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Colorado's Jeff Carlson Elected NADA Chairman for 2016
Volkswagen, in Future Cars, to Adopt New System for Controlling Diesel Emissions
Toyota Targets 90% Emissions Reduction by 2050 on Fuel Cells
GM CEO Vows Further Changes Ahead of Federal Monitoring
Move Over Crown Vic: Ford Dominates Cop Car Market with New Interceptor Line
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Colorado's Jeff Carlson Elected NADA Chairman for 2016


NADA incoming chairman Jeff Carlson (left) and incoming vice chairman Mark Scarpelli (right) at NADA’s board meeting in Palm Beach, Fla., this week.

Metro Chicago’s Mark Scarpelli elected vice chairman

The National Automobile Dealers Association’s board of directors has elected Jeff Carlson as chairman for 2016.

“This is a great honor, and I’m eager to lead NADA as we continue the important job of protecting the interests of America’s 16,500 franchised new-car dealerships, and the more than 1 million people they employ nationwide,” said Carlson, who represents Colorado’s new-car dealers on NADA’s board.

Carlson, who is currently serving as NADA vice chairman, is president of Glenwood Springs Ford and Glenwood Springs Subaru in Glenwood Springs, Colo., and co-owner of Summit Ford in Silverthorne, Colo. His term as chairman officially begins in January 2016. The ceremonial event of “passing the gavel” will occur at the 2016 NADA Convention and Expo in Las Vegas.

Mark Scarpelli, who represents Metropolitan Chicago’s new-car dealers on NADA’s board, was elected vice chairman. He is president of Raymond Chevrolet and Kia in Antioch, Ill., and is co-owner of Ray Chevrolet in Fox Lake, Ill.

Bill Willis, president of Willis Automotive Group (Chevrolet, Buick and Ford) in Smyrna, Del., was elected secretary. Neale Kuperman, president of Rockland Toyota in Blauvelt, N.Y., was elected treasurer.

The election took place at NADA’s board meeting in Palm Beach, Fla.
Source: NADA

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Volkswagen, in Future Cars, to Adopt New System for Controlling Diesel Emissions

Volkswagen said on Tuesday that it would revamp the technology it uses for controlling diesel exhaust in future models as it struggles to overcome an emissions cheating scandal that has battered its reputation and threatened its financial stability. The company said it would switch to what it called a selective catalytic reduction system to decrease emissions on its diesel engines in Europe and North America, where the scandal erupted last month. The approach is conceptually similar to an emissions control system that Volkswagen considered until 2007, when it adopted the system now at the center of its scandal. The alternative technology, which is not part of its plan to fix cars already in circulation, was rejected by the company at the time as too costly. Reflecting the scandal’s mounting financial toll, Volkswagen also said on Tuesday that it would cut investments at its leading brand by 1 billion euros, or about $1.1 billion.
Source: The New York Times

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Toyota Targets 90% Emissions Reduction by 2050 on Fuel Cells

Toyota Motor Corp. said it’s targeting a 90 percent reduction in emissions from its new vehicles by 2050 as it seeks to build on the success of its hybrid autos. The maker of the hydrogen-powered Mirai sedan said Wednesday it aims to deliver more than 30,000 fuel-cell vehicles annually by around 2020. The Prius seller also set a goal to reach more than 15 million cumulative deliveries of hybrids in the same span. Toyota outlined its environmental ambitions as the auto industry braces for broader fallout from an emissions scandal embroiling Volkswagen AG, which passed the Japanese automaker for the lead in global vehicle sales during the first half of the year. The chairman of Japan’s auto manufacturers association said this month that Volkswagen’s rigging of diesel engines with software has damaged trust in the industry.
Source: Bloomberg
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GM CEO Vows Further Changes Ahead of Federal Monitoring

General Motors CEO Mary Barra said she is still trying to change the culture of the Detroit automaker more than 18 months after she took the reins of the company. “Clearly we have more work to do,” Barra said at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women forum Thursday. Barra, who was ranked by Fortune Magazine as the most powerful woman in corporate America added: “We are working to change the culture at General Motors and I think we’re well on our way on that journey.” Addressing the huge emissions scandal Volkswagen AG is facing Barra said “I don’t think you’ll find something similar to that emerging from GM.” GM will soon be under the oversight of a federal monitor who will make assessments about the company and its safety culture and then propose changes.
Source: The Detroit News

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Move Over Crown Vic: Ford Dominates Cop Car Market with New Interceptor Line

Next time you see red, white and blue lights flashing in your rear-view mirror, odds are they'll be attached to a Ford. Between sales of its Police Interceptor Sedan, which is based on the Taurus, and Utility, which is based on the Explorer, the Dearborn, Mich.-based manufacturer holds a 61 percent share of the police car market, with the Utility holding the top overall spot to date in 2015, according to data gathered by Polk/IHS Automotive.
Source: NYDailyNews.com
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"This is a great honor, and I’m eager to lead NADA as we continue the important job of protecting the interests of America’s 16,500 franchised new-car dealerships, and the more than 1 million people they employ nationwide."

   -- NADA Vice Chairman Jeff Carlson on his recent election as chairman for 2016, NADA, Oct. 14

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