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2012 NADA-ATD Convention & Expo

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Montana Auto Dealer Bill Underriner Takes the Helm at NADA
NADA Will Meet with Automakers on Renovation Study
Car Dealers 'Poised for a Really Good Year'
Most Chrysler Dealers Upbeat
Auto-Industry Ads Score at the Super Bowl
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Montana Auto Dealer Bill Underriner Takes the Helm at NADA

2012 NADA Chairman William P. Underriner addresses the NADA Convention in Las Vegas Feb. 6.

In his first speech as NADA chairman, William P. Underriner said now is the right time to raise questions about the federal government’s fuel economy proposal of 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025, which threatens to price millions of Americans out of the market. “NADA is asking tough questions about this proposed rule. And so far the government hasn’t provided any answers,” said Underriner, a multi-franchise dealer from Billings, Mont. “We want a full and fair public debate on the underlying assumptions of this rule. And we simply don’t understand the rush.” Underriner took the helm of NADA today at its annual Convention and Expo in Las Vegas. The convention, which began Friday and ends today, drew nearly 23,000 total attendees.
Source: NADA Newsroom

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NADA Will Meet with Automakers on Renovation Study

Officials from the National Automobile Dealers Association will meet with automakers to discuss the results of its long-awaited study on dealership renovation programs, but NADA has yet to decide on other steps, said outgoing Chairman Stephen Wade. NADA released the study Saturday at its annual convention here, an event attended by thousands of dealers, industry executives and exhibitors. “We’ll see where we go from there,” said Wade, who has made store renovation programs his signature issue. “We’re not going to be heavy-handed. We’re trying to lay out the facts.”
Source: Automotive News

Editor's note: The executive summary and full report on the study of factory image programs are available at

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Car Dealers 'Poised for a Really Good Year'

As the nation's auto dealers gather for their annual convention, the mood is driven by growing profits, the anticipation of new vehicles and the potential of social networks to boost sales as the bad memories of 2009 fade. With Friday's report that the nation's unemployment rate fell to a three-year low of 8.3% in January, the optimism is more sustainable. "The energy coming out of the Detroit auto show and heading into the dealer convention is a reflection of a stronger industry," said Rod Alberts, executive director of the Detroit Automobile Dealers Association.
Source: Detroit Free Press

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Most Chrysler Dealers Upbeat

Most Chrysler dealers are in good spirits as they leave a closed-door meeting with the auto maker’s top executives, including CEO Sergio Marchionne, at the National Automobile Dealers Assn. convention here. “It’s the most positive Chrysler franchise meeting I’ve attended in two or three years,” says William Douglas of Douglas Jeep-Chrysler-Dodge in Venice, FL. “We’re moving in the right direction.” Asked how he feels today about Chrysler on a 1-0 scale, he says, “As far as being upbeat, I’d say 8-10.”

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Auto-Industry Ads Score at the Super Bowl

Clint Eastwood has made Chrysler's day. For the second year in a row, the car maker has won over audiences during Super Bowl XLVI with an emotional commercial. Overall, it was the auto industry's night as ads for Volkswagen, Acura and Chevy also took top honors, according to ad pros and consumers polled by The Wall Street Journal. The showing solidifies car makers as part of the Super Bowl's ad elite, a spot that had long been reserved for beer and soft-drink makers. "Car makers are now among the pantheon of Super Bowl advertisers," says Mark DiMassimo, chief executive of Digo, a New York ad firm.
Source: The Wall Street Journal

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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.

"NADA is asking tough questions about this proposed rule. And so far the government hasn’t provided any answers. We want a full and fair public debate on the underlying assumptions of this rule."

    -- 2012 NADA Chairman Bill Underriner in remarks today at the convention in Las Vegas about the proposed fuel economy rule, NADA Newsroom, Feb. 6

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