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May 22, 2017
<p>Executive Chairman Bill Ford (right) and Hackett met with employees and members of the press to discuss the appointment.</p> Ford Appoints Jim Hackett CEO

More than a year after being hired to lead the automaker's ‘Smart Mobility’ innovation unit, Jim Hackett was named Ford’s CEO and president. He replaces Mark Fields, who ends his three-year tenure at the helm of Ford Motor Co.




Fixed-Ops Specialist Issues Warning

A visit of service departments across the nation revealed that 25% of service lifts are out of compliance with the OSHA’s vehicle lift maintenance and inspection standards. Fixed-ops expert issues a warning and offers four recommendations for maintaining worker safety.


NY Fed: Household Debt Surpasses 2008 Peak in Q1

The feat comes almost nine years after the Great Recession, when household debt reached $12.68 trillion. But the debt and its borrowers look quite different today, the New York Fed noted, and auto finance sources showed signs of tightening in response to some deterioration in auto loan performance.


Former Chase Custom Exec Joins Westlake

The once head of Chase Custom Finance is back. Today, Westlake Financial Services announced it has contracted Bill Jensen to focus on developing its strategic accounts division.


<p>A 2016 Toyota Carola shown with the AVH-1300NEX, priced at $400.</p> Pioneer Launches Five Affordable Multimedia Receivers

The company’s AVH-3300NEX offers a motorized touchscreen display that's seven inches wide and two inches tall, making it an easy installation on older and collectible vehicles. And like the other four models, it offers audiophile-grade sound features, Bluetooth connectivity, and is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.


Kontos: Wholesale Prices Show Strength Again in April

Average wholesale used-vehicle prices reached $11,141 in April, a 2.2% increase from March and a 2.5% increase from a year ago, Tom Kontos reported. The only three segments registering declines were compact, mid-size, and luxury cars.


RoadVantage Releases New Series of Point-of-Sale Product Videos

Six months after releasing its first educational F&I product video, the F&I product provider released a new series of point-of-sale product videos dealers can use in their F&I offices and on their websites.


CNA National Appoints New Senior Vice President of Customer Service

Trace Thaxton will be responsible for overseeing the company's claims, operations, and reinsurance departments. He previously served as the head of customer care and relations for AGIA Affinity's Scottsdale division.


NAE/NWAN CEO Named Finalist for EY Entrepreneur of the Year

If she is named a regional winner on June 22, NAE/NWAN CEO Kelly Price will go to Palm Spring, Calif., this November for the national competition. The 31-year-old awards program is part of the Strategic Growth Forum, a prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.


Jumpstart: Chevy Outduels Ford in April Rankings

Jumpstart Automotive Media reports strong gains among domestic manufacturers in its monthly insights report. It also reveals that Chevrolet passed Ford as the brand with the most shopper interest across the firm's portfolio of automotive publishers.


KISS Concepts, American Auto Shield Join Forces

KISS Concepts Group's Rod Heasley will head up a new division at American Auto Shield dedicated to the launch of a new customizable VSC program. The union marks American Auto Shield's entrance into the dealer arena after focusing exclusively on direct-to-consumer opportunities.


<p><strong>Since joining the car business in 2015, Cody Finney has proven to be a quick study and a trusted sales consultant at Lone Star Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram.</strong></p> Sink or Swim

Former educator and oil field worker Cody Finney has survived and thrived at Lone Star Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram.


Falling Sky?

Hudson plays Chicken Little as two New York dealers face the wrath of allegedly overcharged customers.



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