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GM Plans Regular, On-Site Visits to Small, Mostly Rural Dealers
Early-Bird Registration Discount for NADA Convention Ends Sept. 14
Ford Maps Out Succession Plan
U.S. Unions Await Obama Decision on China Auto Parts
Chinese Auto Makers: Joint-Venture Junkies?
GM's Leftovers Help Nonprofit Create Coats for Homeless
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GM Plans Regular, On-Site Visits to Small, Mostly Rural Dealers

At many of General Motors' 1,200 smallest dealerships, a GM rep hasn't walked through the door in 25 years. That's about to change. Beginning in the first quarter of next year, GM district managers will make regular visits to those small, mostly rural dealerships, which now have only call-center contact with the company. GM created the call center system about 25 years ago. The move back to face-to-face contact with GM reps is aimed at helping smaller dealers improve their business and customer service, said Alan Batey, GM's U.S. vice president of sales and service.
Source: Automotive News

Editor's Note: "NADA applauds GM for its decision," said Mike Martin, a GM dealer and NADA's line representative for GM. "This has been a big part of NADA's recent discussion with GM. "NADA will continue to make sure that smaller dealers have a voice with their manufacturers," Martin added. Click here for a recent interview with GM's Alan Batey, who announces GM's intent to communicate better with all of its dealers.

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Early-Bird Registration Discount for NADA Convention Ends Sept. 14

New-car dealers and their managers planning to attend the NADA Convention and Expo in Orlando, Fla., in February are encouraged to register by Friday, Sept. 14, to take advantage of early-bird registration rates—a $100 discount off the onsite rate. “Dealers should also register in advance to book the hotel rooms of their choice,” said Mark Scarpelli, chairman of NADA’s convention committee. “With several conferences running at the same time in Orlando next February, hotel rooms will fill up quickly.” Six out of 21 NADA convention hotels have already sold out. The 96th annual NADA convention will be held at the Orange County Convention Center from Feb. 8-11, 2013. The American Truck Dealers (ATD) Convention and Expo will once again run concurrently with NADA. To register for the NADA convention, including hotel reservations with discounted rates, visit www.nadaconventionandexpo.org.
Source: NADAFrontPage.com

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Ford Maps Out Succession Plan

Board to meet this week, may promote Fields

Ford Motor Co.'s board of directors will meet this week to discuss a succession plan, people briefed on the plans told The Detroit News, a move that could pave the way for Mark Fields to succeed CEO Alan Mulally. The meeting comes amid a news report that Ford is planning to name Fields, its president of the Americas, as chief operating officer. That would likely position Fields to succeed Alan Mulally, Ford's CEO since 2006.
Source: The Detroit News

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U.S. Unions Await Obama Decision on China Auto Parts

U.S. union groups early this year began a campaign to persuade President Barack Obama to clamp down on imports of auto parts from China, which they said are unfairly subsidized and threatened 1.6 million jobs in all 50 states. Now, with the November 6 presidential election fast approaching and votes on the line in the U.S. industrial heartland, the groups are looking for Obama to announce a decision soon.
Source: Reuters

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Chinese Auto Makers: Joint-Venture Junkies?

Chinese auto regulators find themselves in a tight spot: Their 30-year quest to build an industry dominated by Chinese car brands has backfired, leaving them mostly with a collection of lethargic old lions. The problem: Joint ventures with foreign carmakers that have proven just a tad too comfortable.
Source: The Wall Street Journal

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GM's Leftovers Help Nonprofit Create Coats for Homeless

Can car component scraps bring comfort to the homeless? That's the driving force behind a new collaboration between General Motors and a Detroit nonprofit group that aims to fashion leftover auto material into warm coats that double as sleeping bags for the area's itinerant population.
Source: The Detroit News

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"[To] be a partner and adviser to the dealers, sitting across the table on a regular basis and working on strategy is definitely going to yield a lot more upside."
 
   
-- Alan Batey, GM's U.S. vice president of sales and service, referring to the automaker's plan to improve communications with rural dealers, Automotive News, Sept. 11


 


 

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Early-Bird Registration Ends Sept. 14 

Six out of 21 hotels reserved for the NADA Convention and Expo, Feb. 8-11, in Orlando, Fla., have sold out. They include the Westin, Hilton, Peabody, Embassy Suites, JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton. The Rosen Center is nearly sold out. NADA members (dealers and managers) are encouraged to register by Sept. 14 to take advantage of early-bird registration rates (a $100 savings from the onsite rate) and book the hotel of choice. To register, visit www.nadaconventionandexpo.com.
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