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With EPA Victory Comes New Uncertainty
Auto Industry Says It Still Won’t Back Off Fuel-Economy Efforts
Mack McLarty: Trump Has a Natural Ally in Car Dealers
Japanese Carmakers Seek Trade Peace with Trump
March 22 Webinar: Implementing a Courtesy Transportation Program
NADA Asks for Participation in Workforce Study
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With EPA Victory Comes New Uncertainty

Pruitt's views could set up fight with states

Automakers relieved about the EPA's decision last week to reopen a review of Obama-era auto emissions standards now face a new political wild card in EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. The decision, announced by President Donald Trump during a visit to Michigan, restored a measure of stability to a regulatory process that automakers felt was cut short by the outgoing administration. But Pruitt's views on climate change and federal power challenge the foundations of the landmark deal they struck with the government in 2012 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve fuel economy and harmonize regulations.
Source: Automotive News

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Auto Industry Says It Still Won’t Back Off Fuel-Economy Efforts

Executives from automakers and suppliers gathered at a conference in Dearborn Thursday said looser fuel economy standards might allow for sales of more trucks in areas where they’re popular. But otherwise, the pursuit of fuel-efficiency technologies will proceed unabated. [President] Trump came to the Detroit area earlier [last] week to announce that his Environmental Protection Agency will re-examine gas mileage requirements that were affirmed in the Obama administration’s last days.
Source: The Associated Press

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Mack McLarty: Trump Has a Natural Ally in Car Dealers

America’s car dealerships ... are the paragon of successful Main Street businesses on which [President] Trump heaped praise during his campaign. They are powerful institutions in the Rust Belt and in the heartland, where his message of hope to working-class voters left behind by globalization and technological change most resonated. And they are big employers there, too — supporting tens of thousands of Americans who work as salespeople, mechanics and other critical roles and millions more through business relationships with parts suppliers and other outside vendors.
Source: Automotive News

Mack McLarty is chairman of McLarty Cos., a fourth-generation family-owned dealership business in Little Rock, Ark. He was President Bill Clinton's first White House chief of staff and an adviser to Presidents Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush.

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Japanese Carmakers Seek Trade Peace with Trump

Japan’s auto market is open, says Hiroto Saikawa, chairman of the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, but its carmakers are willing to work with governments in Tokyo and Washington to smooth out disputes over access. “If there are areas where they find difficulty doing business, then we would like to have active discussions and come up with a solution,” Saikawa said last week at JAMA’s monthly news briefing.
Source: Automotive News

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March 22 Webinar: Implementing a Courtesy Transportation Program

Angela Margolit with Bluebird Auto Rental Systems will highlight the benefits of implementing a courtesy transportation program (CTP) at the dealership. Find out the advantages of CTP tools such as reservation planners, computer-generated loaner agreements, interactive dashboards and more. Click here to register.

Date:  Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Time: 12 p.m. ET
Duration: 30 minutes
Source: NADA Dealership Operations

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NADA Asks for Participation in Workforce Study

NADA reminded members that those who participate in its Dealership Workforce Study by completing a questionnaire and submitting their payroll records will receive two complimentary reports. NADA officials recapped that the reports, titled “Automotive Retail: National & Regional Trends in Compensation, Benefits & Retention,” is one of the industry’s top resources for helping dealers meet their No. 1 challenge of attracting and retaining productive employees.

The report contains clear analysis of the light-vehicle and commercial-truck industry. The report includes national and regional data for 60 car and truck dealership positions. In addition to data on pay, benefits and turnover, the report details the impact of work schedules, gender gap and generational challenges facing dealerships today. Participants will also receive a complimentary individualized comparative report for each participating dealership.

To enroll in the 2017 Dealership Workforce Study, which is open through April 28, visit www.nadaworkforcestudy.com and enter your member or company ID. For questions, send an email to WorkforceStudy@nada.org or call (800) 557-6232.
Source: Auto Remarketing

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"As the president works to revitalize communities around the country, the automotive retail industry is poised to play a major role in keeping American factories open and creating good-paying jobs. Indeed, dealerships are exemplars of the small businesses that form the backbone of the American economy."

    -- Mack McLarty, chairman of McLarty Cos., a fourth-generation family-owned dealership business in Little Rock, Ark., in a commentary in Automotive News, March 20

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