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Panel: CAFE Will Change U.S. Car Mix
Auto Makers Work Out Fuel-efficiency Game Plans
GM Plans Electric Vehicles Besides the Volt
Industry Tries Lean Lobbying at Conventions
Hyundai Motor, Kia Aim for 9% of Global Auto Market
Missouri Teacher of the Year Will Have a Sweet Ride
NADA Update
NADA Promotes Green Checkup Month in September
Results Are In: New NADA Directors Elected
Convention Registration is off to a Strong Start
NADA Insurance Announces New Plan for Retiring and Career-changing Dealers
STAR Answers Dealers' Questions about Dealership Data Security
Lenovo PCs Power Beijing 2008 Olympic Games
Top Stories
Panel: CAFE Will Change U.S. Car Mix

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Automakers will resort to changing the mix of vehicles they sell in the United States to meet the 2020 deadline for tougher federal fuel economy standards, a panel of industry experts concluded. "It's going to be a tough go in the 2011-to-2015 time frame," said Ronald Krupitzer, vice president for automotive applications at the American Iron and Steel Institute. "We may see remarkable shifts in the mix of vehicles that are produced in North America, especially toward the end of that time frame."
Source:  Automotive News

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Auto Makers Work Out Fuel-efficiency Game Plans

Auto makers are angling to carve out their own niches in fuel-efficient design, from expansion of the gasoline-electric hybrid technology already available in the Toyota Prius to the new plug-in hybrid vehicle known as the Volt under development by General Motors Corp. Hot off its success with its Prius sedan, Toyota Motor Co. said Friday that it would make hybrid engine systems available on all of its models by 2020. Ford Motor Co., which has few hybrid options among its vehicles, plans to double its hybrid-vehicle lineup and production next year. And Honda Motor Co. said last week at an industry conference in Traverse City, Mich., that in 2009, it will import a new hybrid to compete directly against the Prius in the U.S. market -- and at a lower price.
Source:  The Wall Street Journal (Subscription required.)

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GM Plans Electric Vehicles Besides the Volt

TRAVERSE CITY -- The Chevrolet Volt is expected to be the first of many electric vehicles General Motors Corp. will launch in the next few years, executives said this week. Top executives on the Volt and its E-flex electric propulsion system said they are working on the design and engineering of the next vehicles the automaker will launch with the range-extended lithium-ion battery propulsion system. "There's some derivatives of the Volt coming," [said David Cole, chairman of the Center for Automotive Research.] "What that indicates is that their confidence is increasing that they can do this."
Source:  Detroit Free Press

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Industry Tries Lean Lobbying at Conventions

Tough times and tighter ethics rules have led automakers to curtail spending on lavish parties and glamorous shows at national political conventions. But industry leaders won't all be sitting at home when Democrats and Republicans assemble in the next couple of weeks. The conventions provide opportunities "to develop relationships for working with the next administration," regardless of who wins in November, David Regan said. He's vice president of legislative affairs for the National Automobile Dealers Association. NADA President Phil Brady is scheduled to attend events in Denver and Minneapolis. Chairman Annette Sykora, also a Texas dealer, is scheduled to be in Minneapolis, Regan said.
Source:  Automotive News

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Hyundai Motor, Kia Aim for 9% of Global Auto Market

Hyundai Motor Co., South Korea's largest automaker, and affiliate Kia Motors Corp. aim to almost double their global market share by 2010 after increasing overseas capacity. Hyundai and Kia aim to take 9 percent of the global auto market by 2010, up from 5.5 percent in 2007, the Seoul-based carmaker said in an e-mailed statement... The two automakers will be able to build more than 6 million vehicles worldwide by 2010, compared with 5.3 million this year.
Source:  Bloomberg

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Missouri Teacher of the Year Will Have a Sweet Ride

The Missouri Automobile Dealers Association announced it donated the use of a new car to the Missouri Teacher of the Year. The chairman of the MADA is Paul Broome, owner of Broome Cadillac Inc. in Independence. The organization is based in Jefferson City and represents 500 franchise automobile dealers throughout Missouri. “The automobile dealers of Missouri are proud to be able to recognize the outstanding teachers who work in public schools across the state,” he said. “We look forward to working with state and local school officials to strengthen the teacher of the year program.”
Source:  The Examiner

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NADA Update
NADA Promotes Green Checkup Month in September

New campaign shows drivers how to save gas and cut greenhouse gas emissions
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 greatest effect 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, more than 100 dealers in 30 states have signed up to become Green Checkup Dealers. (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. It includes tips on hosting green driving events, participating in the Green Checkup program and case studies that offer a “greenprint” for success.

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Results Are In: New NADA Directors Elected

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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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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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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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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Featured Video
 

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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"We may see remarkable shifts in the mix of vehicles that are produced in North America..."

   
-- Ronald Krupitzer, vice president for automotive applications at the American Iron and Steel Institute, referring to the effect CAFE will have on product mix, Automotive News, Aug. 18


"There's some derivatives of the Volt coming. What that indicates is that their confidence is increasing that they can do this."

    -- David Cole, chairman of the Center for Automotive Research, responding to GM's announcement to produce electric vehicles in addition to the Volt, Detroit Free Press, Aug. 18


The conventions provide opportunities "to develop relationships for working with the next administration," regardless of who wins in November.

   
-- David Regan, NADA vice president of legislative affairs, Automotive News, Aug. 18
Video Highlights
 
  
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
 


Click here for more NADA-TV reports.

 
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