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New President and CEO of Volvo Cars USA to Speak at AutoConference LA on Nov. 28
OEMs in the Service Bay
Auto Industry Tells Trump 'We're Winning with NAFTA'
Transparency Key to Self-Driving Regulation, NHTSA Leader Says
Carmakers Hedge Bets with Electric Vehicles
NADA Show: Early-Bird $100 Registration Discount Ends Nov. 17
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New President and CEO of Volvo Cars USA to Speak at AutoConference LA on Nov. 28

Anders Gustafsson, Volvo Cars USA’s new president and CEO and senior vice president for the Americas, has joined the speaker lineup at AutoConference LA on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017.

“Anders inherits the Americas position at a crucial time,” said Hakan Samuelsson, Volvo Cars’ president and chief executive. “He brings three decades of experience in the auto industry along with the energy and drive needed to further develop Volvo’s ongoing turnaround in U.S.”

Other industry speakers at the conference include Tom Doll, president and chief operating officer for Subaru of America, and Jeremy Tucker, vice president of marketing communications and media for Nissan North America, as well as Mark Scarpelli, NADA chairman, Finbarr O’Neill, CEO and president of J.D. Power, and others.

AutoConference LA, hosted by NADA and J.D. Power, will be held at the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown, the tallest U.S. building west of Chicago. The half-day conference precedes media days at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

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 attracts nearly 400 attendees representing automakers, dealers, suppliers, marketers and advertisers.

The conference starts with a noon luncheon and ends with a networking reception on the 73rd floor of the hotel, which offers unparalleled 360-degree views of the cityscape and skyline of downtown Los Angeles. For the complete agenda or to register, visit www.autoconferencela.com.
Source: NADA Public Affairs

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OEMs in the Service Bay

NADA chairman complains OEMs throw their weight around in fixed operations

Automakers are improperly muscling into service departments in such areas as tire sales and the sources where dealerships buy oil and parts, National Automobile Dealers Association Chairman Mark Scarpelli says.

Scarpelli ... cites two main objections from dealers he talks to around the country:

  • Some manufacturers increasingly tie dealer incentives not just to new-vehicle sales, but also to performance in other business lines, including tire sales and related service programs.
  • Several automakers are overdoing "indiscriminate" direct-to-consumer coupons for service work.

"The impression is given that these are voluntary objectives," Scarpelli told Fixed Ops Journal. But he says it's not voluntary when dealers are told to buy tires, oil or specific parts from OEM-approved sources to qualify for the largest dealer incentives.
Source: Automotive News Fixed Ops Journal

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Auto Industry Tells Trump 'We're Winning with NAFTA'

Major automakers, suppliers and auto dealers are launching a new coalition on Tuesday to urge U.S. President Donald Trump not to withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement. Auto trade associations representing General Motors Co., Toyota Motor Corp., Volkswagen AG, Hyundai Motor Co., Ford Motor Co. and nearly every other major automaker, are part of the coalition dubbed “Driving American Jobs” and backing an advertising campaign to convince the White House and voters that the agreement has been crucial in boosting U.S. automotive sector production and jobs.
Source: Reuters

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Transparency Key to Self-Driving Regulation, NHTSA Leader Says

Safety remains the top goal, but regulation of autonomous vehicles requires more collaboration, information sharing and flexibility than previous top-down approaches if rapid technological advances and the resulting safety benefits are to be realized, the nation's top auto safety regulator says.

"To fulfill the promise of automated driving systems, we must give our full consideration to safety in the testing and development of these vehicles," said Heidi King, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's new deputy administrator. "That means rigor, being transparent, learning from one another and broadening public understanding, not only of these vehicles' potential benefits, but how safety is being addressed in their development and testing."
Source: Automotive News

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Carmakers Hedge Bets with Electric Vehicles

Automakers are moving aggressively to develop electric cars as governments in key markets in China, India, Europe — even California — consider banning gas and diesel engines. General Motors Co. earlier this month said it was planning for a future in which none of its cars or trucks are powered by gasoline or diesel. It said it would introduce at least 20 new all-electric, zero-emission vehicles by 2023, including two in the next 18 months that are based on the all-electric Chevrolet Bolt. That same day, Ford Motor Co. said it would introduce 13 new electric or hybrid vehicles globally in the next five years.
Source: The Detroit News

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NADA Show News
NADA Show: Early-Bird $100 Registration Discount Ends Nov. 17

Online registration and hotel selection for NADA Show 2018 (formerly the NADA Convention & Expo) in Las Vegas is now open. NADA member dealers and their managers who register by Nov. 17 will receive an early-bird discount of $100 from the onsite registration rate.

The NADA Show runs from Thursday, March 22, to Sunday, March 25. Keynote speakers are Mark Scarpelli, 2017 NADA chairman, and Nick Saban, head football coach at the University of Alabama (Friday’s general session); Wes Lutz, 2018 chairman-elect, and John Krafcik, CEO of Waymo Inc. (Saturday’s general session); and Robert O’Neill, former SEAL Team Six Leader (Sunday’s inspirational session).

The show also includes educational programs, dealer-franchise meetings, an expo and numerous networking opportunities.

For more information and to register, visit www.nadashow.org. Source: NADA Public Affairs

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"To fulfill the promise of automated driving systems, we must give our full consideration to safety in the testing and development of these vehicles."

    -- Heidi King, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's new deputy administrator, Automotive News, Oct. 23

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