The Impact of the CDK Hack Will Take Years to Play Out

The Impact of the CDK Hack Will Take Years to Play Out

June 27, 2024 — Late Thursday afternoon, CDK Global began rebooting the systems for a test group of dealers, following a two-pronged cyber attack more than a week ago. (UPDATED July 11 — According to a CNN report, CDK likely paid a ransom of $25 million to the hackers on June 21 — in numerous… Continue Reading

M&A Action in Automotive Retail Heats Up as 3 Monster Deals Take Shape

M&A Action in Automotive Retail Heats Up as 3 Monster Deals Take Shape

May 6, 2024 — A flurry of transactions in April indicates that investment and acquisition activity among tech players in the automotive retail space is starting to heat up after a slow 2023 and early 2024.  Anchoring the activity are three pending monster deals that, if completed, could raise multiples for other companies looking for… Continue Reading

The Coming China Automotive Godzilla – A threat or Opportunity for Dealers? The Answer is Yes

The Coming China Automotive Godzilla – A threat or Opportunity for Dealers? The Answer is Yes

A modern-day automotive Godzilla, the likes of which we have not seen before, is how China expert Michael Dunne described China’s automotive juggernaut last week in a presentation at the Canadian Automobile Dealers Association Summit.  Chinese automakers “could be the single biggest disruptor this decade” in the auto industry, Dunne said.  The question is whether… Continue Reading

Tentative UAW Contracts a Win-Win for All Parties, but Some Workers are Saying, No Deal

Tentative UAW Contracts a Win-Win for All Parties, but Some Workers are Saying, No Deal

Photo courtesy of Shutterstock & Luigi Morris October 30, 2023 (With November 14th updates) — The dust is still settling from the recent tentative settlements between the United Auto Workers union and the Detroit Three automakers. Still, initial details reflect agreements that may be a win-win for both sides following a 40+ day strike costing… Continue Reading

Asbury in Talks to Acquire Jim Koons – An Analysis

Asbury in Talks to Acquire Jim Koons – An Analysis

September 7, 2023 — This week, the Asbury Automotive Group filed an 8-K with the SEC, alerting the market it is talking to the Jim Koons Automotive Companies about purchasing its 21 dealerships.  (UPDATE: Asbury announced it is acquiring Koons — Read more Here.) The filing most likely was precipitated by the news leaking out… Continue Reading

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

Magnesium & Silicon Shortages Threaten Vehicle Production

Magnesium & Silicon Shortages Threaten Vehicle Production

October 27, 2021 — As the auto industry continues to manage an ongoing chip shortage, a looming magnesium and silicon shortage is threatening to erode vehicle production even further. Magnesium and silicon are key ingredients in the production of aluminum alloy, which is used in numerous vehicle parts. Silicon also is a main component in…

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