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Cox's vAuto Acquires, Relaunches Recon Management Platform

Cox Automotive's dealer technology unit vAuto has acquired iReconCars and relaunched the reconditioning management platform as iRecon to help dealers and other partners improve used vehicle reconditioning efficiency and speed, the company announced.

XLerate Acquires Auctions in Georgia, Illinois

The XLerate Group has acquired Southeastern Auto Auction in Savannah, Ga., and Morton Auto Auction in Morton, Ill., the auction provider has announced. The group now operates 20 auctions in eight states.

KAR Acquires Europe-Based Online Auction Company

KAR Auction Services, Inc. has reached a definitive agreement to acquire CarsOnTheWeb (COTW), an online auction company serving the wholesale vehicle sector in Continental Europe, according to a company announcement.

Bobit Business Media Sold to Gemspring Capital

Bobit Business Media has been acquired by Gemspring Capital, a middle-market private equity firm. Bobit, which bought HDT in 2012, was founded by Ed Bobit in 1961 with Automotive Fleet and today is a successful business-to-business media company in the fleet, transportation, beauty, and law enforcement industries.

KAR Auction Services Adds Asset Recovery Platform

KAR Auction Services has acquired Reno, Nev.-based Clearplan, a digital platform for recover agents, drivers, forwarders, and lenders that provides a centralized hub for repo workflow and logistics management.

Spireon Sold to N.Y. Private Equity Firm

New York-based Greenbriar Equity Group has acquired Spireon, Inc. from Bertram Capital, a San Mateo-based equity firm that has presided over the expansion of the telematics provider.