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GM's Barra and Ford's Hinrichs to Keynote NADA/J.D. Power Automotive Forum
Recall Is First Big Test for GM Chief Barra
EPA Restricts Sulfur in Gasoline to Help Cut Auto Emissions
'Complex' Alfa Romeo Re-Launch Requires Rethinking, Marchionne Says
BMW Considers Expanding Car-Sharing Program to 10 U.S. Locations
NADA Names Jonathan Collegio as New Head of Public Affairs
NADA Used Car Guide Rolls Out Enhanced MarketValues App for Auctions
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GM's Barra and Ford's Hinrichs to Keynote NADA/J.D. Power Automotive Forum

Top executives from Audi, Cadillac, Hyundai, Infiniti and Mercedes-Benz to discuss competing in the luxury vehicle market.


Mary Barra


Joe Hinrichs

Mary Barra, chief executive officer of General Motors Company, and Joe Hinrichs, executive vice president and president of The Americas for Ford Motor Company, are the featured industry speakers at the 2014 Automotive Forum in New York City on Tuesday, April 15.

The fifth annual Automotive Forum, presented by the National Automobile Dealers Association and J.D. Power, includes a panel session on the luxury segment with Steve Cannon, president and CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA; Scott Keogh, president of Audi of America; David Zuchowski, president and CEO of Hyundai Motor of America; Michael Bartsch, vice president of Infiniti Americas; and Uwe Ellinghaus, Cadillac’s global marketing chief.

“The Automotive Forum provides attendees with unique and relevant perspectives about the opportunities and challenges facing new-car dealers, automakers and suppliers,” said NADA Chairman Forrest McConnell, a Honda/Acura dealer in Montgomery, Ala., who will deliver opening remarks at the forum.

“We’re excited to have Mary Barra and Joe Hinrichs join at the Automotive Forum,” said John Humphrey, senior vice president of the global automotive practice at J.D. Power. “We have a full agenda and a top-tier lineup of speakers to make this the most informative conference of the year.”

The full-day forum, hosted by the New York International Auto Show, also includes a macro-economic overview from IHS chief economist Nariman Behravesh and an industry briefing on North America from Humphrey.

A panel session on Wall Street’s perspective of the auto industry will include Adam Jonas, managing director of Morgan Stanley; John Murphy, managing director of Bank of America Merrill Lynch; and Citi auto analyst Itay Michaeli.

Registration for the Automotive Forum also includes access to all networking events and the auto show’s press preview on Wednesday, April 16, and Thursday, April 17. Early registration, which includes a $100 discount, ends March 11. Click here for the complete agenda or to register.
Source: NADAFrontPage.com

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Recall Is First Big Test for GM Chief Barra

Recall for faulty switch covers 1.6 million vehicles

General Motors Co. Chief Executive Mary Barra is taking charge of the auto maker's response to a mishandled recall that has escalated into an early test of her ability to cope with a threat to the company's reputation and its credibility with federal regulators. Ms. Barra, in a letter to employees posted on a company blog Tuesday, said she is leading a group of senior executives who are monitoring the auto maker's recall of 1.6 million vehicles equipped with potentially defective ignition switches and built in the years before GM's publicly funded bankruptcy. The cars could suddenly turn off when the keys are jarred, shutting down the engine and the airbags. Thirteen deaths have been linked to the problem, which GM engineers first discovered more than nine years ago. For Ms. Barra, who took over as CEO in January, the ignition switch recall is an abrupt shift from the adulation that greeted her appointment as the first woman to run a major auto maker.
Source: The Wall Street Journal

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EPA Restricts Sulfur in Gasoline to Help Cut Auto Emissions

The new EPA regulation would help cut smog-causing pollution from autos and bring the rest of the country's fuel supply in line with California's standards

The Environmental Protection Agency issued final rules Monday to slash the amount of sulfur in gasoline, which would help cut smog-causing pollution from autos and bring the rest of the country's fuel supply in line with California's standards. The new rule for "Tier 3" gasoline calls for reducing the amount of sulfur in fuel by two-thirds, to 10 parts per million from 30 parts per million. Similar low-sulfur gasoline is already in use in California, Europe, Japan and South Korea. The new gasoline would be available at the pump by January 2017. Cutting sulfur improves the efficiency of catalytic converters in automobiles, which helps remove other pollutants that dirty the air and damage public health. The auto industry is among the rule's biggest supporters because the new sulfur standards allow for a consistent national approach, instead of one in which a separate sulfur standard exists in California. The new fuel standards also would provide gasoline that would make auto companies' technology perform better. The American Petroleum Institute, the industry's primary lobbyist, contends that the new sulfur standard would add 6 to 9 cents to every gallon of gasoline. The industry estimated that refiners would have to spend a total of $10 billion on new equipment.
Source: Los Angeles Times

