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Ford Direct Names New CEO

May 16, 2016 — FordDirect announced today that industry veteran Mike Jurecki will be its new CEO effective June 6. Jurecki previously served as CEO of RouteOne for 14 years where he led the formation of the joint venture of the financial services firm. He replaces Stacey Coopes who left FordDirect in early December (Big… Continue Reading

The Modern Showroom — Thoughts from NADA

The Modern Showroom — Thoughts from NADA

Most dealerships today are configured to yesterday’s processes and experiences. The environment hasn’t kept up with the digital age.  While most dealerships have effective websites and Internet processes, their store images often don’t reflect the new realities of today’s society – touch screen mobile devices; interactive and personalized digital signage and virtual reality (VR) applications. But… Continue Reading

1st Quarter Recap & Future Outlook for Auto Retail Vendor Acquisitions

1st Quarter Recap & Future Outlook for Auto Retail Vendor Acquisitions

April 5, 2016 — Despite a relatively quiet first quarter, the hot merger and acquisition pace among automotive retail vendors the last couple of years should continue well into 2016. From January 2014 to December 2015, the industry saw 47 IPOs, acquisitions and investments totaling an estimated $37 billion in capital changing hands. (Read TBR’s recap…

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Vista Equity Completes Acquisition of Solera Holdings

Vista Equity Completes Acquisition of Solera Holdings

March 4, 2016 — After several weeks of uncertainty created by a tanking junk bond market, Vista Equity Partners completed its acquisition of Solera Holdings, a global firm that provides risk and asset management software for the automotive industry. Vista led an investment group comprised of Koch Equity Development and Goldman Sachs in the approximately $6.5… Continue Reading

Cox Automotive Makes Executive Changes; Acquisition in Australia

Cox Automotive Makes Executive Changes; Acquisition in Australia

March 3, 2016 — Cox Automotive made a series of executive changes this week as part of the continued integration resulting from last year’s $4 billion purchase of DealerTrack. The Atlanta-based firm also extended its global reach with the purchase of Dealer Solutions, a technology firm in Australia, in a move that could herald further acquisition activity in the area.… Continue Reading

CDK Completes Acquisition of Red Bumper, NewCar IQ

CDK Completes Acquisition of Red Bumper, NewCar IQ

February 25, 2016 — CDK Global made it official yesterday announcing it has acquired the product portfolios of NewCar IQ and Red Bumper from Pearl Technology Holdings  LLC. NewCar IQ is a new vehicle inventory management system while Red Bumper helps dealers manage their used vehicle inventories. CDK will combine the two products to create a solution…

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