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General Motors Makes a Big Bet on Big SUVs
There Is No Bubble
Takata Air-Bag Probe Points to Leaky Seals
July 22 Webinar: Why Online Retailing Will Keep You in Control
Lower Commodity Prices Boost Automaker Profits
CNBC: John Elway Talks Investing in Athletes and Autos
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General Motors Makes a Big Bet on Big SUVs

GM's Arlington factory cranks out Chevrolet Tahoes and Suburbans, GMC Yukons, and Cadillac Escalades on three busy shifts. Work on the factory expansion, which will begin this summer, is not expected to disrupt the current production line. That's a good thing, because right now that factory is straining to keep up with demand. But will demand for GM's largest SUVs last long enough for this $1.4 billion bet to pay off?
Source: The Motley Fool

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There Is No Bubble

The past few years have brought extraordinary gains in sales, leasing, available credit and marketing opportunities. To find out how long the good times can last and where the Digital Age is leading us, ADT sat down with Raj Sundaram, co-president of Dealertrack. Click here for the full interview.
Source: Auto Dealer Today

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Takata Air-Bag Probe Points to Leaky Seals

Investigation in deadly explosions focuses on air and moisture penetrating chemical inflaters

Air bag explosions like the one at an auto scrapyard [in Gifu, Japan] last November that employees said sounded like a TV Western shootout are helping shed light on a years-long mystery into what’s turning minor auto crashes into fatal accidents. Investigators, who found the car’s windshield shattered by the blast, collected pieces of sharp metal sprayed inside the vehicle. Analysis of these parts and others collected through recalls have guided them toward some of the likely causes: air and moisture is somehow penetrating the Takata Corp. air bag inflater seals, and turning in certain instances what are ordinarily mild explosives used to inflate air bags inside into violent bombs.
Source: The Wall Street Journal

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July 22 Webinar: Why Online Retailing Will Keep You in Control

The webinar, “Why Online Retailing Will Keep You in Control,” will teach participants how to enhance the dealership customer experience in the online retailing process. The 30-minute webinar will be presented by Mike Burgiss of MakeMyDeal at 1 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, July 22. Burgiss will demonstrate how to offer an online shopping experience that customers want while keeping control of the deal. He will also discuss how to balance the needs of the next generation of consumers with the dealership's marketing and sales strategy. Click here to register.
Source: NADA Dealership Operations

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Lower Commodity Prices Boost Automaker Profits

There's another reason for automakers' robust profits in North America aside from surging auto sales and moderating labor costs -- dramatically lower prices for steel, aluminum, natural gas and other commodities. A recent study by the consulting firm AlixPartners found that raw material costs per North American-produced vehicle, have fallen $476, or 24% from about $1,976 last August to $1,500 in May.
Source: Detroit Free Press

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CNBC: John Elway Talks Investing in Athletes and Autos

Denver Broncos GM and Executive Vice President John Elway may have just wrapped up signing key wide receiver Demaryius Thomas to a five-year, $70 million contract, but it's not the only big deal he's celebrating. Elway discussed his latest investment in the automotive industry on CNBC's "Power Lunch" as the NFL great looks to move from investing in game-changing players to investing in companies changing the game, like online car marketplace start-up Vroom.
Source: CNBC

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"... the credit environment is good for American consumers, and there is no subprime lending bubble in automotive retail today."

    -- Raj Sundaram, co-president of Dealertrack, in an interview with Auto Dealer Today, July 2015

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