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2017 NADA Chair: 'Dealers Are Very Resilient'
Appeals Court Rules for Auto Dealer in General Motors Sales Target Lawsuit
Ford Cancels Mexico Plant, to Invest $700M at Flat Rock
Trump Puts Auto Makers, Trade Policy in Spotlight
Ford, Toyota Form Telematics Bloc to Stymie Google and Apple
NADA Convention Launches Mobile App
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2017 NADA Chair: 'Dealers Are Very Resilient'



The challenges facing franchised dealers these days are as big as they are diverse. Regulatory pressure from Washington, D.C. A vehicle recall process that can be frustratingly sluggish. Technological changes that impact the retail model, vehicle ownership and the vehicles themselves. But if there’s one thing dealers have in their arsenal it’s this: resiliency.

That was clear when talking with the man who is set to lead the nation’s franchised auto dealer body in 2017: Mark Scarpelli, who is president of Raymond Chevrolet and Raymond Kia in Antioch, Ill., and co-owner of Ray Chevrolet and Ray Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram in Fox Lake, Ill. Scarpelli, who is the 2017 chairman of the National Automobile Dealers Association, shared four top priorities for his tenure leading NADA and the 16,500-plus new-car franchised dealers.
Source: Auto Remarketing

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Appeals Court Rules for Auto Dealer in General Motors Sales Target Lawsuit

Ruling says company’s method for assessing Beck Chevrolet’s results violated state’s franchise law

A federal appeals court ruled in favor of a New York Chevrolet dealer who fought General Motors’ attempt to terminate his franchise over subpar sales, a ruling that could alter how auto makers hold dealerships accountable for sales performance. The Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan said GM’s method for assessing the sales of Beck Chevrolet, in Yonkers, N.Y., violated New York’s franchise laws. GM unfairly relied on a statewide sales average to measure the dealership’s effectiveness without taking into account Chevrolet’s weak market share in metro New York, the court found in a ruling issued Thursday.
Source: The Wall Street Journal

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Ford Cancels Mexico Plant, to Invest $700M at Flat Rock

Ford Motor Co. said Tuesday it is canceling plans to establish a $1.6 billion in plant in Mexico to build the Ford Focus. It plans to invest $700 million at its Flat Rock Assembly Plant and create 700 new jobs in Michigan as it adds production of a new electric small SUV and a self-driving hybrid vehicle. Ford President and CEO Mark Fields cited the company’s recent decision on a shift in buyer preferences as compact car sales have fallen.
Source: The Detroit News

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Trump Puts Auto Makers, Trade Policy in Spotlight

GM says only a ‘small number’ of Chevy Cruzes are sent to U.S. from Mexican plant

Ford Motor Co. on Tuesday scrapped a plan to build a $1.6 billion small-car factory in Mexico that Donald Trump had slammed, a move announced just hours after the president-elect knocked General Motors Co. on  Twitter for importing compact cars from Mexico to sell in the U.S. The developments escalate the tension over trade policy between Mr. Trump and U.S. corporations. Analysts say the auto industry has the most at stake over Mr. Trump’s vow to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, which has allowed car makers and suppliers to move production to Mexico in recent years without facing tariffs.
Source: The Wall Street Journal

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Ford, Toyota Form Telematics Bloc to Stymie Google and Apple

Ford Motor Co. and Toyota Motor Corp. have formed a consortium with four medium-size automakers to speed development of auto-industry standards for in-vehicle apps, a step toward preventing Apple Inc. and Google from controlling how drivers connect smartphones to their cars and trucks. Ford and Toyota said that Mazda Motor Corp., PSA Group, Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. and Suzuki Motor Corp. joined their SmartDeviceLink Consortium. The non-profit group’s goal is to promote more choice in how smartphones get connected to in-vehicle technologies like dashboard displays and voice recognition, and in other programming, Ford and Toyota said in a joint statement Wednesday.
Source: Bloomberg

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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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