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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]


U.S. Sales up 2.5% in June; record 2016 expected
New-vehicle sales rose 2.5 percent in June, less than expected but still enough to lead analysts to expect a record sales year of at least 17.5 million. Last year sales came in at 17.47 million. As some industry observers put it, sales appear to have reached a plateau, as had to happen at some point, but it’s a good plateau. For June, the seasonally adjusted annualized selling rate (SAAR) was 16.6 million, down from 17.37 million in May, according to NADA.
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VW's $14.7 billion settlement leaves dealers with questions
The size of the record $14.7 billion settlement Volkswagen reached with the EPA surprised many observers. The automaker agreed to pay nearly $10 billion to customers to buy-back the 475,000 vehicles affected by the non-compliant emissions equipment scandal; $2.7 billion into an environmental mitigation trust fund; and $2 billion for research on zero-emission vehicles. [FULL BULLETIN]


WANADA Dealer Law Briefing covers ad regs.,
recall laws, overtime pay, CFPB
WANADA staged a very informative Dealer Law Briefing for members on June 21 covering a range of important federal and state policies with which dealers must comply. The Briefing-- at the Bethesda North Marriott Conference Center -- covered the recent Federal Trade Commission crackdown on dealer advertising; the latest news on vehicle recalls -- including new laws in Maryland and Virginia; changes in overtime pay regulations; and an update on Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) actions. [FULL BULLETIN]


LAST CALL! WANADA dealer law briefing,
9:30am Tues., June 21
There is still time to sign up for WANADA's Dealer Law Briefing scheduled for next Tuesday morning June 21, 9:30-11:30, Marriott North Bethesda Conference Center. Hot button dealer legal issues, including new regulatory requirements will be covered by an expert dealer lawyer panel consisting of Mike Charapp, Mike Johansen and Doug Greenhaus of NADA.

Click here for the Special Bulletin and registration form.

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Sunny, breezy day greets golfers in The WANADA Open
"Some complained that the wind on the course hampered their golf scores when these same people would have had bad scores anyway," said WANADA Open chairman Tony Santy. The area forecast on WANADA Open day, last Wed., June 8, proved gusty on occasion, but nothing problematic for the golf tournament, per Mr. Santy's observation. "The sunny skies and 70s temperatures most of the day delivered made-to-order golf weather for the WANADA Open, which the breeze, with its windy moments, didn’t set back," he said. [FULL BULLETIN]


WANADA dealer law briefing, June 21
Important legal and regulatory issues
dealers must comply with!
Washington area dealer principals and/or key managers should plan on attending WANADA's Dealer Law Briefing covering a variety of pivotal and timely federal and state requirements with which dealers must be compliant, now or in the near future. [FULL BULLETIN]


Attn. service managers:
WANADA to hold auto tech Career Day, June 21
In preparation for the fall classes of the Automobile Dealer Education Institute (ADEI), WANADA will hold a special Career Day for auto technicians on June 21, 2016. The event, taking place at Montgomery College, Rockville, MD from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., is intended for all interested dealers looking for "a few good techs" and for young people considering an auto technician career path.
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DC area sales up 3.6% in first quarter;
light truck share rises to 55%
Washington area sales rose again in the first quarter of the year, up 3.6 percent. Nationwide, first quarter sales were up just 2.1 percent. WANADA Area Report figures are from Polk new-vehicle registration data are available at the end of this article. U.S. figures are from NADA. [FULL BULLETIN]


U.S. auto sales to top out at 20 million by 2018 – Merrill Lynch
U.S. auto sales will peak at 20 million in 2018 as automakers race to introduce more new product. That’s the forecast of auto analyst John Murphy in Merrill Lynch’s annual “Car Wars” report. Last year’s record sales reached 17.5 million. [FULL BULLETIN]

CFPB looks to ban arbitration clauses that prohibit class action suits; final rule likely next year
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has issued a proposed rule that would bar consumer contracts –like those from vehicle sales– from requiring dispute resolution by arbitration instead of going to court. At this point, the rule looks likely to take effect next year since it does not require Congressional approval. [FULL BULLETIN]

Save the Date! 2016 WANADA Golf Open, June 8

With the showers of April fading to the sunshine of May, WANADA's Annual Golf Open can’t be far behind! Plan now to attend this second-to-none event on Wednesday, June 8, at the beautiful Lansdowne Resort in Leesburg, Va. It's a great opportunity to get some fresh air on the championship fairways, along with the good natured competition that ensues, and an unparalleled chance to network with good friends and business associates. [FULL BULLETIN]


Three ADEI techs are winners in Skills USA competition
Three students from WANADA’s Automobile Dealer Education Institute were honored with awards from the Skills USA competition recently in Fredericksburg, Va. ADEI is WANADA’s nationally recognized dealership training arm that systematically administers an “earn while you learn” scholarship program that combines NATEF Certified classroom instruction in automotive repair fundamentals with real world experience gained while working full time in a WANADA member dealer’s service department. [FULL BULLETIN]

