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The Top Ten Auto News Stories of the Week: June 14 - 20

ActivEngage is all about innovation and moving the industry forward. Therefore, this week’s Top 10 has articles featuring people who have made or are making an impact, new strategies and products worth trying out, and possibilities for the future that could change life as we know it. 

10. (Video) Cobalt CEO, John Holt, To Retire

The CEO of Cobalt, John Holt is retiring, and the reigns of the business will be handed over to Scott Matthews. Best of luck to you, John! Go climb those mountains!

9. New Study: Women Would Rather Go to the Dentist Than a Repair Shop

Learn about the current perceptions of automotive repair, and how your Service Center can overcome reputation challenges by becoming more transparent.

8. Detroit’s Casey Kasem Lent Voice to Chevy, Ford Ads

He’s known widely for his days on America’s Top 40, however Casey Kasem, who recently passed away, had a few other gigs during his lifetime - including doing the voiceovers for Chevy and Ford ads. Watch them here.

7. The Elusive 60-Minute Transaction

Timing is everything in today’s world, and if the transaction for buying a car isn’t efficient and speedy, customers are more likely to reconsider their decision or give a less-than-completely-satisfied review.

What is your dealership’s transaction time? Let us know in the comments below!

6. Ford, Where Virtual Reality is Already Manufacturing Reality

Ford has been using Oculus Rift virtual reality technology to experience a vehicle before it is put into production, and adjust the design elements. Welcome to the future, car people!

5. The 10 Coolest Things About Amazon’s New Fire Phone

Amazon just released its controversial new phone, Fire, with many exciting capabilities. Find out what it can do in this article by The Verge!

4. Future Headline: Disney and Google Partner to Buy 100 Auto Dealerships

Mark Dubis writes an eye-opening warning of a future reality where Disney and Google get together and make dealership’s better by applying their key best practices. Auto Dealers, get your butts in gear before the Customer Service and Tech Giants come and take your business to another level!

3. Fixed Pricing: Why It Worked for Bourne’s Auto Center

Many dealers are trying out fixed pricing and seeing the advantages and great results. Is this the way of the future for the automotive buying process?

2. Lithia Buys DCH, Creates Coast-to-Coast Retail Giant

A new auto giant was just born by a promising partnership between Lithia Motors and DCH Auto Group. With similar goals, strategies, and a desire to learn from each other, these two sound like a match made in Heaven.

1. Artificial Vision for the Blind: OrCam

Has something this week dampened your faith in humanity? Restore it by watching this video about OrCam - a device clipped onto glasses that helps the blind understand the world around them! Technology can help change our world for the better! Don’t be afraid of it, embrace it!

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