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Resin Shortage Threatens to Shut U.S. Auto Plants
Battery-Powered Autos Proving to be a Tough Sell
Ford's Mulally Committed to Offering Range of Powertrains
Suzuki Cuts Costs; Dealers Bail
NADA Promotes Michael Harrington to Executive Director of Legislative Affairs
Texting While Driving: Young Adults Think 'It's Not Cool to be Safety Conscious'
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Resin Shortage Threatens to Shut U.S. Auto Plants

After selling lots of cars, revelling in higher prices and profits, the U.S. auto industry faces a real threat this morning: a potential shortage of resin, a key component used to make fuel lines and brake lines that could shut down factories. Actually, it's not just a U.S. problem, but one that could reverberate around the world.
Source: USA Today

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Battery-Powered Autos Proving to be a Tough Sell

Electric vehicle sales have been slow out of the box, despite marketing hype, government incentives and the hopes of green car advocates. Total sales last year were 17,425, which is less than 0.1 percent of the U.S. car and light truck market. Even with gas prices flirting near $4 a gallon nationwide, most consumers remain reluctant. Plug-ins or fully electric cars cost $8,000 to $20,000 more than comparable gasoline versions, and it can take years or decades to recoup the higher initial cost. Drivers worry about limited driving range in fully electric cars. Even some executives admit doubt.
Source: The Detroit News

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Ford's Mulally Committed to Offering Range of Powertrains

Ford Motor Co. will collaborate with other transportation and technology companies to make decisions on the future of transportation, said Ford CEO Alan Mulally. This means offering a range of powertrains, including the 2012 electric Ford Focus, which gets up to 110 miles a gallon, Mulally said Monday at Fortune magazine's Brainstorm Green conference [in Laguna Niguel, Calif.]
Source: The Detroit News

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Suzuki Cuts Costs; Dealers Bail

Brand's presence shrinks in U.S.
Struggling Suzuki is shrinking in many ways. Insiders say the company is slashing marketing while sales and the dealer roster dwindle. The many signs of trouble: In a market up 13 percent through March, Suzuki was down 2 percent to just 6,561 sales. The brand skipped the Detroit and Los Angeles auto shows this year and suspended social media activity on Twitter and Facebook two months ago. The dealer body continues to shrink. The brand shed 32 franchises last year, nearly 12 percent of its total. The number of U.S. Suzuki franchises has dropped every year since 2005.
Source: Automotive News

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NADA Promotes Michael Harrington to Executive Director of Legislative Affairs

Michael Harrington was promoted from chief legislative counsel to executive director of legislative affairs for the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA). In his new role, Harrington is responsible for managing NADA’s legislative staff and implementing the association’s legislative agenda. “I’m excited to represent new-car dealers in this new capacity and look forward to continuing to work closely with the NADA directors, dealers and the Automotive Trade Association Executives,” he said.
Source: NADA Newsroom

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Texting While Driving: Young Adults Think 'It's Not Cool to be Safety Conscious'

It's peer pressure in text-message form. Young people know text-messaging while driving is dangerous, but they are least likely to speak up when they're riding with a driver who's doing it, according to a new U.S. Department of Transportation study. About 56% of 18- to 20-year-olds and 52% of 21- to 24-year-olds said they're likely to "say something" to a driver who's texting behind the wheel. Among ages 25-34, 69% said they would speak up, while between 73% and 84% of respondents age 35 or older said they would urge the driver to stop texting. The results show young people think "it's not cool to be safety-conscious," said Nicholas Ashford, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor of public policy, law and technology.
Source: Detroit Free Press

Editor's note: The Dealers Driving Road Safety coalition is ready to help dealers learn more about hosting safe driving events at their dealerships, such as raising awareness of the dangers of distracted driving. For more information, contact Michael Harrington, NADA executive director of legislative affairs, at mharrington@nada.org. The National Automobile Dealers Charitable Foundation has also launched a Road Safety Grant Program, which provides dealers up to $500 toward the cost of sponsoring a safety event at their dealership. The grants will be provided as a matching contribution for expenses incurred by dealers holding events. Dealers can use the grants to host programs to install child passenger safety seats, promote teen or senior driver safety, or any road safety-related event. Click here for more information and a grant application.

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-- TI Automotive Ltd. Chairman and CEO William Kozyra, referring to the potential shortage of a key component used to make fuel lines and brake lines that could force automakers to close car and truck plants, The Associated Press, April 16


 

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