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Advance Registration for NADA Convention Extended; Sign Up by Jan. 27 and Save $50-$75
Many Auto Dealers Seek Arbitration
Dem Leaders Scramble to Save Healthcare Reform after Brown Win
Chrysler Recalls 24,000 Cars and Trucks Over Brake Issue
California: May Pull Out of Fuel Economy Standard
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Advance Registration for NADA Convention Extended; Sign Up by Jan. 27 and Save $50-$75

Keynote speakers to discuss the future of auto retailing; 100 workshops offered with a focus on managing cash flow, inventory and service productivity; and 19 franchise meetings scheduled
Over the past several days, advance registration for the NADA Convention & Expo, Feb. 13-15, has surged. If fact, pre-paid registration is now ahead of last year’s total attendance. So, in order to provide dealers and their managers with more time to sign up and take advantage of the $50 to $75 savings, the advance registration deadline has been extended to Wednesday, Jan. 27. NADA is also providing dealers and their managers with a $200 voucher to spend on goods and services on the expo floor. “It’s time to focus on the future,” says John McEleney, 2009 NADA chairman. “We’ve put together a strong lineup of expert speakers and practical workshops, including 19 franchise meetings. To date, there are nearly 450 exhibitors. If you have not yet registered, now is the time.” Take a minute and register at www.nada.org/convention.
Source: NADA Newswire

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Many Auto Dealers Seek Arbitration

Many dealers whose franchises were terminated have requested arbitration to regain their franchises while Chrysler continues to consider whether to challenge the constitutionality of the appeal process, according to dealers and lawyers interviewed by the Free Press. Monday is the deadline for up to 789 terminated Chrysler dealers and about 1,300 General Motors dealers whose franchises are in the process of being wound down to ask for arbitration. Gina Russo, along with her father, Gus, want to reopen the vacant Lochmoor Chrysler-Jeep on Mack Avenue in Detroit. “I’m extremely hopeful,” she said. “We were one of the top 50 Chrysler dealers in the country. I have no doubt that the process will be fair and just.”
Source: Detroit Free Press

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Dem Leaders Scramble to Save Healthcare Reform after Brown Win

Democratic leaders are scrambling to save healthcare reform legislation in the wake of a shocking Republican victory for the Senate seat held by the late Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.). Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) met Tuesday afternoon to discuss contingency plans in case state Sen. Scott Brown (R) defeated state Attorney General Martha Coakley (D). Democratic leaders told rank-and-file colleagues there would be no caucus-wide discussion of a Plan B for healthcare reform until they knew the results of the special election in Massachusetts.
Source: The Hill

Editor's note: NADA opposes both the House and Senate healthcare bills. Visit www.nada.org/legislativeaffairs to view the latest healthcare alert as well as opposition letters sent to both the House and Senate signed by NADA. Dealers should contact their Senators by calling (202) 224-3121 and encourage them to seek a healthcare reform compromise that increases the affordability of healthcare without the new costly mandates and fees created for small business in both the House and Senate bills.

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Chrysler Recalls 24,000 Cars and Trucks Over Brake Issue

DETROIT -- Chrysler Group LLC will recall 24,177 vehicles over a possible defective part that could cause brake failure, according to a filing from the auto maker to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The bulk of the recall applies to 16,872 Dodge Ram pick-up trucks from model years 2009-2010, as well as 2010 model-year Chrysler Sebring, Dodge Avenger and Nitro, and Jeep Liberty, Commander and Grand Cherokee. The vehicles were built with an improperly formed or missing part in the braking system.
Source: Dow Jones Newswires

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California: May Pull Out of Fuel Economy Standard

WASHINGTON -- California officials have threatened to pull out of a historic compromise with U.S. automakers and the Obama administration for a 35.5 m.p.g. fuel economy standard by 2016 unless federal regulators side with the state on two key disputes. In a recent federal filing, the California Air Resources Board said the Obama administration needs to address two concerns in the final rule due March 31 "to ensure California's continued support." CARB wants federal regulators to lower proposed credits for zero-emissions vehicles, which include hybrids, plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles. California regulators also want the administration to reject a proposal from the alliance to ease the phase-in of the standards between 2012 and 2015, with a larger increase for the 2016 model year to reach the 35.5 m.p.g. target.
Source: Detroit Free Press

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"It's time to focus on the future. We’ve put together a strong lineup of expert speakers and practical workshops, including 19 franchise meetings. To date, there are nearly 450 exhibitors. If you have not yet registered, now is the time."

   
-- John McEleney, 2009 NADA chairman, on NADA's 93rd annual Convention & Expo, Feb. 13-15, in Orlando, NADA Newswire, Jan. 20
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NADA Chairman: Convention is the 'Must-Attend Event'

Advance Registration Deadline Extended to Jan. 27

To provide dealers and their managers with more time to sign up for the convention, the advance registration deadline — which includes a $50-$75 savings — has been extended to Wednesday, Jan. 27. If you have not yet registered, now is the time. Click here to r
egister today.

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