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Honda Will Give Dealers Fits a Month Early
Head-turning Car Designs Will Rule
Hyundai Plans to Sell Gasoline-electric Hybrid in U.S.
Hyundai Gambles on Luxury Market
Kicking the Tires, with Chinese Flair
NADA Update
Sign Up Today to Become a Green Checkup Dealer
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
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Honda Will Give Dealers Fits a Month Early

The on-sale date of the redesigned Honda Fit subcompact will be more than a month sooner than originally planned, a Honda Motor Co. spokesman told Automotive News [yesterday.] The 2009 Fit will arrive in dealerships Tuesday, Aug. 26. Honda’s earlier plans were for the updated Fit to arrive Oct. 1. “We basically increased supply as much as we could to meet demand, and we were still going to be sold out of the 2008 model,” Honda spokesman Chris Martin said. “We had to do something so that our dealers would not be without the small cars that buyers are seeking.” In the first seven months of the year, Fit sales in the United States rose 72.9 percent to 52,053 units.
Source:  Automotive News (Subscription required.)

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Head-turning Car Designs Will Rule

On Monday, it was announced that Trevor Creed, Chrysler's senior vice president for design, will retire at the end of the month and [Ralph] Gilles will take over as vice president for design for the Auburn Hills automaker Sept. 1. Gilles, who's credited with designing the popular Chrysler 300 sedan, told the Free Press on Tuesday that he wants to get Chrysler's "cars to be sexy again." "I want to kind of shepherd a new ... design philosophy. I am kind of done with the edge-type of design, the more structured look," said Gilles, 38, referring to the style of the Chrysler's new minivans. In recent years, he's talked a lot about the need to improve vehicle interiors. Gilles also wants to make sure new vehicles appeal to a worldwide audience.
Sourced:  Detroit Free Press

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Hyundai Plans to Sell Gasoline-electric Hybrid in U.S.

BARTON HILLS, Mich. -- Hyundai Motor says it will bring a gasoline-electric hybrid version of its Sonata sedan to the U.S. Vice President of Product Development John Krafcik said Wednesday that Hyundai will display a hybrid version of the midsize Sonata at the Los Angeles Auto show in November. The South Korean automaker will announce at the show the date that the hybrid will be sold in the U.S.
Source:  Associated Press

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Hyundai Gambles on Luxury Market

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Hyundai Motor Co. is aiming to sell about 50,000 Genesis luxury sedans and coupes in the U.S. in 2009 as part of a bid to increase market share and boost its brand image, a senior executive said on Wednesday. The vehicle, which started arriving in U.S. dealerships in June, represents a significant gamble for Hyundai, which is known for offering small, economical models. But the Korean company thinks the Genesis will attract a class of "nonconformist" consumers who want luxury cars but are not concerned about the brand they drive, said John Krafcik, vice president of product development.
Source:  The Wall Street Journal (Subscription required.)

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Kicking the Tires, with Chinese Flair

From waiting room to showroom, it's a distinct experience for growing ranks of car buyers
BEIJING -- Salesman Wang Haokui takes his post -- casually, yet purposefully -- near the main door of his Buick dealership. "I am selling very good cars to people," Wang says through an interpreter, adding that he sells about 15 cars a month. "Many of my customers come here for their first car. I give them respect, and they give me respect back." Wang's dealership, Da Shi Hang Auto in central Beijing, sells about 100 cars a week, ranking as one of Beijing's top dealerships. Buying an automobile is no longer the domain of the wealthy and Communist Party officials. As China's middle class broadens, a car culture is burgeoning. But in some key ways, the car-buying experience is decidedly different than in the United States.
Source:  The Detroit News

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NADA Update
Sign Up Today to Become a Green Checkup Dealer

NADA is urging its members to offer free Green Checkups at their dealerships during the month of September. 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.

Already, more than 160 dealers in 36 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 September. “While customers wait in line to have their child safety seats inspected, we will offer them the option of having the Green Checkup,” says Annette Sykora, NADA chairman.

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 “greenprints” for success.

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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 is open. 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 convention. Since Hurricane Katrina, more than $1 billion has been invested in hotel renovations. More than 900 restaurants 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," said Stephen Perry, president and CEO, New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau. Hotels rooms are selling out fast. Be sure to take a moment now to register by clicking here.

 Click here to see just how much progress New Orleans has made since Katrina.

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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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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 had to do something so that our dealers would not be without the small cars that buyers are seeking."

   
-- Honda spokesman Chris Martin, responding to the boost in production and early delivery of the popular Honda Fit model, Automotive News, August 21
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