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Inside this issue
Industry Chiefs to Trump: Give Us Clarity, Stability
Carmakers: Donít Overregulate Self-Driving Car Testing
U.S. Court Gives Initial Approval to Volkswagen Vehicle Emissions Settlement
Toyota Sees Plug-In Hybrids Catching on Faster than Conventional Hybrids
Feb. 16 Webinar: NADA and FTC to Discuss the Recently Revised Buyers Guide
2017 NADA Dealership Workforce Study Open for Participation
Hyundai Connects Soldiers with Their Families
Top Stories
Industry Chiefs to Trump: Give Us Clarity, Stability

The heads of major suppliers in the auto industry are looking for clarity and stability from a new presidential administration that, to date, has offered little of either. Despite Donald Trump’s meetings with leaders of the country’s top manufacturers — including the Detroit Three —the supporting network of parts suppliers remain uncertain of what’s to come. Tuesday, during a meeting on mobility issues hosted by the Detroit Economic Club, the heads of three major auto suppliers offered their takes on what they need from the Trump administration.
Source: The Detroit News

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Carmakers: Donít Overregulate Self-Driving Car Testing

Automakers pushed members of Congress on Tuesday to give them space to develop self-driving cars as lawmakers consider federal regulations for the emerging technology. Mike Abelson, vice president of global strategy at General Motors Co., told members of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee that federal regulations for motor vehicles will have to be updated to clear the way for self-driving cars. He cautioned lawmakers about over-regulating the new technology.
Source: The Detroit News

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U.S. Court Gives Initial Approval to Volkswagen Vehicle Emissions Settlement

Objectors can now raise any concerns before final hearing that could come as soon as May 11

Volkswagen AG won a U.S. court’s initial blessing Tuesday for a roughly $1.2 billion settlement reached with drivers of larger diesel-powered vehicles affected by the auto maker’s diesel-emissions scandal. The deal, which applies to around 77,000 diesel vehicles with 3-liter engines, is one of the last unresolved pieces left in the U.S. court case brought over the diesel crisis. Volkswagen continues to face private litigation and government probes abroad related to the revelation that 11 million cars world-wide were equipped with software that allows the diesel vehicles to dupe emissions tests. U.S. regulators first disclosed the misconduct in September 2015.
Source: The Wall Street Journal

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Toyota Sees Plug-In Hybrids Catching on Faster than Conventional Hybrids

Toyota Motor Corp.'s chairman, who led the development of the Toyota Prius, expects the latest plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHVs) will catch on with consumers far more rapidly than the original Prius did. Known as the "father of the Prius" for his role in popularizing the world's best-selling hybrid car, Takeshi Uchiyamada said he expected to sell 1 million plug-in hybrids in less than 10 years, the time it took for sales of its conventional hybrid vehicles to hit that mark.
Source: Reuters

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Feb. 16 Webinar: NADA and FTC to Discuss the Recently Revised Buyers Guide

Join NADA and FTC attorney John Hallerud in a webinar covering the changes to the Used Car Rule and the revised Buyers Guide.  Learn how to properly produce, use and complete the revised Buyers Guide, and ask your questions directly to the FTC.  This webinar is open to dealers, dealership staff, dealer attorneys, dealership compliance professionals, and dealership forms providers.  Click here to register.

Date:  Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017
Time: 1 p.m. ET
Duration: 75 minutes
Source: NADA

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2017 NADA Dealership Workforce Study Open for Participation

For participating in the study, dealerships will receive two complimentary reports.

With a retail workforce topping 1 million and the industry poised for growth, dealerships need to focus on hiring and keeping talented employees. The NADA Dealership Workforce Study (DWS) provides one-of-a-kind analysis of dealership pay plans and benefit packages, retention and turnover, employee benefits, work schedules and demographics. It is based on actual payroll data and questionnaire responses submitted by NADA and ATD members. The DWS is open for participation now through April 28, 2017, at www.nadaworkforcestudy.com.

In return for participating in the study, dealerships will receive two complimentary reports: (1) Automotive Retail: National and Regional Trends in Compensation, Benefits and Retention and (2) a custom report, which includes comparisons of the dealership(s) to peers nationally, regionally, by state and brand. All data must be submitted by April 28, 2017. To participate in the study, go to www.nadaworkforcestudy.com to begin. For questions, email WorkforceStudy@nada.org.
Source: NADA Dealership Operations

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Hyundai Connects Soldiers with Their Families

The Super Bowl is known for the commercials during the game but this year, one automaker placed theirs after the contest was over. Hyundai’s ad, called “A Better Super Bowl,” visually transported three soldiers to Houston’s NRG Stadium using 360-degree pods that placed them in a suite with their family members attending the game.
Source: Automotive News

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