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White House Finalizes 2025 'Historic' Fuel Rules for Automakers
Big 3 Push U.S. Factories to Capacity
Nissan Dealer Uses 'Chevy Defense' to Keep Franchise
NADA Report: Used-Vehicle Depreciation to Remain at Historically Low Levels through 2014
GM Suspending Chevy Volt Output, Retooling for Impala
Do Diesel Cars And Trucks Save You Money? Not Always
GM Stops Providing Cars to Both Conventions
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White House Finalizes 2025 'Historic' Fuel Rules for Automakers

The Obama administration has finalized the landmark 2017-25 fuel economy rules that will nearly double the efficiency of the nation's cars and trucks over the next 13 years to a fleetwide average of 54.5 miles per gallon. Last summer, the Obama administration won the support of 13 major automakers, including Detroit's Big Three, for the 2017-25 rules, which will cost the industry $157.3 billion, according to the preliminary proposal. But two major German automakers — Daimler AG and Volkswagen AG — declined to support the deal. Auto dealers have expressed alarm about the rules, noting they will have to sell more expensive vehicles to consumers.
Source: The Detroit News

Editor's note: In response to the release of fuel economy rules for model year 2017-2025 passenger cars and light trucks, Bill Underriner, chairman of the National Automobile Dealers Association, issued the following statement: “America’s new car dealers support continuous fuel economy increases. NADA remains concerned that model year 2017-2025 mandates, coupled with previous Obama administration fuel economy regulations, will hike the average price of a new vehicle by nearly $3,000 when fully implemented. This increase shuts almost 7 million people out of the new car market entirely and prevents many millions more from being able to afford new vehicles that meet their needs. If this rule suppresses new vehicle sales, achieving the nation’s greenhouse gas and energy security goals will be needlessly delayed. Auto dealers will continue the important work of helping consumers meet their transportation needs, despite being shackled by the cost increases under this rule. As this rule ignores the essential role that consumers play, Congress needs to continue to review these regulations to ensure that affordable vehicles are available to all Americans.”

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Big 3 Push U.S. Factories to Capacity

The rebound of the American automobile industry has plants across the country running all-out. By the end of the year, all three Detroit automakers will be operating at more than 100 percent capacity in North America — a major turnaround for an industry that saw plant utilization fall below 50 percent three years ago.
Source: The Detroit News

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Nissan Dealer Uses 'Chevy Defense' to Keep Franchise

An Ohio court has upheld a Nissan dealer’s legal position that a nearby Chevrolet vehicle assembly plant is hurting his performance. The ruling by Ohio's Franklin County Court of Common Pleas may have implications for other auto dealerships located in uniquely challenging markets. [The dealer] argued that because GM provides special vehicle discounts to [plant] employees, their family members and friends, as well as to thousands of GM retirees there, the local retail market is artificially stacked against competing brands.
Source: Automotive News

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NADA Report: Used-Vehicle Depreciation to Remain at Historically Low Levels through 2014

Depreciation of used cars and light trucks is expected to increase modestly over the next few years, but still remain historically low, says the NADA Used Car Guide in its latest report, Volatility in Used Vehicle Depreciation: Historical Trends & Future Outlook. Used-vehicle depreciation has been extremely volatile over the past few years, with used-vehicle prices rising 26.5% in 2008 only to fall 11.1% in 2009. Looking ahead, however, NADA is expecting a period of used-price stability that hasn’t been seen in over a decade.
Source: NADAFrontPage.com

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GM Suspending Chevy Volt Output, Retooling for Impala

General Motors is halting, for a month, the manufacture of its well-known Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric car. Automotive News, citing unnamed sources, reports the Detroit-Hamtramck plant will suspend production from Sept. 17 until Oct. 15.
Source: USA Today

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Do Diesel Cars And Trucks Save You Money? Not Always

Diesel vehicles get remarkable fuel economy, but it's sometimes not enough to make them a better value overall than their gas counterparts. The main reason is that they cost so much: on average a diesel is $5,637 more than a gas-powered version of the same model, according to Vincentric LLC, a research firm in Bingham Farms, Mich.
Source: Forbes

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GM Stops Providing Cars to Both Conventions

General Motors Co. has ended its more than 30-year practice of providing cars to the Republican and Democratic party conventions.
Source: The Detroit News

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