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White House Won't Help Tesla Sell Cars Online
Dealership Body Shops on a Comeback? Industry Trade Group Chief Predicts Growth
EPA Asks Car Makers to Road Test Fuel-Economy Claims
Obama to Push for Investment in Vehicle-to-Vehicle Safety Technology
BMW Open to Sharing Battery Technology with Rivals
Toyota Forced to Revamp its Engines
Nominations Now Open for 2015 TIME Dealer of Year Program
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White House Won't Help Tesla Sell Cars Online

The White House says there is nothing it can do to help electric car company Tesla Motors sell cars directly to consumers. In response to a White House petition calling for the government to preempt state laws requiring shoppers go through auto dealerships to pick up one of the vehicles, advisor Dan Utech indicated the Obama administration would stay on the sidelines. “We believe in the goal of improving consumer choice for American families, including more vehicles that provide savings at the pump for consumers,” Utech, President Obama's assistant for energy and climate change, wrote. “However, we understand that pre-empting current state laws on direct-to-consumer auto sales would require an act of Congress.” He went on to highlight the efforts the administration has taken to improve fuel efficiency and “spur more consumer choice,” but does not call on Congress to get involved to help out the upstart electric car firm.
Source: The Hill
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Dealership Body Shops on a Comeback? Industry Trade Group Chief Predicts Growth

In 2010, as the economic downturn squeezed the auto industry, Traverse City [Mich.] based dealer Otto Belovich wanted to improve his company's cash flow. So he doubled the size of the body shop that serves his two dealerships to 10,000 square feet, doubled his technician count to eight, and added a second paint booth. Belovich's efforts paid off. His body shop's annual revenue rose to $2.8 million from $1.8 million before the expansion. And today business is good, he said. "We could double it again," Belovich said of the shop. "If you don't want to grow, you've got to go away." But Belovich is an exception. The share of dealerships operating body shops has shrunk since 2006, according to data published by the McLean, Va.-based National Automobile Dealers Association.
Source: Automotive News
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EPA Asks Car Makers to Road Test Fuel-Economy Claims

Inflated mileage claims trigger new look at how measurements conducted

The Environmental Protection Agency wants auto makers to road test the mileage claims they submit after a rash of recent inflated fuel-economy claims based on wind tunnel and other laboratory measurements. The proposal, which would require a public comment period, comes after several high profile cases in which estimates provided by Ford Motor Co., Hyundai Motor Co. and Kia Motors Corp. were inflated and triggered complaints to regulators and auto makers. The EPA has adjusted the test over the years—most recently in 2008—to better match new-car window stickers to actual results.
Source: The Wall Street Journal
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Obama to Push for Investment in Vehicle-to-Vehicle Safety Technology

President Barack Obama on Tuesday will speak on the importance of investing in new vehicle technology and infrastructure that could make roads safer and save energy. Obama is set to tour the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center in McLean, Va., before speaking on the economy from the facility at 11:35 a.m. Tuesday. The Turner-Fairbank Center tests new technologies for highway transportation innovation. The president's remarks are expected to specifically discuss vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication technology, including that being conducted through agreements with the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute and in partnerships with eight automakers, including metro Detroit-based Ford and General Motors.
Source: Detroit Free Press
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BMW Open to Sharing Battery Technology with Rivals

To gain economies of scale, BMW is open to sharing with rival automakers the electric-vehicle battery cell technology it co-developed with Samsung SDI. BMW purchasing boss Klaus Draeger said sharing the technology would reduce the cost of the battery cells -- the most expensive part of an electric vehicle. "If Mercedes called us, we would be happy to find a way with Samsung SDI to supply them with battery cells," he said. BMW said it plans to increase orders of battery cells from its exclusive supplier Samsung SDI by "at least" 20 to 30 percent in 2016 from its 2014 level. The supply deal was part of a memorandum of understanding signed between the two companies on Monday that also included co-development of a next generation of battery cells.
Source: Automotive News

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Toyota Forced to Revamp its Engines

The new Lexus NX crossover points to the future of Toyota — when it come to engines. It's Toyota's first turbocharged engine in the USA, showing that the company isn't just about hybrids. And it's a sign of things to come. Toyota, like other automakers, is totally revising its conventional engine lineup, Automotive News reports. It's going to use more turbocharging, fuel charging and other new technologies in a drive to make conventional engines 30% more fuel efficient and 50% cheaper, at least when it comes to key components.
Source: USA Today
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Nominations Now Open for 2015 TIME Dealer of Year Program

Ally Financial and TIME have opened the nominations for the 2015 TIME Dealer of the Year, which has incorporated a new strategy to determine who will be in the running for the honor. The process kicked off at the annual Automotive Trade Association Executives (ATAE) Summer Conference in Laguna Niguel, Calif. This year, the winner and finalists will be selected by a panel composed of faculty from The Tauber Institute for Global Operations, a partnership between the Ross School of Business and the University of Michigan's College of Engineering. The panel will choose the 2015 finalists from each of the four National Automobile Dealers Association regions, and from those four finalists, the judges then will select the national winner.

Nominees for the 2015 award will be announced in October, and the winner will be named at the NADA Convention & Expo in San Francisco next January. ATAE's, who represent state and metro area dealer associations throughout the country, can begin the process of selecting and nominating extraordinary dealers within their regions for the upcoming 2015 TIME Dealer of the Year award by visiting www.timedealeroftheyear.com.
Source: Auto Remarketing
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