Private Equity and the Auto Industry: One Man’s Vision

Acquiring dealerships can be nearly impossible due to high barriers to entry. How can autopreneurs overcome this hurdle? Two words: Private equity. Here's Jeff Lash's vision for the future of dealership acquisition.

Dealer News Today Exclusive: Boost Sales through Better Call Handling

According to Cox Automotive, phone calls account for 26 percent of car buyers’ initial contacts with auto dealerships, second only to walk-ins (at 49 percent), and those calls can be worth a lot of business.

Uber Gives Up Testing Rights On Self-driving Car, Other Companies Follow Suit

The company suspended autonomous car testing in California after pedestrian death in Arizona

Auto Industry Insight: Seeing the Road Ahead

From self-driving systems, battery-powered vehicles, and even ride-sharing initiatives that are changing how and why we move, these disruptive trends are moving the auto world into the future.

Dealer News Today at NADA Conference This Weekend

The Cantin Automotive Insider and the Dave Cantin Group attended NADA Show Expo this weekend. Here's a preview of what happened.

Samsung to Outline the Omnichannel Car Shopping Experience of the Future

Car buyers have evolved in recent years, and they know more than ever by the time they step into a dealerships. Logic dictates that car selling must change with these new trends. It helps to start learning what it is car buyers really want from a dealership in 2018.

An Uber Contender Launches Ridesharing Competition in London

Mercedes-Benz and Via have launched their jointly owned ViaVan service in London, offering a different kind of ridesharing experience that is shaping up to be quite the contender against rival, Uber.

LexisNexis Risk Solutions Opens Software Development Kit to OEMs

Earlier this year, LexisNexis Risk Solutions boosted auto insurers’ ability to build customer-facing Web-sites and apps that integrated telematics information into companies’ customer support...

Tesla’s Model 3 Production Shutdown Mystery Furthered by Curious Social Media Posts

It would appear that production hiccups have occurred in Tesla’s Fremont, California assembly line, where work on the company’s new Model 3 electric sedan has been temporarily shut down for the second time since late February.

Dow Performance Silicones Introduces New Additives to Reduce Squeak in Auto Interiors

Dow Performance Silicones is introducing a new silicone-based additive, HMB-1903, to minimize squeaking noise in automotive interiors, reported Plastics Today’s Stephen Moore.

A Perfect Storm of Technology and Financial Factors Are Inducing Many Small Dealerships to...

According to the Wall Street Journal, certain factors such as ridesharing, Internet shopping, and self-driving cars are threatening the traditional small business dealership owner model.

KPA Services Acquisition Creates Largest EHS Company in the Collision Market

KPA Services, LLC, a provider of solutions for risk management, including environmental health and safety (EHS) risk management, has acquired Louisiana-based Environmental Risk Management & Safety, Inc. (ERS).

Despite Production Woes, Tesla Moves Ahead With AWD Model 3 Orders

Tesla finally thinks it will have AWD Model 3s rolling off the line sometimes in July, an answer prompted by a tweet from a reservation holder.

VW’s Electrify America to Bring EV Charging Stations to Walmart Stores

Electrify America, a Virginia-based Volkswagen subsidiary, is on a mission to build a comprehensive electric vehicle (EV) charging network across the U.S., with stations no more than 120 miles apart.

MIT Wants To Know: How Comfortable Are You With Autonomous Car Technology?

In light of all the bad press autonomous driving has received, MIT wants to get some answers and figure out just exactly how comfortable the American public is with autonomous technology.

Audi to Recall Nearly 1.2 Million Vehicles for Coolant Pump Fire Danger

Audi has announced it will recall approximately 1.2 million worldwide (342,000 in the U.S. and over 47,000 in Canada) of its newer-model cars and SUVs over a fault that could cause the vehicles’ electric coolant pumps to malfunction and cause a fire.

Steel Tariff Could Be a Blow for Ford, GM

The White House proposed a 25 percent tariff on steel and a 10 percent tariff on aluminum, and in the auto industry, this is the buzzing you’re hearing.

Toyota/Lexus to Deploy V2V Technology That Allows Cars to “Talk” to One Another

Toyota announced this week that it plans to start designing and selling vehicles in the U.S. by 2021 that can communicate with each other via short-range wireless technology to avoid accidents.

Credito Real USA Finance to Expand Lending Operations in the U.S.

What’s one of the hardest things to accomplish in an auto dealership? Increasingly, it’s finding financing solutions for subprime customers as well as customers...

Amazon Will Now Deliver Packages Straight To Your Vehicle

Amazon Prime members have long enjoyed speedy package delivery to their homes, and now the retail giant wants to make it even easier to...

Digital License Plates Coming to California

RPlates, made by Reviver Auto, is a “smart” license plate that has the ability to assist law enforcement and help users pay for vehicle registrations without a paper trail.

An Accurate Tool for Pricing in Online Car Shopping

“What will my total monthly car payment be?” It’s a hard question to answer, and one that comes up a lot at dealerships. Often, it’s...

Coca-Cola Partners With Cargo for Ridesharing Refreshments

Coca-Cola linked up with startup in-car commerce platform Cargo to provide beverages to Uber and Lyft passengers in Cargo’s headquarter market of Atlanta. A Cargo-equipped...

Virginia Nissan Dealership to Eliminate 93 Percent of Electric Bill with Solar Panels

Tired of paying high electric bills? Consider following the example of Charlottesville, Virginia-based Colonial Nissan. Thanks to the installation of a new solar superstructure...

Illinois County Car Dealerships Targeted by D-Tag Thefts

Madison County, Illinois has seen a spate of thefts recently from car dealerships, but it’s not for the cars. It’s for the dealer plates, according to KMOV, a CBS-affiliated news station in St. Louis.

Ford Is Ditching Sedans In Favor of More Crossovers, SUVs

Ford is making headlines this week, as the automotive company announced plans to scrap most of its passenger cars over the next few years in favor of more crossovers and SUVs.

Toyota Research Institute to Open New Driverless Car Test Track In Michigan

The Toyota Research Institute will open a closed-course testing facility for autonomous vehicles at the Michigan Technical Resource Park in Ottawa Lake. Slated to open...

Do Car Buyers Really Want Larger Vehicles?

With the announcement of the closure of five plants by GM this week, it was hard to miss that the plants chosen for shutdown...

Mercedes Announces Pilot Subscription Service

Earlier this week, Mercedes-Benz USA and Mercedes-Benz Financial Services USA LLC announced plans to launch Mercedes-Benz Collection, a luxury subscription service that will allow customers to switch in and out of vehicles depending on their “needs and lifestyles.”

NADA Speaks Out Against Import Tariffs at July 19 Commerce Hearing

At a July 19, 2018, hearing before the U.S. Department of Commerce, auto industry representatives spoke out in unison against the Federal government’s proposed...