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NADA: Overly Aggressive Fuel Economy Push May Be Counterproductive
NADA: New Fuel Economy Labels Must Provide Car Buyers with Useful Facts that Are Easy to Understand
Chrysler Awards Fiat Franchises to U.S. Dealers
Fiat Taps 3 Mich. Dealerships to Sell Brand
Toyota to Recall 1.66 Million Avalon, Other Cars
Ford's Focus to Get New Engine; 40 mpg Predicted
Automakers Switch to New Engine Oil for More Efficiency, Better Protection
Volvo Plans Entry-Level Car to Rival VW Golf
Ford Puts Air Bags in Seat Belts to Reduce Injuries for Rear Riders
EPA Schedules Five Free 6H Compliance Webinars for Body Shops
Top 10 Stories
NADA: Overly Aggressive Fuel Economy Push May Be Counterproductive

Tonkin: Public policy has to take into account consumer demands and the harsh realities of the marketplace

DETROIT – As the debate over fuel economy heats up, the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) is urging federal regulators to consider carefully the rising cost of vehicles for consumers when increasing new federal mandates. “NADA has long supported improvements in fuel economy, but it’s also our role to raise some tough questions so there’s no rush to judgment,” said NADA Chairman Ed Tonkin, in remarks today to the Automotive Press Association in Detroit. Click here for Tonkin's full remarks. (Read more)
Source: NADAFrontPage.com

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NADA: New Fuel Economy Labels Must Provide Car Buyers with Useful Facts that Are Easy to Understand

LOS ANGELES -- At a hearing today, the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) will urge federal regulators to stick with fuel economy labels that "won’t confuse the buying public, won’t make new vehicle purchasing decisions more difficult and won’t treat automakers or fuel types unfairly.” “Fuel economy labels simply should provide useful facts in an easy to understand manner,” says Forrest McConnell, chairman of NADA’s Regulatory Affairs Committee and president of McConnell Honda and Acura of Montgomery, Ala. (Read more)
Source: NADAFrontPage.com

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Chrysler Awards Fiat Franchises to U.S. Dealers

DETROIT—Chrysler Group LLC began awarding Fiat SpA franchises to some of its dealers Wednesday, the latest step in its strategy to bring the Italian car brand back to the U.S. after a more than 25-year absence. (Read more)
Source: The Wall Street Journal

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Fiat Taps 3 Mich. Dealerships to Sell Brand

Ten days before Saturn of Lakeside in Macomb was to close, owner Carl Galeana got the call: He's been awarded one of three Fiat franchises in Michigan. (Read more)
Source: The Detroit News 

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Toyota to Recall 1.66 Million Avalon, Other Cars

Toyota Motor Corp said on Thursday it would repair 1.66 million Avalon and other vehicles, mostly in Japan and the United States, in the latest large-scale recall to plague the world's biggest automaker. (Read more)
Source: Reuters

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Ford's Focus to Get New Engine; 40 mpg Predicted

DEARBORN, Mich. -- When the new Ford Focus compact arrives in U.S. showrooms early next year, it will come with a new 160-horsepower, two-liter four-cylinder engine that will help the car get a projected 40 miles per gallon on the highway, Ford said Wednesday. (Read more)
Source: The Associated Press

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Automakers Switch to New Engine Oil for More Efficiency, Better Protection

Automakers are going to great lengths to get more miles per gallon from their vehicles and everything is being looked at -- even the engine oil. (Read more)
Source: Automotive News

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Volvo Plans Entry-Level Car to Rival VW Golf

Speaking in London last week, new Volvo CEO Stefan Jacoby said the next generation of the entry-level Volvo “will be a derivation of the C30, a Golf competitor,” according to the Web site autocar.co.uk. (Read more)
Source: Automotive News

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Ford Puts Air Bags in Seat Belts to Reduce Injuries for Rear Riders

ROMEO, Mich. — After more than a decade of development, Ford Motor is about to launch the first back-seat safety belts with built-in air bags. (Read more)
Source: USA Today

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EPA Schedules Five Free 6H Compliance Webinars for Body Shops

Dealership body shops must comply with the EPA's hazardous pollutant rules by the Jan. 10, 2011, compliance date. To help dealers and others comply, the EPA is offering five free Webinars on the “6H rules." The first Webinar is on Thursday, Oct. 28, and the last is on Thursday, Nov. 18. Dealers who complete this training will receive a certificate of completion fulfilling the classroom training requirement of the new rule. However, dealers will also need hands-on training, as the Webinars do not cover that required training element. To register for one of the Webinars, click here.
Source: NADA Regulatory Affairs

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"We all hope there is some future technology that’s affordable and will get us to 60 MPG sooner than later. But we have to look beyond hope. Public policy has to take into account the harsh realities of the marketplace."

    -- Ed Tonkin, NADA chairman, in remarks today to the Automotive Press Association in Detroit on the rising cost of vehicles for consumers when increasing fuel economy mandates, NADAFrontPage.com, Oct. 21



"Fuel economy labels simply should provide useful facts in an easy to understand manner."
 
    -- Forrest McConnell, chairman of NADA’s Regulatory Affairs Committee, in testimony expected later today at a joint NHTSA/EPA hearing in Los Angeles on proposed changes to fuel economy labels, NADAFrontPage.com, Oct. 21
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NADA Convention Chairman Jack Caldwell: Registration Numbers Ahead of Last Year

 
UPCOMING SEMINARS

Webinar: Transitioning to New Model Privacy Notice (Oct. 27)

Advanced Service Management in Cerritos, Calif. (Nov. 1–5)  

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

NADA's 'Dealer Day' Conference at 2010 SEMA Show in Las Vegas (Nov. 3)

To register for NADA U training, sign in to NADA U, then go to the NADA U Store, select “Webinars & Seminars” under “Products,” and follow the ordering instructions.


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‘Aftermarket Zone’ at the NADA Convention Sells Out

The “Aftermarket Zone” at the 2011 NADA Convention & Expo in San Francisco has sold out. The “Aftermarket Zone,” which has doubled in size since debuting at the 2010 convention, will showcase 15 companies in more than 8,000 square feet of booth space. For more information, click here.


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NADA Member Wins HP Mini Notebook

Congratulations to D. Ward Drennen, III, of Don Drennen Motor Co Inc. in Birmingham, Ala., the winner of NADA's drawing for an HP Mini Notebook for responding to an e-mail survey on how dealers can make the most of technology. To learn more about discounted HP products go to NADA's PC Purchase Program site (member log in required)

 

 
Lenovo's Laptop Discounts

NADA members can use eCoupon USXOCTSAVINGS at checkout and save an additional 5% off the sale price of the ThinkPad L Series and the ThinkPad X Series and 10% off the sale price of the X Series Tablet. This offer expires Oct. 31. To learn more about this offer and other discounted Lenovo products go to NADA's PC Purchase Program site (member log in required)


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