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GM and NADA Make Peace, Vow to Work Together
NADA Answers Call to Duty in 2009
Arkansas Dealer Chosen as Time Magazine Dealer of the Year
Dealers Poised for Profit in 2010
GM Seeks to Settle Dealer Closing Disputes
Volkswagen U.S. Sales to Double; Dealer Count to Remain Flat
Nation's Largest Auto Dealer: Toyota Should Offer 'Gift' to Buyers
Toyota Plans Incentive, Warranty Campaigns to Restore Consumers' Faith
GM to Talk to States about Plant Incentives
Colorado Auto Dealers Recognized
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GM and NADA Make Peace, Vow to Work Together

ORLANDO, Fla. -- General Motors Co. and National Automobile Dealers Association officials say they've put their recent dispute behind them after a conciliatory meeting late Saturday. GM canceled its plans for exhibit space or attending make meetings at the convention after NADA supported December legislation that mandated arbitration for dealers rejected as part of GM's bankruptcy last spring, sources had told Automotive News. But the relationship is on the mend, and a future bond between GM and the association is “non-negotiable,” said Mark Reuss, GM's North American president. “We set the tone between GM and NADA that this can't go on anymore,” Reuss said after the meeting. “I said: ‘I never want to talk about what's in the past anymore. It's all going forward.'"

Members of the six-person NADA delegation echoed Reuss. “Bygones need to be bygones,” said Carroll Smith, a Texas Chevrolet dealer who becomes chairman of the association's industry relations committee Monday. According to Smith, Reuss told the group that a strong NADA was important, and he recognized the role NADA's members played in lobbying for GM's government bailout in late 2008. Along with Reuss, Smith and (Stephen) Wade, the meeting included NADA President Phil Brady; outgoing Chairman John McEleney; his successor, Ed Tonkin; and past NADA Chairman Alan Starling. Click here to see related NADA-TV report.
Source: Automotive News

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NADA Answers Call to Duty in 2009

ORLANDO, Fla. -- After a year that battered the auto industry—the lowest new vehicle sales rate since World War II, near-automaker liquidations and more than 2,000 dealership closures—it’s time for the industry to come together, John McEleney told thousands of dealers today at the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) convention in Orlando. “Ultimately, dealers and manufacturers are in the business of selling cars,” said McEleney, 2009 NADA chairman. “And we have to do that together.” Click here to see related NADA-TV report and text of speech.
Source: NADAFrontPage.com

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Arkansas Dealer Chosen as Time Magazine Dealer of the Year

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Volunteerism and making his community “a better place to live” are what drive Scott Wood, who was named the 2009 Time Magazine Dealer of the Year during the opening session of NADA’s annual convention Saturday. Wood, of Stanley Wood Chevrolet /Pontiac Co. and Scott Wood Chevrolet, Dodge and Jeep in Batesville, Ark., told attendees that his love for his community and a passion to make improve the local economy have always motivated him to give back. Click here to see related NADA-TV report.
Source: NADAFrontPage.com

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Dealers Poised for Profit in 2010

Layoffs, reduced ad budgets, leaner car inventory save cash
ORLANDO — After a year that saw 8% of the nation’s auto dealers knocked out of business, thousands of car and truck dealers gathered Saturday to kick off the National Automobile Dealers Association’s annual convention with hope that 2010 will be better. For many, it should be. Mike Jackson, CEO of AutoNation, the country’s largest chain of auto dealerships, said last year’s fear has been replaced by optimism. If dealers see their business improve, communities across the country could benefit, too. Dealerships are often significant local employers and stewards in their communities. Click here to see related NADA-TV report.
Source: Detroit Free Press

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GM Seeks to Settle Dealer Closing Disputes

Leaders meet with dealer reps at event
ORLANDO, Fla. -- With 1,160 dealers protesting General Motors' attempt to shut them down, the automaker hopes to settle as many of the disputes as possible outside of arbitration, a top executive said Saturday. "I would like to settle out of arbitration as many as we can," Mark Reuss, GM North America president, told journalists gathered at the National Automobile Dealers Association convention in Orlando. Susan Docherty, GM vice president of sales, said GM needs to have the issue "buttoned up" by the third week in June and will probably need to turn to outside help to deal with the arbitration process, which will be held in local communities across the country. "Our primary objective is to get this behind us," Docherty said. Click here to see related NADA-TV report.
Source: Detroit Free Press

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Volkswagen U.S. Sales to Double; Dealer Count to Remain Flat

