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Michigan Auto Dealer Wes Lutz Elected 2018 NADA Chairman
NADA Chairman Mark Scarpelli to Discuss Unintended Consequences of Stairstep Incentive Programs at APA Event in Detroit
Senate Panel Set to Vote on Self-Driving Car Legislation
GM, Ford, Toyota Lead Rebound in U.S. Auto Sales
Mercedes Adds to U.S. Luxury Sales Lead Over Rivals Lexus, BMW
Ford to Slash $14 Billion in Costs Under New CEO
GM to Combine Asian, Latin American Operations as it Ramps Up Electric
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Michigan Auto Dealer Wes Lutz Elected 2018 NADA Chairman

Charlie Gilchrist of Texas elected vice chairman

NADA's 63-member board of directors elected Wes Lutz as chairman for the 2018 term. “I am honored to serve as NADA chairman as we begin the next century following NADA's 100 years of existence,” said Lutz, who represents Michigan's new-car dealers on NADA's board.


NADA’s board of directors elects new officers for 2018. Wes Lutz (right) was elected chairman, and Charlie Gilchrist (left) was elected vice chairman on Oct. 3, 2017. 


Lutz, president of Extreme Dodge-Chrysler-Jeep-Ram in Jackson, Mich., added that he will continue to advocate new-car dealer concerns in the industry, legislative and regulatory affairs arenas as well as encourage dealers to adapt to the retailing challenges ahead.

“From start to finish, the nation's franchised new-car dealership network has to benefit consumers in newer ways than ever before,” said Lutz, who has been a dealer since 1976. He is currently serving as NADA vice chairman, and previously served on NADA's board from 2001 to 2004.

Charlie Gilchrist, who represents Northern Texas' new-car dealers on NADA's board, was elected vice chairman. Gilchrist is president of Southwest Ford in Weatherford, Texas, and a Buick-GMC, Nissan and Mitsubishi dealer.

Bill Willis, president of Willis Automotive Group (Chevrolet-Buick-Ford) in Smyrna, Del., was re-elected as secretary. Bob Shuman, president of Shuman Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram in Walled Lake, Mich., was elected treasurer.
Source: NADA Public Affairs

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NADA Chairman Mark Scarpelli to Discuss Unintended Consequences of Stairstep Incentive Programs at APA Event in Detroit


In remarks to the Automotive Press Association in Detroit on Oct. 10, 2017, NADA Chairman Mark Scarpelli will discuss the unintended consequences of certain manufacturer incentive programs – including, in particular, the adverse effects that those programs often have on the value of brands to consumers. Scarpelli represents Metro Chicago’s new-car and -truck dealers on NADA’s board of directors. NADA represents nearly 16,500 new-car and -truck dealerships, with both domestic and international franchises.
Source: NADA

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Senate Panel Set to Vote on Self-Driving Car Legislation

A U.S. Senate committee will take up legislation at 10 a.m. today as it moves toward putting into place regulations for the testing and development of autonomous or self-driving vehicles. While similar legislation sailed through the U.S. House on a unanimous vote last month, there could be more contention today in the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee.
Source: Detroit Free Press

Editor’s note: Today at 10 a.m., the Senate Commerce Committee is marking up the AV Start Act, a bill seeking uniform regulation of self-driving vehicles to avoid a state patchwork that would delay the deployment of these vehicles. As introduced, the bill includes clear language – identical to language in the House bill – to ensure that state vehicle license and franchise laws, as applied to AVs, are not preempted. A livestream of the markup and additional information is available at www.commerce.senate.gov.

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GM, Ford, Toyota Lead Rebound in U.S. Auto Sales

Ford and GM pickups, a hot Toyota SUV and Nissan's popular crossovers helped recharge U.S. auto sales in September. The auto industry rebounded as several automakers posted significant sales gains, potentially positioning the industry for a strong end to the year after several months of year-over-year monthly declines. Overall, U.S. auto sales rose 6.1%, compared with a year earlier, to 1.52 million vehicles, according to Autodata.
Source: USA Today

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Mercedes Adds to U.S. Luxury Sales Lead Over Rivals Lexus, BMW

Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz topped Toyota Motor Corp.’s Lexus in U.S. sales last month to widen its lead in this year’s luxury race that’s being dominated by sport utility vehicles. Mercedes, which had fallen behind Lexus for the last two months, regained the top spot in luxury sales in September by outselling the Toyota brand by nearly 3,000 units.
Source: Bloomberg

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Ford to Slash $14 Billion in Costs Under New CEO

Ford Motor Co. will cut $14 billion in costs and drop some car models from its lineup under Chief Executive Officer Jim Hackett, who’s focusing the company’s future on sport utility vehicles, trucks and electrification. The automaker will target reducing materials costs by $10 billion and engineering outlays by $4 billion over the next five years. Ford plans to shift spending toward products like the resurrected Bronco SUV while axing passenger cars, without naming specific models.
Source: Bloomberg

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GM to Combine Asian, Latin American Operations as it Ramps Up Electric

General Motors Co. said on Tuesday it will combine operations outside of China and North America into a new organization based in Detroit, further scaling back its presence in money-losing markets as it ramps up spending on electric vehicles. GM said the Detroit automaker will combine the leadership of its International region, which includes Southeast Asia, India and Oceania, with its South America region, effective Jan. 1, 2018. The new company will be led by Barry Engle, currently GM executive vice president and president of GM South America.
Source: Reuters

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"From start to finish, the nation's franchised new-car dealership network has to benefit consumers in newer ways than ever before."

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