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Trump Threat to GM: Make the Chevy Cruze in U.S. 'or Pay Big Border Tax'
Trump, Autonomous Cars, VW and the New GM: The Year's Biggest Stories
Keith Crain Commentary: Good Product Helps, But Great People Make the Difference
Fuel Cell SUV Will Have Range of 348 Miles, Report Says
Sci-Fi Dreams Become Reality at Detroit Auto Show
NADA Convention Launches Mobile App
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Trump Threat to GM: Make the Chevy Cruze in U.S. 'or Pay Big Border Tax'

General Motors is the latest target of President-elect Donald Trump’s Twitter cannon, with the Manhattan billionaire complaining that the American automaker is manufacturing cars in Mexico and importing them into the U.S. without penalty. “General Motors is sending Mexican made model of Chevy Cruze to U.S. car dealers-tax free across border. Make in U.S.A. or pay big border tax!” Trump wrote on Twitter Tuesday morning. The president-elect promised throughout the campaign to punish American companies that move jobs abroad by slapping them with a 35 percent tax on imported goods.
Source: Politico

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Trump, Autonomous Cars, VW and the New GM: The Year's Biggest Stories

Oh, 2016. What a year. In the second half of the year, the U.S. presidential election seemed to be all-consuming. There were too many headline moments to name in one year-end summary, but it's certainly an interesting year when an automaker turns to Twitter to try to correct comments made about its manufacturing plans during a presidential debate. Anyway. Despite the political distractions, 2016 turned out to be a pretty stellar year for car sales, on track to be the seventh year in a row of rising sales.
Source: Automotive News

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Keith Crain Commentary: Good Product Helps, But Great People Make the Difference

During the Christmas break, I had the chance to spend some time with folks who work in auto dealerships, and once again I observed just how important people are in the retail car business. Sure, the product is important, but there is no substitute for great people creating great relationships inside the stores. The industry has spent hundreds of millions of dollars making sure dealerships have pretty buildings. But what really matters is who is working inside. That's what makes the difference -- it doesn't matter about the building.
Source: Automotive News

Crain is editor-in-chief of Automotive News.

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Fuel Cell SUV Will Have Range of 348 Miles, Report Says

The race for creating the most environment-friendly commercial car has begun and new players are joining in every day. After General Motors, Nissan and BMW, it is Hyundai’s turn to compete with the likes of Tesla and Faraday. Hyundai might be working on the next version of its Tucson fuel cell SUV. Given the increasing competition in the eco-friendly vehicle industry, the company is upping the ante — its Tucson IX SUV will do 348 miles on a single tank of hydrogen, Nikkei Asian Review reported, citing sources.
Source: International Business Times

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Sci-Fi Dreams Become Reality at Detroit Auto Show

Advances in self-driving and safety features will be on display as more than 40 vehicles make their debuts

What a year it was … and what a year it is likely to be. As the 2017 North American International Auto Show gets ready to roll into the Motor City for its annual run, the auto industry is at what Waymo CEO John Krafcik likes to call “an inflection point.” Mary Barra, General Motors’ chairman and chief executive, puts it another way: “The auto industry is likely to change more in the next five years than it has in the last 50.” Skeptical? Just spend a day at Cobo Center, where more than 40 cars, trucks and crossovers will make their North American or global debut — with scores of other recently launched models on display. With many of those new models, what seemed like science fiction just a few years ago is about to become reality.
Source: The Detroit News

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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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