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KBB Announces 2017 Best Buy Awards

Kelley Blue Book announced the winners of its 2017 Best Buy Awards. The big winner was Honda. Not only did it take home four awards, its 2017 Honda Civic was named the Overall Best Buy of 2017.

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Feds Investigating FCA for Inflating Sales, Automaker Confirms

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles confirmed in a statement issued today that it’s under investigation by the U.S. Security and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice. According to Bloomberg, FBI agents visited the homes of nine people who run FCA business centers as part of a probe into the automaker’s monthly sales reporting.

Wash. Dealer Ordered to Pay $74,000 for Deceptive Advertising

Rairdon’s Dodge Chrysler Jeep of Kirkland agreed to pay $35,125 in civil penalties and $39,210 in costs and fees. The dealership was charged with violating the state's Consumer Protection Act for sending out 7,025 promotional mailers that mimicked official NHTSA recall notices.

Hacked Cars Could Spread Malware Via Dealers, WIRED Reports

At a hacker conference last month, security consultant Craig Smith said a malware-infected vehicle coming in for service could potentially infect a dealership’s testing equipment, which would in turn spread the virus to every vehicle a dealership services.

Chrysler Dealer Lawsuit Against U.S. Government to Go Forward

A lawsuit alleging that the U.S. government acted illegally when it required Chrysler to close down 789 dealerships in order to be eligible for funding from the Troubled Asset Relief Program will be allowed to move forward, a judge ruled last week.

RouteOne, Santander to Offer eContracting to All Chrysler Dealers

RouteOne and Santander Consumer USA, along with the finance source’s Chrysler Capital program, will make full eContracting capabilities available to all of Santander’s and Chrysler Capital’s dealers by 2016’s second quarter.

Chrysler to Offer Free College to Dealership Employees

Strayer University, in partnership with Chrysler, has developed the [email protected] program, which will be offered for free to employees of Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram and FIAT dealerships.

November Sales Pace at 17.20 Million-Unit Annual Rate

November total light vehicle sales increased 4.6% from a year ago to more than 1.3 million units. The industry SAAR was also up significantly from a year ago and the month prior, rising to 17.20 million units.

New-Car Transaction Prices Jump 3% in August, KBB Reports

In August, the estimated average transaction price for light vehicles in the United States was $32,495, according to the vehicle valuation source. New-car prices have also increased 2.7% from the same period last year.

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July New-Vehicle Sales Increase 5% in July, Autodata Reports

July sales totaled 1.435 million units, according to the firm. It put the July SAAR at 16.48 million units, up from 15.76 million in July 2013 but down from 16.9 million in June.

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