Maryland Joins Virginia in passing
fair recall legislation
As all were made aware from here and elsewhere, the Maryland General Assembly last week passed a comprehensive bill on motor vehicle recalls that will be helpful to consumers, dealers and automakers, but most especially the motoring public. Maryland lawmakers enacted the legislation in closing hours of the 2016 General Assembly, ensuring that automaker recalls will be fairly administered and understood by dealers carrying them out and vehicle owners benefitting by them. [FULL BULLETIN]

2016 NADA Convention turns out record attendance
Maybe it was the new March/April timeframe, or the best new car sales climate in the industry’s history. Whatever it was, dealers turned out big time, and were feeling optimistic as they converged on the 2016 NADA Convention in Las Vegas, March 31 to April 3. March sales came in strong, and most dealers have had a good year – especially if they sell light trucks and SUVs. A record number – more than 25,000 new-car and truck dealers and their managers, including dealers from more than 30 countries, automaker executives and exhibitor staff – attended the convention. [FULL BULLETIN]

Strong March sales seen, but future concerns loom
Even as analysts predict strong March sales, notes of caution are coming from forecasts of flat auto sales nationwide in 2017, with sales for some franchises and geographic areas forecast to start dropping this year.
"Overall, auto sales figures continue to post strong results, but when you peel back just one layer beneath the surface, some worrisome trends are taking hold," said Thomas King, vice president of Power Information Network, at the J.D. Power Automotive Summit, which kicked off the NADA Convention in Las Vegas. [FULL BULLETIN]

Cars ‘increasingly vulnerable’ to
hacking, FBI, NHTSA warn
The FBI and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have issued a bulletin warning consumers that motor vehicles are “increasingly vulnerable” to cyberhacking and urging them to contact their dealer if there’s any question of hacking.
“The FBI and NHTSA are warning the general public and manufacturers – of vehicles, vehicle components and aftermarket devices – to maintain awareness of potential issues and cybersecurity threats related to connected vehicle technologies in modern vehicles,” the bulletin said. [FULL BULLETIN]

MADA/VADA/WANADA Reception at NADA, April 1
“One of the best parties at the convention”
Year after year, those enjoying the NADA Convention Reception that MADA, VADA and WANADA put on for their members say it is “one of the best parties at the convention!” The 2016 Tri-associations Reception, set for Friday, April 1, should be no exception, particularly in light of its spectacular Las Vegas location.
The Stratosphere Tower, this year’s venue for the Tri-association’s Reception features some of the most breathtaking views in all of Las Vegas. Dealer principals, key managers, business associates and industry guests are all cordially invited to attend. [FULL BULLETIN]

Connecticut warranty reimbursement law stands!
The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a petition to review a lower court decision that upheld the Connecticut new vehicle warranty reimbursement law, meaning that the law -- passed by the state to ensure fair treatment of dealers by automaker franchisors on warranty claims – stands. In April 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the Connecticut law, which had been challenged by the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers. The case was Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, Inc. v. Melody A. Currey, Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles. The Connecticut Automotive Retailers Association joined the case on behalf of the state of Connecticut as the defendant. [FULL BULLETIN]

Auto dealers and franchise system attacked at FTC forum
NADA described a recent workshop by the Federal Trade Commission on auto distribution in the U.S. and the state laws that regulate it as hostile and imbalanced.
“Many of the FTC speakers, as well as the supposedly neutral academics and economists invited by the Commission to participate, brought preconceived attitudes that were hostile toward the franchise system and counterproductive to the dialogue,” NADA wrote. “The panel quickly revealed an imbalanced agenda that resulted in an exceedingly one-sided discussion.” [FULL BULLETIN]

Annual Washington Area sales of new autos
rose again last year!
Consistent with year-over-year trends, Washington area new auto sales increased again in 2015, and did so by 4.2 percent. U.S. sales, which fell farther than area sales during the Great Recession, rose 5.7 percent in 2015. From November to December, Washington area sales fell 4.5 percent and nationwide declined 4.2 percent. Compared with 2014, December was not a strong month anywhere. But the year overall logged record sales—regionally 326,516 and nationally 17.5 million. [FULL BULLETIN]

DC DMV starts electronic filing system, changes MD SIF rules
The DC DMV plans to test its Online Dealer Interface Systems (ODIS) with a single dealer by the end of February and, if it is successful, make the system available to dealers everywhere no later than April. ODIS will allow franchised dealers to register and title new and used vehicles. The system includes titling, registration and inventory control using a new Web-based format. Using ODIS, dealers will be able to title and register new and used vehicles without visiting DC DMV. The DMV will assign inventory (tags, registration and inspection stickers) to the dealers for them to issue to DC residents. [FULL BULLETIN]

Down, but not out, Washington’s Auto Show takes
DC area blizzard in stride
The unprecedented blizzard conditions that struck the Washington area, shutting down everything in a snow emergency, closed The Washington Auto Show that was originally set to open Friday, Jan. 22, the day the blizzard arrived. Opening day for The Washington Auto Show then shifted four days later, to Tuesday, Jan. 25, reducing the show’s run to the public from ten days to six, which cost the show one of its two weekends. [FULL BULLETIN]

