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NADA100 Video: Convention Coverage Begins Today
Strike Up the Dixieland Band, Itís Show Time for NADA
Fields Says Talked Fuel Economy, Trade, Oval Office Décor in Meeting With Trump
FCA Adding as Many as 400 U.S. Dealerships, Sources Say
Carl Swope Wins National Recognition for Community Service and Industry Accomplishments at NADA Convention
ADESA to Auction a Polaris RZR to Benefit the NADA Foundation and Canine Companions
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NADA100 Video: Convention Coverage Begins Today



The 2017 NADA Convention and Expo in New Orleans is officially open. Join us with host Maggie Clark for an inside look into the convention—from the keynote speakers, workshops and expo and more. Click here for convention news coverage.
Source: NADA

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Strike Up the Dixieland Band, Itís Show Time for NADA



On the sprawling expo floor nearly 600 companies exhibit their wares, from “thank-you” cookies for car buyers to the latest software systems for dealers.

Centering on its 100th anniversary this year, the National Automobile Dealers Assn.’s annual convention and expo [kicked] into full gear [on Friday]. The event is the world’s largest international gathering of franchised car dealers and auto industry professionals. It is in New Orleans for the 12th time since 1973 and is expected to attract more than 23,000 attendees. That includes car dealers from 36 countries. Led by a Dixieland band, NADA officers walk the expo floor today. They include 2017 Chairman Mark Scarpelli, 2016 Chairman Jeff Carlson, 2018 Chairman Wes Lutz and NADA President Peter Welch.
Source: WardsAuto


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Fields Says Talked Fuel Economy, Trade, Oval Office Décor in Meeting With Trump


Jeff Carlson (left), 2016 NADA chairman, interviews Mark Fields, Ford Motor Co. President and CEO, at the NADA convention in New Orleans on Jan. 27, 2017.

Detroit automakers made the case for a single, nationwide fuel-economy standard that would take into account market factors in their meeting with President Trump earlier this week, Ford CEO Mark Fields says. A single standard would mean the elimination of separate rules under the California Air Resources Board, which currently requires automakers to sell certain numbers of zero-emission – or battery-electric – vehicles. The California rules are followed in 11 other states and the District of Columbia.

Speaking to U.S. dealers at the National Automobile Dealers Assn. Convention and Exposition here, Fields says Trump asked manufacturing executives to list four or five regulations controlling their industries that they believe are good and another four or five others they think impede their ability to do business. He then promised to reconvene with the group in a month to discuss the issues.

“We talked about a reasonable fuel-economy, one national standard implementation that would be aligned with market realities, affordability and jobs,” Fields said in a discussion on stage with outgoing NADA Chairman Jeff Carlson. “We talked about trade pacts, tax policy. He was very conversant in these areas. And I think he’s going to be very good for our industry.”
Source: WardsAuto

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FCA Adding as Many as 400 U.S. Dealerships, Sources Say

Dealers: Move is an attempt to win back share

Fiat Chrysler is in the midst of adding as many as 400 new U.S. dealerships even as its U.S. sales appear to have stalled, two dealers familiar with the plan and an FCA source said. An FCA spokesman declined to comment. FCA has about 2,500 U.S. dealerships that sell Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Ram vehicles. Dealers said the added points are FCA’s attempt to win additional U.S. market share. But in some locations, the new points are within just a few miles of existing stores, they said. The expansion comes at a particularly difficult time for FCA dealers.
Source: Automotive News

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Carl Swope Wins National Recognition for Community Service and Industry Accomplishments at NADA Convention


(L-R) Meredith Long, senior vice president at Time Inc., Carl Swope, president of Swope Toyota, and his wife, Anne.


Carl Swope, president of Swope Toyota in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, was named the 2017 TIME Dealer of the Year. Swope was selected from a group of 49 nominees from across the country, and recognized at the NADA Convention & Expo in New Orleans on Friday.    

"I have realized how powerful a force our dealerships can be if I encourage and support all of our leadership and associates to get involved," Swope said about his efforts in the community. "Together, we are making Elizabethtown and the central Kentucky region a better place."

In its sixth year as exclusive sponsor, Ally donated $1,000 to the charity of choice for each of the dealer nominees and will provide $10,000 to the nonprofit selected by the 2017 TIME Dealer of the Year winner. In addition, the three finalists, as well as the state Automotive Trade Association Executive (ATAE) who nominated the 2017 winner, will each receive a $5,000 grant for the nonprofit organizations of their choice. All nominees are featured on AllyDealerHeroes.com, which highlights the philanthropic contributions and achievements of auto dealers across the United States.

The TIME Dealer of the Year award is one of the automobile industry's most prestigious and highly coveted honors.
Source: TIME / Ally

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ADESA to Auction a Polaris RZR to Benefit the NADA Foundation and Canine Companions



ADESA will auction a 2015 Polaris RZR S900 EPS at the NADA Convention and Expo in New Orleans. The auction starts at 1 p.m. CST on Saturday, January 28, at the ADESA booth (#3137).

Last year’s Harley-Davidson motorcycle auction raised a record $128,000 for Canine Companions for Independence (CCI). Past ADESA auctions have raised $240,000 for the NADA Foundation and CCI. Proceeds from the auctions go to the NADA Foundation’s Frank E. McCarthy Memorial Fund, in whose name the CCI donation is made. McCarthy was chief executive of NADA from 1968 to 2001.
Source: NADA

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