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G.M. Regains the Top Spot in Global Automaking
Good-Bye Gas Guzzlers?
NADA Charitable Foundation to Launch Road Safety Grant Program at Convention
Dealer Alert: NADA Reminds Dealers to Protect Their Data
Five Utahns Direct National Associations
VW's Dogs Sing 'Star Wars' March to Tease Super Bowl Ad
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G.M. Regains the Top Spot in Global Automaking

After three years of settling for second place, General Motors reclaimed its title as the world’s largest automaker in 2011, a year when its sales grew in every region of the globe while Toyota sales were hampered by major natural disasters. G.M. said Thursday that it sold 9,025,942 vehicles last year, 7.6 percent more than in 2010. Its closest competitor was Volkswagen, whose sales grew 14 percent to 8.156 million, with Toyota falling to third place. “Two years ago, nobody would have figured any of this would ever happen,” said Van E. Conway, chief executive of the turnaround consulting firm Conway MacKenzie, of Birmingham, Mich. “The intangible value of being No. 1 does have a positive impact, and it can feed on itself.”
Source: The New York Times

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Toyota Marks 3 Million Vehicles at Indiana Plant (USA Today)
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 For Bankrupt Saab, a Wrenching Farewell to Its Heritage (The New York Times)

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Good-Bye Gas Guzzlers?

Higher fuel-economy standards will force Detroit to build cars that are smaller and more expensive than their predecessors

President Obama is staking much of the nation’s energy and economic future on a bet that, over the next decade, Americans will fundamentally change the way they buy cars, shifting from a preference for gas-guzzling SUVs to gas-sipping models of fuel economy. The wager is inherent in Obama’s signature energy-policy move—an ambitious rule requiring U.S. automakers to build vehicles that use far less gasoline than ever before. But if Detroit doesn’t meet the goal—or even if it does but U.S. consumers shun the new cars that will be smaller and more expensive than their predecessors—it could kneecap the auto industry just as it is recovering from bankruptcy, leave sales lots full of expensive and unsold cars, and do little to tackle our fundamental energy and environment challenges. “If they’re wrong, we could be seeing 2008 all over again, where [auto companies] have excess capacity and go bankrupt,” said Philip Gott, senior director of IHS Automotive, an analysis firm. After all, the players with the biggest influence on whether the policy flies or fails are car buyers.
Source: National Journal (Subscription required)

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NADA Charitable Foundation to Launch Road Safety Grant Program at Convention

Auto dealers promote road safety initiatives at national convention

The National Automobile Dealers Charitable Foundation has expanded its list of philanthropic programs to include a new grant program to help new-car dealers start or promote road safety initiatives in their communities. The NADA Foundation’s new Road Safety Grant Program will provide dealers up to $500 toward the sponsorship of a safety event held at the dealership. The grants will be provided as a matching contribution for expenses incurred by dealers holding an event. “Dealers have been at the forefront of road safety for decades. These grants will encourage dealers to hold even more safety events at their dealerships,” said Bob Mallon, chairman of the NADA Foundation. For the second consecutive year, dealer groups with years of experience hosting safety programs will be staffing the Dealers Driving Road Safety exhibit (Booth No. 2246) during the NADA Convention and Expo in Las Vegas from Feb. 3-6. Information about the grant program will be available at the NADA Foundation exhibit (Booth No. 2052) and the Dealers Driving Road Safety exhibit.
Source: NADA Newsroom

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Dealer Alert: NADA Reminds Dealers to Protect Their Data

As part of NADA's ongoing efforts to promote compliance with the full range of legal and regulatory obligations affecting franchised dealers, NADA has sent a brief memo to all NADA members that underscores the importance of protecting their electronic data. Additional educational resources on this and other regulatory compliance topics are available at www.nadauniversity.com and www.nada.org/regulatoryaffairs.
Source: NADA Regulatory Affairs

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Five Utahns Direct National Associations

As 2012 began, the planets just happened to align for five Utah business leaders. All are highly respected in their various industries and their home state. And now all are directing national associations that put them center stage in dealing with some of the most important issues facing the business sectors in which they operate. Stephen Wade, the owner of the Stephen Wade Auto Center in St. George, was named the National Automobile Dealers Association’s chairman early last year. He will step down in February. Kyle Treadway of Kenworth Sales in Salt Lake City is the chairman of American Truck Dealers, a division of the NADA. It represents about 2,000 medium and heavy-duty truck dealers nationwide.
Source: The Salt Lake Tribune

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VW's Dogs Sing 'Star Wars' March to Tease Super Bowl Ad

Volkswagen had an advertising home run in last year's Super Bowl -- the Darth Vader spot for the new Passat -- and showed [this week] it has confidence it ride that success right into this year's game. It unveiled a 60-second teaser for its 2012 Super Bowl ad that was nothing more or less than a bunch of dogs barking to the tune of the "Imperial March" from Star Wars -- the music of last year's ad -- coyly named "The Bark Side." No dialogue, just dogs -- 54 seconds of barking in tune, before a graphic silently reads: "Back. Better than ever. 2.5.12"
Source: USA Today

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 Hyundai Doubles Down on Ad Slot Right Before Super Bowl Kickoff (Automotive News)
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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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"If they're wrong, we could be seeing 2008 all over again, where [auto companies] have excess capacity and go bankrupt."

    -- Philip Gott, senior director of IHS Automotive, explaining the potential consequences of the Obama administration's gamble that Americans will fundamentally change the way they buy cars from shifting their preference for gas-guzzling SUVs to gas-sipping models, National Journal, Jan. 19


"Dealers have been at the forefront of road safety for decades. These grants will encourage dealers to hold even more safety events at their dealerships."

    -- Bob Mallon, chairman of the NADA Foundation, on its new grant program to help new-car dealers start or promote road safety initiatives in their communities, NADA Newsroom, Jan. 20




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