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New Video: NADA Highlights the Benefits of Franchised Dealers for Recalls and Warranty Claims
Obama Hails Auto Industry Comeback, Motor City Revival
Ford Names Mark LaNeve Head of U.S. Marketing, Sales and Service
Alcoa Broadened its Tech, Capacity, for Auto Industry
Cadillac, Lincoln in Tortoise-Hare Race for Luxury Sales
Automakers on the Road to Self-Driving Cars at Consumer Electronics Show
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New Video: NADA Highlights the Benefits of Franchised Dealers for Recalls and Warranty Claims


Local new-car dealers put their customers first with a network of professional auto technicians who provide quick and efficient service during vehicle warranty and safety recall situations, says the National Automobile Dealers Association in a new animated video released today as part of its “Get the Facts” initiative.

“Dealers side with their customers on warranty claims and recalls and make sure the work gets done right,” says NADA. “Local dealers work with manufacturers to get the necessary parts and car owners can choose the dealership of their choice to get the work done. The manufacturer benefits from a huge network of well-trained service professionals at dealerships to get recalls remedied.”

NADA’s “Get the Facts” initiative is designed to inform policymakers, opinion leaders and the media about the numerous benefits of the dealer franchise network through a variety of multimedia resources and videos available at www.nada.org/GettheFacts.

Dealers and local dealer associations are encouraged to link to the videos on their websites, and with permission can co-brand the videos with their own logos. For more information about co-branding content from NADA’s “Get the Facts” initiative, contact publicaffairs@nada.org.
Source: NADA Public Affairs

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Obama Hails Auto Industry Comeback, Motor City Revival

U.S. President Barack Obama hailed the resurgence of the U.S. auto industry as well as Detroit's emergence from bankruptcy [Wednesday] at Ford's assembly plant in Wayne [Mich.], where he was applauded by hundreds of Ford workers and elected officials. "Today I wanted to come here to Michigan because this state proves that no matter how tough times get, Americans are tougher," Obama said as part of a series of speeches leading up to the State of the Union speech on Jan. 20.
Source: Detroit Free Press

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Ford Names Mark LaNeve Head of U.S. Marketing, Sales and Service

Felice to retire at 53 after 15 months as sales chief

Ford Motor Co. said Mark LaNeve, a former top sales executive at General Motors, will take over as its new head of U.S. sales, marketing and service as of Feb. 1. LaNeve, 55, replaces John Felice, who was the company's U.S. sales chief for only 15 months. Ford said Felice, 53, “has elected to retire” after a 30-year career at the automaker. His appointment comes a week after Stephen Odell started as Ford's global sales, service and marketing chief, swapping jobs with Jim Farley, who now runs Ford of Europe.
Source: Automotive News
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Alcoa Broadened its Tech, Capacity, for Auto Industry

Alcoa has been in the automotive aluminum business since Ford's Model T, but the company's 2015 F-150 and plans by other automakers to increase use of the lighter-weight material gave the supplier high hopes for the future and prompted an expansion. The global company with an operational base in Pittsburgh has invested $670 million to expand capacity, starting with $300 million at Davenport Works plant in Bettendorf, Iowa, and the creation of 150 jobs to meet Ford's needs to launch an aluminum-bodied pickup in the fall of 2014.
Source: Detroit Free Press

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Cadillac, Lincoln in Tortoise-Hare Race for Luxury Sales

Cadillac and Lincoln, this country's two domestic luxury brands, have new chiefs, new strategies and new products designed for returns to former glory. And they couldn't be more different. Think tortoise and hare in a race where the prize is long-term profitability. The brands have been on the mend for years, but efforts are ratcheting up.
Source: Detroit Free Press
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Automakers on the Road to Self-Driving Cars at Consumer Electronics Show

Forget 80-inch televisions or Wi-Fi-connected blenders. At the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, it's the automakers who are dominating the conversation. Brands like Mercedes-Benz, Audi, BMW and Toyota used the annual show — expected to draw around 160,000 people this week — to highlight the rapidly approaching self-driving car, as well as in-car apps and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.
Source: The Los Angeles Times
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