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House Appropriations Subcommittee Preserves Service Advisors Overtime Exemption
NHTSA Opens Probe of Escape, Mazda for Sticky Throttle Problem
Honda Exec Maps Out North American Growth Strategy
Jaguar Sales Decline in June But Land Rover Demand Rises On Evoque
GM's Cadillac to Debut Ads During Olympics to Fight BMW
Broncos John Elway and Partners Buy Chevy Dealership
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House Appropriations Subcommittee Preserves Service Advisors Overtime Exemption

A House Appropriations Subcommittee voted today to reinforce that service advisors, the frontline employee-salespersons in the service department, remain exempt from overtime pay requirements. In 2011, the Department of Labor (DOL) attempted to reverse its own 1978 opinion and roll back the longstanding exemption. DOL is currently prevented from enforcing any change due to an identical restriction in the department’s current funding law. “House appropriators clearly recognize that it is counterproductive to alter existing overtime requirements for service advisors and then expect dealers to create more employment opportunities,” said NADA Chairman Bill Underriner. “Reversing years of existing practice could force dealers to make potentially costly compensation and staffing changes.” Click here for the full news release.
Source: NADA Newsroom

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NHTSA Opens Probe of Escape, Mazda for Sticky Throttle Problem

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened an investigation Tuesday into 730,000 Ford Escape and Mazda Tribute SUVs for possible unintended acceleration, after an Arizona crash in which a 17-year-old girl died in January.
Source: The Detroit News

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Honda Exec Maps Out North American Growth Strategy

Honda Motor Co., seeking to elevate the role of North America in its global operations, plans to move more production here and make the region the center of activity for global vehicle launches -- shifting the responsibility away from Japan, a senior manufacturing executive said [Tuesday]. The company already has committed to building the next-generation Acura NSX sports car in Ohio, and this spring it broke ground on a factory in Mexico to make the subcompact Fit, said Rick Schostek, Honda of America Manufacturing's senior vice president.
Source: Automotive News

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Jaguar Sales Decline in June But Land Rover Demand Rises On Evoque

Tata Motors said June sales of its Jaguar brand declined while Land Rover deliveries rose, driven by strong demand for the Range Rover Evoque SUV. Jaguar deliveries fell 5 percent to 3,829 units, while Land Rover sales gained 49 percent to 24,386, the automaker said.
Source: Automotive News

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GM's Cadillac to Debut Ads During Olympics to Fight BMW

General Motors Co., which begins selling the new Cadillac ATS compact car in August, will introduce a television ad campaign during the Olympics next week, marking the start of its battle against the BMW 3 Series. The campaign, which will include more than 40 ads and online videos filmed in Monaco, Morocco, China and Chile, will help GM set the tone for its new compact sedan as the brand tries to attract entry-level luxury customers and driving enthusiasts.
Source: Bloomberg

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Broncos John Elway and Partners Buy Chevy Dealership

Longtime auto dealer, Mike Shaw, sold his flagship Chevrolet dealership on South Colorado Boulevard to famed Denver Broncos quarterback and executive John Elway for an undisclosed amount. "Like John Elway, I wanted to go out on top," Shaw said in an interview Monday, noting he had been named Time magazine's dealer of the year. "It was time to sell, and his group has been looking to grow big-time."
Source: The Denver Post

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"House appropriators clearly recognize that it is counterproductive to alter existing overtime requirements for service advisors and then expect dealers to create more employment opportunities."

   
-- NADA Chairman Bill Underriner, referring to a House Appropriations Subcommittee vote today, which reinforces that service advisors remain exempt from overtime pay requirements, NADA Newsroom, July 18




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