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A Good Relationship Is a Two-Way Street
Auto Groups Side with Canada, Mexico on NAFTA Origin Rules
Car Owners' Lawyers Accuse GM of Threats in Ignition Switch Deal
Audi Manager Held in Germany Sought by U.S. for Extradition
The Internal Combustion Engine Is Not Dead Yet
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A Good Relationship Is a Two-Way Street
By Mark Scarpelli


I am holding strong to the stance that if factory efforts such as stair-step incentive programs run afoul of everything we and our customers care about, including fairness and transparency, then we are obliged to tell our factory partners that the stairs are merely steps leading directly to the basement. The ongoing proliferation of market strategies such as indiscriminate price coupons are complicated and deflating for both dealers and consumers. The same can be said of factory efforts within a dealer's fixed operations, namely our service centers, where we're hampered by oil/tire programs, service programs and much more. I am seeing that more often the ends do not justify the means.
  
I have spoken to hundreds of my fellow dealers who agree that the No. 1 disadvantage is that many of these factory programs are not available to everyone. Dealerships of different sizes—or those in more rural and less populated locations—are on vastly different footing compared to those that are able to utilize these programs. Dealers are, at their most basic, entrepreneurs and change-makers. We are tough and resilient even in the harshest conditions. We are not asking for a handout; we simply expect equal footing. Click here for the full commentary.
Source: NADA

Scarpelli is 2017 NADA chairman and 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.

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Auto Groups Side with Canada, Mexico on NAFTA Origin Rules

Auto industry groups from Canada, Mexico and the United States are pushing back against the Trump administration's demand for higher U.S. automotive content in a modernized North American Free Trade Agreement. At talks underway this week in Washington, automaker and parts groups from all three countries were urging negotiators against tighter rules of origin, said Eduardo Solis, president of the Mexican Automotive Industry Association.
Source: Reuters

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Car Owners' Lawyers Accuse GM of Threats in Ignition Switch Deal

Lawyers for car owners suing General Motors Co. over faulty ignition switches and other defects on Thursday accused the carmaker of meddling in settlement talks and having issued threats that led to the canceling of an agreement. Under a deal with a trust that holds many GM liabilities from before its 2009 bankruptcy, the automaker would have been forced to pay $1 billion in shares to resolve millions of claims.
Source: Reuters

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Audi Manager Held in Germany Sought by U.S. for Extradition

American authorities asked Germany to keep an executive of Volkswagen AG’s Audi unit in custody to prepare for his extradition while offering him a guilty-plea deal. The man, who in Germany can only be identified as Giovanni P., was arrested last month and is being held in Munich. His lawyers have challenged the detention but German prosecutors are opposing their bid, Andrea Grape, a spokeswoman for Munich prosecutors, said Friday. In a separate procedure, a local judge already ruled that the man must be held to allow the U.S. to make its extradition request.
Source: Bloomberg

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The Internal Combustion Engine Is Not Dead Yet

Among all the world’s uncertainties, at least one matter seems settled: Batteries and electric motors will have a major role in powering the cars and trucks of our future. What is far less certain is how large that role will be, or how quickly the shift to electrification will happen.
Source: The New York Times

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"I am holding strong to the stance that if factory efforts such as stair-step incentive programs run afoul of everything we and our customers care about, including fairness and transparency, then we are obliged to tell our factory partners that the stairs are merely steps leading directly to the basement."

    -- NADA Chairman Mark Scarpelli, NADA Blog, August 18

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