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North America Light-Vehicle Production Sets July Record
Experient is the Official Booking Agent for Hotels at 2016 NADA Convention & Expo in Las Vegas
Toyota May Buy Replacement Airbag Inflators From Three Takata Rivals
2016 Honda Pilot Gets Top Safety Rating
VW Said to Delay Revamp of $101,000 Phaeton Sedan in Profit Push
Ford Patents Autonomous Vehicle with 'Reconfigurable Seats'
NADA Foundation Ambassador Spotlight: Kaleigh Reynolds
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North America Light-Vehicle Production Sets July Record

Output from January-July totaled 10,068,678 units, the first 10-million-plus outcome for the period since 2000.

North American light-vehicle production reached 1,296,397 units in July, 4.5% above like-2014 and a record high result for the month. Despite the increase in production, inventory of domestically produced LVs at month-end was 6% less than the prior month and remained below year-ago levels by 1.5%. However, the shortfall in domestic inventory will not necessarily result in an upward bump in planned production, as stock of imported vehicles has grown in recent months to meet demand. Q3 2015 LV output is expected to finish 5% higher than like-2014.
Source: WardsAuto
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Experient is the Official Booking Agent for Hotels at 2016 NADA Convention & Expo in Las Vegas

Companies exhibiting at the 2016 NADA Convention and Expo in Las Vegas may receive e-mail solicitations or other forms of communications from vendors and contractors offering assistance to reserve hotel rooms in Las Vegas. These communications may even suggest that a company is endorsed by or connected with NADA. They are not. Experient is the only official contractor to reserve hotel rooms at the NADA convention.

Once booth space is assigned, the primary contact will receive an e-mail from “NADA Registration & Housing” with a link and instructions on how to proceed with registering booth personnel and booking hotel rooms in NADA’s official block of convention hotels. (Please note: It can take up to 10 days after booth assignment notification to receive this e-mail.) For additional details, click here.
Source: NADA Convention and Expo

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Toyota May Buy Replacement Airbag Inflators From Three Takata Rivals

Toyota Motor Corp., recalling about 12 million vehicles worldwide to replace Takata Corp. airbags, said it may tap three additional suppliers to boost supply of the components. The automaker is considering using inflators from Autoliv Inc., Daicel Corp. and Nippon Kayaku Co. for replacement air bags, spokeswoman Kayo Doi said by phone. Toyota may use the additional components to supplement supply of inflators from Takata and speed up repairs, she said. Automakers are reducing their reliance on Takata as the industry struggles to find the root cause behind a record vehicle-safety recall.
Source: Bloomberg

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2016 Honda Pilot Gets Top Safety Rating

Pilot sets new development course: used computer modelling and 3D printing instead of physical prototypes, saving time and money

The all-new 2016 Honda Pilot has earned a top safety rating, further vindication of a design process for the SUV that relied on computer modelling and 3D printing in its development. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) announced today that the 2016 Pilot has received a Top Safety Pick+ rating which is the highest level issued. Honda engineers have focused their efforts on achieving the highest safety standards and the body of the third-generation Pilot was designed with a series of crumple zones and high-strength, carefully crafted, steel beams and other structural enhancements to keep the cabin of the vehicle safe, said Brian Bautsch, head of safety engineering for the Pilot.
Source: Detroit Free Press
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VW Said to Delay Revamp of $101,000 Phaeton Sedan in Profit Push

Volkswagen AG is delaying the introduction of the new Phaeton as the automaker seeks to improve returns on the slow-selling luxury sedan by lowering production and material costs, people familiar with the matter said. Even though a new version of one of VW’s least successful models is ready for production, the manufacturer is again reworking the Phaeton, which costs more than three times the mid-sized Passat sedan, said the people, who asked to not be identified because the discussions are private. The Wolfsburg, Germany-based automaker didn’t comment on its plans for the model.
Source: Bloomberg
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Ford Patents Autonomous Vehicle with 'Reconfigurable Seats'

Ford Motor Co. received a U.S. patent on its plans for an “autonomous vehicle with reconfigurable seats” earlier this month. The seats can swivel and fold all while the vehicle is in motion, and the steering wheel can even retract into the dashboard to create more space in the vehicle cabin. Among the available configurations is a rolling living room format, in which the front seats can rotate backwards 180 degrees to face the back row. The front seats can also be folded down and used as a footrest for backseat passengers. The Ford patent, submitted in November, states that autonomous vehicles will eventually only require passengers to select a destination, allowing passengers to focus on non-driving activities mid-travel.
Source: Automotive News
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NADA Foundation Ambassador Spotlight: Kaleigh Reynolds


NADA Foundation Ambassadors Kaleigh Reynolds (left) and Kathryn Wayland Reynolds (right) present Mary-Jo Smith (center) from Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital with a grant.

NADA Foundation Ambassadors Kaleigh Reynolds and Kathryn Wayland Reynolds recently presented a $2,000 grant to Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital in Connecticut. Nationally recognized for its specialty programs caring for children, the hospital has been recognized for excellence by U.S. News. Since 2005, the Reynolds family has presented $36,000 in NADA Foundation grants to local organizations in Connecticut.

Are you interesting in joining the NADA Foundation's Ambassadors program to support local organizations in your community? Click here to learn more.
Source: NADA Foundation
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