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No sure OK for reserve guidelines

The National Automobile Dealers Association is going out on a limb by recommending ways for dealerships to ward off discrimination charges from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

[Automotive News]

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Nissan North America, Inc., Advertising Agency TBWA Worldwide, Inc., Settle FTC Charges that Nissan Frontier Dune Buggy Rescue Ad Was Deceptive

Nissan North America, Inc., and an advertising agency that designed television ads for the mid-sized Nissan Frontier pickup truck have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges of deceptive advertising for a 30-second ad showing a Frontier pushing a dune buggy up a steep hill, something the truck actually cannot do.

[Federal Trade Commission's Press Release]

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Study: 3,800 stores could disappear in U.S. by 2020

Dealers considering whether to plan their succession now should know this: Manufacturers are looking to consolidate the dealer body.

[Automotive News]

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Small cars get crushed in crash tests

Many of the smallest cars sold in America did very poorly in a challenging crash test conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

[CNN Money]

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CarWoo slams the door shut

CarWoo, the operator of an online marketplace for new automobile sales, is shutting down, President and CEO Tommy McClung said in a post on the company's website Tuesday.

[San Francisco Business Times]

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will be hosting an informational webinar on January 27, 2014

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will be hosting an informational webinar on January 27, 2014, for trade participants interested in the EPA pilot for filing EPA required information on entries of Vehicles/Engines and Ozone Depleting Substances as detailed in the December 13, 2013 Federal Register Notice (view here).  According to CBP, the webinar will discuss the latest status on the pilot testing, the projected schedule for pilot go-live and the details on how you can get involved in this first Single Window pilot using the PGA Message Set.

Webinar date is Monday, January 27, 2014, from 3-4 PM EST for this informative discussion.

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California Panel Revives Fraud Claims Against Nissan Lender

A California state appeals court revived fraud allegations accusing the lender Nissan Motor Acceptance Corp. of promising financial support to California dealerships and then pulling the plug, finding a jury was blocked from hearing key evidence favoring the dealerships.

Read the decision.

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Strickland: Musk has a point with recall barb

Elon Musk has a does not like the word "recall" being used to describe fixes to Tesla Motors Inc.'s Model S, said David Strickland, who left last week as the top U.S. auto-safety regulator. Tesla's ability to make safety changes to the plug-in electric vehicle through over-the-air software updates, the basis for Musk's objection, is "precedent-setting" for regulators, said Strickland.

[Automotive News]

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UAW members will 'overwhelmingly' back dues hike, UAW President Bob King says

UAW President Bob King today said he believes workers will "overwhelmingly" support increasing dues for the first time since 1967 to shore up the union's strike fund and help it win better contracts.

[Automotive News]

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Tesla to upgrade overheating chargers

Tesla will provide owners of its cars with new charger adapters in an effort to fix an overheating issue.

[CNN Money]

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