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Inside This Issue
NADA Joins Challenge to New NLRB Poster Mandate
OnStar's 'Brazen' Data Tracking Comes Under Fire
J.D. Power: September Sales to Show Marked Improvement
U.S. Battery, Plug-in Car Push Costs Exceed Rewards, New Study Says
$25 Billion Green-Car Fund Dodges Bullet
Americans Driving Fewest Miles Since '03
Car Button Could Tell if You're Tipsy
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NADA Joins Challenge to New NLRB Poster Mandate

NADA, as a member of the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace (CDW), joined a federal court challenge on Monday seeking to block the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) new mandate that six million employers — including dealerships — post notices informing employees of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act. The petition, which argues that the NLRB lacks the statutory authority to require the poster, is the latest in series of steps NADA has taken to oppose the poster rule and several other recent overreaches by the NLRB and the Department of Labor. The CDW complaint and a related statement can be viewed here.

Monday’s filing joins others by the National Association of Manufacturers, the National Federation of Independent Business and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Until further notice, however, the NLRB poster must be put up where dealerships normally display federal posters and a failure to do so by Nov. 14, 2011, may be deemed an unfair labor practice. Click here for a downloadable copy of the poster. Questions on this matter may be directed to NADA Regulatory Affairs at (703) 821-7040 or regulatoryaffairs@nada.org.
Source: NADA Regulatory Affairs

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OnStar's 'Brazen' Data Tracking Comes Under Fire

OnStar, which provides a variety of services including vehicle diagnostics, driving directions and automated 911 calls to owners of mostly GM vehicles, recently announced that it reserves the right to track and sell information about vehicles' location and speed even after the driver has stopped subscribing to the service. Senator Charles Schumer, a Democrat from New York, has asked the Federal Trade Commission to open an investigation into the matter. Schumer called the tracking "one of the most brazen invasions of privacy in recent memory." 
Source: CNNMoney.com

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J.D. Power: September Sales to Show Marked Improvement

As September winds down into its last week, J.D. Power and Associates expects new-vehicle selling rates to be stronger than last month. J.D. Power indicated this month’s new-vehicle retail sales are projected to come in at 842,400 units, which represents a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 10.3 million units. “Coming off a solid Labor Day sale, retail sales exhibited unexpected strength in the second week of September, as the recovering inventory levels have helped to bring buyers back into the market,” explained Jeff Schuster, executive director of global forecasting at J.D. Power.
Source: Auto Remarketing

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U.S. Battery, Plug-in Car Push Costs Exceed Rewards, New Study Says

U.S. government incentives to spur a market for battery-powered autos aren’t a cost-effective way to cut oil use and tailpipe emissions compared with boosting sales of hybrids and plug-in cars that go short distances on electricity, a study said. Battery breakthroughs, more expensive oil and a more efficient electric power grid will be needed to justify the expense, weight and assembly-related costs of “large battery pack” cars, according to the review by Carnegie Mellon University, Arizona State University and Rand Corp. ... “It’s not that large battery packs are bad, it’s that they are not providing as many benefits per dollar,” Jeremy Michalek, an engineering professor at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh who led the review, said in an interview.
Source: Bloomberg

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$25 Billion Green-Car Fund Dodges Bullet

A large green-car loan fund that was created in the Bush years and which began dispensing money under the Obama White House dodged a bullet late Monday. Conservative members of Congress this time agreed to drop efforts to trim the $25 billion pool of money by $1.5 billion to fund disaster relief as part of the resolution that would keep the government operating until mid-November. The program loans so far have been in keeping with President Obama's pledge to put a million electrified cars, fully electric or hybrid, on the road by 2015. And the Energy Department also touts the effects in jobs saved or created, counting more than 40,000, including 33,000 at Ford alone, which has several electric vehicles on the way.
Source: USA Today

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Americans Driving Fewest Miles Since '03

Americans hit the brakes on driving in July, logging 2.5 percent fewer miles amid high gas prices and a struggling economy. Through the first seven months of the year, Americans have driven 1.715 trillion miles — the lowest tally since 2003 ... Overall, driving has fallen 1.2 percent this year or 21.5 billion miles. As Americans drive less, they may be more likely to hold onto older vehicles. But the trend may change as gas prices have dropped sharply in recent weeks, and are below $3 a gallon in some retail locations ...
Source: The Detroit News

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Car Button Could Tell if You're Tipsy

Auburn Hills, [Mich.]-based auto supplier Takata is working on a device that checks a driver's blood-alcohol level through the skin. Takata and its partner, TruTouch in Albuquerque, N.M., have received a $2.25-million grant from the Automotive Coalition for Traffic Safety (ACTS), an industry group, to make the device commercially viable. The team is working to make its current breadbox-sized device that uses an infrared sensor to determine alcohol level small enough, cheap enough and unobtrusive enough to be put on the car's start button, said Kirk Morris, Takata's vice president of business development. Takata is aiming to get the cost down to approximately $200 each.
Source: Detroit Free Press

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More articles

Sept. 26 - U.S. Auto Sales Defy Economic Fears

Sept. 23 - Video: General Motors: From Bailout to Shanghai

Sept. 22 - Ford: U.S. Sales to Rise in September

Sept. 21 - Underriner to Lead Auto Dealer Group in 2012

Sept. 20 - UAW-GM Contract to Create or Retain 6,400 Jobs as Union Releases Terms 

 
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"It’s not that large battery packs are bad, it’s that they are not providing as many benefits per dollar."

    -- Jeremy Michalek, a professor at Carnegie Mellon University who led a study that found battery breakthroughs, more expensive oil and a more efficient power grid will be needed to justify the expense of cars with large battery packs, Bloomberg, Sept. 26

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