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NADA Moves Dates for 2015 2018 Conventions
Bill Blocking Tesla Web sales on Hold in N.C. Legislature
After J.D. Power Rankings, GM Sets Sights On Global Quality
Mulally Warns Feds About Impact of Japanese Trade on U.S. Auto Sales
Congress Considering Overhaul of 2007 Ethanol Mandate
New Chevrolet Chief Batey Now Gets to Finish What He Started
NADA Used Car Guide Projects Scope of Large Pickup Price Gain
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NADA Moves Dates for 2015 2018 Conventions

Mark your calendars: Four-day annual NADA and ATD conventions to run Thursday to Sunday

Beginning in 2015, the NADA Convention and Expo will be held Thursday to Sunday, instead of Friday to Monday. “After surveying the membership and exhibitors, the consensus was to end the convention on Sunday, instead of Monday,” said Desmond Roberts, chairman of NADA's Convention Committee and a Chevrolet dealer in Hodgkins, Illinois. “The Thursday to Sunday timeframe will allow convention attendees to be back at work earlier the following week.” For more than 40 years, the NADA convention has been held Friday to Monday. The 2014 NADA and American Truck Dealers (ATD) conventions will be held concurrently in New Orleans from Jan. 24-27 as scheduled from Friday to Monday.

Here are the revised dates for the NADA and ATD conventions in 2015 to 2018:

• 2015 – San Francisco (Jan. 22-25)
• 2016 – Las Vegas (March 31 - April 3)
• 2017 – New Orleans (Jan. 26-29)
• 2018 – Las Vegas (March 22-25)

For more information on the NADA convention, visit www.nadaconventionandexpo.org.
Source: NADAFrontPage.com

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Bill Blocking Tesla Web sales on Hold in N.C. Legislature

Legislation that would block Tesla Motors from using the Internet to sell its electric cars in North Carolina is on the back burner for now. But a legislative maneuver has cleared the way for a vote on other dealer-franchise matters. No movement appeared imminent on dealer-backed legislation that included the Tesla-related provisions as well as other changes to dealer franchise law. So legislators on Tuesday moved to split the bill into two pieces. Several elements of the original bill, deemed noncontroversial by the North Carolina Automobile Dealers Association, were attached to an unrelated bill that is moving forward. That amended bill was passed out of a House committee on Tuesday and is slated for a vote on the House floor on Thursday. Those elements of the original bill have nothing to do with Tesla. They address subjects such as warranty reimbursement, loaner vehicles and training. The dealers association already had negotiated those changes with manufacturers, said Robert Glaser, president of the state dealers association. The split doesn't mean the end of the challenge for Tesla. "The Tesla bill is still alive and well," Glaser said. The original bill, with the provisions affecting Tesla, remains in the House Transportation Committee. It passed the North Carolina Senate unanimously in May. The committee could still consider the original bill this session, but it's unlikely, Glaser said. The bill would then carry over into next year's session, which opens in May.
Source: Automotive News
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After J.D. Power Rankings, GM Sets Sights On Global Quality

General Motors Co., with top U.S. initial quality rankings fresh under its belt, is ready to take on global quality and achieve the best automotive customer experience in other parts of the world. Chairman and CEO Dan Akerson said Wednesday that GM's vehicle quality already is viewed very highly in markets such as China, where he visited last week. "We don't have the kind of the baggage in some of our foreign markets as we do here as a result of the bankruptcy," Akerson told reporters at its Warren Tech Center following an employee quality celebration that featured live music from an employee band and surprise opening remarks from Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Max Scherzer. "So I think from a perception point of view it will be easier to plow that row, that field in the future." Last week, GM finished atop the 2013 J.D. Power & Associates Initial Quality Study, its best showing ever in the study's 27-year history. It snagged eight segment awards, with the GMC brand finishing second only to Porsche. Its mainstream brand, Chevrolet, inched up 10 spots and ranked No. 5 overall and second among non-premium brands.
Source: The Detroit News

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Mulally Warns Feds About Impact of Japanese Trade on U.S. Auto Sales

Ford Motor Co. Chief Executive Alan Mulally met with senators and Obama administration officials on Wednesday, warning about the impact of Japanese trade and currency policies on U.S. auto sales. Mulally said his message was needed for free trade agreements and the “importance of letting the markets establish the currencies” and ensuring that they reflect “the global trade rules.” He declined to say if he was asking Congress to push for any specific policies on Japanese currency or other policies. “We're going to continue to work with all of the constituents to ensure that we end up with a very positive free trade agreement,” Mulally said. Mulally and Ford had a key role in the final deal the Obama administration reached on a free trade deal with South Korea in late 2010.
Source: The Detroit News
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Congress Considering Overhaul of 2007 Ethanol Mandate

Congress is seriously considering an overhaul of the 2007 energy law that requires a growing amount of ethanol and other biofuels to be used by the nation's 240 million cars and trucks. A House Energy and Commerce panel held a hearing Wednesday on the requirements. It took place two days after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to reverse an EPA decision to approve E15 gasoline — which contains 15 percent ethanol versus the 10 percent found at most pumps now — for vehicles from model year 2001 and newer. “We need to review this and changes need to be made,” said Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, chairman of the Energy and Commerce Commitee, in an interview, who hopes to win passage of a reform bill later this year. “We're hoping to come up with something that's reasonable and constructive and bipartisan.” Under the Renewable Fuel Standard updated in 2007, the United States is increasing ethanol use in vehicles to at least 13.8 billion gallons this year, up from 5 billion gallons in 2007 and 2 billion in 2002. By 2022, the U.S. must use 36 billion gallons of biofuels, with 21 billion gallons of that from advanced biofuels like cellulosic ethanol made from sources other than corn. In order to meet the mandate, the EPA may require more corn-based ethanol this year.
Source: The Detroit News
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New Chevrolet Chief Batey Now Gets to Finish What He Started

One of the last vestiges of the roller-coaster Joel Ewanick era in General Motors marketing now has disappeared as GM named Alan Batey to the newly created post of senior vice president of Chevrolet worldwide. The move answered the one hanging question from Ewanick's two-year reign as GM's global CMO that ended last summer: Would GM ever name a replacement for him? GM officially swept past that issue this week when it named Batey, who was named Ewanick's immediate successor but only as “interim global CMO," to the new position, charging him with growing GM's largest brand into a global powerhouse. Interestingly, the new chief of the most iconic American car brand is a Brit who clearly merited his latest appointment by providing a steadying influence for Chevy over the last year and also by moving the brand forward even when his long-term responsibilities weren't fully defined. Batey already was well down the path of rolling out a strategy that he now will be fully empowered to execute.
Source: Forbes
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NADA Used Car Guide Projects Scope of Large Pickup Price Gain

Large pickup prices are expected to increase slightly in the lanes this week, following a trend seen this spring, while overall wholesale price movement is expected to be flat. NADA Used Car Guide expects overall prices to remain unchanged relative to the two-week average. That said, large pickup prices are expected to increase slightly again this week, with rates predicted to grow by .2 percent, or $50. Midsize vans are also expected to see a small boost in price this week, with rates growing by .5 percent, or $75.
Source: Auto Remarketing
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"We're going to continue to work with all of the constituents to ensure that we end up with a very positive free trade agreement." 

     --- Ford CEO Alan Mulally, commenting on the impact of Japanese trade on U.S. auto sales during a meeting on Capital Hill Wednesday, The Detroit News, June 26


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