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Detroit 3 to Shorten, Eliminate Summer Break at Some Plants
Ford Issues 6 New Recalls Covering 101,000 Vehicles
Average U.S. Fuel Economy 25.5 MPG in June
Ford, GM Sales in China Soar in First Half of '14
Audi Joins Mercedes in Narrowing BMW Luxury-Car Sales Gap
Greater Cincinnati Auto Dealers Donate CPR Unit to YMCA
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Detroit 3 to Shorten, Eliminate Summer Break at Some Plants

Summer vacation will be shortened or won't come at all for some Detroit 3 assembly plants in the United States as light truck and SUV sales continue to heat up. Though plants traditionally shut down for about two weeks in July for employee vacations and preparation for the model year changeover, automakers are keeping plants running in response to consumer demand. Ford Motor Co. will cut its two-week break in half for four of its assembly plants, Chrysler Group will keep two U.S. plants open and General Motors will have about one third of its plants operating through the summer.
Source: Automotive News
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Ford Issues 6 New Recalls Covering 101,000 Vehicles

Ford Motor Co. said late Monday it is recalling 101,000 vehicles in six new recall campaigns, bringing the total recalls so far this year by the Dearborn automaker to nearly 3 million vehicles in the United States. The biggest recall covers 92,000 vehicles in North America, including 2013-2014 models of the Ford Taurus, Ford Flex, Ford Police Interceptor, Lincoln MKS and Lincoln MKT; 2012-2014 Ford Edge; and 2014 Lincoln MKX. All have potential issues with the right-side halfshaft. Because of faulty assembly, the vehicles may experience “loss of drive function,” Ford said. The Ford said the vehicles could roll away if the gearshift is placed in “park” without the emergency brake being activated. Ford said dealers will inspect the halfshaft and repair or replace as needed.
Source: The Detroit News
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Average U.S. Fuel Economy 25.5 MPG in June

Average fuel economy for new vehicles sold in the United States remained above 25 mpg for the fifth straight month in June, researchers at the University of Michigan said. The window-sticker value of average fuel economy was 25.5 mpg for the month, down slightly from 25.6 mpg in May, according to a monthly report from the university's Transportation Research Institute. Average fuel economy has increased about 27 percent since institute researchers Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle began recording the numbers in October 2007.
Source: Automotive News
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Ford, GM Sales in China Soar in First Half of '14

Two of Detroit's automakers reported record sales gains in China through the first half of 2014. Ford Motor Co. sold nearly 550,000 vehicles in China through the first six months of the year, a 35 percent increase over the same period a year ago in the world's largest auto market. The Dearborn automaker's June sales increased 17 percent from the same month a year ago, thanks to demand for vehicles like the Ford Focus, Mondeo, EcoSport and Kuga. General Motors Co. and its joint ventures reported that sales in China rose a record 9.1 percent in June compared to the same month a year ago; sales are up a record 10.5 percent year-to-date over the same time in 2013. The news comes as local Chinese brands lose market share to foreign automakers who are pushing into the country's smaller cities with cheaper models.
Source: The Detroit News

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Audi Joins Mercedes in Narrowing BMW Luxury-Car Sales Gap

Audi AG's A3 compact sedan and Mercedes-Benz's top-of-the-line S-Class model helped the German companies narrow the sales gap with global luxury-car leader Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW) in the first half of 2014. Six-month auto sales by BMW's namesake brand exceeded Audi's deliveries by 16,997 vehicles compared with a difference of 23,760 a year earlier, according to figures released by the manufacturers this week. BMW's lead against Mercedes shrank 6.3 percent to 102,827 cars. All three automakers posted record deliveries for the period.
Source: Bloomberg
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Greater Cincinnati Auto Dealers Donate CPR Unit to YMCA


Countryside YMCA receives a CPR training unit from the Greater Cincinnati Automobile Dealers Association last month. Pictured (l-r): Bill DeLord, president of Bill DeLord Auto Center; Cindy Zimmerman and Nathan Brestelli from Countryside YMCA; and Charlie Howard, GCADA executive vice president.

With the right tools and equipment, CPR training can mean the difference in saving a life. For the Countryside YMCA in Lebanon, Ohio, training will now be easier, thanks to a donation from the Greater Cincinnati Automobile Dealers Association and the National Automobile Dealers Charitable Foundation. The CPR training unit, sponsored by the Bill DeLord Auto Center, was presented to Countryside YMCA last month. “We’re proud to have the opportunity to help individuals learn these important life-saving skills,” said Bill DeLord, GCADA president. “It’s a great way for us to give back to our community.”
Source: GCADA
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"We're proud to have the opportunity to help individuals learn these important life-saving [CPR] skills. It’s a great way for us to give back to our community." 

   --- Bill DeLord, president of the Greater Cincinnati Auto Dealers Association, commenting on the NADA Foundation's Medical Grants program. 

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