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F&I and Showroom: Interview with 2017 NADA Chairman Mark Scarpelli
Michigan's Auto Plants Seek Bright Future Amid Change
Auto-Tech Convergence Reshaping Industry Shows
Nine Cars Americans Loved or Hated in 2016
Driving the Day in Washington
NADA Convention Launches Mobile App
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F&I and Showroom: Interview with 2017 NADA Chairman Mark Scarpelli
F&I talks shop, politics and pride with Mark Scarpelli, president of Raymond Chevrolet and Raymond Kia, and NADA’s 2017 chairman.

At the centennial NADA Convention & Expo, Mark Scarpelli will officially take over as the association’s 2017 chairman. He is the president of Raymond Chevrolet and Raymond Kia in Antioch, Ill., about an hour north of Chicago, and co-owner, with brother Ray Scarpelli Jr., of Ray Chevrolet and Ray ChryslerJeep Ram Dodge in nearby Fox Lake. Scarpelli’s chairmanship follows a year marked by booming sales and F&I production, a growing call for further digitization of the car-buying process, and new challenges to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) — including the election of a decidedly pro-business president. F&I and Showroom caught up with Scarpelli three days after the election to discuss his lifelong dedication to the automotive industry and ask what 2017 has in store.
Source: F&I and Showroom

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Michigan's Auto Plants Seek Bright Future Amid Change

The auto show returns to downtown Detroit next month with new models wrapped in shiny new sheet metal, but the larger changes for the industry are already happening on the assembly lines across the state. Michigan produces 28 different vehicles. In 2016, nearly 40% of those vehicles can be categorized as trucks and SUV and crossover vehicles, keeping in line with consumer preferences shaped in part by low gasoline prices.

Despite the shifting political winds, the PricewaterhouseCoopers report forecasts Michigan assembly will remain stable producing between 2 million and 2.5 million cars and trucks through 2022.
Source: Detroit Free Press

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Auto-Tech Convergence Reshaping Industry Shows

Traditional auto shows are increasingly taking a back seat as automakers premiere new cars and trucks at their own private events and at non-traditional venues, such as the CES technology trade show.

CES, which runs Jan. 3-8, will feature 128 auto-related companies situated over 200,000 square feet of floor space. It’s the largest auto presence ever at the show, and includes nine automakers and 11 major auto suppliers.

NAIAS — which runs Jan. 8-22, including public days starting Jan. 14 — will host more than 30 auto brands and a handful of suppliers on 700,000 square feet of space at Cobo Center. About 50 tech startups will show their wares in a 120,000-square-foot space for a new event called AutoMobili-D; it's the Detroit show's response to the changing auto-tech landscape and emergence of CES.
Source: The Detroit News

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Nine Cars Americans Loved or Hated in 2016

This year, just like every other year in the past several decades, Americans will buy more Ford pick-up trucks than any other vehicle. The final tally for 2016 will come in around 800,000. Other big trucks come in far behind, and then there's the Toyota Camry and Honda Civic. American drivers are creatures of habit, so it takes little effort for Ford to win the annual sales crown.
Source: Bloomberg

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Driving the Day in Washington

The buzz bouncing around town: the Republican-controlled House is looking to take up three bills immediately after new members are sworn in next week -- including THE REINS ACT, legislation that would require Congress to approve new major regulations, and the MIDNIGHT RULES ACT, which allows Congress to disapprove of late-stage administration regulations en masse. This is important, because it will give President-elect Donald Trump legislation he would be likely to sign early in his presidency.
Source: Politico Playbook

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NADA Convention Launches Mobile App


 

The new NADA100 mobile app for the 2017 NADA Convention and Expo in New Orleans is now available in the App Store and Google Play. Search for NADA100.

Key features include:

  • Real-time alerts;
  • Workshop and event schedules; 
  • The option to download and email workshop handouts;
  • Locate and schedule meetings with exhibitors; and
  • Rating the workshop sessions.

The NADA convention runs from Thursday, Jan. 26, to Sunday, Jan. 29. The advance online registration discount of $75 for NADA member dealers and their managers ends Jan. 20. For more information or to register, visit www.nadaconvention.org.  
Source: NADA Convention & Expo

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