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Automakers Urge Insurance Companies to Remind U.S. Drivers of Recalls
VADA: Tesla is Cutting Short Its Virginia Experiment
Feds Ask Auto Industry to Help Combat Cyberattacks
Last Chance! Register for Today's 'Getting Started with NADA University Online' Webinar
VW Says Management Bonuses to be Cut Significantly
Ford Unveils 10-Year Plan to Transform Dearborn Campus
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Automakers Urge Insurance Companies to Remind U.S. Drivers of Recalls

Major carmakers want U.S. auto insurance companies to help persuade millions of American car owners to get recalled vehicles fixed. The new push comes as a U.S. House panel will hold a hearing Thursday on efforts by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to reduce the number of uncompleted vehicle recalls. The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, representing General Motors Co, Ford Motor Co, Toyota Motor Corp, Volkswagen AG, Daimler AG and others, and the Association of Global Automakers, representing carmakers including Honda Motor Co, Nissan Motor Co, Hyundai Motor Co, sent letters to the chief executives of major U.S. insurance companies over the last few days asking them to remind motorists of recalls when they renew their policies.

The letters reviewed by Reuters ask insurers including State Farm, Liberty Mutual, Geico, Progressive and Nationwide for "assistance in establishing a new way to provide vehicle owners with information about any open safety recalls that may affect their car or truck and to urge that owners have the recall work performed as soon as possible."
Source: Reuters

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VADA: Tesla is Cutting Short Its Virginia Experiment
By Don Hall

The April 7 editorial “Tesla vs. dealers: Let buyers decide” left out some important facts.

The Virginia Automobile Dealers Association, which I represent, worked with Tesla in 2013 after the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles denied Tesla a license to retail automobiles. The dealers association, Tesla and the DMV subsequently agreed to an experiment: Tesla would open one retail outlet in Virginia; after 30 months, it would franchise a dealer or show why it shouldn’t. Now — halfway into that experiment — Tesla wants to renege and open another store.

The dealers association’s position is simple: Tesla needs to honor its agreement and comply with the dealer licensing laws, or get those laws changed. One important reason dealer licensing laws exist is that dealer competition for new-car sales results in lower prices for consumers. There can be no competition without dealers, as is the case with Tesla. A dealer network also provides a safety net for consumers when brands go out of production, as Mercury and Saturn did. With an automaker as heavily subsidized as Tesla, there’s even more reason for consumers to have such a safety net.

Tesla sells directly to consumers without dealers in other states. Elected leaders can support that, or not, as they see fit. Consistent with the editorial’s premise, that’s the American way.
Source: The Washington Post

Editor's note: Don Hall is president of the Virginia Automobile Dealers Association.

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Feds Ask Auto Industry to Help Combat Cyberattacks

The U.S. Department of Justice’s top national security attorney Tuesday called on the private sector to work with the federal government and law enforcement agencies to fight cyber attacks. “Sharing information and intelligence between law enforcement is not enough,” said John Carlin, assistant U.S. attorney general for national security. “With the ingenuity and development taking place in your hands ... the infrastructure of the internet in your hands, to combat threats against it, we’re going to have to work together. “That means ... telling you what we see in terms of threats and calling on your ingenuity to figure out ways to protect” against them.
Source: The Detroit News

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VW Says Management Bonuses to be Cut Significantly

Compensation will be reduced by at last 30%, report says

Volkswagen Group Chairman Hans Dieter Poetsch and other top executives will have their 2015 bonus payments cut "significantly," the automaker said. VW's second-largest shareholder - the German state of Lower Saxony - wants management bonuses to be scrapped altogether while VW's powerful labor leaders have also been pushing for bonuses to be scrapped or lowered as the automaker counts the multi-billion-euro costs of its emissions-rigging scandal. In a statement, VW said the supervisory board and management agree that the company needs to send a signal on top management pay. Various models are being discussed that would be "appropriate and fair for everyone," the statement said, adding that the move would lead to a "significant reduction of variable pay."
Source: Automotive News

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Ford Unveils 10-Year Plan to Transform Dearborn Campus

Work will begin in the coming weeks on a massive 10-year renovation to Ford Motor Co.’s design and product facilities with the goal of bringing the 112-year-old car company into the modern age and transforming Dearborn into a landing spot for top automotive talent. Ford on Tuesday made public plans to drastically redevelop its outdated properties into a walkable, aesthetically pleasing work environment reminiscent of a college campus or Silicon Valley startup. Over the next decade, the automaker plans to relocate 30,000 employees currently spread throughout 70 Dearborn buildings into two main campuses.
Source: The Detroit News

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