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Arizona Repeals California Fuel Economy Rules
Auto Industry Goes on U.S. Hiring Binge
BMW Adding Jobs at S.C. Plant
Nissan Boss in U.S. Predicts Big Growth
China's Auto-Sales Growth Trails U.S. for First Time in at Least 14 Years
The Car, a Coveted Piece of Consumer Technology at C.E.S.
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Arizona Repeals California Fuel Economy Rules

NADA: “It’s a Victory for Consumers”

The National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) today praised the Arizona Governor’s office for repealing its adoption of California’s fuel economy program, which duplicates existing federal mandates. Arizona is the first state to repeal adoption of California’s fuel economy law. In response, NADA issued the following statement:

“This is a victory for consumers. These duplicative rules would have made it more expensive for working men and women to find affordable transportation. Duplicative state-based fuel economy programs, like California’s, hurt consumers by limiting vehicle choice without providing commensurate environmental benefits. With two distinct federal standards already imposed by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation, these rules were unnecessary. Auto dealers in Arizona and across the nation support fuel economy increases under a single, national fuel economy standard.”
Source: NADA Newsroom

Editor’s note: NADA applauds the efforts Bobbi Sparrow, president of the Arizona Automobile Dealers Association, who led the successful effort in both the state legislature and Governor’s office to reverse the state’s fuel economy mandate.

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Auto Industry Goes on U.S. Hiring Binge

German automakers are going on a U.S. hiring binge this year. Daimler Trucks North America, the U.S. truck division of Mercedes-Benz, said it will hire 1,100 workers this year as it adds a second shift and ramps up production at its Freightliner truck factory in Cleveland, N.C. Ford Motor Co. Chief Executive Alan Mulally said at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit earlier this week that the automaker would add about 5,500 jobs this year, largely at factories in Wayne, Mich.; Louisville, Ky.; and Chicago. Also, Chrysler Group said it would add 1,250 jobs to factories in Detroit.
Source: Los Angeles Times

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BMW Adding Jobs at S.C. Plant

German automaker BMW is expanding its South Carolina plant and adding 300 new jobs. Officials said Thursday that BMW plans to invest an additional $900 million in the plant in Greer, S.C., and ramp up production with a new X4 model. BMW says it will be able to produce up to 300,000 cars a year with 7,500 employees at the plant.
Source: Detroit Free Press

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Nissan Boss in U.S. Predicts Big Growth

Nissan is predicting that it is "poised for growth" this year -- with 20 new or refreshed vehicles launching in the next two years. The new Infiniti JX goes on sales in the summer and a new Altima sedan hits next fall. All of that is going to mean more jobs, says Bill Krueger, vice chairman for Nissan Americas. "We haven't fulfilled our full potential yet as a company," he said at the Automotive News World Congress.
Source: USA Today

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China's Auto-Sales Growth Trails U.S. for First Time in at Least 14 Years

China’s auto sales slowed last year, trailing growth in the U.S. for the first time in at least 14 years, after the government ended stimulus measures and as the nation’s economic expansion showed signs of easing. Sales growth in China outpaced the U.S. every year before 2011, according to data ... stretching back to 1998. The rebound in U.S. auto demand is a reversal from 2009, when industry sales plunged to the lowest in more than a quarter century, pushing General Motors Co. and Auburn Hills, Michigan-based Chrysler into bankruptcy along with dozens of their suppliers.
Source: Bloomberg

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The Car, a Coveted Piece of Consumer Technology at C.E.S.

This week, some of the most gee-whiz automotive technology was to be found not in Detroit, where media previews for the Detroit auto show concluded on Tuesday, but in Las Vegas, where automakers presented the latest thinking around telematics and infotainment systems. Cars were not mere receptacles for advanced thinking in interactive design at C.E.S. Sometimes they were enlisted in odd, even vaguely demeaning tasks. A Smart Fortwo was parked beneath a Sharp flat-screen television to illustrate the set’s 80-inch width — just a few inches more than the supermini.
Source: The New York Times

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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.


"We haven't fulfilled our full potential yet as a company."

    -- Bill Krueger, vice chairman for Nissan Americas, adding that Nissan is "poised for growth" this year with 20 new or refreshed vehicles launching in the next two years, USA Today, Jan. 12

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