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NADA Partners with Hiring Our Heroes to Support Veterans
Trade Talks Could Usher in a New Era for Automakers Worldwide
Akerson: Cadillac Will Take on Tesla
Ford Will Pull Tech Training Bucks
Long, Strange Trip Ending for VW's Hippie Van
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NADA Partners with Hiring Our Heroes to Support Veterans

The National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) is partnering with the Hiring Our Heroes program, sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, to help military veterans find meaningful employment. Hiring our Heroes is a nationwide effort that helps veterans and their spouses find employment in communities across America. “We are proud to partner with Hiring Our Heroes and will do our part to help raise awareness of the training and skills that veteran employees contribute to the civilian workforce,” said NADA President Peter Welch. “With our participation in this program, we hope we can help America's veterans get back to work and reduce the high unemployment rate they are facing.”

The Hiring Our Heroes program will work with the vast network of new-car and -truck dealerships around the country, as well as the state and metro dealer associations. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce currently works with its state and local chambers and other strategic partners from the public, private and nonprofit sectors. Hiring Our Heroes and its partners have hosted 600 job fairs in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. Through these employment fairs, 20,200 men and women have obtained jobs and more than 1,200 businesses have hired veterans and their spouses. For more information on Hiring Our Heroes, visit www.nada.org/hiringourheroes.
Source: NADAFrontPage.com
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Trade Talks Could Usher in a New Era for Automakers Worldwide

An auto industry without borders

That is the dream in C-suites from Detroit to Munich to Tokyo, now that the political stars appear aligned for free-trade treaties that could knock down some of the walls dividing the three capitals of the global auto market. Top trade negotiators from the United States, Europe and Japan have circled the globe this year to talk about rewriting their trade laws. Seeing a once-in-a-generation chance to lower costs and ease regulatory headaches, automakers have rushed to the table, asking to scrap tariffs, market barriers and conflicting standards that affect the basic economic calculus of which cars get sold and where.
Source: Automotive News
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Akerson: Cadillac Will Take on Tesla

General Motors Co. Chairman and CEO Dan Akerson says the automaker is gearing up to take on upstart electric-car company Tesla Motors, even as he remains skeptical that Americans in large numbers want to buy all-electric cars. In an interview on the sidelines of an event this week in Washington, Akerson said the Detroit automaker plans to confront Tesla via its Cadillac brand. But Akerson said EVs still face a big hurdle. “I'm not convinced that an all-electric car is the panacea that I think the American public wants,” he said. Akerson said the company is working at achieving the 200-mile range, but it may not be enough. “What we see on the line of sight is a 200-mile battery car, but at the same time 200 miles is great, but it's not going to satisfy the range anxiety that persists,” Akerson said.
Source: The Detroit News

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Ford Will Pull Tech Training Bucks

Dealers hope for revised assistance plan

The Ford brand is phasing out the technology allowance it pays dealers to teach customers to use Sync and MyFord Touch, the communication systems that have triggered widespread owner complaints and eroded quality ratings. The allowance, which a company spokeswoman said was meant to be temporary, will disappear in two phases. What, if anything, will replace the allowance is not clear. Ford said it will share future plans with dealers. The Lincoln brand is not affected. But with Ford still getting complaints from consumers about the systems, some dealers feel that it's too early to drop the allowance.
Source: Automotive News
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Long, Strange Trip Ending for VW's Hippie Van

It carried hippies through the 1960s, hauled surfers in search of killer waves during endless summers and serves as a workhorse across the developing world, but the long, strange trip of the Volkswagen van is ending. Brazil is the last place in the world still producing the iconic vehicle, or “bus” as it's known by aficionados, but VW says production will end Dec. 31. Safety regulations mandate that every vehicle in Brazil must have air bags and anti-lock braking systems starting in 2014, and the company says it cannot change production to meet the law. Although output will halt in Brazil, there should be plenty of VW vans rolling along for decades if only because there are so many, and they are so durable. VW produced more than 10 million Volkswagen Transporter vans globally since the model was introduced 63 years ago in Germany, though not all resemble the classic hippie machine.
Source: Associated Press
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"We are proud to partner with Hiring Our Heroes and will do our part to help raise awareness of the training and skills that veteran employees contribute to the civilian workforce."

    -- NADA President Peter Welch, commenting on NADA's partnership with Hiring Our Heroes, NADAFrontPage.com, Sept. 23
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