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Inside This Issue
Toyota Extends N.A. Production Cuts Due to Thailand Floods
Ford Revs Up Small-Car Line
Electric Cars Attract Shoppers to Showrooms
Chrysler Tests Fleet of Plug-In Hybrid Pickup Trucks
Registration for NADA Convention is Up; Another Sign Auto Industry is Recovering
LA Auto Show Design Challenge: Hollywood's Next Movie Car
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Toyota Extends N.A. Production Cuts Due to Thailand Floods

Toyota Motor Corp. said [Wednesday] it is extending production cuts in North America to conserve parts amid supply chain disruptions triggered by massive flooding in Thailand. Toyota will eliminate overtime at assembly plants in Indiana, Kentucky, Texas and Canada and eliminate a Saturday shift on Nov. 12 at the factories in Kentucky and Canada. “Parts availability from Thailand is not predictable at this time and is changing due to the severity of the flooding,” Toyota said in an internal memo to workers.
Source: Automotive News

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Ford Revs Up Small-Car Line

Ford Motor Co. is rolling out small cars for every taste and driving style. A Ford Fiesta ST concept will make its global debut Nov. 16 at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Also whetting consumers' appetites for performance vehicles will be the new Focus ST for North America. At the other end of the spectrum, Ford on Wednesday opened a website to accept reservations for the new all-electric 2012 Focus EV that will start at $39,995, including a $795 destination charge. 
Source: The Detroit News

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Electric Cars Attract Shoppers to Showrooms

Electric vehicles are giving automakers a boost -- in marketing appeal. Although sales haven't exactly been electrifying, the vehicles are helping auto companies draw more shoppers to their showrooms, something that would not have happened without the curiosity over the new autos. "There is such a halo effect," said Oliver Hazimeh, an automotive industry consultant at PriceWaterhouseCoopers' PRTM Management Consulting. "These cars appeal to the cool tech-savvy consumer segment." Just having those vehicles in the showroom can translate into sales of other models, Hazimeh said. Shoppers come in to check out the electric vehicles but then drive off with something else if they find they can't afford the premium for the new technology.
Source: Los Angeles Times

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Chrysler Tests Fleet of Plug-In Hybrid Pickup Trucks

Chrysler Group LLC said it will deliver five Ram 1500 plug-in hybrid pickup trucks, called PHEVs, to NV Energy, a Nevada utility. The car maker is working with the U.S. Department of Energy to test the vehicles’ fuel economy, emissions, impact on the region’s electric grid and other factors. “Cities like Las Vegas and areas throughout Nevada offer a combination of suburban and rural driving, elevation changes and a wide range of temperatures that are ideal as test cycles for these vehicles," [said Abdullah Bazzi, senior manager of Chrysler’s advanced hybrid vehicle project.] "The constant charging will allow us to measure the impact on battery life and charging efficiency.”
Source: The Wall Street Journal

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Registration for NADA Convention is Up; Another Sign Auto Industry is Recovering

Early registration for the upcoming NADA Convention and Expo in Las Vegas indicates attendance is on pace to exceed 20,000 for the first time in four years. Convention registration is up 20 percent compared to the same time last year. Exhibit sales are up 30 percent, with 450 companies exhibiting in more than 500,000 square feet. Six hotels in Las Vegas have already sold out. “The NADA convention is considered the automotive industry event of the year. It’s also considered a bellwether of the economy,” said Stephen R. Pitt, NADA vice president of conventions and expositions. For more information or to register to attend the convention, visit www.nadaconventionandexpo.org.
Source: NADA Newsroom

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LA Auto Show Design Challenge: Hollywood's Next Movie Car

The path to automotive stardom in Hollywood depends on where a car starts its journey. Some cars designed for the real world become stars after a few modifications -- James Bond's Aston Martin DBS, the Mustang from "Bullitt," Danny Zuko's Ford Deluxe, James Bond's Aston Martin Vanquish and the Trans Am from "Smokey and the Bandit." Others were designed with Hollywood stardom in mind -- Doc Brown's DeLorean, Mad Max's Interceptor, Batman's Batmobile, the cars from "Cars." This year, the LA Auto Show's Design Challenge casts off convention in pursuit of big-screen fame. Organizers asked six automakers for their takes on what would make a great Hollywood movie car.
Source: NBC Los Angeles

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The NADA Story

In 1917, thirty auto dealers traveled to the nation’s capital to convince Congress not to impose a luxury tax on the automobile. They successfully argued that the automobile is a necessity of American life, not a luxury. From that experience was born the National Automobile Dealers Association. Today, NADA represents nearly 16,000 new-car and -truck dealerships with 32,500 franchises, both domestic and international.

 
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    -- Jim Farley, Ford's head of marketing, sales and service, on the automaker's new Focus ST small car, which is expected to get 250 horsepower, The Detroit News, Nov. 3

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Convention News
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