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Jag Wants Customer Data, Irks Its Dealers
NADART Has Banner Year in 2013 with Nine State Dealer Groups Joining
Detroit Automakers Worry About UAW Money Struggles
Honda Taps First Female Board Member in Diversity Push
Fisker, New Chinese Owner Plan to Restart Karma Production This Year
Dealers Advise Mitsubishi at U.S. Plant
Alfa Romeo's U.S. Return to Start Sales With a Select Few Dealers
Rep. Dingell, Longest Serving in Congress, to Retire
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Jag Wants Customer Data, Irks Its Dealers

Stiff penalties for those who resist

Jaguar Land Rover North America is putting dealers on the spot by requesting customer data from dealership computer systems -- and promising a financial penalty to dealers who resist. Factories are seeking much more customer information from dealers, said Brad Miller, associate director of legal and regulatory affairs for the National Automobile Dealers Association. And as requests have escalated, so has dealer awareness of the legal liabilities if sensitive customer financial information is vacuumed from their databases and, worse, if it falls into the wrong hands.
Source: Automotive News

Editor's note: Click here for recently issued guidance from NADA with respect to third party access to dealer data. NADA also issued a sample Service Provider Dealer Data Access Addendum, which is available as a Word document at
www.nada.org/dealerdata.
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NADART Has Banner Year in 2013 with Nine State Dealer Groups Joining

Georgia and South Carolina auto dealers associations select NADA's Retirement Plan

NADART, the retirement plan and benefits division of NADA, had a banner year in 2013. The Georgia Automobile Dealers Association and the South Carolina Automobile Dealers Association were the eighth and ninth state dealer groups, respectively, to select NADART last year to provide customized retirement plans for their member dealers and dealership employees. NADART works with dealer associations across the country to deliver a selection of investment and employee benefit options specifically targeted toward dealer businesses. In addition to Georgia and South Carolina, the state dealer associations in New York, Louisiana, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, California and Ohio selected NADART last year, joining the previous partner Colorado.
Source: NADAFrontPage.com
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Detroit Automakers Worry About UAW Money Struggles

The United Auto Workers' membership and dues are down sharply from just six years ago. In another sign of weakness, the union suffered a stunning defeat this month when it tried to organize a Tennessee factory run by labor-friendly Volkswagen. The rejection, by a close vote, was a major setback in the union's effort to expand in the South, where non-union, foreign companies such as VW, Nissan and Hyundai are rapidly growing. But instead of relief, Detroit's three automakers - Ford, Chrysler and General Motors - are increasingly anxious about the 78-year old union's future. For them, it's a "devil you know" situation. They worry that the 382,000-member UAW could be absorbed by a more hostile union. Such a merger could disrupt a decade of labor-management peace that has helped America's auto industry survive the financial crisis and emerge much stronger, according to a person with knowledge of executive discussions.
Source: Associated Press

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Honda Taps First Female Board Member in Diversity Push

Honda Motor Co. appointed its first female board member and promoted a foreigner to the highest position yet held by a non-Japanese in a move to inject wider outside perspective into its top management as it expands internationally. Hideko Kunii, 66, is a professor of engineering and gender-equality promotion at Shibaura Institute of Technology. Honda announced her appointment to the company's 13-member board in a Feb. 24 release. She takes office in June, pending approval at the company's general shareholders' meeting. She will be the first female director at a big Japanese carmaker; neither Toyota Motor Corp. nor Nissan Motor Corp. has chosen a woman for their top boards. She will be the second director from outside Honda to serve on the current board. The other is Nobuo Kuroyanagi, who was appointed in 2009.
Source: Automotive News

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Fisker, New Chinese Owner Plan to Restart Karma Production This Year

U.S.-based Fisker Automotive, which has been acquired by China's largest auto parts company, plans to restart production of its Karma plug-in hybrid luxury car "within a year" and will also complete the half-finished development of a second model, according to a senior executive. Pin Ni, head of the U.S. unit of the Wanxiang Group, which acquired Fisker's assets for $149.2 million in a U.S. bankruptcy auction, said Fisker plans to restart production of the Karma as early as this year at its plant in Finland and start selling Karma cars again in the United States and Europe.
Source: Reuters
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Dealers Advise Mitsubishi at U.S. Plant

Mitsubishi wants more product input from its dealers. Last fall, the company began inviting small groups of its retailers to its Normal, Ill., plant. Now, Mitsubishi wants to bring in 10 to 15 dealers once a quarter to observe assembly, test drive vehicles and recommend product enhancements. The company's actions are part of a plan to strengthen ties with its dealers, says Don Swearingen, executive vice president of Mitsubishi Motors North America. "It lets them see what we're doing and see what our level of commitment is to the North American market," Swearingen says. "But it also helps us by getting their direct feedback on product." Each visit will include a meeting with Gayu Uesugi, chairman of Mitsubishi Motors North America.
Source: Automotive News
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Alfa Romeo's U.S. Return to Start Sales With a Select Few Dealers

Alfa Romeo is coming back to the U.S. — for real this time, according to parent company Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. But most of the dealers who were promised the Italian sports cars will not be getting them. At least not this year. Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne says Alfa's return to America will begin with one model, the Alfa Romeo 4C, which will go on sale at the company's Maserati dealerships by the end of June. “We're also going to allow the best-performing Fiat dealers to participate,” Marchionne told reporters during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit last month. “Those dealers know who they are. ... It's really a question of efficacy in representing the Fiat brand. It's simple dealer metrics.
Source: The Detroit News
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Rep. Dingell, Longest Serving in Congress, to Retire

Michigan lawmaker will cap 59-year career that includes stewardship of national health, environment and energy laws

Rep. John Dingell, a Michigan Democrat and the longest-serving member of Congress ever, will step down after this year and cap a career unmatched for its longevity and influence. Dingell, 87, told the Detroit Free Press that he'd reached the decision to retire at the end of his current term — his 29th full one — rather than run for re-electon because it was time, given a list of achievements that any other member of Congress would envy, and his continued frustration over partisan gridlock. Dingell replaced his father in Congress and, like him, made health care his overriding passion. Dingell's retirement comes at a time when many members of both parties are moving toward the exits in the House and Senate.
Source: Detroit Free Press
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