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Diesel Car Sales Tumble in U.S.
NADA Now Accepting Proposals for 2016 NADA Webinar Series
Road to Autonomous, Connected Cars is Filled with Risks
GM Investing $148M in Tenn. to Increase V-8 Production
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Divides Energy Between Daytona 500, Car Dealership
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Diesel Car Sales Tumble in U.S.

Less than 250 diesel-powered vehicles sold in January after Volkswagen pulls models following emissions-cheating scandal

Sales of new, diesel-powered passenger cars have nearly disappeared in the U.S. on the heels of Volkswagen AG ’s diesel-emissions cheating scandal, according to a U.S. automotive data provider. The German auto maker, which was the largest seller of diesel-powered cars, began halting U.S. sales in September after the Environmental Protection Agency said that it used defeat devices to cheat on diesel emissions. Last month, auto makers overall reported selling fewer than 225 such passenger cars compared with between 4,800 and 9,500 a month through the first eight months of 2015, according to WardsAuto.com. Separately, a U.S. law firm filed suit against Daimler AG ’s Mercedes-Benz unit on Thursday, alleging the car maker’s diesel vehicles illegally turn off emissions controls in cooler weather. A Mercedes-Benz spokesman said the lawsuit had no merit and that the company would vigorously defend against it.
Source: The Wall Street Journal

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NADA Now Accepting Proposals for 2016 NADA Webinar Series

NADA is looking for retail auto industry subject matter experts to present on topics that are relevant to the most influential group of dealer decision-makers, NADA dealer members.
  
Now accepting proposals on the following topics:

  • Business development
  • Dealership operations and financial management
  • Digital and traditional marketing
  • Fixed operations
  • Employee recruiting, hiring and retention
  • Legal and regulatory compliance
  • Succession planning
  • Variable operations

Webinar overview:

  • Thirty minutes long, consisting of 25 minutes of educational presentation and three to five minutes of live Q&A.
  • Conducted live, recorded and made available on demand to NADA's membership of over 16,500 franchised new-car dealerships.
  • Moderated by NADA University Online.

To submit a proposal, click here.
Source: NADA University Online

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Road to Autonomous, Connected Cars is Filled with Risks

A future filled with self-driving and connected vehicles lays just around the bend -- but it's riddled with a minefield of legal, hacking and financial risks. That was the verdict Thursday as lawyers, cybersecurity experts and software engineers gathered for the Connected Car Symposium in downtown Detroit, sponsored by the Butzel Long law firm. Perhaps the most harrowing problem in this zoomy future of autonomous, software-packed vehicles may be protecting them from hackers. A fast-growing density of software guides these vehicles and collects data on everything from where we drive to what we eat. Butzel Long attorney Claudia Rast said the average new car contains 100 million lines of software code, or 200 times as much as was needed to navigate NASA's Space Shuttle. So far regulators such as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration provide almost no guidance on security standards to prevent malicious disruption of those features.
Source: Detroit Free Press

Editor's note: One of the major topics at the NADA/J.D. Power Automotive Forum in New York City on Tuesday, March 22, is “Future Mobility.” Key stakeholders in the discussion include automakers, new-car dealers, tech companies, Wall Street and government who will provide their views on autonomous vehicles, car-sharing services and connected cars. The speakers include Stephen Odell, executive vice president of global marketing, sales and service for Ford Motor Co.; Peter Welch, NADA president; and Joe Vitale, global automotive sector lead for Deloitte, followed by a panel session moderated by Tim Stevens, CNET editor. John Krafcik, CEO of Google's self-driving cars program will deliver remarks and sit down with Finbarr O'Neill, J.D. Power president, for a Q&A session. In addition, Anne Ferro, president of the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators, and Blair Anderson, deputy administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, will provide a state and federal perspective, respectively, on autonomous driving and future mobility. For the full agenda or to register, visit
www.autoforumny.com.
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GM Investing $148M in Tenn. to Increase V-8 Production

General Motors Co. plans to increase V-8 engine production by investing $148 million in its Spring Hill Manufacturing facility in Tennessee. The Detroit automaker on Thursday said the investment includes repurposing flexible machining and assembly equipment to be able to produce the Detroit automaker’s small block 6.2-liter V-8. The facility’s engine operations currently produce two four-cylinder Ecotec engines. Work to repurpose the machinery will begin immediately with V-8 production scheduled to begin during the fourth quarter – an accelerated timeframe compared to the years it traditionally takes to launch a new engine line at a plant.
Source: The Detroit News

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Divides Energy Between Daytona 500, Car Dealership

Dale Earnhardt Jr. snuck into a side entrance of the Chevrolet dealership bearing his name and bounded up a set of stairs toward the accounting department. It was four days before the Daytona 500 and just hours before the week’s first practice session, but Earnhardt had decided to take a quick flight across the state to check on his unsuspecting employees. Executive assistant Andrew Dewerff, the lone staff member who knew of Earnhardt’s surprise trip, led the driver up the steps and knocked on a door with a yellow sign that read, “Secure Area. Please keep door locked.” It was indeed locked, and there was no answer. Another knock. A long pause. Nothing. Earnhardt, wearing a blue Goodyear T-shirt and jeans, shifted his weight and chuckled. “Maybe we surprised them too much,” he said. The heavy favorite for Sunday’s Daytona 500 and two-time 500 winner spent most of this week preparing for NASCAR’s crown jewel race. But for four hours on Wednesday, Earnhardt let USA TODAY Sports tag along as he offered a glimpse at both his past and future.
Source: USA Today

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“When I walk in there, I just feel like I know where I’m at. You’re kind of reliving your heyday. I like to ask them what they’re working on. It’s like, ‘Oh yeah, I remember fixing those.’”

   --- Dale Earnhardt Jr., NASCAR driver and owner of two new-car dealerships in Tallahassee, Fla., on reliving his days working in a dealership as a mechanic, USA Today, Feb. 19


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