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Compact Crossover Vehicles the Hot New Trend
Michigan Governor Signs 'Right-to-Work' Bills
Porsche Breaks its Own Sales Record
Mazda Leads Diesel Comeback as Dirty-Clunker Stigma Fades
The Blue Oval Kicks Off Henry Ford 150th Celebration
NADA 2013: Manage Your Convention Schedule with 'myNADAplanner'
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Compact Crossover Vehicles the Hot New Trend

Honda plans to unveil the Urban SUV Concept at next month's Detroit Auto Show, a crossover that will be based on the Japanese maker's subcompact Fit model. The North American International Auto Show, as it's formally known, will be awash with downsized crossover-utility vehicles – including the long-rumored Lincoln MKC which will share some of its basic underpinnings with the small Ford Escape, albeit trimmed out for the luxury market.
Source: MSNBC

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Michigan Governor Signs 'Right-to-Work' Bills

Republican Gov. Rick Snyder, without ceremony, signed two so-called right-to-work measures that ban mandatory union dues in Michigan workplaces, making the state and union bastion the 24th state to enact such legislation, and the second this year after Indiana.
Source: Reuters/Bloomberg

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Porsche Breaks its Own Sales Record

German sports car maker Porsche AG says it has already broken last year's record sales number with one month left in 2012. The company, which is now owned by Volkswagen, said Wednesday it delivered 128,978 vehicles through November, more than the total of 118,868 it sold in all of 2011 - at the time a new record.
Source: Associated Press

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Mazda Leads Diesel Comeback as Dirty-Clunker Stigma Fades

Thirteen years after Tokyo's governor killed Japanese interest in diesel cars by barring many of them from his city, the technology is making a comeback as manufacturers adopt innovations that improve its sooty image. Mazda Motor Corp. is betting big on cleaner diesels, creating a challenge to imports and hybrids as government incentives spur demand for fuel-efficient vehicles.
Source: Bloomberg

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The Blue Oval Kicks Off Henry Ford 150th Celebration

As the Blue Oval prepares to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of company founder Henry Ford, the OEM unveiled what it called the oldest surviving Ford production car to its employees. The 1903 Model A was bought recently by executive chairman Bill Ford, who purchased the vehicle at an auction this past October. As the company revealed the historic car, the employee event kicked off the year-long celebration of the life of Henry Ford.
Source: Auto Remarketing

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NADA 2013: Manage Your Convention Schedule with 'myNADAplanner'

Choosing from hundreds of workshop sessions, attending franchise meetings, general sessions and meeting with exhibitors over the four-day NADA Convention and Expo can be a daunting task. To help avoid scheduling conflicts, dealers and their managers are encouraged to utilize myNADAplanner, a free online, easy-to-use planning, scheduling and networking tool designed for attendees to maximize their time. “One of the key features of the myNADAplanner system is connecting buyers and sellers on the expo floor and providing an advance look at the exhibitor list,” said Mark Scarpelli, chairman of NADA’s convention committee.

In late December, the new NADA convention mobile app will be available, which will work seamlessly with myNADAplanner. The mobile app – available for iPhone, iPad and Android devices – will allow attendees to create a schedule, download workshop presentations and handouts, view speaker bios, navigate the convention center and shop the expo floor. To download the mobile app, search for "NADA 2013" in the App Store or Android Marketplace. Access to myNADAplanner is available to all registered attendees and exhibitors by using their username and password sent in the registration/housing confirmation email or by calling (800) 974-3084. Click here to log on to myNADAplanner.
Source: NADAFrontPage.com

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"His [Henry Ford] vision to build cars that are reasonably priced, reliable and efficient still resonates and defines our vision today." 

   
-- Bill Ford, Ford's executive chairman, said at an event celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of the company founder, Auto Remarketing, Dec. 12



 


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