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VW Dealers Want Remedy Done Right
Automakers Brace for Tough Scrutiny After VW Emissions Scandal
Mercedes Helps Dealers Weather Takata Recalls
Why Are Some Nissan Dealers So Unhappy?
Many Questions Loom Over Evolving FCA Production Plan
Forecast: April Sales to Return to 17 Million SAAR Trend
The EPA Is Not Going to Ban Your DIY Race Car
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VW Dealers Want Remedy Done Right

EPA agreement offers a pivotal opportunity for recovery

Volkswagen's recovery can now begin. But the brand's 652 U.S. dealers will have to wait a couple of months for their turn. Last week's preliminary agreement between Volkswagen and U.S. authorities -- coming a full seven months after the EPA announced VW's Clean Air Act violations -- provided the first clear indications of how the company will put its diesel emissions crisis to rest and some long-awaited answers for consumers. Buybacks and compensation will be offered to owners of affected 2-liter diesels. Pending government approval, fixes will be available for at least some of the vehicles.
Source: Automotive News

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Automakers Brace for Tough Scrutiny After VW Emissions Scandal

Automakers have to be clearer about the way they certify their fuel economy and emission ratings as regulators ramp up scrutiny into the gulf between laboratory results and on-road conditions, Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche said. Revelations about Volkswagen Group's cheating on diesel emissions emerged after the Frankfurt show in September. Since then, government fraud investigators have raided French manufacturers PSA Group and Renault as part of broader checks into vehicle emissions. In Japan, Mitsubishi Motors said that it manipulated fuel-economy tests to mislead consumers.
Source: Bloomberg

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Mercedes Helps Dealers Weather Takata Recalls

Mercedes-Benz USA will pay dealers as much as $1,775 each month for used vehicles with recalled Takata airbags that are stuck in inventory under a stop-sale order. Mercedes agreed this month to a recall assistance plan to help dealers cover expenses. In February, parent company Daimler AG recalled nearly 706,000 Mercedes-Benz passenger vehicles and 136,000 Daimler vans in the U.S.
Source: Automotive News

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Why Are Some Nissan Dealers So Unhappy?

Hitting their targets, but chafing at factory relations

A funny thing happened to Nissan on the way to succeeding at its U.S. business plan. It began alienating its dealers. Funny? The automaker hardly thinks so. But as retailers gathered [in Las Vegas] for this month's National Automobile Dealers Association convention, audiences seemed to nod in agreement at criticism that Nissan has used its elbows in its race to become America's No. 2 import automaker.
Source: Automotive News

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Many Questions Loom Over Evolving FCA Production Plan

FCA workers and Wall Street continues to wonder when CEO Sergio Marchionne will reveal details of new North American production plan months after details first emerged

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne will have an opportunity on Tuesday to clear up a long list of looming questions about the automaker's North American production plans when FCA reports earnings on Tuesday, but it's unclear if he will take it.
Source: Detroit Free Press

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Forecast: April Sales to Return to 17 Million SAAR Trend

A WardsAuto forecast calls for U.S. automakers to deliver 1.52 million light vehicles in April, a record-high volume for the month. The report puts the seasonally adjusted annual rate of sales for the month at 17.6 million units, well above last month’s 16.5 million and year-ago’s 16.7 million.
Source: WardsAuto

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The EPA Is Not Going to Ban Your DIY Race Car

But the issue in question isn’t over yet, an industry trade group says.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has removed controversial language buried in a proposal to regulate emissions of heavy duty trucks that critics feared would make modifying a car for racing illegal. The issue, however, is far from resolved. The proposed legislation, which was submitted in July 2015, included language that would prohibit conversion of vehicles into race cars and make the sale of certain emissions-related parts for use on converted vehicles illegal.
Source: Fortune

Editor’s note: The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) is spearheading legislative efforts to clarify that these modifications are legal and is seeking more support for H.R. 4715/S. 2659, the “RPM Act of 2016,” which addresses this issue. To learn more about how to take action on this legislative effort, contact Laura Perrotta, NADA Legislative Affairs, at lperrotta@nada.org.

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