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Bloomberg: FCA Banking Unordered Vehicles, Pressuring Dealers

A Bloomberg report accuses Fiat Chrysler of creating a ‘sales bank’ of up to 40,000 new vehicles, reviving an old practice that could stoke tension among dealers and investors.

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Buick, Porsche Lead Latest Sales Satisfaction Index

J.D. Power analysts ranked Buick and Porsche highest among mass market and highline brands in its latest study dedicated gauging satisfaction and future loyalty among U.S. car buyers.

NAC Adds New VSC, Ancillaries, Loyalty to Powersports Suite

National Auto Care announced the addition of an exclusionary VSC, GAP, tire and wheel, theft, and a loyalty program to its powersports F&I product offerings.

Protective Enhances RV Service Contract Program

Protective Asset Protection has released a series of enhancements to coverage, eligibility, terms, collateral, and training for its XtraRide program.

AutoNation, Sonic Set Records as Publics Grow PVR

All six of America’s big publicly traded dealership groups enjoyed year-over-year gains in F&I profit per vehicle retailed in Q3, led by record highs at AutoNation and Sonic Automotive.

DOWC, PassTime Partner to Boost F&I Sales

Dealer Owned Warranty Company and PassTime have teamed up to give dealers additional opportunities to sell protection products for vehicles with PassTime GPS devices.

October Sales: SAAR Could Hit 17M for 5th Straight Year

The latest report shows U.S. new car dealers are on pace for yet another 17 million-unit year, led by gains at Japanese and Korean factories, increased incentive spending, and fleet sales.

Average New Vehicle Prices Up Nearly 3% in October

Kelley Blue Book analysts say the average new vehicle transaction climbed to $38,259 in October, a slight decline from the prior month but 2.9% higher than a year ago.

FCA, PSA Reach Tentative Merger Deal

Fiat Chrysler and PSA Group have agreed to join forces to create the world’s No. 4 automaker in a $48 billion deal designed to save the factories billions in research and development costs.

Fed Triggers Third Interest Rate Cut of 2019

The Federal Reserve has announced its third interest rate reduction since July, this time excluding language committing the central bank to action in support of economic expansion.