BMW of North America LLC is recalling 6,591 2010-2011 BMW 335d vehicles with diesel engines.

The connection of the positive battery cable at the fuse box terminal may degrade over time, possibly resulting in an intermittent loss of electrical power.

BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the positive battery cable connector and secure it with an improved method, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin July 6.

KAR Auction Services Inc announced that Joe Oliveri has been named vice president of the company’s Autoniq business unit.

Autoniq is a provider of mobile and digital vehicle pricing and evaluation reports.

Oliveri will be responsible for leading Autoniq’s operations and digital product development and advancing the company’s market growth strategies. He will be based in KAR’s technology and innovation hub in Chicago.

Oliveri has more than 20 years of automotive industry experience. He comes to KAR from where he held various leadership roles. He most recently served as leader of mobile product for

Oliveri replaces Nicole Archer who was recently named vice president of international business development for KAR. In the newly developed role, Archer will help design and develop KAR Auction Services’ digital and physical presence in Europe.

Vehicles treated with Ceramic Pro, a liquid nanotechnology that protects paint, now are identified on Carfax Vehicle History Reports and the mobile app.

Ceramic Pro protects a vehicle’s paint from corrosion, UV damage and oxidation while simultaneously enhancing its gloss finish.

Carfax Reports and myCarfax show the type of Ceramic Pro treatment on the vehicle (i.e. paint, wheels, glass), the date of installation and that the work was done by a certified installer.

A Kansas used-car dealer has entered into a consent judgment with the local district attorney based on allegations he failed to disclose safety recalls and attempted to disclaim implied warranties.

The agreement between Thomas Bland, owner of Quality Automotive Group LLC, and the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office calls for him to pay $16,035.68 in civil penalties, restitution, court costs, and fees. The agreement also requires Bland to check all his vehicles for recalls, fully disclose any recalls before selling the cars to consumers and provide proper written Buyers Guides as required by law.

The District Attorney’s Consumer Protection Division alleged Bland failed to disclose three safety recalls and was distributing an improper Buyers Guide.
Bland admitted the allegations.

Overall, U.S. automobile dealers are more positive than negative when describing current market conditions, according to the Q2 2018 Cox Automotive Dealer Sentiment Index.

The big decline in overall optimism for the next 90 days was largely driven by a substantial decline in independent dealers’  optimism. Independents registered a score of 70 in the first quarter, but came in at a barely positive 52 in the second quarter. For franchised dealers, the score dropped to 69 from 73.

The used-vehicle sales index declined to 55 from 56. For franchised dealers, used-vehicle sales remain a bright spot, with the index increasing to 72 from 69, meaning franchised dealers are more positive on used-vehicle sales in the second quarter and more positive on used than new.

Independent dealers however, are far more negative on the current sales environment, with an index score of 50.

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