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Like Honda, Toyota to Ban Below Invoice Advertising

August 23, 2015 — Like Honda, Toyota to Ban Below Invoice Advertising Confirming what we’ve been hearing for several weeks now, Automotive News is reporting that Toyota will inform its dealers next month that it will begin to prohibit its dealers from advertising below invoice pricing for its vehicles. The move, which is expected to… Continue Reading

Monster Deals Pending in Automotive Retail

Monster Deals Pending in Automotive Retail

August 22, 2015 — By the end of the year, it is conceivable the automotive retail industry may see at least three publicly traded vendors go private in deals ranging from $4.5 billion to $9-$10 billion. Dealertrack, CDK Global and Solera Holdings, all multi-billion dollar vendors, are either close to or are exploring sales to private…

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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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Can TrueCar Rebound from its Tough 2nd Quarter?

Can TrueCar Rebound from its Tough 2nd Quarter?

July 31, 2015 — The first six months of 2015 have not been kind to TrueCar. The stock price, which was just under $23 on December 31, is now trading below $7. The question is, can the company rebound? The challenges seem to be piling up — multiple lawsuits; a significant second quarter earnings miss;…

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TrueCar Settles — Wins — Legal Dispute with Sonic Automotive

July 29, 2015 — One lawsuit down, several more to go. In what is some much needed good news for online car buying platform TrueCar,  it announces it has reached a settlement with Sonic Automotive in a trademark dispute dating back to August 2013. The Banks Report first reported the dispute in September 2013 (TrueCar… Continue Reading