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NADA Launches National Ad Campaign Against Stair-Step Incentive Programs
Congress Returns for Short Pre-Election Session
VW Plans Multibrand Product Blitz as it Pursues Sales Title
Small Cars Are Changing; Will They Fit in the U.S.?
Less is More for Hyundai Dealerships
Honda Accord Joins Battle of New Midsize Sedans
Chrysler Charges Dealers $25,000 to Sell the Viper
BMW Finds New Ways to Improve Productivity With Aging Workforce
Video: Retiring Car Dealer Gives Employees $1,000 for Every Year They've Worked for Him
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NADA Launches National Ad Campaign Against Stair-Step Incentive Programs

NADA kicked off a national print ad campaign today detailing the many negative aspects of manufacturer stair-step incentive programs. The full-page ad, “Stair-Step Incentive Programs are Bad for the Auto Industry,” began running in today’s edition of Automotive News. The ad points out that “stair-step programs create too many negatives to justify their use.” Stair-step programs “harm brand credibility; hurt dealers of all sizes; undermine relationships between dealers and their customers; have an adverse affect on CSI scores; and destroy consumer confidence in dealers -- and in manufacturers’ brands.” Click here to view the ad.
Source: NADAFrontPage.com

Editor's note: Send an email to
stairsteps@nada.org to tell us what you think about these programs and other manufacturer intrusions into dealers’ businesses. All messages will be kept strictly confidential.

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Congress Returns for Short Pre-Election Session

Fresh off a five-week vacation, lawmakers return to Washington on Monday for a truncated pre-election session in which Congress will do what it often does best: punt problems to the future. They face a slew of deadlines and the prospect of a debilitating "fiscal cliff" in January, yet are expected to take a pass on the big issues of taxes and spending cuts. Their focus seems to be on the bare minimum, preventing a government shutdown when the budget year ends Sept. 30.
Source: The Associated Press

Editor's note: Nearly 400 new-car dealers from across the country will be arriving this week in the nation's capital for NADA's annual Washington Conference. Dealers will meet with their members of Congress to discuss NADA's legislative priorities, which include extending the current estate tax rates, preserving LIFO and reducing regulations on dealerships.

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VW Plans Multibrand Product Blitz as it Pursues Sales Title

Volkswagen Group is expanding the product range of all its brands at a ferocious pace as it fights to become the world's top-selling automaker. Volkswagen also is likely to develop and produce more vehicles for the United States. The Passat, which is built at a new plant in Chattanooga, is the first and will be followed by a mid-sized crossover.
Source: Automotive News

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Small Cars Are Changing; Will They Fit in the U.S.?

Cars have scale; they look different depending on the background they are set against. The need to maintain a sense of scale makes it hard to simply ship small cars from Europe and Asia — many of which are so wonderful in situ — to the United States. Still, there are other attractions that can make those morsels tempting to Americans.
Source: The New York Times

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Less is More for Hyundai Dealerships

Brand thrives against better-stocked rivals

Even after Hyundai's best August ever, its dealers are painfully aware that they could sell many more vehicles if the automaker could provide them. Aside from that annoying reality, Hyundai dealers and the factory are thriving with lean inventories.
Source: Automotive News

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Honda Accord Joins Battle of New Midsize Sedans

Stand back, ladies and gents. Here comes the remade Honda Accord, and the fight for alpha-status in midsize sedans is about to get bloody. Once a perennial contender for best-selling car in the U.S., Accord hasn't taken the gold in more than a decade — slapped down by Toyota's Camry. Tired of that, Honda did a full makeover for the 2013 on sale Sept. 19.
Source: USA Today

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Chrysler Charges Dealers $25,000 to Sell the Viper

One-time fee covers tools, training, tech program, showroom elements

Chrysler Group will charge dealerships $25,000 to sell the 640-hp SRT Viper late this year, says Peter Grady, Chrysler's vice president of network development and fleet. The one-time fee will include tools, training, a technician program, signs and other showroom elements.
Source: Automotive News

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BMW Finds New Ways to Improve Productivity With Aging Workforce

Five years ago, managers at BMW AG realized that with Germany's graying population the average age of their workers would jump from 41 to 46 by 2017. So they decided to make it happen sooner. In 2007, the luxury automaker set up an experimental assembly line with older employees to see whether they could keep pace. The verdict: Not only could they keep up, the older workers did a better job than younger staffers on another line at the same factory.
Source: Automotive News

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Video: Retiring Car Dealer Gives Employees $1,000 for Every Year They've Worked for Him

Before retiring, a Michigan car dealership owner wanted to thank his employees in a special way. All 89 employees at the Howard Cooper Import Center in Ann Arbor were given $1,000 for each year of service to the 47-year-old auto dealership. "The lady behind me had tears running down her face," employee Sandy Reagan told AnnArbor.com. "I wanted to thank my employees and that was a way I could do it," Cooper said of the surprise checks. "I hope it makes a difference in their lives like they have made in mine."
Source: The Associated Press/Fox 2 News (Detroit)

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-- Rebecca Lindland, IHS Automotive, referring to the fight among automakers for alpha-status in the midsize sedan segment, USA Today, Sept. 10


 


 

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