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NADA Convention Registration Opens Today with 'Early Bird' Special
Bill to End 'Obsolete' Insurance Booklet Mandate Up for House Vote Today
GM Sues Stores for Missing Targets
Ford Outlines Escape Fix to Dealers
VW Aims to Tailor U.S. Lineup More to America
Chrysler Will Limit Stores Selling SRT Viper
As Homes Go, So Do Pickups
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NADA Convention Registration Opens Today with 'Early Bird' Special

Online registration and housing for the NADA Convention and Expo is now open. NADA members (dealers and managers) who register by September 14 will receive a $100 discount off the onsite registration rate. The 96th annual NADA convention will be held in Orlando, Fla., at the Orange County Convention Center from Feb. 8-11, 2013. “With several conferences scheduled in Orlando next February, we expect hotel rooms to sell out fast,” said NADA Convention Chairman Mark Scarpelli. “Convention attendees should register early to avoid missing out on booking the hotel of their choice.” To register for the NADA convention, including hotel reservations with discounted rates, visit www.nadaconventionandexpo.org.
Source: NADAFrontPage.com

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Bill to End 'Obsolete' Insurance Booklet Mandate Up for House Vote Today

The House of Representatives today will consider H.R. 5859, a bill NADA supports, that would eliminate a largely ignored and obsolete insurance pamphlet at new-car dealerships. Since 1991, dealers have been required to keep the Relative Collision Insurance Cost Information booklet available for their customers or face a $1,000 fine. With federal officials declaring that the information is of little to no value for auto buyers, U.S. Reps. Gregg Harper, R-Miss., and Bill Owens, D-N.Y., introduced legislation eliminating the need for dealers to have it on hand and to reproduce it. 
Source: NADAFrontPage.com

Editor's note: Dealers can call their members of Congress at (202) 225-3121 and ask for a “yes” vote on H.R. 5859.

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GM Sues Stores for Missing Targets

About a month ago, General Motors shared some good news with dozens of dealerships across the country: They could keep their franchises. But for a handful of dealerships, the message wasn't positive. Those stores had missed their 2011 targets, and GM was taking back their franchises. So far, GM has filed federal lawsuits against at least eight dealerships, arguing the stores failed to meet certain performance requirements agreed upon two years ago.
Source: Automotive News

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Ford Outlines Escape Fix to Dealers

Ford Motor Co., which urged owners of 4,800 2013 Ford Escape SUVs to stop driving immediately because of fire dangers, will spend hundreds of dollars per vehicle to cover the costs of repairs and provide alternative transportation. On Thursday, the Dearborn automaker said it was recalling 11,500 new Escape SUVs in North America -- including 9,300 in the United States -- because of fire risks.
Source: The Detroit News

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VW Aims to Tailor U.S. Lineup More to America

The Volkswagen brand's U.S. product planner wants a more Americanized lineup. His wish list calls for a small, locally built SUV, more diesels and possibly a return of the Phaeton.
Source: Automotive News

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Chrysler Will Limit Stores Selling SRT Viper

Exec expects 'new breed of customer'

The redesigned 2013 SRT Viper will be sold at about one in five Chrysler Group dealerships, says Ralph Gilles, head of the high-performance SRT brand. To qualify for the sports car, dealerships will have to train staff, buy special tools and improve their facilities.
Source: Automotive News

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As Homes Go, So Do Pickups

For more than a year, Mike Harwood held off buying a new pickup truck for his landscaping business because of the slumping housing market. But in the past few months, more lots have been cleared for construction and his phone has been ringing more frequently. So in June he went out and bought a new Chevrolet 2500 diesel truck with a backup camera and a hands-free Bluetooth phone link.
Source: The Wall Street Journal

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"With several conferences scheduled in Orlando next February, we expect hotel rooms to sell out fast. Convention attendees should register early to avoid missing out on booking the hotel of their choice."

   
-- NADA Convention Chairman Mark Scarpelli, referring to the 2013 NADA Convention and Expo, NADAFrontPage.com, July 23




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