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New-Car Sales for November Could be the Year's Best
A Setback for Electric Cars
Honda's N. American Production to Return to Normal
Exhibit Space at 2012 NADA Convention and Expo Sold Out
NADA's Regulatory-Affairs Chief Busy on Many Fronts
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New-Car Sales for November Could be the Year's Best

Automakers are poised to report that new-vehicle sales in November improved modestly over October and, helped by bigger inventories among Japanese brands, may be the industry's strongest of 2011, according to several forecasts. Companies will report their November sales Thursday. LMC Automotive, which acquired J.D. Power and Associates' forecasting division, expects a 13.4-million annual selling rate for November, strong enough for it to boost its outlook for full-year, new-vehicle sales from 12.6 million to 12.7 million. John Humphrey, senior vice president of global automotive operations for J.D. Power, attributed the strength to pent-up demand and better availability, especially among Toyota and Honda dealers.
Source: Detroit Free Press

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A Setback for Electric Cars

Even as they pour money into developing a range of electric vehicles, automakers have acknowledged that widespread sales of battery-powered models are years away. Now a federal investigation into the Chevrolet Volt could make the pitch for the electric cars that much tougher. General Motors said on Monday that it would offer free loaner cars to Volt owners worried about the safety of their vehicles, a move that underscored the fragile reputation of automobiles powered primarily by batteries and the growing consternation set off by the federal action. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Friday opened a formal defect investigation into the Volt after two batteries caught fire as part of testing by regulators.
Source: The New York Times

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Honda's N. American Production to Return to Normal

Honda says its North American plants will get back to normal production by Thursday. The factories have been slowed by parts shortages from flooding in Thailand. Some were running at only half their capacity. Honda says it is working with parts suppliers in Thailand and has found new parts sources for North America.
Source: The Associated Press

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Exhibit Space at 2012 NADA Convention and Expo Sold Out

For an advance look at the exhibitor list, visit myNADAplanner

In a sign of an increasingly strong auto market, exhibit space at the upcoming 2012 NADA Convention and Expo in Las Vegas has sold out. “Booth space for exhibitors is busting at the seams, which is another indicator the auto industry is showing signs of recovery,” said Steve Pitt, NADA vice president of conventions and expositions. “We have a growing waiting list of companies that want to exhibit.” For the 2012 NADA convention, which runs Feb. 3-6, there are nearly 500 companies exhibiting in more than 1 million square feet of floor space at the Las Vegas Convention Center. This is a 30 percent increase in the total number of exhibitors from the past convention. Some 120 companies are exhibiting for the first time. Convention attendees are encouraged to log on to “myNADAplanner,” an online tool that connects buyers and sellers on the expo floor. It also provides an advance look at the exhibitor list, as well as advertised “show specials” that will be available on the expo floor. For more information or to register, visit www.nadaconventionandexpo.org.
Source: NADA Newsroom

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NADA's Regulatory-Affairs Chief Busy on Many Fronts

The National Automobile Dealers Assn. is engaged on several fronts in Washington and elsewhere. That keeps Andrew Koblenz busy as the trade group’s general counsel and vice president-legal and regulatory affairs. NADA’s recent activities include opposing calls for more auto-financing restrictions; explaining how the auto industry works to policy makers who otherwise might not know; training dealers on new regulations and warning lawmakers that proposed fuel-economy mandates might harm auto sales.
Source: WardsAuto.com

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Exhibit Space at 2012 NADA Convention and Expo Sold Out

"Booth space for exhibitors is busting at the seams, which is another indicator the auto industry is showing signs of recovery,” says Steve Pitt, NADA vice president of conventions and expositions. For an advance look at the exhibitor list, attendees are encouraged to log on to “myNADAplanner,” an online tool that connect buyers and sellers on the expo floor. It also lists the “show specials” that will be available on the expo floor. To register for the convention, visit www.nadaconventionandexpo.org.



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