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2010 Sales: A Race to the End
Lawmakers, White House Expected to Forge Tax Deal This Week
U.S., South Korea Agree on Revisions in Trade Accord
Auto Execs Say Car of the Future Won't Be Cheap
Iacocca Upbeat About Chrysler, Ford, Future of the Industry
Buick and GMC Dealers Upgrade Stores, Loaner Programs
Ford: Lincoln Stores Need Own Staff
Tune Up Your Digital Marketing Strategies at the NADA Convention in San Francisco
Top Stories
2010 Sales: A Race to the End

Bragging rights hinge on December

November sales matched October's brisk pace, another sign the auto recovery is gaining momentum. So how are individual automakers faring as 2010 comes to a close? (Read more)
Source: Automotive News

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Lawmakers, White House Expected to Forge Tax Deal This Week

Senate lawmakers expect a bipartisan group of negotiators to announce a deal in the coming days that would extend the Bush tax cuts for two years and federal unemployment benefits for up to a year. (Read more)
Source: The Hill

Editor's Note: A provision to extend the expiring estate tax repeal is also being discussed in the Senate. Democratic leaders are pressing to renew the 2009 levels (45 percent rate and a $3.5 million per-spouse exemption). NADA supports permanent estate tax reform at a 35 percent rate and $5 million per-spouse exemption. If Congress fails to act by the end of the year, a 55 percent rate and $1 million per-spouse exemption will be fully reinstated.

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U.S., South Korea Agree on Revisions in Trade Accord

The U.S. and South Korea agreed to change automobile provisions in a pending free-trade deal, gaining the support of Ford Motor Co. and lawmakers in both parties for the stalled accord. (Read more)
Source: Bloomberg

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Auto Execs Say Car of the Future Won't Be Cheap

LOS ANGELES — In meeting the new regulations, cars could cost thousands more than buyers would ever save on fuel costs, industry leaders and experts warn. (Read more)
Source: USA Today

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Iacocca Upbeat About Chrysler, Ford, Future of the Industry

Perhaps not surprisingly, (Lee Iacocca) praises the government actions over the last two years that gave two of Detroit's Big Three automakers — General Motors as well as Chrysler — another chance. Still, he doesn't agree with everything that was done. GM and Chrysler were forced to cut too many dealers as part of their restructuring, Iacocca said: "They went too far." (Read more)
Source: The Detroit News

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Buick and GMC Dealers Upgrade Stores, Loaner Programs

DETROIT -- Buick and GMC dealers are well along with store renovations, Brian Sweeney, vice president of sales and service for the brands, said (Friday). (Read more)
Source: Automotive News

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Ford: Lincoln Stores Need Own Staff

Brand's customer service push is taking shape

All Ford-Lincoln dealerships should have a dedicated staff to sell and service Lincolns, says C.J. O'Donnell, Lincoln's group marketing manager. (Read more)
Source: Automotive News

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Tune Up Your Digital Marketing Strategies at the NADA Convention in San Francisco

NADA University’s ‘Online Presence Track' features workshops from Google, AutoTrader.com, KainAutomotive.com, Dealix and others

McLEAN, Va. -- For auto dealers selling new cars and trucks, digital marketing can be more cost effective and generate higher-quality sales leads than traditional marketing, says David Kain, president of KainAutomotive.com, an Internet sales training and marketing firm in Lexington, Ky. (Read more)
Source: NADAFrontPage.com

Editor's Note: This is part one in a series of stories on NADA convention workshops in San Francisco.

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"They went too far."

    -- Lee Iacocca, who says GM and Chrysler were forced to cut too many dealers as part of their restructuring, The Detroit News, Dec. 3

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