Editor's note: "The new Tier 3 emissions rules are harmonized with standards put on the books in California in 2010, and are expected to entail a per vehicle cost of $72 by an EPA estimate," says Doug Greenhaus, NADA chief regulatory counsel for environment, health and safety. Tier 3 vehicle emission control effectiveness is tied to a new low-sulfur gasoline mandate for the oil industry—down to 10 parts per million by 2017. In addition to significantly reducing traditional tailpipe emissions below Tier 2 levels set in 2000, the new Tier 3 rules are supposed to help enable certain motor vehicle greenhouse gas reduction strategies in the future, Greenhaus added. 

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'Complex' Alfa Romeo Re-Launch Requires Rethinking, Marchionne Says

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne says the re-launch of the Alfa Romeo brand, underpinned by its return to the U.S., requires a “severe rethinking” of the brand and he does not see a day when its products will be built outside of Italy. “I can tell you (that) from the Detroit auto show we have made significant progress, in terms of some of the architectural choices involved and some of the key technical elements of what Alfa will be going forward,” Marchionne tells journalists at the Geneva auto show. Marchionne previously planned to tie up with Mazda and use the rear-wheel-drive architecture for the next MX-5 roadster for the first of the next-generation Alfa models. But plans to keep Alfa production in Italy – because some regions deserve to own certain brands, he says – puts that collaboration in doubt.
Source: WardsAuto

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BMW Considers Expanding Car-Sharing Program to 10 U.S. Locations

BMW to expand its car-sharing program to as many as 25 new cities to lure younger customers in the United States and Europe. The company is looking to add the DriveNow short-term rental business in 10 locations in the United States and 10 to 15 in Europe, said Peter Schwarzenbauer, the BMW board member responsible for the program. "It's offers very good opportunities for us to attract new customers," Schwarzenbauer said in an interview at the Geneva auto show late Tuesday. The program, which uses Mini vehicles and BMW 1-series compacts, currently has about 240,000 users.
Source: Bloomberg
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NADA Names Jonathan Collegio as New Head of Public Affairs

Award-winning public affairs executive to run NADA’s communications and marketing efforts starting March 21.


Jonathan Collegio

Jonathan Collegio was named vice president of public affairs for the National Automobile Dealers Association. Collegio will report to NADA President Peter Welch, and is responsible for the organization's communications and marketing efforts. “NADA is working to take our communications efforts to the next level, and hiring Jonathan Collegio to run our public affairs division is a great step forward,” said Welch. “Collegio is one of the sharpest, most well-regarded and well-connected public affairs and communications executives in the country, and we are excited to have him join our team.” Collegio, who was named Public Affairs Executive of the Year by PR News in 2009, has extensive experience in public affairs spanning both political and corporate work. He starts at NADA on March 21. “America’s new-car and -truck dealers are the most entrepreneurial and hard-working business owners in the country,” said Collegio. “Their products keep America moving; their good-paying jobs propel local economies, and it is an honor to advocate on their behalf.” Since 2010, Collegio has served as communications director for American Crossroads in Washington, D.C.
Source: NADAFrontPage.com

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NADA Used Car Guide Rolls Out Enhanced MarketValues App for Auctions

NADA MarketValues, available for mobile devices and tablets, operates without a WiFi connection in the auction lane.

NADA MarketValues, a mobile-optimized app to help dealers make buying and selling decisions at auctions, has been enhanced with several new features. They include: a customizable dashboard to view selected values; a save-to-clipboard functionality to store and manage vehicles; email reports for single or multiple vehicles; and quick and easy access to recent look-ups. “NADA MarketValues – equipped with NADA values, more than 80 percent of the nation’s auction transaction data and vehicle history reports – is the fastest, easiest and most cost-efficient way for users to make smart vehicle decisions in the auction lanes,” said Mike Stanton, chief operation officer and vice president of the NADA Used Car Guide. “NADA MarketValues is designed with the mobile and tablet user in mind.”
Source: NADAFrontPage.com

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"The vehicles we make today are the best in memory and I'm confident that they will do fine, on their own merits. And our company's reputation won't be determined by the recall itself, but by how we address the problem going forward."

   --- GM CEO Mary Barra, commenting on the automaker's recent recall of 1.6 million vehicles, The Wall Street Journal, March 5

 

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