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NADA Promotes "Green Checkup" Month in September
U.S. Auto Fleet Hits MPG Record
Honda Predicts Up to 50 MPG Requirement by 2030
Falling Sales Drive Incentives Higher
GM to Slow Output of Big Cars
Ford has Small-car Profit Plan
An S.U.V. Traffic Jam
NADA Update
NADA Director Elections: Results Are In
NADA Insurance Announces New Plan for Retiring and Career-changing Dealers
NADA Convention Registration is off to a Strong Start
STAR Answers Dealers' Questions About Dealership Data Security
Lenovo PCs Power Beijing 2008 Olympic Games
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NADA Promotes "Green Checkup" Month in September

New campaign shows drivers how to save gas and cut greenhouse gas emissions
McLEAN, Va. – With high fuel prices and vehicle emissions on the minds of many Americans, the incentive has never been greater for car owners to improve their vehicle’s fuel economy. To help motorists save money at the gas pump and, at the same time, cut greenhouse gas emissions through proper vehicle maintenance, the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) is promoting September as “Green Checkup” Month.

NADA is urging its members to offer free Green Checkups at their dealerships. The Green Checkup focuses on the things that have the most affect on fuel economy, such as oil and air filters, engine performance, tire pressure and emission controls. Participating dealers can refer to the Green Checkup Guidelines, which provide the estimated tech hours to perform a Green Checkup.

“Dealerships are located in every major community in the country which means we are ideally positioned to be at the forefront of a national consumer awareness campaign,” says Annette Sykora, NADA chairman and owner of two dealerships in Texas. “Our goal with the Green Checkups is to highlight simple steps that car owners can take to maintain their vehicles in top running condition.”

Already, dealers in nine states have signed up to become Green Checkup Dealers. (Click here to sign up to become a Green Checkup Dealer.) Dealers may decide to provide the Green Checkup along with inspections of child passenger safety seats that are also offered at many dealerships in the month of September. “I know that’s what I plan to do,” Sykora says. “While customers wait in line to have their child safety seats inspected, we will offer them the option of having the Green Checkup.” Although NADA is promoting Green Checkup Month in September, the program is designed for dealers to offer checkups as part of their routine service year-round.

To help dealers raise public awareness of how the auto industry is increasing fuel economy through innovation and new technologies, NADA created the Toolkit “A New Car is a Green Car.” The toolkit is designed to highlight how easy it is to be green. The toolkit includes tips on hosting green driving events, participating in the Green Checkup program and case studies that offer a “greenprint” for success.

Providing Green Checkups is one example of how dealers are becoming more energy conscious. A trend toward green dealerships is another. “Dealers around the country have invested close to a billion dollars on facility upgrades and new construction over the past few years to reduce energy consumption at their dealerships,” Sykora says.

This includes cutting-edge heating and cooling methods, more efficient lighting, as well as wind and solar power. Today, several dealerships are LEED certified by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program. “With the growing number of green dealerships and the Green Checkup campaign, we are sending a clear signal that when it comes to climate change, America’s new car dealers are part of the solution,” Sykora says.

Click here to sign up to become a Green Checkup Dealer.

Click here for the Green Checkup Guidelines.

Click here for the Green Toolkit “A New Car is a Green Car.”

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U.S. Auto Fleet Hits MPG Record

NHTSA estimates average for cars, trucks climbed to 26.8 mpg
TRAVERSE CITY -- The nation's cars and light trucks are expected to set a record for fuel efficiency for the 2008 model year, according to a government report. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Tuesday in a report posted on a government Web site that the nation's fleet of passenger cars and light trucks averaged an estimated 26.8 miles per gallon through March, up from 26.6 mpg for the entire 2007 model year. That's up from a 25.7 mpg average in 2006, which also was a record. By year's end, when actual sales are tabulated, the fuel efficiency numbers are expected to be even higher because consumers are responding to high oil and gas prices by buying smaller vehicles... Even with the gains, some cautioned that automakers still face dramatically higher fuel economy requirements over the next two decades because the political climate is uncertain.
Source:  The Detroit News

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Honda Predicts Up to 50 MPG Requirement by 2030

