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House Passes Plan to Block EPA, California Emissions Rules
Toyota to Resume Japan Car Output at Half Capacity
Honda Aims to Recoup Lost Japan Auto Production to Hit U.S. Sales Target
Chrysler Launches Credit Card Program & New Round of Incentives
New Generation of Car Dealers Faces Challenges of Taking Over Family Businesses While Exercising Patience When Implementing Changes
Top 5 Stories
House Passes Plan to Block EPA, California Emissions Rules

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House approved a bill (Thursday) to block the Environmental Protection Agency and California from regulating tailpipe emissions. They voted 255-172 to approve a bill sponsored by Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., that would overturn a 2007 Supreme Court decision that allowed for regulation of greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act as a potential danger to human health. Republicans argue economy-wide limits on emissions could dramatically hike energy costs and have called them "job killers." "Today's vote was a victory for Michigan families who stand to bear the greatest costs of EPA's overreaching regulations," Upton said. "Left unchecked, EPA's actions would have a devastating impact on jobs, U.S. competitiveness, and domestic energy prices." The bill faces an uphill battle in the Senate, which on Wednesday rejected a measure similar to the House plan. The National Automobile Dealers Association and National Association of Manufacturers have endorsed the bill.
Source: The Detroit News

Editor’s note: NADA supported the Upton bill in the House and the McConnell amendment in the Senate because both pieces of legislation would return the nation to a single fuel-economy standard that protects consumer choice and vehicle availability. While the Senate amendment failed to garner the necessary 60 votes for passage, many legislators agreed with NADA’s position that regulating fuel economy three different ways by three different agencies (EPA, NHTSA and California) under three different rules is not beneficial. As the Senate is expected to reconsider this legislation in the future, NADA will continue to advocate for a single, national fuel-economy standard. To read NADA’s letter to House members, click here. To read NADA’s letter to the Senate, click here.

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Toyota to Resume Japan Car Output at Half Capacity

TOKYO — Toyota Motor Corp. said Friday it will resume car production at all its plants in Japan at half capacity from April 18 to 27 after the March earthquake and tsunami forced it to halt manufacturing due to shortages of parts and power. Toyota, the world's No. 1 automaker, said production at its 18 plants will then halt from April 28 to May 9, a period that includes Golden Week holidays when factories would normally close. "There are problems with parts supply. But each day, we are doing our utmost to improve the conditions so that we can deliver cars to many customers," Toyota president Akio Toyoda said at the automaker's Nagoya office in central Japan. Apart from Toyota, Nissan and Ford Motor Co. have said several North American plants would be closed for some of April, and Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne has said his company will see disruptions.
Source: The Associated Press

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Honda Aims to Recoup Lost Japan Auto Production to Hit U.S. Sales Target

Honda Motor Co. is sticking to its sales plan for the U.S., where the carmaker earns most of its profit, as the company aims to make up for lost output after Japan’s record earthquake disrupted production worldwide. Honda expects U.S. customers to buy 1.35 million Honda and Acura-brand cars and light trucks this year, maintaining a target set at the start of the year, said John Mendel, the company’s U.S. executive vice president. That’s 9.8 percent more than the 1.23 million autos Tokyo-based Honda sold in 2010. “I’m counting on the fact that we would be able to make up the majority of any losses we have in the near term in the second half of the year,” Mendel said in an interview yesterday in Landover, Maryland. “Obviously, it’s going to change if somebody says, ‘You’re going to go four months without any production,’ but right now I’m holding to that.”
Source: Bloomberg

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Chrysler Launches Credit Card Program & New Round of Incentives

In what may help stimulate additional sales at its stores, Chrysler rolled out a new co-branded auto credit card program this week that rewards consumers for making purchases at the automaker’s dealerships as well as for assorted everyday and travel purchases. As part of the program, points can be earned and redeemed in an assortment of ways. In other incentive-related news from the automaker, Chrysler said Wednesday that it is reviving its “Minivan Pledge” as it kicks off April, which is “Minivan Month” for the automaker. Under the pledge, April buyers of 2011 Chrysler Town & Country or Dodge Grand Caravan minivans are allowed to return the vehicle for up to 60 days. On top of this, customers who buy one of these rides can have their pick of either $750 Consumer Cash or financing as low as 2.9 percent for 60 months.
Source: Auto Remarketing

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New Generation of Car Dealers Faces Challenges of Taking Over Family Businesses While Exercising Patience When Implementing Changes

Most young people go through a phase when they become acutely embarrassed of their parents. For Rick Ricart, that was amplified by his mother and father's song-and-dance numbers - in TV ads no less - for Ricart Automotive. Their tag line: "We're dealin'." Jessica Germain not only watched her dad on TV in ads for Germain Motor Co. but also co-starred in them, from preschool all the way through high school. Now the two - and others of their generation in the new-car business - are stepping into starring roles in their families' businesses and the TV commercials that drive business to them. Both Germain and Ricart are taking classes at the National Automobile Dealers Association's Dealer Academy, a program that trains new executives on all parts of the car business. They have six weeks of classes in McLean, Va., spread over a year.
Source: The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch

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"Left unchecked, EPA's actions would have a devastating impact on jobs, U.S. competitiveness, and domestic energy prices."

    — Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), sponsor of the bill approved by the U.S. House Thursday to block the Environmental Protection Agency and California from regulating tailpipe emissions, The Detroit News, April 7

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