Renault-Nissan Alliance Threatened

Renault-Nissan Alliance Threatened

December 8, 2015 — If you haven’t been paying attention to French politics recently, an intriguing battle is brewing for control of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. A vote by the alliance’s board that likely will determine its future is scheduled for December 11. The background is complicated. In a move to protect jobs and its ability to…

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Volkswagen’s Issues Continue to Grow

December 6, 2015 — Volkswagen’s challenges are showing no signs of letting up and appear to be growing in complexity. Plunging sales, disappearing incentives, VW’s inability to find a fix and questions surrounding management continue to plague the automaker and its dealers. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, top Volkswagen executives are…

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Dealers are a Monopoly? Come On, Man…

December 1, 2015 — Apparently, someone recently declared it to be open hunting season for the media on car dealerships. Recent stories include claims of racism (in the Huffington Post) due to dealers fighting against the CFPB’s efforts to curtail financing profits to claims yesterday in the Daily Signal that removing the dealership monopoly from… Continue Reading

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A New Digital Land Grab Coming to Automotive

December 1, 2015 — Industry-specific domain extensions are coming to the automotive industry next week and could create a digital land grab reminiscent of the Oklahoma land rush in 1889. Cars Registry Ltd, a joint venture between XYZ and Uniregistry,  which owns and operates the new extensions, is making the domains, .cars, .car and .auto available for purchase… Continue Reading

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HGGC Acquires Third Automotive Firm

November 30, 2015 — The Banks Report has learned that private investment firm HGGC has just completed an acquisition of a third company in the automotive retail industry. The announcement should come in the next couple of days. HGGC, owned by Steve Young, a former NFL quarterback who was elected to the Hall of Fame, currently manages…

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J.D. Power on the Market  – Who are the Potential Buyers?

J.D. Power on the Market – Who are the Potential Buyers?

November 2, 2015 — It’s been 10 years since the McGraw-Hill Companies acquired J.D. Power and Associates for nearly $400 million. Now, according to media reports late last week, McGraw-Hill is exploring strategic alternatives for the market research firm and could command as much as $1 billion for a sale. J.D. Power generates about $265 million in…

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PureCars Sold to Raycom Media

October 29, 2015 — The vendor acquisitions keep coming as PureCars announced earlier this week it has been acquired by Raycom Media. It’s an intriguing acquisition for Raycom, an employee-owned broadcast company that owns 51 television stations in 38 markets reaching more than 13% of U.S. TV watching homes. PureCars is a digital automotive advertising… Continue Reading