Washington’s blizzard misses Auto Show Media Days,
but delays opening to the public
The Washington Auto Show’s Industry/Media Days -- a.k.a. Public Policy Days -- went off without a hitch, except for that pesky inch of snow that tied up traffic all evening on the first day, Jan. 20. The W.E. Washington Convention Center, with the 2016 Auto Show laid out, looked beautiful for Public Policy Day #2, Jan. 21, and for the Sneak Peek that evening. [FULL BULLETIN]

Snow in Washington’s forecast does not forestall Auto Show
Industry/Media Days, but does delay opening to the public
until Mon., Jan. 25
The Washington Auto Show that was set to open to the public Friday, Jan. 22, now will not open until Monday, Jan. 25. This is because management of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center determined that heavy snow in the forecast commencing Friday, Jan. 22, is a significant enough threat to warrant this extraordinary action. None the less, Auto Show producer John O’Donnell has the legendary Auto Show Snow Hat at the ready with its reputed mystical powers to keep winter weather from setting back attendance. [FULL BULLETIN]

Press conference schedule in place for Washington Auto Show
-- Media Day next Thursday, Jan. 21
A daylong schedule of special events and press conferences for officials in the industry, U.S. government and automotive media, launches next Thursday, Jan. 21, onsite at The 2016 Washington Auto Show. WAS Media Day commences with an eye-opener breakfast hosted by the auto press associations, WAPA and IMPA, with the industry keynote address coming from John W. Mendel, executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co., and the U.S. keynoter, Mark Rosekind, administrator of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration speaking at 2 p.m. An extensive media announcement schedule will occur in between times, to include OEM presentations and a variety of industry organization news announcements. [FULL BULLETIN]

Attention all WANADA members!
Look out for your Auto Show passes this week, via U.S. Mail
Everyone wants to know about connected cars, “driverless” cars and smart highways. How will these innovations change the way motorists get around? For an expert perspective, media and U.S. officials can attend MobilityTalks at the first Public Policy Day of The Washington Auto Show. Industry commentators at the Capitol Hill panel will explore the ways technology is making roads and vehicles safer and infrastructure smarter. Held from 12:00 to 2:30 p.m. in the Rayburn House Office Building (Gold Room #2168), MobilityTalks will explore cybersecurity, spectrum sharing, data analytics and shared-used mobility in relation to connected and autonomous vehicles. [FULL BULLETIN]

Auto Show Public Policy Days in Washington shaping up
for media, U.S. officials, industry execs
Wed., Jan.20, MobilityTalks on Capitol Hill
Thurs. Jan. 21, Media Day at W.E.WCC
Everyone wants to know about connected cars, “driverless” cars and smart highways. How will these innovations change the way motorists get around? For an expert perspective, media and U.S. officials can attend MobilityTalks at the first Public Policy Day of The Washington Auto Show. Industry commentators at the Capitol Hill panel will explore the ways technology is making roads and vehicles safer and infrastructure smarter. Held from 12:00 to 2:30 p.m. in the Rayburn House Office Building (Gold Room #2168), MobilityTalks will explore cybersecurity, spectrum sharing, data analytics and shared-used mobility in relation to connected and autonomous vehicles. [FULL BULLETIN]

Capitol Hill panel on smart roads, smart cars to open Auto Show
Public Policy Days to start with MobilityTalks, Jan. 20
In keeping with its theme “The Power of Mobility,” the 2016 Washington Auto Show will start its Public Policy Days on Wed., Jan. 20, with MobilityTalks, a Capitol Hill panel that will explore how technology is making roads and vehicles safer and the infrastructure smarter. Held at the Rayburn House Office Building Gold Room, the talks will explore cybersecurity, spectrum sharing, data analytics and shared-use mobility in relation to connected and autonomous vehicles. [FULL BULLETIN]

2016 Washington Auto Show lines up keynoters
forPublic Policy Day, Jan 21
Honda EVP John Mendel & NHTSA administrator Mark Rosekind
In keeping with Washington’s place as the Public Policy Show on the global circuit two headliners are in place to deliver keynote presentations on Industry/Media Day, Jan. 21, 2016: John Mendel, executive vice president, American Honda Motor Co. and Mark Rosekind, administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. As the industry keynoter, Mendel will lead off Public Policy Day at the Industry Media Breakfast, sponsored by the Washington Automotive Press Associations and International Motor Press Association. As the U.S. headliner, Rosekind will be the afternoon keynoter. [FULL BULLETIN]

Laura Ingraham says Republicans can win 2016 elections;
immigration, trade are pivotal
Scores hear her at WANADA Annual Meeting & Luncheon
Political commentator and radio talk show host Laura Ingraham keynoted the WANADA Annual Meeting & Luncheon last week as the media was abuzz about Donald Trump’s proposal to bar all Muslim immigrants from the U.S. But in talking about what she called the “Trump phenomenon,” Ingraham said, “It’s not about the personalities. It’s about the politics that have failed the American people.” [FULL BULLETIN]

 

   
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