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Nissan's Jose Munoz to Keynote NADA/J.D. Power Conference in Los Angeles
NADA Board Elects 2014 Chair
The South is Singing the Mexican Blues
Battery Maker Shifts to Hybrid Car Focus
BMW Says September Brand Sales Rise 8% on U.S., Asia Demand
Get Your Kicks On Route 66
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Nissan's Jose Munoz to Keynote NADA/J.D. Power Conference in Los Angeles

Jose Munoz, Nissan's new senior vice president of sales and marketing for the Americas, will deliver keynote remarks at the 2013 Western Automotive Conference in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Nov. 19. The half-day conference, presented by NADA and J.D. Power, also includes Stewart Reed, chairman of the Transportation Design Department at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif., who will deliver a special keynote presentation, “Identifying and Cultivating Emerging Talent in Transportation Design.”

The second annual conference -- which precedes press days at the Los Angeles Auto Show -- includes a panel discussion on “Diversity Marketing,” with an emphasis on the Hispanic market. An OEM panel, “Positioning Your Brand for 2015 and Beyond,” will be moderated by CNBC's Phil LeBeau and includes James O'Sullivan, president and CEO of Mazda North America Operations; William Fay, group vice president and general manager, Toyota Division; and Thomas Loveless, executive vice president of sales for Kia Motors America.

Other speakers include David Westcott, NADA chairman; Finbarr O'Neill, president of J.D. Power; Beth Ann Bovino, chief U.S. economist at Standard & Poor's; and John Humphrey, senior vice president of global automotive operations for J.D. Power.

The conference, held in association with the Greater Los Angeles New Car Dealers Association and the California New Car Dealers Association, will be held at the Biltmore Hotel. Early-bird discount registration is available through Oct. 18. For more information or to register, click here.
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NADA Board Elects 2014 Chair

The board of directors for the National Automobile Dealers Association has elected the NADA chairman for 2014. Chosen for the post during an election at NADA's board meeting in Santa Barbara, Calif., was Forrest McConnell III, owner of McConnell Honda/Acura in Montgomery, Ala. McConnell represents Alabama's new-car dealers on NADA's board and will become the second dealer from the state to chair the association. Elected to serve as vice chairman was Bill Fox, owner of Fox Dealerships in Auburn, N.Y. He represents New York's new-car dealers on NADA's board. Elected secretary was Colorado dealer Jeff Carlson and elected treasurer was Florida dealer George Nahas.
Source: Auto Remarketing
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The South is Singing the Mexican Blues

That high, lonesome sound of sorrow coming out of the South these days is no bluegrass song. It is the sound of an auto industry pining for its one true love -- who has run off to Mexico. Automaker after automaker -- Mazda, Honda, Audi, Toyota, Nissan -- have invested $3.5 billion in Mexican assembly plants since 2007. Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz and Infiniti might be the next to go. Industry agents of the South believe those are plants that should have landed in the southeastern United States. And, of course, the Detroit auto industry establishment still believes that everything in the South should have been built in and around Detroit in the first place. Detroit has been doing its own pining for the past three decades as North American automaking shifted inch by inch to places like Kentucky, Tennessee and Alabama. Now it's the South's turn to fret. The question is: Which region of the North American auto industry is really losing out to the Mexican boom?
Source: Automotive News

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Battery Maker Shifts to Hybrid Car Focus

Revived A123 Systems sees future in advances for gasoline-powered cars

Advanced battery maker A123 Systems LLC is shifting its focus to small, hybrid-cars and away from fully-electric vehicles in a reflection of the slowly developing market for electric vehicles, the company's new chief executive said on Tuesday. The company expects electric vehicles won't now become a major part of global auto demand for many years. However, new batteries for start-stop systems and hybrids are forecast to grow quickly as auto makers seek inexpensive ways to improve fuel economy in gasoline-powered cars, said Chief Executive Jason Forcier.
Source: The Wall Street Journal
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BMW Says September Brand Sales Rise 8% on U.S., Asia Demand

Carmaker outsells rivals Audi, Mercedes-Benz

BMW Group said global sales of its core brand rose 8 percent in September to 158,029 lifted by demand from the United States and Asia. Nine-month brand deliveries increased 9 percent to 1.21 million vehicles, helped by the 3-series sedan as well as the X1 and X3 SUVs, the carmaker said in a statement.
Source: Reuters
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Get Your Kicks On Route 66

What do Lake Shore Drive, the Grand Canyon and Mickey Mantle's boyhood home have in common? They're all on the same street, more or less. Featured in Route 66: The People, The Places, The Dream, these are just three of the many fascinating sites along one of America's longest and iconic roadways. This coffee-table book, full of picturesque images, chronicles the adventures of two friends, Sal Santoro and Bob Walton, as they drive across the eight states that make up “America's Main Street.” Starting at Lake Shore Drive in Chicago—where Route 66 officially begins—Santoro and Walton motor through Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California. After nearly 2,500 miles, they end up in Santa Monica, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. And the two gearheads travel in style: their chariot is Walton's cherry-red 1968 Cadillac DeVille.

The trip takes 21 days, so Santoro and Walton aren't looking to break any speed records. They savor their time on the road, talking with the locals and appreciating various stopping points that have became etched into the fabric of the country. There's the Oklahoma City National Memorial, site of the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. The vast peaks and valleys along the Continental Divide in New Mexico. And—perhaps the most anticipated stop—the zany Cadillac Ranch, with its row of 1950s and 1960s Cadillacs buried nose down and tailfins reaching for the sky. Santoro and Walton even spend a night in a teepee at the Wigwam Motel in Rialto, Calif., which only adds to the fun.

This light-hearted Route 66 is geared toward car lovers everywhere, making it a great roadmap for cross-country road trips—and a nice addition to any dealership's customer lounge.
Source: NADA Public Affairs

Editor's note: Route 66, The People-The Places-The Dream is now a Jay Leno's book club selection. Click here to see Leno interview the authors.

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