KAR Auction Services Inc. announced Lisa Price, KAR’s executive vice president of human resources, will take on the expanded role of chief people officer. Price is the first to hold this title at the company and will increase her focus on KAR’s company culture, its employer brand and its employees’ safety and security.

“Over the past six years, Lisa and her team have transformed how the company and its business units look at, recruit, measure, develop and promote people,” said Jim Hallett, KAR Global chairman and CEO. “She has championed people as a top priority for the company - from recruitment to retirement. Lisa’s people-first drive will help define who we are and who we aspire to be as a company by fostering an environment of development and employee appreciation.”

Prior to taking on her new role as chief people officer, Price was charged with bringing human resources, payroll, benefits and compensation departments enterprise-wide into alignment with KAR’s strategic and operational goals. Price now will also assume leadership of KAR’s Safety and Security teams.

Price joined ADESA, a KAR business unit, in 2005 as corporate counsel, responsible for everything from employment litigation and third-party liability to compliance risk management and advice and counseling.

Mazda North American Operations reported total December sales of 26,491 vehicles, an increase of 2.4 percent compared to December 2018. The company also reported that 2019 CPO sales increased 15.8 percent, with 61,090 vehicles sold.

For the year, sales totaled 278,552 vehicles, a decrease of 7.2 percent compared to 2018. There were 307 selling days in 2019, versus 307 in 2018, resulting in a calendar year decrease of 7.2 percent.

Sales of Mazda’s crossovers, including the CX-3, CX-30, CX-5 and CX-9, increased 19.9 percent in December with 21,247 vehicles sold. In 2019, Mazda crossover sales reached 198,534 vehicles, an increase of 1.4 percent compared to 2018. The CX-5 saw its best year with 154,545 vehicles sold, an increase of 2.6 percent compared to 2018. December sales reached 15,734 vehicles, an increase of 14.5 percent.

The Acura Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) Vehicle Program has been named Best Premium Brand Certified Pre-Owned Program Warranty by IntelliChoice. Earlier this year, Acura introduced major upgrades to its CPO program, including an extended limited warranty that doubles the non-powertrain coverage period, plus additional benefits for owners such as a new and complimentary first scheduled maintenance – which includes oil and filter, tire rotation, air intake filter, cabin air filter, rear differential fluid, and brake fluid change – and a three-month AcuraLink trial subscription.

The IntelliChoice award marks the first time Acura has secured a best warranty award for its CPO vehicles.

A new study from Cars.com reveals that more than 62 percent of consumers actively shopping for a vehicle on its site plan to shop Black Friday deals in November.

“There are several November specials and end-of-year deals already in play, and we anticipate additional Black Friday deals to hit the week of Thanksgiving.” said Kelsey Mays, senior consumer affairs editor at Cars.com.

Mays also touts CPO vehicles for their value over new cars.

Top Black Friday deals, according to Mays, come from Chevrolet, Hyundai, Kia, Jeep and Nissan.

For the fourth year, Lexus is theBest Certified Pre-Owned Program” award winner, based on its lengthy warranty coverage, numerous program perks and the dependability record of its pre-owned vehicles.

“Lexus offers used car buyers an excellent CPO warranty, as well as a long list of CPO program benefits, like free maintenance visits and a free loaner car,” said Jamie Page Deaton, executive editor of U.S. News Best Cars. “As an added bonus, Lexus’ reliability record means that while their CPO warranty is long, and the program has a lot of perks, owners may never need to use either.”

The Lexus CPO warranty includes coverage for up to two years with no mileage limit and no deductible. Lexus CPO buyers can also take advantage of free roadside assistance and a free loaner car, as well as four complimentary factory maintenance service visits in their first two years, or 20,000 miles, of ownership.

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