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Supreme Court Upholds Obama Health Care Law; Auto Industry Prepares for Coverage Mandates
Trade Groups Declare Stalemate in Mass. Right to Repair Talks
Chrysler's California Comeback May Be Most Surprising Of All
Ford Motor, Citing Europe's Woes, Says Foreign Losses to Triple in Quarter
Nissan Adds Sentra Output, 1,000 Jobs in Mississippi
In Mississippi, Toyota Tests Radical Redesign for Factories and Itself
Chicagoland Family Funds College Scholarships through NADA Foundation
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Top Stories
Supreme Court Upholds Obama Health Care Law; Auto Industry Prepares for Coverage Mandates

The U.S. Supreme Court [Thursday] largely upheld President Obama's 2010 health care law, a decision that will require dealerships, auto suppliers and other businesses with 50 or more employees to offer basic health care insurance starting in 2014. The National Automobile Dealers Association, which opposed the law, warned yesterday that the court's ruling will have a negative, long-term impact on dealership operations and employment. Since passage of the Affordable Care Act, insurance costs have continued to rise and compliance has become more complex, NADA added. "Keeping the most highly skilled and best-trained employees is a priority for all auto retailers. Dealers strive to provide their employees with the most affordable health care plans available that best fit their needs," NADA Chairman Bill Underriner said in a statement. "Each year, it becomes increasingly challenging to find the most affordable health insurance plans with the best coverage."
Source: Automotive News

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Trade Groups Declare Stalemate in Mass. Right to Repair Talks

Two major auto industry trade groups opposing so-called Right to Repair legislation in Massachusetts say they've reached a stalemate in negotiations with the measure's backers. The proposal in the state legislature would require automakers to provide independent repair shops with computerized repair codes and tooling for their vehicles at the same price the automakers provide them to franchised dealers. Automakers would have until 2016 to comply.
Source: Automotive News

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Chrysler's California Comeback May Be Most Surprising Of All

Rick Evans already was the highest-volume dealer of Chrysler brands in all of California, but last November he heard even bigger opportunity knocking — and answered the call. Chrysler executives were meeting with their entire dealer body from around the state and were boldly committing the company to pour vast new resources into an unprecedented bid to win back some of the Golden State market that it had ceded decades ago.
Source: Forbes

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Ford Motor, Citing Europe's Woes, Says Foreign Losses to Triple in Quarter

Europe's economic woes are taking a much bigger bite out of the profits of Ford Motor, which until now has largely avoided the hefty losses that have dragged down the profits of many of its rivals. The company said on Thursday that its total international losses would triple in the second quarter, with Europe accounting for the most of the loss.
Source: The New York Times

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Nissan Adds Sentra Output, 1,000 Jobs in Mississippi

Nissan Motor Co. said it will hire at least 1,000 more workers and build Sentra small cars at its Canton, Mississippi, plant as the Japanese carmaker expands North American production to help counter a strong yen.
Source: Bloomberg

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In Mississippi, Toyota Tests Radical Redesign for Factories and Itself

Even by Toyota’s innovative manufacturing standards, its newest factory looks nothing like any car plant that’s come before it.
Source: Forbes

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Chicagoland Family Funds College Scholarships through NADA Foundation

Since 2004, Larry T. Brown and his wife, Angelina D. Brown, have awarded college scholarships to high school seniors from Providence St. Mel School, a K-12 private school located on Chicago’s west side. As Ambassadors of the National Automobile Dealers Charitable Foundation, Brown and his wife, a school trustee, created an annual scholarship competition that includes an essay writing contest followed by face-to-face interviews with the finalists. Brown, who serves on the NADA Foundation board of trustees, typically selects three to five students out of about 50 applicants each year to receive the scholarships. Click here for the full article. For more information about the Ambassadors program, contact the NADA Foundation at (703) 821-7102 or foundation@nada.org.
Source: NADA Newsroom

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"The resources that dealers must put toward meeting these new health care mandates prevent them from growing their businesses and, in many cases, hinder their ability to offer quality health care plans to their employees."

   
-- NADA Chairman Bill Underriner, in response to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to uphold President Obama's health care law, Automotive News, June 28




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