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Waymo's Krafcik, Coach Saban to Keynote 2018 NADA
U.S. to Tackle 'Challenging' Issues in Next Round of NAFTA Talks
New NHTSA Guidance Encourages AV Industry
Bentley Motors' CEO to Step Down
How to Avoid Buying a Car Flooded by Hurricanes
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Waymo's Krafcik, Coach Saban to Keynote 2018 NADA
 
John Krafcik, CEO of Waymo, the Google affiliate working on self-driving vehicle technology, will give the keynote speech at the 2018 National Automobile Dealers Association convention in March in Las Vegas, the association said Thursday. Krafcik is scheduled to speak on March 24, the third day of the event.
 
Other headlining speakers at the event include Nick Saban, head football coach of the University of Alabama, outgoing NADA Chairman Mark Scarpelli, incoming NADA Chairman Wes Lutz and Robert O'Neill, the team leader at the Naval Special Warfare Development Group.
Source: Automotive News

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U.S. to Tackle 'Challenging' Issues in Next Round of NAFTA Talks
 
The United States will present new text proposals and begin to weigh into thornier issues of the North American Free Trade Agreement in the third round of negotiations starting in Ottawa on Saturday, U.S. chief negotiator John Melle said on Thursday.
 
The stepped-up negotiations come with four more rounds of talks left after Ottawa and a self-imposed year-end deadline to finish the talks before Mexico launches campaigning for its July presidential election.
 
"With progress made in several issue areas in the first two NAFTA negotiation rounds, USTR (United States Trade Representative) looks to move forward with additional new text proposals in round three of the negotiations," Melle said.
Source: Automotive News

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New NHTSA Guidance Encourages AV Industry
 
Just one year ago, the Obama Admin. issued vehicle-performance guidance for the autonomous vehicle (AV) industry. Compliance was voluntary. The guidance requested manufacturers of automated driving systems (ADS) to provide reports to NHTSA in the form of safety-assessment letters, explaining how the manufacturer considered and followed the guidance.
 
Not long into the Trump Admin., the Secretary of the Department of Transportation indicated the existing AV guidance was under review. On Sept. 12, NHTSA proffered new revised guidance titled “A Vision for Safety.” According to Secretary Chao, the guidance addressed the concerns expressed by the industry about the prior guidance and provided a “more nimble” policy to “(m)atch the pace of private-sector innovation.”
 
While the guidance continues to include most of the 15 safety-assessment elements outlined in the prior guidance (excluded are consideration of vehicle-owner privacy and ethical decision-making by the ADS), it is most notable for its brevity and tone.
Source: WardsAuto

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Bentley Motors' CEO to Step Down
 
Luxury British carmaker Bentley Motors’ chief executive Wolfgang Duerheimer is to be replaced by Adrian Hallmark, currently head of strategy at British rival Jaguar Land Rover. The departure of Duerheimer, a former top manager at Bentley’s parent Audi and at Porsche, Volkswagen’s premium car divisions, is one of a number of management changes at the British brand.
 
Duerheimer, who was also CEO of Bugatti, part of the VW stable and the maker of the world’s fastest production car, had expressed a desire to quit his posts to VW’s top management. 
Source: Reuters

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How to Avoid Buying a Car Flooded by Hurricanes
 
The principal form of buyer protection is checking the title history, making sure that it has no record of being marked as salvage or beyond repairable. Prospective buyers can use the VIN to check titles using free services like the flood car database kept by Carfax, the online car seller of vehicle histories, or the National Insurance Crime Bureau’s VINcheck. The National Motor Vehicle Title Information System, a Justice Department function, charges for access to databases incorporating more data sources. The trouble is, those resources are limited, and not all cars have their information in the databases. 
 
As a result of these gaps, Consumer Reports has suggested tips for identifying cars that may have spent time underwater. A buyer or mechanic should look for these telltale signs:
  • Caked-on mud and a musty odor from the carpets. New carpets in an older vehicle may be another red flag.
  • A visible water line on the lens or reflector of the headlights.
  • Mud or debris trapped in difficult-to-clean places, such as gaps between panels in the trunk and under the hood.
  • Rusty exposed screws under the dashboard. Unpainted metal in flood cars will show signs of rust.
  • Rubber drain plugs under the car and on the bottom of doors that have been removed. That may have been done to drain floodwater.
Source: NYT

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"In addition to the keynote speakers, the NADA show offers one of the best educational training and networking opportunities in the industry for both dealers and their managers -- from participating in the workshop sessions covering all dealership departments [and] attending the dealer-franchise meetings to shopping for the latest products and services from hundreds of exhibitors."

    -- Richard Stephens, NADA Show committee chairman, announcing keynote speakers for NADA Show 2018 in Las Vegas, Automotive News, Sept. 20
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