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GM's Mary Barra: Automakers Can Maintain Pace of Vehicle Sales
Summer Auto Shutdowns Shrink to Feed Truck Boom
Mitsubishi Plans $600 Million Compensation for Four Models over Mileage Cheating
Volkswagen to Launch More Electric Cars After Diesel Scandal
California Lawmakers Unplug the State's Electric Car Program
Illinois Auto Dealer Donates CPR Units to Local Organizations
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GM's Mary Barra: Automakers Can Maintain Pace of Vehicle Sales

The auto industry can continue selling more than 17 million cars a year as the U.S. economy and consumer remain strong, General Motors CEO Mary Barra said in an interview that aired Friday. Automakers sold about 17.5 million cars in the United States last year, though some industry watchers worry vehicle manufacturers will struggle to keep up the pace. However, Barra sees no trouble on the horizon.
Source: CNBC

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Summer Auto Shutdowns Shrink to Feed Truck Boom

You've heard of the staycation. Next month, tens of thousands of U.S. autoworkers will be observing a stay-at-work-cation as demand for pickups, large SUVs and crossovers shows little sign of abating. "We are working straight through the month of July and currently we have five Saturdays scheduled through the summer," said Brian Hartman, president of UAW Local 2209, which represents about 4,000 workers at the GM Truck plant in Ft.  Wayne, Ind.
Source: Detroit Free Press

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Mitsubishi Plans $600 Million Compensation for Four Models over Mileage Cheating

Japan's Mitsubishi Motors Corp said it plans to give owners of four minivehicles close to $1,000 in compensation for its overstating of mileage readings, part of reimbursement costs that will total at least $600 million. The mileage scandal, which the company has blamed on pressure to deliver competitive readings and poor supervision of testing processes, has led to plans for Nissan Motor Co to take a one-third controlling stake in the embattled automaker. Mitsubishi CEO Osamu Masuko told reporters that the planned compensation costs were not expected to hinder its talks with Nissan. The automaker admitted in April to deliberately overstating the fuel economy for some 625,000 minivehicles including two models produced for Nissan.
Source: Reuters

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Volkswagen to Launch More Electric Cars After Diesel Scandal

German automaker Volkswagen plans to ramp up its offerings of electric vehicles as it fights to bounce back from a scandal over diesel cars rigged to cheat on emissions tests. The electric campaign is part of a wide-ranging review of the company's strategy that also includes increasing profitability, investing in new ways of getting around that don't necessarily involve owning a car, and making the company's management more open and trustworthy. CEO Matthias Mueller said Thursday the company plans to introduce more than 30 electric-powered vehicles by 2025, and to sell 2 to 3 million of them a year.
Source: Associated Press

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California Lawmakers Unplug the State's Electric Car Program

A few months ago, Gabriel Lua purchased a 2013 Chevy Volt to replace his 1987 Honda Civic ... [with] a state incentive that helps low-income residents in California’s most polluted communities replace their dirty cars. The state covered more than half the new car’s price tag. Lua’s experience is exactly what Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers were aiming to achieve when they decided to spend money from the state’s greenhouse gas reduction fund on subsidizing the purchase of low- and zero-emission vehicles. But now they’re cutting off the cash, the result of a political impasse and questions over the future of the state’s climate change programs.
Source: Los Angeles Times

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Illinois Auto Dealer Donates CPR Units to Local Organizations

More than 2 million people have been trained on CPR units donated by new-car dealers since 1975

ANTIOCH, Ill. – Raymond Chevrolet and Kia, in partnership with the National Automobile Dealers Charitable Foundation, recently presented CPR training units valued at more than $4,700 to four local organizations at a dealership event.


Raymond Chevrolet and Kia in Antioch, Ill., donate CPR training units to Somers Fire and Rescue Department at a dealership event on June 3, 2016. Pictured from left: Kim Neiss, dealership community director; Lt. Ryan Nelson; Dusty Thorp, fire fighter; Carson Wilkinson, fire chief; and Mark Scarpelli, dealership president.

“We’ll be using [the CPR units] in our community for not only people in Somers, but the greater area of southeast Wisconsin to teach CPR,” said Carson Wilkinson, chief of Somers Fire and Rescue Department in Somers, Wis., which is located about 22 miles northeast of the dealership. “CPR is a vital link in survival. You can be there in seconds where it takes us minutes to get there and that will save a life.”

The dealership also donated CPR training units to Lindenhurst Park District, Lakes Community High School and Antioch High School.

“As part of our community service and involvement, we want to make sure that we do right by the community and do what we can to help save lives,” said Mark Scarpelli, president of Raymond Chevrolet and Kia in Antioch, Ill., and vice chairman of the National Automobile Dealers Association.

The CPR training units were presented during the dealerships’ annual Employee Appreciation Day, which also included a visit by U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-Ill.)  

Since the NADCF’s Medical Grants program began in 1975, more than 4,800 CPR training units valued at $3 million have been donated to organizations across the country. More than 2 million people have been trained on CPR units donated by new-car dealerships.

For information about donating a CPR training unit to an organization in your community, send an email to foundation@nada.org or call 703.821.7102.
Source: NADCF

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