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NADA, automakers blast EPA decision on fuel economy rules
The Environmental Protection Agency surprised the auto industry when it announced recently that it would keep the stringent fuel economy standards that were set in 2012, despite industry objections that consumers are not buying fuel-efficient cars. Reaction was swift and strong. [FULL BULLETIN]


Overtime changes halted indefinitely by federal judge
Following up on word from NADA, WANADA and others last week, the far reaching changes to workplace overtime rules put forth by the Obama administration to take effect December 1, 2016 have been delayed indefinitely. A federal judge in Texas blocked the Department of Labor’s overtime rule changes on Nov. 22 until they can be reviewed for their consistency with the existing law. That means that until further notice, dealers and other employers do not need to make any changes in their practices around paying overtime. [FULL BULLETIN]


Green Car finalists announced in LA for Washington Auto Show
Green Car Journal has announced finalists for the magazine’s prestigious 2017 Connected Green Car of the Year, Luxury Green Car of the Year and Green SUV of the Year awards. The awards will be revealed during Industry/Media days at the Washington Auto Show, January 26, 2017. Finalists were announced last week in conjunction with the LA Auto Show’s AutoMobility LA, with finalist vehicles on display. [FULL BULLETIN]


MADA Foundation honors former WANADA CEO Mike Murphy for industry contributions
The Maryland Automobile Dealers Association Foundation honored the memory of Maurice J. (Mike) Murphy, WANADA’s CEO from 1955-1982, at its Annual Unforgettable Gala last week at Columbia Country Club in Chevy Chase. More particularly, Mike Murphy was inducted posthumously into MADAF’s Legends Hall, established to honor “those in the industry who made our industry the powerhouse it is today.” [FULL BULLETIN]


Keynote speaker Scott Brown slams CFPB, praises Trump
In speaking at WANADA’s Annual Meeting and Luncheon November 2, former Senator Scott Brown touted not just his conservative credentials but also his longtime support of auto dealers. [FULL BULLETIN]


WANADA Annual Meeting this Wed., Nov. 2, Ritz/Tysons
The WANADA Annual Meeting and Luncheon takes place this week, on Wednesday, November 2. It will be at the Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner in McLean, VA, with keynote speaker former U.S. Senator Scott Brown. Members and their guests will want to hear Sen.Brown’s views on the presidential election next week and the aftermath of the bruising campaign. He will speak on the subject “Where is America Heading?” – A timely topic to be sure! [FULL BULLETIN]


WANADA Annual Meeting and Luncheon coming up
The WANADA Annual Meeting and Luncheon takes place next week, on Wednesday, November 2. The event is at the Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner, VA, with keynote speaker former U.S. Senator Scott Brown. Members and their guests will no doubt want to hear Senator Brown’s views on the historic presidential election taking place a few days later. He will speak on the subject “Where is America Heading?” – a timely topic to be sure. [FULL BULLETIN]


Maryland Auto Dealers to honor former WANADA CEO, Mike Murphy
WANADA’s esteemed sister organization, Maryland Auto Dealers Association, has announced that its Foundation has selected former WANADA chief executive officer Maurice J. (Mike) Murphy as its 2016 honoree to be admitted into the MADAF Legends Hall at its Annual Unforgettable Gala, Nov. 4, 2016, at Columbia Country Club, Chevy Chase, Md. The MADAF Unforgettable Gala, now in its 7th year, has as its mission to spotlight and preserve “the name and memory of Maryland automobile industry leaders and pioneers.” [FULL BULLETIN]


Join fellow dealers and associates at WANADA Annual Lunch!
Plan on attending the WANADA Annual Meeting and Luncheon, Wednesday, November 2, that is once again at the Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner. Yes, the Annual Lunch is a month earlier than it has been in recent years. But the quality of the event remains outstanding on all scores! [FULL BULLETIN]


Washington Auto Show reps visit sister show in Paris
As one of the grandest events of its kind, the Paris Motor Show attracts media and industry executives from across the globe as the 2017 Mondial De L’Automobile en Paris launched last week with its Industry/Media Days, Sept. 29-30. As a rule, a number of major auto shows on the global circuit mix with media and industry executives in Paris, including the Washington Auto Show (WAS) represented by a delegation led by WANADA CEO and show producer John O’Donnell. [FULL BULLETIN]


U.S. dealer associations convene for NADA Washington Conference
WANADA leadership joined together with sister dealer associations from across the country last week for the Annual NADA Washington Conference. Assembled together for the Conference at DC’s Capitol Hilton, the dealers represented the U.S. auto retailing industry, whose principal purpose for being in town was to visit all members of Congress in the House and Senate to present NADA’s national government relations agenda. [FULL BULLETIN]


