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Auto Dealers Add Shine to Showrooms to Create Buyer 'Experience'
Retail Sales Up Slightly in June After May Drop
Short on Cars, Import Dealers Sell Floor Mats, Fancy Wheels
UAW Sees its Future: Organize Southern US Plants
NYPD Green? Chevy Volt is Latest Police Patrol Car
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Auto Dealers Add Shine to Showrooms to Create Buyer 'Experience'

Domestic auto dealers who survived the recession's dealership purge are spending big to spiff up showrooms with added perks such as in-house cafés and quick-lube service centers. Some dealers have already set a high bar. LaFontaine, for example, has a boutique and beauty salon at in its Highland Township, [Mich.,] Cadillac dealership so customers can get a trim or manicure while mechanics are flushing their radiators; Sellers Buick GMC in Farmington Hills has a café. "We've been construction fools this past year," said Bill Golling, president of the Golling AutoGroup, which owns several Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram dealerships, a Buick-GMC outlet and a new Fiat store in Bloomfield Hills, [Mich.].
Source: The Detroit News

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Retail Sales Up Slightly in June After May Drop

Consumers spent more on cars and in big chain stores in June but falling gas prices held back retail sales. The Commerce Department said Thursday that retail sales rose a modest 0.1 percent last month. A rebound from spring supply disruptions stemming from the Japan crises helped pushed auto sales up 0.8 percent. Auto sales aren't expected to consistently pick back up until fall, when Japanese production is at full capacity.
Source: The Associated Press

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Short on Cars, Import Dealers Sell Floor Mats, Fancy Wheels

Running out of cars to sell? Push those floor mats, tinted windows and fancy wheel and tire packages. That's what Japanese-brand auto dealers did in June, according to a study of accessory sales. The AOA Accessories Trend Report surveyed more than 150 Honda, Toyota, Lexus and Acura dealerships nationwide -- the brands hurt most by the March 11 disaster in Japan -- and found that those dealers "ramped up accessories revenue by over 30%," boosting the per-vehicle average in June to $525, up from $400 over the previous five months.
Source: USA Today

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UAW Sees its Future: Organize Southern US Plants

The time for the United Auto Workers to win the hearts and minds of nonunion workers in southeastern U.S. plants is now in one top union executive's opinion. "If not now, when? We are going to fix it or we continue to do what we're doing. You keep kicking the can down the road or we're going to fix it," said Gary Casteel, director of the UAW region that includes Tennessee, South Carolina, Alabama and Georgia where most of the nonunion auto plants are located. The importance of attracting workers at nonunion plants will be underscored when the UAW opens negotiations for new four-year labor agreements with U.S. automakers General Motors Co, Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler Group LLC later this month.
Source: Reuters

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NYPD Green? Chevy Volt is Latest Police Patrol Car

New York City’s vast fleet of vehicles is getting greener. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the city is acquiring 50 Chevrolet Volts as part of its strategy to cut air pollution, carbon emissions and gasoline consumption. The Volts are part of a larger group of electric cars to be used by a number of city departments, but the Volts slated to become police patrol cars are likely to get the most attention. “This is the latest and largest-ever addition of electric vehicles to the City’s fleet, which is already the largest municipal clean-air vehicle fleet in the nation,” Bloomberg said of the total of 70 new electric vehicles.
Source: The Wall Street Journal

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