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Cleveland Dealers Donate $120,000 to NADA Foundation Ambassador Program
Forget Electric Cars, Used Full-Size SUVs Are the Hot Property Now
GM Not Ready to Restart Cruze Car Production in Ohio
Ford Develops Lincoln-Specific Marketing Agency
Volkswagen Passat, Ford Focus, Hyundai Elantra finalists for 2012 North American Car of the Year
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Cleveland Dealers Donate $120,000 to NADA Foundation Ambassador Program

The Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers Association (GCADA) has donated $10,000 each for 12 new Ambassadors of the National Automobile Dealers Charitable Foundation. “I can’t thank Cleveland enough for their unprecedented commitment to the NADA Foundation,” said Bob Mallon, foundation chairman. “Cleveland is setting a fine example for how other state and metro dealer associations can honor their leaders in the future.” The ambassadorships were presented by GCADA to its past 11 chairmen and current chairman, Brian O’Donnell, in gratitude of their hard work on behalf of Cleveland-area dealers, said Lou Vitantonio, GCADA president.
Source: NADA Newsroom

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Forget Electric Cars, Used Full-Size SUVs Are the Hot Property Now

Think cutting-edge electric vehicles like the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf are hard to get? That’s nothing compared to the challenge of buying a three-year-old full-size SUV. That’s because while there is still plenty of demand for big SUVs -- Chevy sells about 5,000 new Suburbans and 8,000 Tahoes every month -- there will soon be virtually no supply of late-model used ones. According to the National Automobile Dealers Association, in 2010 the normal number of SUVs returning to dealers from leases every month was between 2,500 and 2,750 nationwide, giving shoppers ample selection. Last month, the number of SUVs returning from lease was fewer than 200.
Source: MSNBC

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GM Not Ready to Restart Cruze Car Production in Ohio

General Motors Co. says its plant in northeast Ohio that makes the Chevrolet Cruze compact car is not ready to restart production after all. Work was halted Monday night at the complex in Lordstown, near Youngstown, because of what was described as a supplier issue. GM said early Thursday that production would begin again with the third shift late Thursday night. However, automaker said at late morning that the startup has been postponed. It didn't say until when.
Source: The Detroit News

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Ford Develops Lincoln-Specific Marketing Agency

The Lincoln brand, in a further move to distinguish itself from the Ford brand, announced Thursday it is creating its own dedicated boutique marketing and communications agency. Cameron McNaughton, a marketing consultant, was named president of the unnamed agency, reporting to Team Detroit, which is a partnership of WPP's Detroit-based agencies. "Our goal is simple: To help our partners at Lincoln create a new future for their brand as it reinvents itself," McNaughton said.
Source: The Detroit News

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Volkswagen Passat, Ford Focus, Hyundai Elantra finalists for 2012 North American Car of the Year

The Ford Focus, Hyundai Elantra and Volkswagen Passat are the finalists for the 2012 North American Car of the Year — an annual award by a group of 50 respected automotive journalists that is coveted by automotive manufacturers. The finalists for the 2012 North American Truck of the Year are the BMW X3, the Honda CR-V and the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque. The North American Car and Truck of the Year awards are different from other industry awards because they are given by a jury of veteran automotive journalists from Canada and the United States, including Free Press auto critic Mark Phelan. The winners of the contest will be announced on Jan. 9 at the 2011 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
Source: Detroit Free Press

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The NADA Story

The NADA story began in 1917 when 30 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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"Cleveland is setting a fine example for how other state and metro dealer associations can honor their leaders in the future."

   
-- Bob Mallon, chairman of the National Automobile Dealers Charitable Foundation, referring to the $120,000 donation from the Cleveland dealer association that honors its past chairmen and current chairman as Ambassadors, NADA Newsroom, Dec. 16




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