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Higher Auto Demand to Boost Retail Sales Data
Lexus' Key Potential Growth Market? U.S.
NADA, Tesla Talk About Retail Model
GM Facing Tough Choice on Trucks in December
During Obama Visit, Daimler to Unveil Plan to Expand U.S. Jobs, Production
GM's Opel to Shut Bochum Factory With 3,100 Jobs at Risk
New EPA Lab Gear Will Monitor MPG Claims
FCC Allows Opt-Out Confirmation Texts
Car Dealership Donates $50K to Help Restock Assumption Food Pantry Shelves
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Higher Auto Demand to Boost Retail Sales Data

Sales at U.S. retailers probably rose in November as the holiday shopping season got under way and demand for automobiles rebounded after superstorm Sandy, economists said before a report due out this week. The projected 0.4% gain would follow a 0.3% drop in October, according to the median forecast of 60 economists surveyed by Bloomberg News before Dec. 13 figures from the Commerce Department.
Source: Detroit Free Press

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Lexus' Key Potential Growth Market? U.S.

More than 20 years after its world debut as an almost exclusively American brand, Lexus has expanded into 86 countries. Lexus took the U.S. luxury market by storm, and the United States remains its largest market by far. So where is the biggest growth potential for Toyota's luxury brand? China? Japan? Russia? Brazil? In raw volume terms, none of the above, Lexus global product marketing chief Mark Templin said in an interview. The biggest opportunity remains the United States. He said Lexus has regained its footing after the unintended acceleration and tsunami crises that last year cost the brand the U.S. luxury sales title it held for 11 straight years.
Source: Automotive News

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NADA, Tesla Talk About Retail Model

Leaders at Tesla Motors Inc. and the National Automobile Dealers Association met late last month to discuss the trade association's concerns about Tesla factory stores. Officials for both parties confirmed the meeting but declined to discuss specifics. Tesla CEO Elon Musk and NADA Chairman Bill Underriner attended the hour-plus meeting, held Nov. 29 at Tesla's headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif. A spokesman for NADA described the meeting as constructive and positive. "The meeting opens the way for an ongoing dialogue," said David Hyatt, a NADA vice president. Underriner requested the meeting in October after dealers and dealer associations in several states complained that Tesla's store network violates state franchise laws prohibiting factory ownership of dealerships.
Source: Automotive News

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GM Facing Tough Choice on Trucks in December

Company keeping a lid on sales incentives

General Motors, the only domestic automaker whose pickup sales dropped in November, faces a difficult choice in December: boost incentives or risk losing sales during one of the biggest pickup sales months of the year. GM spent the least of the Detroit Three on incentives in the large pickup segment. Some competitors discounted their trucks by as much as $5,000. But there is a price for that pricing discipline. By the end of November, GM dealers were holding 139 days' supply of full-size pickups, far more than the 80 to 90 that is considered ideal.
Source: Detroit Free Press

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During Obama Visit, Daimler to Unveil Plan to Expand U.S. Jobs, Production

Daimler, which owns Detroit Diesel Corp., will announce a new investment to expand U.S. production and jobs as President Barack Obama visits the company's Redford facility today. The White House said the investment is expected to be $100 million or more and, with it, Daimler Trucks North America will become the first heavy-duty vehicle equipment manufacturer on the continent to build a fully integrated powertrain from on production facility. Additional details were expected to be announced later today.
Source: Detroit Free Press

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GM's Opel to Shut Bochum Factory With 3,100 Jobs at Risk

General Motors Co.'s Opel division will stop making cars at its plant in Bochum, Germany, in 2016, threatening 3,100 jobs, as the U.S. automaker seeks to stem European losses during a prolonged vehicle-market contraction. Opel will end auto production at the factory when the current version of the Zafira minivan is replaced, the unit, based in the Frankfurt suburb of Ruesselsheim, said on its website. The carmaker will look to develop component and distribution operations at Bochum to limit job losses, it said.
Source: Bloomberg

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New EPA Lab Gear Will Monitor MPG Claims

By next fall, agency can verify all 5 automaker tests

As the EPA continues to investigate Hyundai and Kia for selling cars with false fuel economy labels, the agency is adding equipment at its Michigan laboratory to spot errors and discourage any automaker that might be tempted to cheat.
Source: Automotive News

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FCC Allows Opt-Out Confirmation Texts

The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) recently decided that sending a one-time text message confirming a consumer's request for no further text messages to be sent does not violate the Telephone Consumer Protection Act or the FCC's rules. This exception only applies to final, one-time text messages, sent to consumers from whom a sender has obtained prior, express consent to send automated text messages. The confirmation text must be sent within 5 minutes of the consumer's opt-out request. The text message may include contact information or instructions as to how the consumer can opt back in, but cannot include any marketing or promotional information.

Click here for the FCC's ruling. NADA members can find more on the FTC and FCC requirements regarding text messages at http://www.nada.org/regulatory_affairs under “Telemarketing Sales Rule.”
Source: NADA Regulatory Affairs

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Car Dealership Donates $50K to Help Restock Assumption Food Pantry Shelves

A food pantry at a local church on Syracuse's North Side is having its shelves restocked thanks to a local car dealer. Billy Fuccillo and his son, Billy Fuccillo Jr., have donated $50,000 to the Assumption Church food pantry, which feeds hundreds of families on the city's North Side.
Source: WSYR-TV

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"December should be an all-new ballgame." 

   
--  Kurt McNeil, GM's vice president of U.S. sales, commenting on low pickup sales for the month of November, Detroit Free Press, Dec. 8



 


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