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With Deadline Near, 168 GM Dealerships File for Arbitration
Spyker CEO Sees Outcome of Saab Talks 'Very Soon'
Calif. Denies It May Pull Out of Emissions Pact
T. Boone Pickens Tweaks His Energy Plan
Letter: High-Tech Dashboards
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With Deadline Near, 168 GM Dealerships File for Arbitration

WASHINGTON -- As of last Friday, 168 of the 2,000 rejected General Motors dealerships had given notice of their intent to seek reinstatement through arbitration, a General Motors Co. spokeswoman said. The showrooms have until Monday to declare their intent to pursue neutral arbitration under a new law signed by President Barack Obama last month. Chrysler declined to release any figures on dealership filings.
Source: Automotive News

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Spyker CEO Sees Outcome of Saab Talks 'Very Soon'

AMSTERDAM -- Spyker Cars Chief Executive Victor Muller told Reuters via a text message on Thursday that talks with GM were ongoing, adding the "outcome will be clear very soon." One of the parties still vying for Saab, investment firm Genii Capital, said on Tuesday it remained hopeful about its chances of buying Saab, as liquidators had yet to start dismantling the firm.
Source: Reuters

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Calif. Denies It May Pull Out of Emissions Pact

State says it's 'fully committed' to meeting standards announced last year by Obama
Washington -- The California Air Resources Board late Wednesday denied reports it was considering pulling out of a deal with automakers and the White House to set higher fuel economy standards. The board is "fully committed to the agreement to establish a national vehicle greenhouse gas standard announced last May by President Obama in the Rose Garden," said Chairwoman Mary D. Nichols. The deal, announced by President Barack Obama in May, would essentially mandate California's tailpipe emission standards through 2016 -- setting fleetwide fuel efficiency standards at 34.1 miles per gallon. But it gives automakers more flexibility, some credits and a slower phase-in than California's timetable.
Source: The Detroit News

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T. Boone Pickens Tweaks His Energy Plan

T. Boone Pickens, the Texas billionaire, got his first car, a 1942 Ford, in 1946. But in an interview (Wednesday) at The New York Times, he made it plain that the national romance with the automobile was beyond his reckoning. "America is nuts about cars," he said. "Cars are not a big deal to me, but they are a big deal to a lot of people." Nevertheless, the Pickens plan he began in 2008 seeks to transform the way Americans drive by powering vehicles with what he calls our “abundance of clean, cheap, domestic natural gas.” But, in New York, Mr. Pickens said he was refocusing the plan, not only de-emphasizing wind energy, but also turning his natural gas focus from cars and pickup trucks to big commercial vehicles, including buses and the 18-wheelers that move American freight.
Source: The New York Times

Editor's note: Pickens will discuss his energy plan during a keynote address at NADA's 93rd annual Convention & Expo in Orlando on Monday, Feb. 15. For more information or to register, visit
www.nada.org/convention.

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Letter: High-Tech Dashboards

Editor's Note: The following letter to the editor of The New York Times was written by Johan de Nysschen, president of Audi of America.

Your article about integrating multimedia into automobiles (“Despite Risks, Internet Creeps Onto Car Dashboards,” “Driven to Distraction” series, front page, Jan. 7) does not mention the advances that improve safety beyond current dashboard technologies. Audi’s new system dramatically reduces the risks to drivers seeking directions or other location-specific information by providing that information faster and more efficiently. For the driver, glancing at an eye-level panel is safer than reading directions off the page. Audi’s integrated advanced technology reduces driver distractions, thereby promoting safer driving.
Source: The New York Times

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"America is nuts about cars."

   
-- T. Boone Pickens, founder and chairman of BP Capital Management, The New York Times, Jan. 20. Pickens will discuss his energy plan during a keynote address at NADA's 93rd annual Convention & Expo in Orlando on Monday, Feb. 15.
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