NADA Convention

Sat Newscast 1: Jeb Bush addresses NADA

7:45 am U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2015
Ex-Fla. governor talks regulations, CFPB, and Ford's in-car technology; sales stumbling blocks?; Time Dealer of the Year....
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Quick question

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2015
With gasoline prices down, are your customers ignoring miles per gallon ratings and hybrids in their purchase considerations?...
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Nissan targets improvements in dealer experience

4:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
Nissan will roll out a nationwide program this spring intended to boost its middle-of-the-road customer satisfaction scores on dealership experience. The undertaking -- known internally as the Quality Growth Program -- will be a bonus program to reward dealers for meeting various targets to improve their satisfaction performance....
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Bush strikes a presidential tone

7:16 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
Before a friendly audience of a few thousand attendees packing a ballroom at the NADA convention Friday, Jeb Bush said the United States is "starved for leadership" in the public sector. The former Florida governor and presumed presidential candidate called for political compromise in the pursuit of economic growth....
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GM: Get succession plans set

7:19 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
General Motors has directed its field organizations to ask every GM dealer this year if he or she has a succession plan. And if not, the company is advising, set up one....
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RICHARD JOHNSON

Low gas prices - the good ... and bad for dealers

8:25 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
A lot of auto people can't seem to make up their minds about whether low gasoline prices are in the long-term best interest of the car industry, given that they may not be in the best interest of the economy at large....
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Reports aim to aid VW certified used sales

6:52 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
Volkswagen of America will provide free CarStory Market Reports to VW dealers to help educate consumers about the benefits of VW's certified used-vehicle program and to help dealers sell more certified used VW vehicles....
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Congrats, dealers!

6:53 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
Ford's Salute to Dealers reception honored six dealers for dedication to their communities....
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Munoz: Titan can do better than 5% goal

8:22 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
Nissan startled many last week when it said it envisioned its newly unveiled redesigned 2016 Titan capturing 5 percent of the full-size pickup market. But Nissan's U.S. boss, Jose Munoz, says 5 percent might be on the low side....
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Parting advice

8:31 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
Forrest McConnell, NADA's outgoing chairman, told dealers at the convention's opening session Friday to "set goals that will push you and rip you out of your comfort zone."...
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Q&A

GM Financial is up to the full-service task

6:53 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
GM Financial will become the exclusive provider of subsidized leases for Buick-GMC dealerships on Feb. 3. Cadillac and Chevrolet will follow. Kyle Birch, GM Financial COO, talked with Staff Reporter Mike Colias about how it has grown leasing capabilities on its way to becoming GM's full-line captive financing arm....
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On the record

8:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
Featuring Bob Carter, head of automotive operations for Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A., TrueCar President John Krafcik; and AutoNation CEO Mike Jackson....
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Acura to take NSX orders in summer

6:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
Acura will begin taking orders for its much-anticipated NSX sports car this summer, but it has not yet decided which dealers will carry it, executives told dealers Friday at the 2015 NADA convention....
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Time honors Andy Crews as 2015 dealer of the year

7:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
Andy Crews is the 2015 Time Dealer of the Year. Crews, 44, received the award in San Francisco Friday. He is CEO of AutoFair Automotive Group in Manchester, N.H. Fifty-five auto dealers were nominated, and Crews was chosen from four finalists....
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Partying at Nissan

6:08 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
Fred Diaz, left, head of the Nissan brand's U.S. sales, marketing and operations, and industry veteran Jim Press at Nissan's reception....
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Infiniti reasserts its USA imperative

6:45 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
Infiniti is reassuring its dealers that the United States remains at the center of its business plan despite an ongoing push to globalize the brand. Michael Bartsch, vice president of Infiniti Americas, told dealers at their make meeting that a new wave of products coming late this year will help reinvigorate the brand....
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Cooperative spirit

6:07 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
Rivals CDK Global and Reynolds and Reynolds have two of the largest stands at the NADA Expo -- and well apart from each other. But the companies also have two joint ventures....
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Help wanted to set standards on environment, safety

5:52 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
A nonprofit group called Clean Auto Alliance is launching at the convention to help dealerships improve environmental and safety best practices. The organization is looking for dealers, automaker representatives and other industry experts to form a committee to define standards by which businesses will be recognized for their commitment to these practices....
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Crossovers will deliver another record year for Audi, Keogh says

3:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
Greater availability of hot-selling crossovers will propel Audi to another record year of U.S. sales in 2015, Audi of America CEO Scott Keogh says. The biggest gains will come from a full year of availability of the compact Q3 crossover, which launched last fall, and a larger allocation of Q5 crossovers for the U.S., Keogh says....
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Mazda targets 11% U.S. sales bump in 2015

5:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
Mazda expects an 11 percent jump in U.S. sales this year, aided by the launch of the new CX-3 small crossover and redesigned MX-5 Miata roadster, Mazda executives told dealers Friday at the 2015 NADA convention....
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JAMES B. TREECE

Where are you spending your dollars on digital?

5:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
The impact of digital tools on dealerships' marketing has grown exponentially. Those tools have been a hot topic at the last few NADA conventions. But it may be time for the focus to shift....
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NICK BUNKLEY

NADA, Tesla, pitchforks and torches -- a missed opportunity

1:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
If there's one thing many car dealers can't stand right now, it's Tesla. Yet here they are, thousands of them, spending a few days right in Elon Musk's backyard....
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FCA projects 10% growth in U.S. retail sales for '15, extending streak

3:45 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
FCA US dealers were told to anticipate as much as 10 percent growth in their U.S. retail sales in 2015 as incremental deliveries from new vehicles such as the Jeep Renegade, Ram ProMaster City and Fiat 500X help extend the automaker's 57-month sales streak....
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JAMES B. TREECE

Building a new fortress to protect data

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
When it comes to protecting sensitive data against hackers, the days of building thick digital walls and moat are over....
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MTV study finds Gen Y wants cars -- and a better buying process

4:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 23, 2015
Many millennials really do like cars and strive to own one. But they’d like the car buying process to take less time, be more transparent, offer more affordable customization options and have more targeted advertising. Those are the conclusions of a study conducted last spring by MTV, released at the National Automobile Dealers Association convention....
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