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Luxury Will Draw the Spotlight in L.A.
U.S. Automakers Gain California Market Share
Subaru Pushes Dealers to Improve Fixed Ops
EPA Proposes Cut in Amount of Required Ethanol in Gasoline
Volkswagen: Union Vote Won't Affect U.S. Plans
NADA Convention: 33 Hotels Sold Out in New Orleans; Limited Number of Rooms Available
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Luxury Will Draw the Spotlight in L.A.

Tinseltown will see even more power and bling than usual judging by the luxury vehicles dominating the bill of global debuts at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Jaguar and Land Rover have global debuts planned for the show. Jaguar will show a hardtop version of its F-Type sports car while Land Rover will reveal a long-wheelbase version of the Range Rover. Mercedes-Benz is expected to show four vehicles, including the 600-plus hp S65 AMG and an expected AMG version of the GLA compact crossover. BMW will debut the successor to its 3-series convertible, and Porsche will unveil the final production version of the highly anticipated Macan compact crossover. Even Kia will seek to grab the attention of well-heeled car buyers in the nation's largest auto market with its K900 rear-wheel-drive flagship sedan. Audi has shown its A3 compact car overseas, but the L.A. auto show will be the first time the brand showcases the full A3 line in the United States.
Source: Automotive News

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U.S. Automakers Gain California Market Share

Detroit's Big Three saw their market share rise 1.3 percentage points in California in the first nine months of year, though they still lag major Asian automakers. The California New Car Dealers Association said Friday overall new car sales in the Golden State were up 12.9 percent — ahead of the 8.7 percent increase nationally — while Detroit's Big Three were up 18.5 percent in the nation's largest auto market that accounts for about 10 percent of all U.S auto sales. General Motors Co., Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler Group LLC had 27.8 percent of market share in the Golden State in the first nine months — still far below the 45.2 percent they averaged nationally. Japanese automakers held 48.9 percent of California market share, up 12.5 percentage points over their national 37.4 percent market share. Korean automakers market share fell 1 percent, European automakers market share fell 0.5 percent, while Japanese automakers market share rose by 0.2 percentage points.
Source: The Detroit News

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Subaru Pushes Dealers to Improve Fixed Ops

Subaru boss Yasuyuki Yoshinaga foresees another record sales year for the brand in 2014, but he's more concerned about his U.S. dealers' fixed operations than their new-car sales. Yoshinaga, worried that customer service is being swamped by the brand's sales boom, is pushing U.S. dealers to improve their service business to keep the new buyers that Subaru has conquested. Subaru of America introduced a new service improvement program Nov. 1 aimed at expanding service in line with the company's breakneck growth, Yoshinaga said.
Source: Automotive News

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EPA Proposes Cut in Amount of Required Ethanol in Gasoline

The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to dramatically reduce the amount of ethanol going into the nation’s gas tanks from what Congress required in a 2007 energy law. The decision was hailed as a win for motorists, the environment, and the oil and auto industries. For corn growers, it was a clear loss. The EPA wants to cut to 15.21 billion gallons the amount of corn-based ethanol and other biofuels required next year to be blended with gasoline under the Renewable Fuels Standard.
Source: The Detroit News

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Volkswagen: Union Vote Won't Affect U.S. Plans

Volkswagen, the world's third-largest automaker, is shocking Southern union foes by engaging in talks with the United Auto Workers about creating a German-style "works council" at its Chattanooga, Tenn., plant. A top Volkswagen labor official said Thursday that a pending decision about union representation for workers at the automaker's lone U.S. plant will have no bearing on whether the company will decide to add the production of another SUV vehicle there or make it in Mexico. Southern politicians say they fear a successful UAW organization of the Volkswagen plant would hurt the region's ability to attract future investment and that it could lead to the spread of organized labor to other foreign car makers. But labor leaders like Bernd Osterloh, head of the Volkswagen's global works councils and a member of the company's supervisory board, stress that the Chattanooga plant is the only major Volkswagen facility around the globe that does not have formal worker representation.
Source: USA Today
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NADA Convention: 33 Hotels Sold Out in New Orleans; Limited Number of Rooms Available

Dealers and their managers planning to attend the 2014 NADA Convention & Expo in New Orleans should register as soon as possible and book one of the few remaining hotel rooms. Thirty-three out of 36 hotels in the NADA convention block are sold out. Only three hotels have rooms available, which are Embassy Suites, Hyatt Regency and Omni Royal Crescent. “With numerous conferences and events scheduled in New Orleans over the same dates as the NADA convention, hotel rooms are filling up quickly and there's limited space,” said NADA Convention Chairman Desmond Roberts. “NADA's hotel rates are guaranteed to be the lowest in town.” The NADA convention runs Jan. 24-27. Dealers and their managers who register by Jan. 16 will receive at $75 discount from the on-site rate. For more information or to register, visit www.nadaconvention.org.
Source: NADA Public Affairs
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