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'Small Business Jobs Act' to Benefit Auto Dealers
U.S. Set to Propose New Auto Fuel, Emissions Rules
EPA to Hold Hearings in Chicago, LA on Vehicle Grades
Ford Nameplates May Be Cut to 25
IHS Auto Trims 2010 U.S. Vehicle Sales Forecast to 11.3 Million
NADA Instructors Stress Proper Use of CRM
BMW, Saab Automobile to Agree on Engine-Purchasing Deal
Chrysler Fires 13 Caught Drinking on Break
Top Stories
'Small Business Jobs Act' to Benefit Auto Dealers

WASHINGTON – President Obama yesterday signed the Small Business Jobs Act which, among other things, contains the framework for a new SBA Dealer Floorplan Program (DFP). NADA is working with the SBA to develop the new floorplan program which is expected to be rolled out before year-end. (Read more)
Source: NADAFrontPage.com

Editor's Note: Dealers currently in the process of applying for an SBA-guaranteed floorplan loan under the existing DFP should push to have the loan closed by the end of this month.

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U.S. Set to Propose New Auto Fuel, Emissions Rules

The Obama administration this week will propose new fuel efficiency and emissions requirements for cars and light trucks for model years 2017 and beyond. (Read more)
Source: Reuters 

Editor's Note: NADA is monitoring closely the Administration's development of motor vehicle fuel economy/greenhouse gas emissions standards for 2017 and beyond. "We continue to strongly oppose any state regulation in this area and the premature establishment of binding targets that fail to reflect economic practicability and technological feasibility," says Doug Greenhaus, NADA's director of environment, health and safety. "Simply put, neither the economy nor the environment will benefit if dealers are saddled with vehicles whose price or performance fail to conform with customer expectations."

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EPA to Hold Hearings in Chicago, LA on Vehicle Grades

WASHINGTON -- The Environmental Protection Agency will hold public hearings next month in Chicago and Los Angeles on a controversial proposal to assign new vehicles a grade of "A+" through "D," based on fuel efficiency. (Read more)
Source: The Detroit News

Editor's Note: Dealer representatives will testify at both the Chicago and Los Angeles hearings, and NADA will file extensive comments on the labeling proposal. While the "letter grade" option is a nonstarter for numerous reasons, several provisions in the existing fuel economy label will have to be updated to conform to the statutory mandate. NADA's objective is to see that NHTSA and EPA do so in a way that offers valuable information to consumers without confusing them.

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Ford Nameplates May Be Cut to 25

Ford Motor Co. wants to reduce the number of nameplates it sells in the future to between 20 and 25, Chief Executive Alan Mulally said Monday following a speech to the Confederation of British Industry in London. (Read more)
Source: The Detroit News

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IHS Auto Trims 2010 U.S. Vehicle Sales Forecast to 11.3 Million

Vehicle deliveries in the U.S. will rise to 12.8 million next year as jobs and consumer confidence return, said Nigel Griffiths, chief automotive economist with the Lexington, Massachusetts-based firm. (Read more)
Source: Bloomberg

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NADA Instructors Stress Proper Use of CRM

When it comes to customer-relationship management, too many dealers are "leaving money on the table," says Steve Lane, an instructor with the National Automobile Dealers Association's Dealer Academy. (Read more)
Source: WardsAuto.com

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BMW, Saab Automobile to Agree on Engine-Purchasing Deal

Saab Automobile and Bayerische Motoren Werke AG have agreed on a deal that allows the Swedish carmaker to use engines made by BMW, according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter. (Read more)
Source: Bloomberg 

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Chrysler Fires 13 Caught Drinking on Break

DETROIT—Chrysler Group LLC said Monday that it fired 13 workers caught by a local television news station drinking beer and smoking what appeared to be marijuana while on break from their jobs at a Detroit assembly plant. (Read more)
Source: The Wall Street Journal

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Quotable
 
"What we're hoping for is that the regulation recognizes some of the uncertainty that still exists and allows flexibility to implement new technologies."

    -- Charles Territo, a spokesman for the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, on the president's new fuel efficiency and emissions requirements for cars and light trucks for model years 2017 and beyond, due out this week, Reuters, Sept. 27


 
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2011 Workshop Program Features New 'Online' Track

Among the 10 different tracks of workshops being offered at the 2011 NADA Convention & Expo is a new, rich “Online Presence” track featuring nine workshops that provide the nuts-and-bolts needed to address a gamut of Internet applications. Workshops will include top speakers from Google, DrivingSales, JD Power and Associates, AutoTrader, ActivEngage and more. The workshop program kicks off on Friday, Feb. 4, with sessions at 1:30 p.m. and 3:15 p.m.

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