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NADA to Oppose New Fuel Economy Labels
Dealers Say Grades Could Hurt Car Sales
Chevy to Dealers: Let Cruze Shoppers Test-Drive Competitors
Akerson Takes GM Helm Today; Faces Tough Road
Safety Agency Is Looking Into Steering on 2011 Hyundai Sonata
Ford to Offer Explorer Police Vehicle to Retain Lead
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NADA to Oppose New Fuel Economy Labels

WASHINGTON — The National Automobile Dealers Association said (Tuesday) it would likely oppose a federal proposal to label new vehicles starting with a letter grade from A+ to D based on their fuel economy and emissions. NADA joins many automakers in criticizing the Obama administration's letter-rating proposal, which was unveiled Monday and has been endorsed by many environmental groups. (Read more)
Source: Automotive News

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Dealers Say Grades Could Hurt Car Sales

The proposed ratings have rattled some dealers, many of whom are still recovering from one of the worst automotive sales years in nearly two decades. (Read more)
Source: The Boston Globe

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Chevy to Dealers: Let Cruze Shoppers Test-Drive Competitors

DETROIT — Chevrolet is asking its 3,000 dealers to prepare for the late September launch of the new Chevrolet Cruze compact by purchasing competitors' vehicles for test-drive comparisons. (Read more)
Source: Automotive News

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Akerson Takes GM Helm Today; Faces Tough Road

When General Motors Co. Chairman and CEO Ed Whitacre Jr. disclosed unexpectedly on Aug. 12 that he was stepping down and fellow board member Daniel Akerson would take over, he seemed confident the worst was behind the automaker. But while GM is undeniably in better shape this year than last, Akerson has a tough job that only begins with preparing GM for an initial public stock offering later this year. (Read more)
Source: The Detroit News

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Safety Agency Is Looking Into Steering on 2011 Hyundai Sonata

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating “complete” steering failures on the new 2011 Hyundai Sonata. The investigation is based on two customer complaints, said a spokesman for Hyundai, Jim Trainor. (Read more)
Source: The New York Times

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Ford to Offer Explorer Police Vehicle to Retain Lead

Ford Motor Co., which controls about three-quarters of the U.S. market for police cars, will begin selling a law-enforcement version of its redesigned Explorer sport-utility vehicle late next year. (Read more)
Source: Bloomberg

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Quotable
 
"Anything that’s not an A is bad, right? It’s misleading to the consumer."

    — Chris Lee, owner of Lee Volvo in Wellesley, Mass., on a proposal by the Environmental Protection Agency that would assign new cars a letter grade based on their emissions, The Boston Globe, Sept. 1

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