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World’s First Carbon-Neutral Dealership Changes Hands

Motorcars Honda of Cleveland Heights has been purchased and renamed by the nine-store Foundation Automotive group. The Ohio store was recognized by BP as the world’s first carbon-neutral auto dealership in 2016.

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Used-Vehicle Volumes Up 4.1% Among Privately Owned Dealers

Haig Partners’ Q2 report charts an astonishing 60% drop in buy/sell activity among U.S. auto dealerships and finds privately held stores and groups are increasingly focused on pre-owned sales.

Pace of Dealership Acquisitions Slows in Q2

Kerrigan Advisors’ latest Blue Sky buy/sell report counts 49 transactions in the second quarter, a slight decline from Q1 but enough to maintain a 200-plus-transaction pace for 2019.

AAGI Acquired by Amynta Group

American Auto Guardian Inc. has been acquired by Amynta Group, creating a combined footprint that includes 15,000 dealers and 1,400 agents in the U.S. and Canada.

Beverly Hills BMW Sold in Recordbreaking Deal

The four-acre, 93,000-square-foot Beverly Hills BMW has been sold for $70 million, an amount billed as the highest ever paid to acquire a Los Angeles auto dealership.

Portfolio Acquired by Abry Partners

Private equity firm Abry Partners has agreed to acquire F&I products and reinsurance programs provider Portfolio from Capital Z Partners.

Kerrigan: Dealership Buy/Sell Activity Up 38% in Q1

Despite headwinds threatening dealership profitability, Kerrigan Advisors’ first-quarter report indicates 2019 is trending toward another 200-plus transaction year for the auto retail buy/sell market.

FCA Blames French State for Failed Renault Merger

Fiat Chrysler has backed out of a proposed merger with Renault, blaming ‘political conditions’ in France, whose government owns a 15% share of Renault. A week ago, the companies were poised to form the world’s third-largest automaker.

FCA Proposes Merger With Renault

The chairman of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is pushing a proposal that would merge the Italian-American carmaker with France’s Renault, creating the world’s third-largest manufacturer.

Brown & Brown Acquires UDS

Brown & Brown Inc. has acquired the assets of United Development Systems Inc., the F&I performance and compliance management provider founded by Randy Crisorio in 1982.