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U.S. Dealer Chief: Rethink Fuel Rules
Americans Are Shunning Small Cars, Dealer Chief Says
NADA Chairman Skeptical of 62 MPG
NADA: New Fuel Economy Labels Must Provide Car Buyers with Useful Facts that Are Easy to Understand
U.S. Retail Sales in Oct. Are Projected to be the Year's Strongest
NHTSA Urges Ford Owners to get Recalled Vehicles Fixed
Dodge Will Get First Fiat-based Car in Late 2011, Marchionne Says
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U.S. Dealer Chief: Rethink Fuel Rules

He says mandate adds cost to cars that aren't in demand

DETROIT— A federal proposal to hike fuel efficiency standards to 60 mpg by 2025 could make cars and trucks more expensive and fill showrooms with ultra fuel efficient cars that don't sell well, Ed Tonkin, chairman of the National Automobile Dealers Association, warned Thursday. (Read more)
Source: The Detroit News

Editor's Note: The chairman's remarks to the Automotive Press Association Thursday were widely broadcast. Click here for his interview on Detroit CBS News affiliate WWJ 950. To read the full text of Tonkin's speech, click here.

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Americans Are Shunning Small Cars, Dealer Chief Says

DETROIT—The head of one of the biggest automotive industry groups said Americans are shunning small, fuel-efficient vehicles despite recent increases in the price of gasoline and the arrival of new small models in showrooms. (Read more)
Source: The Wall Street Journal 

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NADA Chairman Skeptical of 62 MPG

DETROIT – National Automobile Dealers Assn. Chairman Ed Tonkin calls unreasonable a bid by some groups to push U.S. fleet fuel-economy standards to more than 60 mpg (3.9 L/100 km) by 2025. (Read more)
Source: Ward's Auto

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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 Thursday, the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) urged 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,” said Forrest McConnell, chairman of NADA’s Regulatory Affairs Committee and president of McConnell Honda and Acura of Montgomery, Ala. (Read more)
Source: NADAFrontPage.com

Editor's Note: For the full text of McConnell's testimony on proposed revisions to fuel economy labels, click here.

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U.S. Retail Sales in Oct. Are Projected to be the Year's Strongest

LOS ANGELES -- Retail sales of new vehicles in October are expected to be the year's strongest as U.S. consumers avoid a midmonth buying lull, J.D. Power and Associates said (Thursday). (Read more)
Source: Automotive News

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NHTSA Urges Ford Owners to get Recalled Vehicles Fixed

WASHINGTON —The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration urged owners of recalled Ford Motor Co. vehicles over fire risks to get them repaired. NHTSA said just 40 percent of the 14 million or so vehicles that have been recalled have been fixed — lower than the industry average of 70 percent repaired after 18 months. (Read more)
Source: The Detroit News

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Dodge Will Get First Fiat-based Car in Late 2011, Marchionne Says

Equipped with Fiat’s fuel-efficient 1.4-liter engine, new sedan set to reach 40 mpg TURIN, Italy -- The Dodge brand will receive the first Chrysler Group product based on Fiat’s Compact Wide architecture, Fiat S.p.A. and Chrysler Group CEO Sergio Marchionne said (Thursday). (Read more)
Source: Automotive News

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Quotable
 
"It's good to be environmentally conscious, but don't get ahead of the consumer."

    -- Ed Tonkin, NADA chairman, in remarks Thursday to the Automotive Press Association in Detroit on a federal proposal to hike fuel efficiency standards to 60 mpg by 2025, The Detroit News, Oct. 21



"The result of this report validates what NADA said all along -- that these terminations were unjust, they were uncalled for. The auto task force got it wrong. The administration got it wrong."

    -- Ed Tonkin, NADA chairman, on an audit by federal inspectors that was critical of how the Obama administration, General Motors and Chrysler handled the termination of thousands of dealerships, Automotive News, Oct. 21

Video Highlights
 

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.


NADA Convention

‘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.


Used Car Guide



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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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