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Top 10 Stories
Toyota President Pledges to Set New Standards, Restore Reputation
Overestimate Fueled State's Landmark Diesel Law
GM, UAW Reach Wage-Cutting Deal at Small-Car Plant
Ford, Audi CEOs to Headline 2011 Consumer Electronics Show
The Difference Engine: Going Electric
Toyota Displays Tesla-Supplied Electric RAV4 to U.S. Dealers
First Buyers of Nissan Leaf Get a Trunkful of Perks
Toyota Prius to Expand into a Brand with More Varieties
Follow The Money: Auto Sales in China Outstrip the U.S.
Subaru to Scout Puppies for Super Bowl Spot
Top 10 Stories
Toyota President Pledges to Set New Standards, Restore Reputation

Toyota Motor Corp. President Akio Toyoda rallied the automaker's 1,200 U.S. dealers Wednesday, pledging to restore the company's reputation as a leader in quality, environmentally-friendly technology and responsiveness to customers. (Read more)
Source: The Detroit News

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Overestimate Fueled State's Landmark Diesel Law

SACRAMENTO -- California grossly miscalculated pollution levels in a scientific analysis used to toughen the state's clean-air standards, and scientists have spent the past several months revising data and planning a significant weakening of the landmark regulation, The (San Francisco) Chronicle has found. The pollution estimate in question was too high -- by 340 percent, according to the California Air Resources Board, the state agency charged with researching and adopting air quality standards. (Read more)
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

Editor's note: The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is composed of a powerful group of unelected officials with a huge staff who oversee California's air quality regulations, including those for motor vehicles. Under the federal Clean Air Act, state laws governing motor vehicle air rules generally are preempted. However, if EPA grants a preemption waiver for a CARB motor vehicle rule, it may be adopted by other states. NADA and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce currently are in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals challenging EPA's grant of a preemption waiver for a CARB rule governing vehicle fuel economy standards and greenhouse gas emissions.

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GM, UAW Reach Wage-Cutting Deal at Small-Car Plant

General Motors and the United Auto Workers have reached a cost-cutting deal that could help accomplish what once seemed impossible: Making a profit on small cars built in the United States. (Read more)
Source: The Associated Press

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Ford, Audi CEOs to Headline 2011 Consumer Electronics Show

DETROIT -- The importance of auto industry electronics will be evident at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in January, when two top auto executives will be keynote speakers. (Read more)
Source: The Detroit News

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The Difference Engine: Going Electric

The powers that be have yet to agree on how to compare electric cars with conventional ones. That makes it difficult for consumers to work out how much money, if any, they will save on annual fuel costs by buying a pure electric vehicle like the Leaf instead of a plug-in hybrid such as the forthcoming Chevrolet Volt—or even a conventional hybrid like the Toyota Prius, let alone one of the new clean diesels such as the Volkswagen TDI. (Read more)
Source: The Economist

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Toyota Displays Tesla-Supplied Electric RAV4 to U.S. Dealers

Toyota Motor Corp., the world’s biggest seller of hybrid cars, gave U.S. dealers a first look at an electric sport-utility vehicle developed with affiliate Tesla Motors Inc. as Toyota prepares to boost sales of advanced autos. (Read more)
Source: Bloomberg

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First Buyers of Nissan Leaf Get a Trunkful of Perks

Tax credits, rebate checks, personalized home visits, government giveaways — even customer service calls from top corporate executives. The first all-electric car from a major auto company, the Nissan Leaf, arrives at dealerships in December, but thousands of Americans are already learning that going electric can come with perks like no other car purchase. (Read more)
Source: The New York Times

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Toyota Prius to Expand into a Brand with More Varieties

Toyota will introduce two new Prius models by the end of 2012, expanding the name into a brand aimed at bolstering the automaker's dominance of the hybrid and eventually the electric vehicle market in the U.S., according to dealers who learned of the plan this week. (Read more)
Source: Detroit Free Press

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Follow The Money: Auto Sales in China Outstrip the U.S.

Auto sales for a group of emerging markets including China and Russia are expected to pass the group of “mature” markets like North America, Japan and Western Europe for the first time this year, and then keep right on growing. (Read more)
Source: BNET

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Subaru to Scout Puppies for Super Bowl Spot

Subaru of America is looking for some extra special talent for a 2011 Super Bowl spot. (Read more)
Source: MediaPost

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Quotable
 
"The powers that be have yet to agree on how to compare electric cars with conventional ones. That makes it difficult for consumers to work out how much money, if any, they will save on annual fuel costs by buying a pure electric vehicle like the Leaf instead of a plug-in hybrid such as the forthcoming Chevrolet Volt — or even a conventional hybrid like the Toyota Prius, let alone one of the new clean diesels such as the Volkswagen TDI."

-- The Economist, Oct. 8

 
UPCOMING SEMINARS

NADA University Seminars Coming to California
   - Advanced Parts & DMS Management (Oct. 11–15)
   - Advanced Service Management (Nov. 1–5)
   - Advanced Manage by the Numbers (Nov. 8–12)
 

NADA University Sponsors Executive Summit to Improve Online Sales & Marketing (Oct. 18-20)

ADESA/NADA University Present "Free" 'Industry Insight' Series at ADESA Golden Gate in Tracy, Calif. (Oct. 21)


Transitioning to New Model Privacy Notice
(Oct. 27)

The New Risk-Based Pricing Rule (Nov. 3)

NADA Co-Sponsors Dealer Day Conference at 2010 SEMA Show (Nov. 3)


NADA Convention

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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