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Worry Grows as Stair-Steps Get Steeper
Is CAFE Making Cars Bigger?
Nissan Revolution: Could New Petrol Engine Make Diesel Obsolete?
Computer Experts: Remotes Are Hackable on VW, Ford, GM Vehicles
Nissan Escalates Pickup Truck Wars with Longer Warranty
NADA and Hiring Our Heroes: A Proud Partnership
Nine Hotels Sold Out; $100 Registration Discount Ends Sept. 9
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Worry Grows as Stair-Steps Get Steeper

Some dealers are being more selective about which stair-step incentives to chase and which to ignore in part because they think some automakers are setting their sales targets out of reach. Dealers have often voiced dislike of stair-step programs, which pay dealers escalating bonuses as they hit progressively higher sales targets, but pay nothing if sales fall short of the target. A survey this year by the National Automobile Dealers Association found that 64 percent of dealers who responded dislike stair-step incentives. The results of NADA's Stair-Step Survey, completed in March, were not brand specific, an NADA spokesman said. NADA took the findings from its one-time survey to various automakers for discussion around the main points that came through in respondents' comments. NADA said 64 percent of respondents said stair-step incentives disrupt the market and often hurt credibility.

Rethink stair-steps

Here's how dealers surveyed by NADA said they wanted automakers to change their stair-step programs.

  • Make them fair and reasonable.
  • Make them achievable for dealerships of all sizes.
  • Carefully consider which vehicles are included.
  • Be sure those vehicles are available in dealership inventory.
  • Simplify the programs.

Source: Automotive News

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Is CAFE Making Cars Bigger?

Size-based mpg targets create strange incentive for automakers

The tough fuel-economy standards that took effect in 2012 are getting tougher every year. So why are cars getting bigger? The average new vehicle's "footprint" -- the rectangle formed by its wheelbase and track width -- hit a record 49.9 square feet in the 2015 model year, according to the EPA, up by about 1 square foot, or 2 percent, since the agency been tracking the measure in 2008.
Source: Automotive News

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Nissan Revolution: Could New Petrol Engine Make Diesel Obsolete?

Japanese automaker Nissan Motor Co. has come up with a new type of gasoline engine it says may make some of today's advanced diesel engines obsolete. The new engine uses variable compression technology, which Nissan engineers say allows it at any given moment to choose an optimal compression ratio for combustion -- a key factor in the trade-off between power and efficiency in all gasoline-fuelled engines.
Source: Reuters

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Computer Experts: Remotes Are Hackable on VW, Ford, GM Vehicles

A group of computer security experts say they figured out how to hack the keyless entry systems used on millions of cars, meaning that thieves could in theory break and steal items without leaving a broken window. The experts say that remote entry systems on millions of cars made by Volkswagen since 1995 can be cloned to permit unauthorized access to the car’s interior. The same experts say another system used by other brands including Ford, General Motor’s Opel and Chevrolet and Renault can also be defeated.
Source: Detroit Free Press

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Nissan Escalates Pickup Truck Wars with Longer Warranty

In the hyper-competitive pickup truck wars, Nissan has a new weapon -– a longer warranty. The Japanese automaker announced what it thinks will be “America’s Best Truck Warranty” Friday for its 2017 Titan and Titan XD full-size pickups. The warranty covers five years or 100,000 miles, and is part of Nissan’s “Year of the Truck” initiative, which is supposed to herald an onslaught of new pickups, SUVs and CUVs.
Source: USA Today

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NADA and Hiring Our Heroes: A Proud Partnership

Each year, NADA promotes its partnership with the Hiring Our Heroes program. This nationwide effort by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation helps members of the military and their spouses find meaningful employment. As part of the partnership, NADA is a member of the Chamber’s Veterans Employment Advisory Council and makes a $10,000 annual contribution. For employers and veterans, the program offers useful online resources:

  • The Employer Roadmap provides companies with the tools to develop their own military hiring strategies and programs. Case studies and action plans highlight best practices for recruiting, hiring and retaining employees.

For more information or to register for a hiring event, visit www.nada.org/hiringourheroes.
Source: NADA

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2017 NADA Convention & Expo
Nine Hotels Sold Out; $100 Registration Discount Ends Sept. 9

The discounted registration rate for NADA members and managers includes admission to NADA 100 Carnival.

Online registration and hotel selection for the 2017 NADA Convention and Expo in New Orleans is now open. NADA members and their managers who register by September 9 will receive a $100 discount.



NADA, founded in 1917, will kick off yearlong events commemorating its 100-year anniversary with NADA 100 Carnival in New Orleans. The exclusive event for NADA members, international affiliates and guests will be held at Mardi Gras World on Thursday, January 26. The Carnival will feature cuisine from top New Orleans restaurants, as well as musical entertainment from Foreigner, Cowboy Mouth and jazz favorites. The NADA member and manager registration fee includes admission to the NADA 100 Carnival. The four-day NADA Convention, which runs from January 26 to 29, includes keynote speakers, dealer franchise meetings, workshops, an Expo and numerous networking events. Click here to register.
Source: NADA

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