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WANADA dealer briefing on ObamaCare
Timely and important employer info on a complicated law!
Tuesday, AM, Aug. 21, Bethesda Marriott
The Congressional sponsors who passed The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA, a.k.a. ObamaCare) no less than the Supreme Court justices who reviewed it this spring, were all loath to read the 2,000 plus pages that comprise President Obama's signature public policy. But here we are just the same, with an all-encompassing federal law that's moving forward quickly toward a 2014 implementation date that significantly impacts employers and employees as it does consumers, taxpayers, health care providers and insurance companies.

Outlook for Greater Washington economy on the upswing
Car buying "intention" up 6% from 2011
The Greater Washington Board of Trade (GWBOT) released its quarterly Consumer Outlook Survey in July and prospects for growth continue to rise in the area. The latest report shows continued improvement in the key "Consumer Outlook Index" for Maryland, Northern Virginia and The District of Columbia, with increases of 6 points, 3 points and 6 points, respectively, since December 2011. Indeed, the 3 percent improvement in the District of Columbia is higher than at any time since December 2008, which is good news in its own right.

OEMs Reconfigure WAS Floor Plan for 2013 with "Luxury Lane"
OEMs that will be exhibiting new vehicles in the 2013 Washington Auto Show (WAS) met this week to commit to space resulting in a substantial reconfiguration of the floor plan, with luxury brands grouping together for the first time. Following a plan presented by WANADA show organizers, the concept of a "Luxury Lane" grouping emerged from the Space Allocation meeting on July 31, 2012, such that a number of OEMs participated in a space drawing that preceded the general space drawing. All in all, 11 luxury brands signed up for about 100,000 square feet of exhibit space in the southern most section of the lower level of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

MD MVA advisory sets forth agency view on how dealers are to make required vehicle history disclosures to buyers
Growing confusion arising from plaintiffs' lawsuits against Maryland dealers over the past two years for alleged violations of the law relative to disclosures to consumers on vehicle sales has prompted the Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) to publish a dealer advisory confirming longstanding dealer practices when making required disclosures. The MVA Bulletin from Brenda Scheydt, manager of dealer licensing ("How Required Vehicle Disclosures Can Be Made," June 21, 2012), followed a number of high level meetings MADA and WANADA had with the MVA administrator and the attorney general to gain clarity on the mandated rules of engagement on auto sales; note, too, that the MVA Bulletin is important as much for what it doesn't say as what it does.

NADA calls on automakers to drop "stair-step" incentives
In Automotive News editorial it says they are "bad for business and confusing to consumers"
In an editorial that will run in next week's edition of Automotive News, NADA will say in a full page ad that stair step" incentives are bad for franchised auto dealers and bad for consumers while calling on all automakers to drop the programs.
NADA's opposition to stair step incentive programs has been long running, dating back to their introduction more than 30 years ago.

The 2012 WANADA Open will be played this year at The Golf Club at Lansdowne Resort in VA on Wednesday, May 16, 2012.

President's historic visit to The Washington Auto Show perfects Public Policy Show mission and capstones the best attendance in four years
No, it wasn't just Auto Show Tuesday last week when the president of the United States came by to see the latest and greatest new vehicles at The Washington Auto Show (WAS). Indeed, the president's visit was preceded by days, literally, of thorough and painstaking planning with the White House advance team with security, of course, the foremost concern. A close second to security was what cars the president wanted to see and, if they were not already in the Advanced Technology SuperHighway (ATS) pavilion, could they be added? Yes sir, Mr. President, whatever you'd like to see. That's how "muscle cars," the likes of the Ford Cobra Mustang 500, the Dodge SRT Charger and the Corvette Z3, found their way next to the variety of cutting edge alternative fuel vehicles in the ATS.

Roger Penske honored with Keith Crain/Automotive News Lifetime Achievement Award
Roger Penske, a man whose name is synonymous with success and excellence in the world of auto racing and the automobile business, became the fourth winner of the Keith Crain/Automotive News lifetime Achievement Award at a reception and dinner in his honor on Thursday, Jan 26, at The 2012 Washington Auto Show (WAS).

WANADA organization highlights from the 2011 Annual Meeting & Luncheon
In welcoming attendees to WANADA's Annual Meeting and Luncheon, association CEO Gerard Murphy noted that 2011 was WANADA's 95th year as the Washington area new automobile dealers organization. Looking back on many a membership meeting occurring at the historic Mayflower Hotel, Murphy alluded to composite photos of WANADA dealer meetings from the 1920s, which had been set on display during the networking reception of last week's Annual Meeting, more than one of which had occurred at the Mayflower.

Sheehy Auto Stores look to raise $100,000 for cancer research
Washington, DC - June 3, 2011 - Sheehy auto Stores employees and friends ran in the Susan G. Komen Foundation's Global Race for the Cure in Washington, D.C., a fundraising event that has become an annual Sheehy Auto Stores tradition.


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