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NADA Convention Offers Dealers Rare Chance to Meet Face-to-Face with Automaker Execs
Consumers Say: Cut Costs If You Want Me To Go Electric
Franchise Builder Heads U.S. Car Dealer Trade Group
Automakers Fear Calif. Will Seek Own Fuel Savings Standards
It's Mini Coopers vs. Monster Truck - In 3-D
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NADA Convention Offers Dealers Rare Chance to Meet Face-to-Face with Automaker Execs

In all, 24 dealer franchise meetings are scheduled in San Francisco

McLEAN, Va. – For thousands of the nation’s new-car and truck dealers, the NADA Convention & Expo in San Francisco next month is a rare opportunity early in the year to meet with auto industry leaders in person to discuss a wide array of key business issues. “It’s a must for dealers to attend the franchise meetings to set goals and objectives for the year,” said Ed Tonkin, 2010 NADA chairman. “The franchise meetings provide dealers with access to top automaker executives in a forum they can find no place else.” In all, 24 dealer franchise meetings are scheduled in just two days at the NADA convention. And seven automakers – Chrysler Group LLC, Ford Motor Co., General Motors Co., Kia Motors America Inc., Mitsubishi Motors North America Inc., Subaru of America, Inc. and Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. – will be exhibiting on the Expo floor. “The NADA convention provides an opportunity for us to hear directly from dealers about the issues that matter most to them,” said Jim Bunnell, GM’s general manager of U.S. sales operations. “We are able to talk to a large number of dealers, answer their questions and share news about our business plans and performance.” NADA’s 94th annual convention runs Feb. 5 to 7 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. For more information, visit www.NADAconventionandexpo.org.
Source: NADAFrontPage.com

Editor’s note: All convention attendees are invited to attend the first-ever NADA Welcome Reception, co-hosted by J.D. Power and Associates, on Friday, Feb. 4. The reception, held at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis from 5:30 to 7 p.m., offers a unique opportunity to meet and network with industry professionals from across the globe. Registration for J.D. Power’s roundtable and NADA’s reception can be completed at the same time. Reception-only tickets can be purchased at convention registration. Tickets are limited. For pricing and registration information, visit www.NADAconventionandexpo.org.

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Consumers Say: Cut Costs If You Want Me To Go Electric

Price and range continue to be the two hot topics when it comes to getting consumers interested in buying an electric vehicle. A total of 71% of consumers interviewed in an IBM Corp.-backed study said lower pricing overall would be the primary motivation to getting them to switch to an EV. The second biggest reason would be an extended range beyond the 50 to 100 miles most EVs are now getting on a single charge. The survey, released Tuesday, included a national sample of 1,716 American drivers.
Source: The Wall Street Journal

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Franchise Builder Heads U.S. Car Dealer Trade Group

ST. GEORGE, UT -- Stephen Wade, the National Automobile Dealers Assn.'s 2011 chairman, started in the car business 41 years ago as general manager of a new Mazda dealership in Salt Lake City. Many franchises later, the Stephen Wade Auto Center is headed by a growth-minded entrepreneur with dealerships in St. George, UT, and the northern California city of Chico. He was state chairman of the American Cancer Society, and president of the Utah Automobile Dealers Assn. He served in the National Guard from 1969 to 1975. Ward's talked with Wade about his business and NADA.
Source: Ward's Dealer

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Automakers Fear Calif. Will Seek Own Fuel Savings Standards

DETROIT — Automakers and dealers want House Republicans to review proposed fuel efficiency standards that could require a fleetwide average of 62 miles per gallon by 2025 — and are worried that California may proceed with its own program. Last month, the incoming head of House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., wrote to more than 150 companies, think tanks and trade groups asking how Congress could create jobs and reduce regulatory burdens. The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers — a trade group representing Detroit's Big Three, Toyota Motor Corp. and eight other companies — encouraged Issa to review the 2017-25 proposed regulations. The National Automobile Dealers Association - in a separate letter - also criticized the ability of California. "This next regulation will be a job killer since as many as 14 other states have adopted California's regulation," they wrote to Issa. "The growth of unneeded Federal regulation represents a true impediment" to dealers.
Source: The Detroit News

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It's Mini Coopers vs. Monster Truck - In 3-D

Automakers are among the most adventurous marketers when it comes to trying to reach consumers through new media. That is being underlined by a pair of initiatives for the Mini line of cars sold by BMW. Mini says it will be the first advertiser to use in a commercial what it calls slow-motion 3-D technology. The second Mini initiative involves Mini Financial Services, part of BMW Group Financial Services, which is introducing a mobile Web site that will run on platforms like Android, BlackBerry and iPhone. Consumers will be able to handle tasks like making payments, checking statements and recent activities and receiving account summaries. The technology was developed internally.
Source: The New York Times

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"In our collective race back to prosperity, the NADA convention provides a tremendous opportunity for dealers and automakers to meet and discuss ways to rebuild the industry."

    -- NADA Chairman Ed Tonkin, on the importance of attending the convention & expo in San Francisco Feb. 5 to 7, NADAFrontPage.com, Jan. 13

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