TRAVERSE CITY -- A senior Honda executive predicted that federal regulators would far surpass the congressional fuel economy requirements approved in 2007 and could require nearly 50 miles per gallon by 2030. John German, manager of environmental and energy analysis at Honda, said ... that because Congress required a minimum industry fleet wide average of 35 mpg by 2020, but also required that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration set the "maximum feasible" yearly requirements through 2030 automakers could be forced to average up to 50 mpg by 2030. "NHTSA is on a path already to go way beyond 35 (mpg) by 2020," German said. "It's going to go much, much higher than that. It's going to be much more dramatic than we thought. This is going to drive a lot of innovation and we're not going to have a choice."
Source:  The Detroit News

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Falling Sales Drive Incentives Higher

When it comes to shopping for new cars, it's a buyer's market
Consumers are shouldering shrinking equity, tightening credit, and rising prices on food, gas, power and other necessities. As a result, many are putting off car buying. "We're seeing all of the [incentive] programs that have worked in the past coming back," says Paul Taylor, chief economist for the National Automobile Dealers Association. Two well-known strategies are employee-level discounts for buyers and zero-percent loans. At her two Texas dealerships, [NADA Chairman] Annette Sykora has seen sales follow the national trend, dropping about 10 percent from last year. But she's noticed another trend where consumers are making more conscious purchasing decisions, Sykora says. "They are asking a lot more questions," often about fuel economy. And that translates into their buying habits. "We're seeing a trend toward more fuel efficiency," she says. "Usually, that means smaller cars," says Sykora.
Source:  Bankrate.com

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GM to Slow Output of Big Cars

General Motors Corp. has delayed -- and may cancel -- all of its big, rear-wheel drive cars, including Cadillac's top-of-the-line DTS sedan, people familiar with the automaker's planning said. The future of GM's other large rear-wheel drive vehicles is also uncertain. GM has reduced and slowed production for many of its current large vehicles, particularly its large pickups and SUVs, and already has delayed work on the next generation of those large trucks. The delay of its large cars is another sign that the automaker expects the recent consumer shift from large, powerful vehicles to more fuel-efficient vehicles to be permanent.
Source:  Detroit Free Press

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Ford has Small-car Profit Plan

Automaker to outline today its new strategy to make more off compacts
TRAVERSE CITY -- Ford Motor Co. is expected to outline a new strategy for selling small cars profitably in the United States today, one that will rely on improved quality, comfort and new cutting-edge technologies. In a keynote address to industry leaders gathered for the Center for Automotive Research's annual Management Briefing Seminars, Ford Americas President Mark Fields is expected to detail Ford's plan to boost margins on compacts... "We'll see a bigger smaller car segment," [Fields] said, adding that Ford thinks it can begin to charge the sort of premium prices it is already commands for small cars in Europe if it gives American consumers the same comfort and quality that it offers in its smaller vehicles over there. "That's a big revenue opportunity."
Source:  The Detroit News

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An S.U.V. Traffic Jam

DETROIT — The market for sport utility vehicles is starting to look a lot like the housing market, spreading pain to consumers, automakers and dealers. Even the vocabulary is sadly familiar. Bloated inventories? Days spent on the market? Just like hapless homeowners, countless car owners are now “underwater,” driving vehicles that are worth less than the balance on their car loans. And just like desperate homeowners, the sellers of S.U.V.’s are having to painfully cut asking prices.
Source:  The New York Times

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NADA Update
NADA Director Elections: Results Are In

NADA Directors from four states have been elected. They are:

  • South Carolina: Cliff C. Goodwin, III (Goodwin Honda Mitsubishi Volkswagen) succeeds William Bradshaw.
  • Metropolitan Washington, DC: Tamara C. Darvish (DARCARS Automotive Group) succeeds Geoffrey Pohanka.
  • Georgia: Ramsey T. "Bub" Way (Way Brothers Ford) succeeds Martin NeSmith.
  • Kansas: David Shepherd (Shepherd Team Auto Plaza) succeeds Dale Willey.

Goodwin and Darvish serve 3-year terms beginning Jan. 27, 2009. The announcements will be made at the NADA convention in New Orleans. Shepherd also takes office Jan. 27 to serve the rest of Willey's term, which expires Feb. 2011. Way takes office immediately to serve NeSmith's remaining term, which expires Feb. 2010.

