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Spireon Unveils Kahu at NADA 2017


IRVINE, Calif. — Spireon Inc., the leader in aftermarket telematics solutions for risk management and business optimization, will introduce its latest connected car solution – Kahu™ – at the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Convention & Expo in New Orleans. Kahu is designed for dealers, providing streamlined lot management while delivering a new finance and insurance (F&I) profit center by offering consumers a modern location tracking and stolen vehicle recovery service. Additionally, Kahu empowers dealers to grow service retention with car buyers by providing accurate vehicle data for proactive maintenance reminders that can improve vehicle health and keep vehicles within warranty.

“New car dealer margins have been flat for several years, driving a need to create new revenue and profit opportunities,” said Kevin Weiss, CEO at Spireon. “Connected cars are changing the industry, but dealers are receiving little value from this shift. Kahu changes that dynamic, giving dealers the tools they need before, during and after the sale to grow profits and benefit from the connected car revolution.”

Kahu includes an aftermarket GPS device and mobile apps for both dealers and their customers. The solution provides these features and benefits to dealers:

· Lot Management — Dealers can easily manage inventory, track specific vehicle location, and see low battery indicators using a mobile phone or tablet, streamlining operations and creating a better buying experience for consumers. Virtual geofences and after-hours alerts allow dealers to identify and recover stolen vehicles within minutes.

· F&I Profit Center — Kahu offers dealers a high value add-on for consumers who seek peace of mind with a next generation vehicle recovery service and an arsenal of easy-to-use mobile features. From 24/7 vehicle location visibility, so consumers can track their vehicle and family at all times, to smart alerts for speeding and low battery, Kahu is an attractive add-on that safeguards consumers while driving dealer profit.
· Customer Loyalty — Kahu uses GPS-based mileage tracking to improve the accuracy of service reminders and increase service retention. Consumers benefit by being able to maximize warranty protection and ensure recommended service intervals are maintained.

“Our partnership with Spireon has paid for itself tenfold,” stated Spireon customer Jon Hansen, General Sales Manager, Burien Nissan. “Being able to offer a product that I find value in to our customers and making it a revenue generator for the dealership is really big for us. I would absolutely recommend Spireon to other dealerships.”

Spireon’s aftermarket GPS devices are installed on more than 3.5 million vehicles and offered by 14,000 dealerships across North America. With Kahu, car dealers and consumers now have access to state-of-the-art mobile location services, which protect their vehicle assets and can lead to reduced insurance premiums.

Kahu is already installed with a select group of early adopter customers, and will be generally available in the second quarter of 2017.

To learn more about Kahu at NADA please visit Spireon’s booth, #4309 in Hall E, or schedule a meeting at http://www.spireon.com/nada2017/.

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Spireon’s Kahu Provides New Revenue Stream for Dealers


IRVINE, Calif. — Spireon Inc., an aftermarket telematics company with more than 2.5 million connected vehicles on the road, announced the release of Kahu, a new service sold exclusively through used-car dealers that allows customers to link their vehicles to their smartphones.

The Kahu service includes a device that connects with the car’s location and trip data once installed. It then relays all of that information to a user’s smartphone app. The Kahu app then displays real-time vehicle information, providing users with access to theft recovery services, driving alerts and more.

“Kahu is the first aftermarket connected vehicle service available exclusively from car dealers,” said Shawn Hansen, Spireon’s CMO. “The thousands of car dealers that use GoldStar GPS for collateral and lot management can easily add Kahu to increase profits, as well as help any car buyer connect their car to the Internet.”

While most connected car services offered today rely on the user connecting a device into a car’s onboard diagnostics port (OBD-II), which can be easily removed by a thief and sometimes voids car manufacturer warranties, the Kahu device is professionally installed by the car dealer, streamlining the setup process so consumers can simply download the app and connect their smartphone to their car.

They service can also be used by dealers to track and manage inventory. They simply partner with Spireon on a one-time install of the GPS tracking device. Dealers can then sell the Kahu mobile app service as an add-on feature, which company officials said would more than cover the installation of the GPS tracking device.

For consumers, the mobile app offers the following services:

  • 24/7 Vehicle Location: The Kahu service is always on, providing quick access to vehicle location through the mobile app.
  • Theft Recovery: Kahu will immediately locate a customer’s vehicle if its stolen. It can also alert local law enforcement authorities. According to company officials, the average recovery time of a stolen vehicle is 26 minutes.
  • Smart Alerts: Kahu offers a geofencing feature that allows users to enter their vehicle’s location, create a geographic boundary around the vehicle and then receive alerts if the car crosses that boundary. Alerts can also be set for specific speed limits or vehicle issues such as low battery.
  • Insurance Discounts: Users can save up to 25% on insurance premiums that offer discounts for cars equipped with theft-recovery devices, according to officials.

For more information, visit www.spireon.com.

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Spireon Releases GPS Tracking Buyer’s Guide for BHPH Dealers


KNOXVILLE — Spireon has developed the industry’s first GPS vehicle tracking buyer’s guide for dealers who are new to the buy-here, pay-here (BHPH) segment and who are interested in expanding their loan portfolios, protecting their valuable assets and mitigating their risks.

The buyer’s guide provides an introduction to GPS technology and its advantages for dealerships implementing BHPH processes. It explains how to maximize the return on GPS vehicle tracking investments and the opportunities available in the subprime auto loan market.

The guide includes an overview of GPS technology; benefits of GPS growing dealership business; best practices on choosing the right GPS solution and provider; key features to look for in a GPS solution; and a GPS provider scorecard and checklist to help in the decision-making process.

“After reviewing the new GPS Tracking Buyer’s Guide, we were able to understand the ins and outs of how GPS devices help the BHPH market, and it helped us really make sure we were choosing the right partner for our business in this space,” says David Pinkerton, owner of Kingston Pike Motors. “This is a must-read for all newcomers to the BHPH market or for those who aren’t using GPS devices yet.”

David Meyer, executive vice president of Spireon, added: “We are committed to educating dealers on new ways to improve their profits and operations. This is why we developed the industry’s first GPS Tracking Buyer’s Guide, to help dealers understand the benefits and best practices of using these devices and also educate them on the importance of selecting the right provider for them.”

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