Former Sen. Scott Brown to headline WANADA Annual Luncheon
WANADA has organized its Annual Meeting and Luncheon for Wednesday, November 2, 2016, several weeks earlier than previous years. This year’s keynote speaker will be former U.S. Senator Scott Brown (R-MA). The meeting will take place at the Ritz-Carlton/Tysons Corner from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. [FULL BULLETIN]


Louisiana dealers hit hard; 100,000 vehicles damaged
As is well known, the recent floods in Louisiana hit hard, especially in and around Baton Rouge and Lafayette. Many dealership employees lost their homes; many others suffered severe damages. Initially, 60 to 80 franchised dealerships were closed or disrupted, some losing their entire inventory, Automotive News reported. [FULL BULLETIN]


NADA leads U.S. dealer support of Lousiana dealer disaster victims
In response to NADA’s call to arms on the well publicized Lousiana weather disaster, WANADA has joined dealer associations across the U.S., through the Automotive Trade Assocations network (ATAE), in support of dealers in Baton Rouge who recently fell victim to unprecedented violent weather and flooding leading thousands stranded and homeless. Mobilizing its Emergency Relief Fund, which exists percisely for these kind of disasters, NADA is channeling hundreds of thousands of dollars from it’s own Charitable Foundation along with dollar donations from ATAE dealer associations—like WANADA—and contributions directly from individual NADA dealer members across the country. [FULL BULLETIN]


Last chance to sign up for WANADA flu shot program
The August 31 deadline to sign up for WANADA’s flu shot program for dealership employees is fast approaching! The program will be available, on-site, at WANADA dealerships, and is once again administered by Norvar Health Services. The fee is $24 per shot for the 3-strain vaccine and $31 each for the 4-shot vaccine, with a minimum of 20 adults required at each location. On-site visits will start October 1, 2016. [FULL BULLETIN]


WANADA's ADEI mentor lunch is a big success
The recent mentor lunch for students and dealers involved in WANADA’s Technician Development Program drew nearly 70 participants. The August 17 event at Montgomery College was organized by WANADA’s career education arm, Automobile Dealer Education Institute (ADEI). [FULL BULLETIN]


WANADA invites service managers to ADEI lunch August 17
Following the success of the previous information session and lunch, the Automobile Dealer Education Institute (ADEI) is again sponsoring a lunch at Montgomery College for anyone interested in learning more about the Technician Development Program. The luncheon will be Wednesday, August 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. It will take place in the shop area of the Homer S. Gudelsky Career Center on the Rockville campus of the college -- North Campus Dr. and Hungerford Dr. (MD 355). The event is open to dealership service managers, mentors and students. [FULL BULLETIN]


Deadline to sign up for WANADA flu shot program is Aug. 31
The deadline for member employers to sign up for WANADA's seasonal flu shot program is August 31. With the flu annually infecting more than 40 million people, resulting in workplace disruptions averaging four to five workdays per employee, the program is a popular WANADA employee benefit. Dealers are encouraged to register early to receive their preferred date. [FULL BULLETIN]


Dealer assn. reps join MD Democrats at DNC
WANADA reps joined NADA for portions of this week's Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Specifically, John O'Donnell and Gerry Murphy of WANADA were on hand for the Maryland Celebration Breakfast on the second day of the DNC having teamed up with MADA and our Annapolis lobbyists Rifkin Weiner Livingston. The full gamut of Maryland political leadership was on hand at the breakfast from members of Congress, legislative leaders from the General Assembly and local leaders from counties and cities. [FULL BULLETIN]


SEC, Justice Dept. investigating FCA over sales reports
After press reports, Fiat Chrysler America (FCA) has admitted that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Department of Justice are investigating the company over its sales reporting practices. The Justice Department is investigating whether FCA violated securities law, reported Bloomberg News. The automaker said it is “cooperating fully” with the federal agencies.
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Dealer associations from across North America convene
to discuss hot button industry topics
The Annual Automotive Trade Association Executives' Summer Conference July 12-16
Dealer associations from NADA on down to MADA, VADA and WANADA and all state, provincial and metropolitan area groups in between in North America came together last week in Banff, Canada to compare notes on dealer organization programming and member services. Topping the agenda at the multi-day conference of the Automotive Tarde Association Executives (ATAE) were franchise protection, misguided government regulation, auto safety recalls and auto shows, which had its own separately arranged conference through Auto Shows of North America (ASNA). [FULL BULLETIN]


 

   
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