Eighteen directors were re-elected: Tom Johnson, Ariz.; Peter Blackstock, Northern Calif.; John Symes, Southern Calif.; Jeff Carlson, Colo.; Gary Reynolds, Conn.; Joe Hanley, Hawaii; Greg Taylor, Idaho; Rick Gregg, Ill.; John McEleney, Iowa; Ray Ciccolo, Mass.; William Adamson, Minn.; Butch Oustalet, Miss.; Bill Fox, N.Y. State; Neale Kuperman, Metropolitan N.Y.; Chuck Eddy, Ohio; David Penske, Eastern Pa.; Doug Knust, S.D.; and George Miller, W.Va.

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NADA Insurance Announces New Plan for Retiring and Career-changing Dealers

NADA Insurance is offering a new, two-year continuation of NADA's Dealer Life Insurance plan for members who are either retiring or transitioning out of the retail-automotive industry. "In the spirit of supporting dealers who have been loyal clients of NADA's insurance programs over the years, this new program is available to them once they are no longer NADA members," says Lin Peacock, vice president of NADA Insurance. The plan is available to members who have been NADA Insurance clients for a minimum of five years. The current policy and premiums remain the same. No additional applications or underwriting are necessary. To learn more about this new enhancement to the NADA Dealer Life Insurance plan, call NADA Insurance at (888) 461-6232.

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NADA Convention Registration is off to a Strong Start

 

Registration for the 2009 NADA Convention & Exposition in New Orleans January 24-27 opened only two weeks ago and three hotels are already sold out and sales of exhibit space are strong. "We're very pleased," says Steve Pitt, vice president of NADA conventions. "This is a nice, strong start for the convention." Since Katrina, more than $1 billion has been invested in hotel renovations. More restaurants (913) are open in the city today than before Katrina, and the French Quarter is cleaner than ever. "The heart and the core of New Orleans ... looks better than it did before the storm," says Stephen Perry, president and CEO, New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Hotel reservations are going fast. Be sure to take a moment now to register by clicking here.

 Click here for the video that shows just how much progress New Orleans has made since Katrina.

[Editor's Note: In recognition of tough economic times, registration fees and hotel rates have remained unchanged, and discounted airfare is available. More than 700 exhibitors, 150 dealer workshops, a heavy-weight lineup of speakers and an additional half-day of workshops, including "Lifeline to Profit$" (offered both Friday and Tuesday) are slated for the NADA convention.]

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STAR Answers Dealers' Questions About Dealership Data Security

 

Standards for Technology in Automotive Retail (STAR) has developed new guidelines to help dealers evaluate their Dealership Data Security. Visit STAR's Dealer Infrastructure Guidelines (DIG) publication for more information. To learn how dealerships should test their security plans click here.

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Lenovo PCs Power Beijing 2008 Olympic Games

  

Lenovo, a major sponsor of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, is providing 30,000 computers to power all aspects of the games. Imagine what they can do for you! NADA members can save up to 36 percent on select ThinkPad notebooks with eCoupon USXBACKTOSCHOOL at checkout. This offer ends August 25. To take advantage of these savings, visit NADA's PC Purchase Program online (member login required), then click on www.lenovo.com/shop/deals/nada or call (800) 426.7235, Option 1, Ext. 4838.

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Registration for the NADA convention in New Orleans Jan. 24-27 is now open. Click here to see just how much progress New Orleans has made since Katrina.


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"They are asking a lot more questions," often about fuel economy. "We're seeing a trend toward more fuel efficiency."

    -- NADA Chairman Annette Sykora, referring to recent car-shopping trends, Bankrate.com, Aug. 13 


"It's going to be much more dramatic than we thought. This is going to drive a lot of innovation and we're not going to have a choice."

    -- John German, manager of environmental and energy analysis at Honda, predicting federal regulators would far surpass the congressional fuel economy requirements approved in 2007 and could require nearly 50 miles per gallon by 2030, The Detroit News, Aug. 13


"We'll see a bigger smaller-car segment. That's a big revenue opportunity."

    -- Ford Americas President Mark Fields said of the automaker's pending announcement detailing how they plan to sell small cars profitably in the United States,  The Detroit News, Aug. 13 
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NADA's New Orleans "Committed to Community" Project:  Lusher Charter School

NADA's Return to New Orleans
NADA and "SeeMore's Playhouse" Promote Child Passenger Safety Month in September
 


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