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Automakers Urge New EPA Chief to Withdraw Obama Car Fuel-Efficiency Rules
Lexus Most Dependable Brand for 6th Straight Year, J.D. Power Says
AutoNation Puts Service and Parts at the Center of Its New Branding Campaign
Ford Wants Your New Car to Pick a Song or Tell a Joke
2017 NADA Dealership Workforce Study Open for Participation
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Automakers Urge New EPA Chief to Withdraw Obama Car Fuel-Efficiency Rules

A trade association representing General Motors Co., Toyota Motor Corp., Volkswagen AG and nine other automakers on Tuesday asked new Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt to withdraw an Obama administration decision to lock in vehicle emission rules through 2025. On Jan. 13, then-EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy finalized a determination that landmark fuel efficiency rules instituted by President Barack Obama should be finalized through 2025, a bid to maintain a key part of his administration's climate legacy.

Mitch Bainwol, president and chief executive of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, said in a letter to Pruitt the decision was "the product of egregious procedural and substantive defects" and is "riddled with indefensible assumptions, inadequate analysis and a failure to engage with contrary evidence." Automakers have argued that the rules could result in the loss of up to 1 million jobs because consumers could be less willing to buy the more fuel efficient vehicles since their engineering will result in higher price tags.

The EPA had until April 2018 to decide whether the 2025 standards were feasible but in November moved up its decision to Jan. 13, just before Obama left office. Separately, the Association of Global Automakers, a trade group representing Honda Motor Co., Nissan Motor Co Ltd., Hyundai Motor Co. and others, said late Tuesday it had formally petitioned the EPA to withdraw the determination. The group argued in a separate letter to Pruitt Tuesday reviewed by Reuters that "EPA opted for political expediency" and "jammed through a final determination in the waning days of the lame-duck administration."
Source: Reuters

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Lexus Most Dependable Brand for 6th Straight Year, J.D. Power Says

Mercedes, Hyundai, BMW, Jaguar join Top 10; GMC, Acura, Ram and Lincoln fall from Top 10

Lexus and Porsche are the most dependable brands after three years of vehicle ownership, while Toyota leads non-premium labels, according to a J.D. Power study. It is the sixth consecutive year that Lexus topped J.D. Power’s annual U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study, released Wednesday. The streak puts Lexus halfway to tying its record of 12 consecutive titles for most dependable brand between from 1997 to 2008. Toyota, Buick and Mercedes-Benz rounded out the top five brands overall. Mercedes, Hyundai (No. 6), BMW (No. 7) and Jaguar (No. 10) were newcomers to the Top 10 this year, while GMC, Acura, Ram and Lincoln dropped out.
Source: Automotive News

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AutoNation Puts Service and Parts at the Center of Its New Branding Campaign

AutoNation Inc. is spending big to win back its car and truck buyers who have defected to aftermarket service and parts competitors -- or to keep them from straying in the first place. It intends to hold onto these customers for life. "We aim to deal with every need our customers have," Bill Berman, AutoNation's president, told Fixed Ops Journal during an interview at the company's headquarters here."Whether it's an oil change or selling parts, we don't want to lose any customer to an independent."
Source: Fixed Ops Journal (Automotive News)

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Ford Wants Your New Car to Pick a Song or Tell a Joke

Ford wants the self-driving cars of the future to be better listeners and observers: It’s aiming to build vehicles that pick up on the smallest changes in drivers’ vocal inflections and facial expressions, and adapt the drive accordingly. The company is partnering with a German technology university to create advanced in-car microphone and camera systems.
Source: The Detroit News

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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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