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GM Reviewing Dealer Sales Metric in Wake of Legal Setback
OSHA Issues New Injury and Illness Electronic Reporting Mandate
Nissan Faces Challenges with Mitsubishi but Won't Impose Management, Ghosn Says
Honda Posts Surprise Quarterly Loss, Dragged Down by Takata Recalls
Ford Europe Sales Rose 6.3% in April, but Market Share Slips
Subaru Legacy, Outback Owners Told to Not Drive Them
NADA Accepting 2017 Convention Workshop Proposals
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GM Reviewing Dealer Sales Metric in Wake of Legal Setback

General Motors is reviewing the way it measures dealer sales effectiveness following last week’s court ruling in New York that deemed the company’s current system unfair, a top executive said. GM North America President Alan Batey said the company is studying the decision by New York’s top court, which sided with Beck Chevrolet in Yonkers, N.Y., in a lawsuit against the automaker.
Source: Automotive News

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OSHA Issues New Injury and Illness Electronic Reporting Mandate

Starting in 2017, certain dealerships must begin submitting employee workplace injury and illness records to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). All dealerships must maintain reasonable procedures by which employees can report work related injuries and illnesses promptly and accurately. The new reporting rule builds on existing mandates requiring dealerships with 10 or more employees to accurately record and post employee workplace injury and illness using OSHA Forms 300, 300A, and 301 (or the state equivalent). Today and in the future, these forms must be made available to OSHA and state labor inspectors upon request.
 
The rule imposes different reporting requirements on light-duty (car) and commercial truck dealerships.

  • Car dealerships with fewer than 250 employees at a single "establishment" are not required to submit forms to OSHA.
  •  Commercial truck dealerships with 20 to 249 employees at a single "establishment" must electronically submit to OSHA their annual summary of employee workplace injuries and illnesses (Form 300A or equivalent).
  • Car and commercial truck dealerships with 250 or more employees at a single "establishment" (which is rare) must electronically submit to OSHA Form 300A in 2017 and all of their injury and illness recordkeeping forms (Forms 300, 300A and 301 or equivalent) in subsequent years.

Forms for 2016 must be submitted by July 1, 2017, forms for 2017 by July 1, 2018, and forms for 2018 and later by March 2 of the following year. OSHA has yet to specify how electronic submissions must be made, but has stated that they will be made publicly available on its website and will be used to help target enforcement activities. NADA suggests that dealerships use a new OSHA poster to inform employees of their right to report work related injuries and illnesses. See NADA's FAQ and OSHA's Injury and Illness Webpage for more information.
Source: NADA

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Nissan Faces Challenges with Mitsubishi but Won't Impose Management, Ghosn Says

Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn said restoring Mitsubishi Motors' credibility with consumers will be his top challenge but that the company will not impose its management on the smaller, scandal-hit automaker. Ghosn's comments come a day after Nissan announced a planned $2.2 billion investment for a 34 percent controlling stake in Mitsubishi, which is mired in a fuel-economy cheating scandal. The deal allows Nissan to nominate a third of Mitsubishi's board and also its leader, prompting speculation of a significant management reshuffle.
Source: Reuters

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Honda Posts Surprise Quarterly Loss, Dragged Down by Takata Recalls

Honda Motor Co. posted a surprise net loss for its most recent quarter as its quality-related costs -- mostly to recall Takata-made airbag inflators -- nearly quadrupled for the full business year. For the three months ended March 31, Japan's third-largest automaker by sales posted a loss of 93.4 billion yen ($859.56 million). That's compared with earnings of 81.9 billion yen during the same quarter last year. Total revenue grew 4.7 percent to 3.6 trillion yen, the automaker said.
Source: Reuters

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Ford Europe Sales Rose 6.3% in April, but Market Share Slips

Ford's sales of new vehicles in Europe rose 6.3% to 113,400 in April from a year earlier, its best April in the region since 2009, helped by strong performance of its commercial vehicle lineup. But its market share in Europe's 20 traditional markets slipped 0.3 percentage points to 7.6% and remained flat for the first four months of 2016 at 8.1%.
Source: Detroit Free Press

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Subaru Legacy, Outback Owners Told to Not Drive Them

Subaru is telling owners of some newer Legacy and Outback vehicles not to drive them because the steering can fail. The company is recalling about 52,000 of the cars and SUVs from the 2016 and 2017 model years. It also has told dealers to stop selling them until they’re repaired.
Source: Associated Press

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NADA Accepting 2017 Convention Workshop Proposals

The deadline to submit a workshop proposal is May 16, 2016.

The workshops are one of the main attractions at the annual NADA Convention and Expo. Nearly 16,200 participants, which included new-car dealers, dealership managers and industry professionals, attended the workshop sessions at the past convention in Las Vegas. Workshop proposals for the 2017 NADA convention, which will be held in New Orleans, can be submitted online until 5 p.m. EDT on May 16, 2016. For detailed instructions on how to submit a workshop proposal, click here.
Source: NADA Dealership Operations

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