Get Ready to Rumble — UAW Negotiations with the Detroit 3 Begin This Week

Get Ready to Rumble — UAW Negotiations with the Detroit 3 Begin This Week

July 10, 2023 — Dealers selling one or more of the Big Three domestic automotive brands may want to mark September 14, 2023, on their calendars.  At midnight on September 14, the current contracts between the United Auto Workers Union and Ford Motor Co., General Motors, and Stellantis will expire, resulting in what likely will… Continue Reading

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Relative Unknown Makes Big Play in UK

June 25, 2023 — A surprise announcement last week as The Alpha Auto Group (a Canadian-based with stores in the US) has made a bid to acquire the UK-based Lookers group for $596 million (£465mn). A few months ago, we heard that a Canadian group was looking at the British market but assumed it was… Continue Reading

Knight Rider Era Begins?

Knight Rider Era Begins?

June 20, 2023 — Remember Knight Rider? Nearly 41 years ago, the talking and intelligent 1982 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am (AKA known as KITT) first appeared on NBC, tickling our imaginations about what it would be like to have a conversation with our cars. Nothing more than fantasy land. Talking to a car has been… Continue Reading

STELLA, an Automotive AI Firm, Completes Seed Raise

STELLA, an Automotive AI Firm, Completes Seed Raise

May 10, 2023 — STELLA Automotive AI, a provider of high-end conversational AI technology, announced yesterday it has closed a seed round of financing. The round included multiple well-known dealer groups such as Maroone USA, the Pohanka Automotive Group, and Czubay Family Enterprises. Terms of the financing of the seed were not disclosed. However, investors… Continue Reading

A $100 Million Series D Raise for UVeye

A $100 Million Series D Raise for UVeye

May 9, 2023 — UVeye, the developer of automated vehicle-inspection systems for the auto industry, raised $100 million in a Series D funding round to support new sales and manufacturing initiatives in North America. Hanaco VC, a New York and Tel Aviv venture capital firm, led the investment with participation from existing investors General Motors… Continue Reading

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Hot Start for M&A Activity in Auto Retail Tech in 2023

January 26, 2023 — M&A activity in the auto retail vendor space continues its brisk pace at the beginning of 2023 with Vehlo’s announcement this week that it has acquired Velocity Automotive from Hugh Hathcock and Rapid Recon from Dennis McGinn. Both deals were completed late in the fourth quarter, but announced only this week.…

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