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Volkswagen of America Inc. may have ambitious growth plans for the U.S. over the next few years, but CEO Stefan Jacoby does not expect a coinciding increase in the auto maker's storefronts ... he tells the National Automobile Dealers Assn. convention (on Saturday). VWA is listening to dealers more than ever, as well, he says, pointing to dealer meetings where store owners set the agenda and no corporate issues are broached until dealer issues are addressed. Also, more than 10% of VWA dealers are involved in long-term corporate strategy planning. Likewise, Jacoby urges the auto maker's 580 dealers to continue investing as consumers' desire for exclusivity grows and customer satisfaction becomes an even greater imperative. "Your employees are on the front line, so invest in your people," he tells dealers. "They are the future." Click here to see related NADA-TV report.
Source: WardsAuto.com

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Nation's Largest Auto Dealer: Toyota Should Offer 'Gift' to Buyers

If Toyota really wants to rebound once its spate of recalls finally recede, it should suspend its dislike of sales incentives and throw a few big goodies into deals that will startle consumers and get them back in showrooms, the CEO of the nation's largest auto chain says. "I would support a gesture," Mike Jackson, CEO of AutoNation said after addressing the convention of the National Automobile Dealers Association in Orlando. "The American people are willing to forgive and forget, but they would like a little gift." AutoNation runs 21 Toyota dealerships from among the 271 dealers of all brands in its portfolio. Click here to see related NADA-TV report.
Source: USA TODAY

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Toyota Plans Incentive, Warranty Campaigns to Restore Consumers' Faith

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Toyota is planning a heavy incentive program and possibly a new warranty campaign to combat mounting consumer concerns about the automaker amid its recall crisis. “It won't be a fire sale like people thought GM and Chrysler had when they were in trouble,” Don Esmond, senior vice president of automotive operations at Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc., told Automotive News. “But we will be competitive.” Esmond said Toyota met with its dealer ad committee this week and is finalizing the marketing push that will begin in March. Esmond didn't provide details of the effort.
Source: Automotive News

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GM to Talk to States about Plant Incentives

ORLANDO, Fla. -- General Motors Co will talk to state and local governments to see what incentives might be available before deciding which shuttered U.S. plant it will reopen, North American president Mark Reuss said on Saturday. Reuss said last month that the No. 1 U.S. automaker was looking at reopening shuttered assembly lines at Spring Hill, Tennessee or Janesville, Wisconsin, to resolve a short supply of hot-selling vehicles. On Saturday, he told reporters attending the National Automobile Dealers Association convention in Orlando, Florida that the company is "still looking at which (plants) and how to do it. The automaker has about 390,000 vehicles in U.S. dealer lots, short of its targeted inventory in the range of 400,000 and 450,000. vehicles, U.S. sales chief Susan Docherty said.
Source: Reuters

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Colorado Auto Dealers Recognized

Tim Jackson, president of the Colorado Automobile Dealers Association, was named the 2009 Outstanding Automotive Trade Association Executive by the National Automobile Dealers Association. In addition, two Colorado dealers received awards from the group. Jeff Carlson, owner of Glenwood Springs Ford Lincoln Mercury, was named Outstanding NADA Director. Mike Faricy, owner of The Faricy Boys in Colorado Springs, was designated Outstanding Dealer Election Action Committee state chairman.
Source: The Denver Post

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Quotable
 
"I never want to talk about what's in the past anymore. It's all going forward."

    -- Mark Reuss, GM North American president, on mending its relationship with NADA after a conciliatory meeting late Saturday in Orlando, Automotive News, Feb. 14



"Bygones need to be bygones."

    -- Carroll Smith, NADA's Texas director who becomes chairman of the association's industry relations committee Monday, on GM and NADA putting their recent dispute behind them, Automotive News, Feb. 14
Video Highlights
 


NADA-TV: Exclusive Interview with GM's Susan Docherty, VP Sales, Service & Marketing


NADA Comes Through in a Tough Year (NADA-TV)


NADA's Trucks for Haiti Campaign Off to Strong Start
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Chairman McEleney: Dealers Prepared to Repair Toyota Accelerators (Fox Business)

2010 Convention
 

On-Site Convention Registration Now Open

On-site registration for the NADA convention is now open in the Registration Concourse of the West Building, Orange County Convention Center. NADA will provide dealers and their managers with a $200 voucher at registration to spend on goods and services on the expo floor. Click here for more information.

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