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Deal Paves Way for Tesla Dealership in Virginia
UAW President King Out to Forge Union as Ally, Not Adversary, of Carmakers
EPA Wants to Help You Sell Your Used Car
Fiat's Marchionne Says Not Closer to Chrysler Deal Amid Talks
Turbocharged Engines Gaining Speed
Electric Pickup Trucks Going into Production
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Deal Paves Way for Tesla Dealership in Virginia

The world's hottest car company appears to have found the foothold it's been looking for in Virginia. Tesla Motors, whose high-performance electric cars have wowed buyers, confirmed Wednesday that it has reached an agreement with the state that will pave the way for its first dealership in Northern Virginia. "This agreement protects the integrity of Virginia's franchise laws and licensing requirements," said Don Hall, president and CEO of the Virginia Automobile Dealers Association. The agreement came late last week. It clears the way for the automaker to get a license from the Virginia Motor Vehicle Dealer Board to sell its electric cars at one location in Northern Virginia and operate an associated service center, according to James Chen, director of public policy and associate general council for Tesla.
Source: The Virginian-Pilot/NADAFrontPage.com

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UAW President King Out to Forge Union as Ally, Not Adversary, of Carmakers

With less than a year left in his term, United Auto Workers President Bob King is still trying to convince foreign manufacturers that his union has changed. A union born of sit-down strikes and bloody battles on overpasses, a union blamed by many for making Detroit's automobile industry uncompetitive by clinging to gold-plated benefits won in better times, has come to realize that the best way to guarantee its members continued employment is the success of the companies it once saw as enemies. “It's really important that people understand the global economy and understand the competitive pressures on the companies. Having a confrontational relationship in a global economy would be counterproductive for our membership,” King told The Detroit News.
Source: The Detroit News
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EPA Wants to Help You Sell Your Used Car

The Environmental Protection Agency wants to help you sell your used car. But you may not want its help. For almost a year, EPA has required revamped fuel-economy stickers to be plastered on all new cars and light-duty trucks. Now, the agency, along with the Energy Department, is offering the printable labels for used vehicles on www.fueleconomy.gov. EPA's Used Car Label Tool tracks makes and models dating back to 1984, factoring in various engine and fuel options to reach a government-standard fuel economy, along with information on carbon-dioxide emissions. But adding that sticker to your used car won't necessarily help you sell it. “It's great news for the car shopper, perhaps not as good news for the car dealer,” said Kelsey Mays, consumer-affairs editor at Cars.com. That's because the government's calculations have changed since 2008, and cars manufactured before that have been downgraded about 2 to 3 miles per gallon from their original advertised fuel economy. “The older test was biased a little high,” said Doug Greenhaus, chief counsel for environment, health, and safety at the National Automobile Dealers Association.
Source: The National Journal

Editor's note: The Energy Department and the EPA have released a fuel economy label for optional, voluntary use by used vehicle sellers. Labels may be printed or downloaded from www.fueleconomy.gov for light-duty vehicles dating to 1984. Dealers or private sellers interested in using the label to help with marketing are free to put it on or in vehicles or to hand it to prospective customers. For more detailed information, click here for the FAQ.
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Fiat's Marchionne Says Not Closer to Chrysler Deal Amid Talks

Fiat SpA isn't closer to reaching an agreement with a United Auto Workers retiree health-care trust over the Italian carmaker's Chrysler Group LLC unit in the U.S., Chief Executive Officer Sergio Marchionne said. Negotiations with the labor group should continue, Marchionne, who is CEO of both Fiat and Chrysler, told reporters in L'Aquila in the central Italian region of Abruzzo. “We are still having chats but I don't have a deal,”Marchionne said today. The initial public offering process will set a “clear” value of the holding as an agreement isn't closer, Marchionne said.
Source: Bloomberg
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Turbocharged Engines Gaining Speed

The move toward turbocharged engines continues to spool up. A top supplier of automotive turbochargers is now predicting that North American sales of vehicles with turbocharged engines will grow 67 percent in the next five years as automakers seek a mainstream powertrain to help them meet federal fuel efficiency standards. New Jersey-based Honeywell Turbo Technologies said today it estimates that 17 percent of all vehicles sold in North America are equipped with turbocharged engines. He expects that number to increase to 31 percent by 2018.
Source: The Detroit News
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Electric Pickup Trucks Going into Production

A company that adds electric powertrains to pickup trucks, vans and other large vehicles says it is going into production next year with a $20 million contract. Via Motors says it will deliver pickup trucks and vans to 50 corporate fleets, including utilities and public agencies, around the nation after working out its deal with the Energy Department. The department is footing matching funds to help agencies buy the $79,000 pickups. Part of the deal is that the trucks will upload data about their performance and use for research studies. In contrast to all the small cars that have become electrified, Via has an interesting proposition: why not bring plug-in electric powerplants to full-size vehicles, which can see the biggest benefit from them.
Source: USA Today
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