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NADA and J.D. Power to Host AutoConference LA on Nov. 28
Mercedes Dealer Overtime Case Again Gets SCOTUS Review
Senators Drop Trucks from Self-Driving Bill
VW's Dieselgate Bill Hits $30 Billion After Another Charge
Hurricanes Could Produce First U.S. Sales Increase of 2017 ... Finally
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NADA and J.D. Power to Host AutoConference LA on Nov. 28

AutoConference LA, co-hosted by NADA and J.D. Power, will be held at the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017. The half-day conference precedes media days at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

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Speakers include Tom Doll, president and chief operating officer for Subaru of America; Lex Kerssemakers, senior vice president, Americas region and president/CEO of Volvo Cars of North America; Jeremy Tucker, vice president of marketing communications and media for Nissan North America; Mark Scarpelli, NADA chairman; Finbarr O’Neill, CEO and president of J.D. Power and others.

Now in its sixth year, the event focuses on the auto industry in the western United States with a focus on the marketplace in California and Los Angeles. The conference typically attracts more than 400 attendees representing automakers, dealers, suppliers, marketers and advertisers.

The conference kicks off with a noon luncheon and ends with a networking reception. For the complete agenda or to register, visit www.autoconferencela.com.
Source: NADA/J.D. Power

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Mercedes Dealer Overtime Case Again Gets SCOTUS Review

The U.S. Supreme Court for the second time will review whether service advisers at car dealerships are exempt from federal overtime pay requirements (Encino Motorcars v. Navarro, U.S., No. 16-1362, review granted 9/28/17). The case may have ramifications on how courts interpret statutory exemptions under laws like the Fair Labor Standards Act, attorneys told Bloomberg BNA Sept. 28. Generally, FLSA exemptions have been narrowly construed in favor of employees.

The National Automobile Dealers Association filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the case. “NADA will continue to actively support the case in anticipation that the court will resolve the issue in favor of the dealer defendants and of all those dealers who have for decades applied the overtime exemption to service advisers,” Jared Allen, an association spokesman, said in a Sept. 28 statement.
Source: Bloomberg BNA


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Senators Drop Trucks from Self-Driving Bill

Lawmakers in the U.S. Senate have dropped self-driving trucks from legislation from that would allow automakers to operate thousands of autonomous cars per year on U.S. roads. The action came after a high-profile campaign from labor unions to protect the jobs of professional drivers.

The measure, drafted with input from U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, would allow automakers each to operate more than 100,000 self-driving cars per year on U.S. roads. But commercial trucks are excluded under a bipartisan agreement that was reached between Peters and U.S. Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., who is chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee.

Both lawmakers touted the agreement to move forward on the self-driving bill without trucks as a necessary compromise to keep the autonomous vehicle legislation moving in Congress.
Source: The Detroit News

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VW's Dieselgate Bill Hits $30 Billion After Another Charge

Volkswagen is taking another $3 billion charge to fix diesel engines in the United States, lifting the total bill for its emissions test cheating scandal to around $30 billion. Shares in the German carmaker fell as much as 3 percent on Friday, as traders and analysts expressed dismay the company was still booking charges two years after the scandal broke.
Source: Reuters

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Hurricanes Could Produce First U.S. Sales Increase of 2017 ... Finally

The two storms that battered parts of Texas and Florida in the past month have given U.S. automakers a reprieve from two problems that have cast a shadow over the price of their shares all year: bulging new-vehicle inventories and an oversupply of off-lease vehicles. Automakers are scheduled to report U.S. sales on Tuesday, Oct. 3, offering the first indications of the demand for vehicles to replace those damaged or destroyed in Houston's record floods and the pummeling much of Florida got from Hurricane Irma.
Source: Reuters

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Quotable
"Business has been very brisk at our 26 dealerships [in southeast Texas] this month. That's true for both new and used vehicles."

    -- Pete DeLongchamps, vice president for manufacturer relations at Group 1 Automotive Inc., commenting on its sales after Hurricane Harvey, Reuters, Sept. 28

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