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Top 5 Stories
The Senate Votes Down Efforts to Block EPA Climate Regulation - For Now
Chrysler to Curb Output
IHS Experts to Analyze Impact of Middle East, Japan Events on Auto Industry at NADA/IHS Automotive Forum 2011
NADA Brings Child Passenger Safety Message to Times Square
Microsoft and Toyota Partner On In-Car System
Top 5 Stories
The Senate Votes Down Efforts to Block EPA Climate Regulation - For Now

There was good news of a sort for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Congress on Wednesday. The Senate voted down several bills that would have blocked the EPA's ability to regulate greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act. But while the Inhofe-McConnell bill failed to muster the 60 votes needed to break a filibuster (the filibuster—suddenly the environmentalists' friend!), 50 senators voted in favor of legislation that essentially denies the reality of climate change, including 46 Republicans in the upper chamber, and four conservative Democrats. The fact that the White House promised to veto any anti-EPA bills apparently wasn't enough to dissuade them. What's more, the House is set to vote on similar legislation [today]—and with a big Republican majority, it's sure to pass, although that's as far as it will go.
Source: TIME

Editor's note: NADA supports Sen. McConnell's legislation because it returns the nation to a single fuel economy standard, protecting vehicle price and availability. While the broader legislation did not pass, many Senators argued that the current regime of three agencies, EPA, the Department of Transportation and California, all regulating fuel economy in different manners is not effective. To read NADA's letter click here.

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Chrysler to Curb Output

Chrysler Group LLC said it is curtailing production this week at two assembly plants as an auto parts shortage resulting from the March 11 earthquake intensifies. The Auburn Hills, Mich., auto maker has canceled overtime at its Brampton, Ontario, and Toluca, Mexico, plants in response to dwindling parts supplies. "We have not experienced any disruptions to regularly scheduled production as a result of the issues in Japan," a Chrysler spokeswoman said Wednesday. "We are, however, taking some planned overtime out of our production schedule in an effort to conserve supplier parts that are potentially impacted by the disaster." More overtime cutbacks or plant shutdowns are expected in the U.S. as the global automotive industry struggles to recover from the loss of production of some electronic parts and specialty automotive paints following the disaster.
Source: The Wall Street Journal

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IHS Experts to Analyze Impact of Middle East, Japan Events on Auto Industry at NADA/IHS Automotive Forum 2011

GM's Akerson, other CEOs and senior level executives also on tap to address conference

NEW YORK — Economists and industry experts from IHS will update chief executive officers and other senior level automotive industry leaders at the April 19 Automotive Forum in New York on the global outlook for the industry, particularly the impact of the turmoil in the Middle East and North Africa, and the Japan earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster. The NADA/IHS Automotive Forum, The Road Ahead for the New Automotive World: Risk, Reward and Opportunity, is co-sponsored by the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) and IHS, and hosted by the New York International Auto Show. The forum brings together industry thought leaders for discussions of critical issues facing the auto industry and the effect those issues will have on the industry's key stakeholders, including OEMs, suppliers and dealers. “The Automotive Forum gives us a front-row seat as we take a look at global issues shaping our industry,” said NADA's Wade, a multi-franchise dealer in Utah and California. “The forum is timely and topical. It's the place to be to catch up on industry trends and meet face-to-face with industry leaders.”
Source: NADAFrontPage.com

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NADA Brings Child Passenger Safety Message to Times Square

NEW YORK – For the first time pedestrians walking past the CBS Jumbotron “Super Screen” in Times Square will see child passenger safety messages from the National Automobile Dealers Association. CBS representatives approached NADA in early March with the unprecedented opportunity when space became available after the network canceled the TV sitcom "Two and a Half Men" starring Charlie Sheen. Normally advertising on the CBS screen is bought by companies like Microsoft and Coca Cola for between $80,000 and $100,000. But CBS opened up the newly available ad time to nonprofits with public service messages for a fraction of the price. The public safety message, “Let’s Keep Them Safe at Every Age,” reinforces NADA’s position as a leader in promoting child passenger safety nationwide highlighting the fact that America’s new-car dealers have inspected more than 1 million child safety seats over the past five years.
Source: NADAFrontPage.com

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Microsoft and Toyota Partner On In-Car System

SAN FRANCISCO — Microsoft Corp. and Toyota Motor Corp. said Wednesday that they are partnering to integrate Web services with Toyota's vehicles. The companies are investing $12 million in Toyota Media Service Co., which is a digital information services subsidiary of Toyota. Together, Microsoft and Toyota will develop and roll out "telematics" applications for cars, which could provide features like GPS, power-management and multimedia services. Toyota's 2012 hybrid vehicles will be the first to get the services, and by 2015 it expects to offer them to customers worldwide.
Source: The Associated Press

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For more auto industry news, visit NADAFrontPage.com

NADA/IHS Auto Forum Features Dealer.com and Facebook Presentation
Doug Frisbie, automotive strategist, Facebook, and Mike DeCecco, director of business development, Dealer.com, will provide insight into the new world of automotive marketing at the NADA/IHS Automotive Forum in New York April 19.

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Quotable
"The Automotive Forum gives us a front-row seat as we take a look at global issues shaping our industry. It's the place to be to catch up on industry trends and meet face-to-face with industry leaders."

    — Stephen Wade, NADA chairman, who will be among the economists and industry experts at the April 19 Automotive Forum in New York sponsored by NADA and IHS, NADAFrontPage.com, April 7



"If you're complaining about the price of gas and you're only getting 8 miles a gallon, you know, you might want to think about a trade-in."

    — President Barack Obama, responding to a question about gas prices, now averaging close to $3.70 a gallon nationwide, during a town hall meeting Wednesday, Bloomberg Businessweek, April 6

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