continue Reading

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