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NADA-backed CAFE alternative gains in Congress; dealer help urged

November 17, 2010
By Ray Scarpelli Sr., Metro Chicago NADA Director
 

More than 110 House members have agreed to cosponsor the Hill-Terry CAFE alternative, House Resolution 2927, thanks to the efforts of dealers from across the country. At this writing, the legislation needs about 40 more co-sponsors to reach the 150 required for it to be considered a viable alternative to more aggressive fuel economy bills, such as H.R. 1506, sponsored by Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) and the Senate Energy bill, H.R. 6.

 

More than 100 dealers were in the nation’s capital in July to meet with key House members, urging them to co-sponsor and support the Hill-Terry bill, which setsrigorous but reasonable fuel economy increases while complementing, rather than contradicting, consumer demand. 

With a House CAFE vote expected soon, the NADA strongly urges dealers to contact their representatives immediately to encourage them to co-sponsor H.R. 2927, the Hill-Terry CAFE alternative. In this area, Democratic Reps. Melissa Bean (Barrington), Danny Davis (Chicago) and Bobby Rush (Chicago) have signaled support of H.R. 2927.

 

More information can be found at www.NADA.org/CAFE 

In NADA News . . .

 

NADA’s IR Meets With Chrysler

NADA’s Industry Relations Chrysler team, led by Chairman Chuck Eddy, met recently with Chrysler Group leaders, including CEO Tom LaSorda, Executive Vice President Steven Landry and Sales Vice President Darrell Jackson.  

LaSorda said many joint projects between Daimler and Chrysler in vehicle design and engine technology will continue under the new owner Cerberus Capital Management, L.P. He also reaffirmed his commitment to rebuilding the relationship between Chrysler and its dealers. The recent inventory problems will not happen again, LaSorda said, and Chrysler plans to help boost dealership profitability with such moves as better aligning its mix of vehicles with consumer demand and simplifying vehicle incentives.

 

Eddy is a Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge dealer in Ohio. 

NADA President Addresses SkillsUSA Gathering

At the SkillsUSA competition this summer in Kansas City, Mo., NADA President Phil Brady participated in a panel discussion with educators and business leaders on workforce development.

 

"Dealers have a significant need for talented young men and women to enter the automotive technology profession," said Brady, citing a recent Harris poll that found 108,800 job openings at new-car dealerships across the country. "One solution is Automotive Youth Educational Systems." 

Brady, who is AYES chairman, highlighted the mentoring program’s benefit to automotive technology students. SkillsUSA, which has 285,000 members nationwide, holds an annual competition in 88 career and technology education areas.

 

Lyboldt Named NADA’s Vice President of Dealer Services

John R. Lyboldt is NADA’s new vice president of dealer services, replacing Carl Ragsdale, who retired after nine years. Lyboldt directs NADA’s Management Education, 20 Group, Dealer Academy, Membership, and Conventions programs. He was president of the Rochester (N.Y.) Automobile Dealers Association for the last 17 years.  

In 2005, Lyboldt was president of the Automotive Trade Association Executives, which represents 112 state and metropolitan dealer associations in the U.S. and Canada. Lyboldt has been actively involved in NADA through the years, serving on many of the association’s committees.

 

NADA Promotes ‘Green’ Initiative to Help Consumers Lower Fuel Costs

The NADA has produced a brochure, "It’s Easy to Be Green: 8 Simple Steps to Lower Your Fuel Costs," to help consumers lower fuel costs by driving more efficiently. NADA’s AutoExec magazine also published its first "Green Issue" in July, offering dealers advice on how to run more energy-efficient and cost-effective businesses.

 

The "Green Issue" looks at solar dealerships, recycling tips, the best ways to sell alternate-fueled vehicles, how to cut lighting costs, and where to buy green products for the dealership. A copy of the "It’s Easy to Be Green" brochure is included in the magazine, and dealers who want free copies to hand out to consumers can order brochures online at www.nada.org/green-brochure.

 

Contact me any time at Raymond Chevrolet, 847-395-3600, to discuss your views.

 

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