November 2020

Agreement extended between Sirius XM, Kia Motors America

NEW YORK –  Over the course of an expanded agreement between SiriusXM and Kia Motors America, Kia will broaden the installation of SiriusXM throughout Kia models and trims produced in North America. SiriusXM and Kia Motors America on Friday announced an expansion of their long-term agreement, with the relationship extending through 2025. The increased penetration rate, which will begin with model year 2022 vehicles, means SiriusXM is targeted to become a standard feature on nearly all Kia vehicles sold at retail in the United States. Kia customers purchasing or leasing SiriusXM-equipped… Read More »Agreement extended between Sirius XM, Kia Motors America

Dealerware names Iglesias as vice president of engineering

AUSTIN, Texas –  Connected car platform Dealerware has appointed Denise Iglesias as vice president of engineering, noting her track record of defining and delivering hardware and software products. Iglesias brings more than 20 years of experience leading software and hardware engineering teams to the position, and Dealerware says the newly created role is a result of its rapid expansion. The new role, according to Dealerware, reinforces its commitment to delivering the central platform of the connected retail fleet. The company indicated Iglesias will cultivate Dealerware’s technical environment and lead its engineering team… Read More »Dealerware names Iglesias as vice president of engineering

PODCAST: Dealer advertising in age of streaming video

CARY, N.C. –  That Generation Z or younger millennial car shopper your dealership is trying to reach with a TV ad likely is not a cable subscriber, according to data from The Trade Desk shared by Cox Automotive. In light of this shift from cable to streaming services — aka “cord-cutting” — Wayne Pastore of Dealer.com joins the Auto Remarketing Podcast to discuss how dealers are using connected TV and over-the-top content providers to ensure video ads reach the right audience. And how Dealer.com is aiming to help. To listen to the entire conversation, click… Read More »PODCAST: Dealer advertising in age of streaming video

Manheim Logistics’ Central Dispatch features enhanced client experience

ATLANTA –  Because of what it says is an all-time high in demand for transport carriers, along with the importance of route efficiency in meeting shipper deadlines, Manheim Logistics is enhancing its real-time auto transport marketplace that connects shippers and carriers. The marketplace is called Central Dispatch, and Manheim notes that carriers previously spent a great deal of time searching for relevant vehicles to move. With carrier efficiency and ease in mind, the company has now completely redesigned Central Dispatch’s new search experience. Manheim said that helps users spend less time… Read More »Manheim Logistics’ Central Dispatch features enhanced client experience

Darwin, SWDS partner to boost F&I and digital retail sales platform

Monday, Nov. 02, 2020, 11:32 AM CARLSBAD, Calif. –  SouthWest Dealer Services finalized a strategic partnership with Darwin Automotive last week. The provider of F&I and anti-theft programs as well as related training services for dealerships announced its new connection with Darwin to expand SWDS’ digital retail sales platform for its dealer clients. Darwin is an automotive software provider that can enable a seamless and transparent, shopping experience while increasing profitability. In this way, Darwin sees itself especially well-positioned to support clients and partners in this heavily digital selling environment. Meanwhile,… Read More »Darwin, SWDS partner to boost F&I and digital retail sales platform

CFPB releases final rule to implement FDCPA

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau offered collections and compliance professionals some light reading just before the weekend. It’s mere a 653-page document to update a regulation first passed four decades ago that has taken regulatory officials seven years to get to this juncture. On Friday, the bureau issued its final rule to restate and clarify prohibitions on harassment and abuse, false or misleading representations, and unfair practices by debt collectors when collecting consumer debt. The regulator explained the rule focuses on debt collection communications and gives consumers more control… Read More »CFPB releases final rule to implement FDCPA