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Upbeat Truck Dealers Meet in Phoenix for Annual Convention and Expo
Ford Expands Recall of F-150 Pickup to Nearly 1.2 Million
Parts Deal Helps Chrysler Service
Mulally: Ford Works with Suppliers to Minimize Disruptions from Quake
Dogs Help Wounded Vets Recover
Top 5 Stories
Upbeat Truck Dealers Meet in Phoenix for Annual Convention and Expo

PHOENIX – From reviewing the basics of business to the launch of a new program for the next generation of truck dealers, attendees of the American Truck Dealers (ATD) annual meeting this weekend will walk away with a wealth of ideas to rebuild their businesses, says Kyle Treadway, ATD chairman. “The economic recovery appears to have kicked into gear, but we’re mindful that it’s a fragile one,” said Treadway, who will meet with dealers at the ATD Convention and Expo, held this year in Phoenix April 15-18. “Threats of spiraling fuel prices, inflationary pressures and the federal budget crisis could derail this locomotive as it begins to build some steam.” Keynote speakers during the four-day conference at the Phoenix Convention Center include Treadway; Bill Graves, president of the American Trucking Associations; and Donald Broughton, senior research analyst and managing director of Avondale Partners LLC. Political analyst Charlie Cook will headline the first-ever general session covering legislative and regulatory affairs. “We’re also encouraging dealers who attend the convention to participate in and actively influence the political process which has rocked our world this past decade,” Treadway said. “It’s time to be bullish on our economy and that means asserting ourselves into the regulatory and legislative process.” For more information, visit www.ATDconventionandexpo.org.
Source: NADA-ATD Public Affairs

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Ford Expands Recall of F-150 Pickup to Nearly 1.2 Million

DETROIT -- Under pressure from government safety regulators, Ford Motor Co. is expanding a recall of the popular F-150 pickup truck to include nearly 1.2 million vehicles that may have defective air bags. The additional recall, announced Thursday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, covers trucks from the 2004 through 2006 model years. An electrical short can cause the air bags to deploy unexpectedly, in some cases injuring drivers. In February, Ford agreed to fix 150,000 of the trucks but resisted the government's wishes to recall all 1.2 million trucks that may have the problem. The Dearborn, Mich., company said in a statement that it will notify all owners in May that they should take their trucks to a dealer who will replace an air bag wire in the steering wheel. The repair takes less than a half day, the company said. The wire can become chafed, causing a short circuit that can lead to the airbag inflating unexpectedly.
Source: The Associated Press

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Parts Deal Helps Chrysler Service

Mopar, Fiat unit partnership to up inventory, allow dealerships to work on 85% of all cars

Chrysler Group LLC's Mopar parts division is partnering with Fiat SpA's parts producer to give U.S. dealers the parts they need to service not only Chrysler- and Fiat-branded vehicles but also competitors. Teaming up with Magneti Marelli will enable Chrysler dealerships to fully service 85 percent of the cars on the road in the United States, Mopar President Pietro Gorlier said in announcing the partnership Wednesday. "There are 2.6 million cars a year belonging to other automakers that drive through our service lanes," Gorlier said. The Auburn Hills automaker is also continuing its efforts to get dealers to add an express lane for oil changes and extend weekend hours. Magneti Marelli, which makes original and aftermarket parts for most automakers, will add 3,000 new parts to Mopar's portfolio. The Italian company will supply filters, brake pads, rotor batteries, shock absorbers, wiper blades and other parts for maintenance, said Dino Maggioni, chief executive of Magneti Marelli Aftermarket.
Source: The Detroit News

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Mulally: Ford Works with Suppliers to Minimize Disruptions from Quake

CEO asks for patience from Lincoln dealers

DETROIT -- Ford Motor Co. CEO Alan Mulally said (Wednesday) that staff will continue to work closely with suppliers to minimize the North American production impact of Japanese parts shortages caused by last month’s earthquake and tsunami. The only impact on Ford in North America to date has been limiting vehicle orders in certain paint colors because of interruptions to Japan-supplied paint products. Mulally .. said Ford has shifted parts from slower-selling to hot-selling vehicles ... and taken other actions to keep North American production from being disrupted. He also preached patience to Lincoln brand dealers, asking them to give increased product spending time to yield a broader vehicle lineup in the coming years. Some Lincoln dealers are upset that Ford is pushing them to improve their facilities and begin offering perks such as free car washes and loaner vehicles when the brand’s product lineup is limited. “Our commitment to the dealers now is that we are going to make a fantastic family of Lincoln vehicles that are going to be very competitive,” Mulally said. “But we are all going through this transition. It takes time to get these vehicles to market.”
Source: Automotive News

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Dogs Help Wounded Vets Recover

The non-profit group "Canine Companions" gives people with disabilities a new best friend. On Wednesday, the group itself received a gift from the National Automobile Dealers Association: A $10,000 grant. The check is the beginning of an annual program. Among those served by Canine Companions are veterans returning from war. “Our hearts just go out to these vets and what our men and women of our military mean to us to guard and protect us,” said Bob Mallon of the automobile dealers association. After breeding, training and follow-up services, each assistance dog costs $50,000. Canine Companions provides the dogs to children and adults with disabilities -- including veterans -- free of charge. The funding will help more veterans, like retired Sgt. Sam Cila, receive companions. Cila was severely injured by an IED blast in Baghdad in July 2005. “Shrapnel came flying from my right side hitting my chest plate and hitting my chest and most of my left arm,” he said.
Source: WJLA/NewsChannel 8 (Arlington, Va.)

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SBA and Agility Recovery Solutions Host Webinar on Post-Disaster Leadership Strategies
Join Agility Recovery Solutions and the U.S. Small Business Administration on Tuesday, April 19, for a discussion on becoming a more resilient leader through a disaster that could destroy the company.

Analysts to Discuss Implications of Japan Supply Disruptions at Automotive Forum April 19
Economists will discuss the impact that high oil prices and the disaster in Japan are having on automotive markets during the NADA/IHS Automotive Forum in New York April 19.

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"Our hearts just go out to these veterans and what the men and women of our military mean to us ... to guard us and protect us."

    
-- Bob Mallon, chairman of the National Automobile Dealers Charitable Foundation, who provided a $10,000 grant from the foundation's Frank E. McCarthy Memorial Fund to the Wounded Veterans Initiative of Canine Companions on Wednesday, WJLA NewsChannel 8 (Arlington, Va.), April 13
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