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WANADA updates dealers on auto laws: New state requirements, changes at CFPB, new Used Car Rule stickers
Presented to WANADA members last week, June 15, 2017, WANADA staged a successful Automotive Law Briefing, with the room filled with dealers and their staff and four expert speakers to guide them through the maze of regulations and legal requirements on the federal level and in Maryland and Virginia. This issue of the Bulletin provides a full report to refresh those who attended and enlighten those who did not. [FULL BULLETIN]


The weatherman smiled, and it didn’t rain on the WANADA Open!
The weatherman was kind and generous to the WANADA Open again this year; A cold rain that was forecasted gave way to some sun, some clouds and pleasant, early summer temperatures. In other words, it was a perfect day for golf, last Wednesday, June 7, 2017! And so, in WANADA’s 100th year, the dealer organization hosted another successful Open Tournament at the Lansdowne Resort in Virginia. [FULL BULLETIN]


WANADA Automotive Law Briefing – June 15
WANADA will hold an Automotive Law Briefing next week from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 15, at the Westin Tysons Corner on current topics of vital interest to dealers. [FULL BULLETIN]


WANADA Open set to tee off next Wed., June 7, Lansdowne
Get your golf clubs ready, and hope for good weather on June 7! The WANADA Open is set for that date at The Golf Club at the ever popular Lansdowne Resort in Lansdowne, VA. Rain or shine, it’s an excellent opportunity for networking and a great way to bring on the summer! [FULL BULLETIN]


OSHA postpones injury/illness electronic reporting date
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has postponed the July 1 deadline for certain dealerships to electronically file their 2016 employee workplace injury and illness records. Among WANADA members, the rule applies to light-duty truck dealerships with 250 or more employees at a single location. [FULL BULLETIN]


Plan to attend WANADA Open at Lansdowne Resort, Wednesday, June 7
WANADA dealers and Kindred-line members are cordially invited to the 2017 WANADA Open, on Wednesday, June 7, at The Golf Club at Lansdowne Resort. The number of golfers is limited to 128, so register your foursomes today by clicking here. [FULL BULLETIN]


House passes health care bill; Senate says it will write its own
The U.S. House of Representatives started the long process of Obamacare repeal and replacement when it recently passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA) by a slim margin of 217 to 213. The bill’s passage came a month and a half after the first attempt failed to attract the votes of both moderate Republicans and the conservative Freedom Caucus. Some Republicans said the bill that passed is imperfect, but they were anxious to get something passed. [FULL BULLETIN]


NY attorney general settles with dealers selling cars with open recalls
New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman reached settlements with 104 auto dealers, including several franchised dealers, selling vehicles under open recall. The recalls were for unrepaired safety problems such as unintended acceleration, airbag problems, vehicle fires and steering and brake loss. WANADA dealers should know about such actions because something similar could happen in the Washington area through the attorneys general in Maryland and Virginia. [FULL BULLETIN]


Maryland legislators pass helpful dealer bills and expanded workplace rules
Not atypically, members of the General Assembly in Maryland passed some good legislation and some not so good legislation in the recently concluded session in Annapolis. Dealers fared well with a helpful franchise measure that passed, while employers statewide will need to figure out an unprecedented new sick leave law. [FULL BULLETIN]


Border Adjustment Tax (BAT) unlikely to pass, industry observers say
The Border Adjustment Tax (BAT) legislation, which has created strong opposition from the automotive sector and other industries, is unlikely to pass Congress, industry experts said at the New York International Auto Show. [FULL BULLETIN]


NADA staying with 17.1 million sales forecast for 2017, “very strong year”
Even after weak March sales, NADA is sticking with its sales forecast of 17.1 million vehicles for 2017, Chief Economist Steven Szakaly said during a recent conference call with reporters. Although that’s down from last year’s record 17.55 million sales, Szakaly said, “17 million is still very good.” [FULL BULLETIN]


Washington area dealers, industry and community leaders return to Mayflower Hotel in DC to celebrate 100 years of WANADA and the automobile business
Besides Saturday, April 1, 2017 being April Fools’ Day, it was also the Centennial Gala for the Washington Area New Automobile Dealers Association (WANADA) as scores of franchised dealers, joined by industry and community leaders of one stripe or other, converged on the historic Mayflower Hotel in DC to mark 100 years of the WANADA organization. [FULL BULLETIN]


April 28 deadline to avert federal government shutdown
Amid the posturing and acrimony on Capitol Hill, another deadline is looming. If Congress does not pass a budget by midnight April 28, the nation – and especially the Washington area – will be faced with a government shutdown. What are the chances of that happening? [FULL BULLETIN]


WANADA 100th anniversary gala, Saturday, April 1, Mayflower Hotel
A spectacular 100th anniversary gala is planned for this Saturday at the historic Mayflower Hotel in downtown Washington, DC. The elegant black-tie event is an occasion not to be missed, with a cocktail reception, dinner and a commemoration of the past 100 years of the retail automotive industry in the Washington area, and top-flight entertainment. [FULL BULLETIN]


Dealer performance standards bill passes the House in MD
Late last night, the full House of Delegates in Maryland passed the dealer-sponsored legislation HB 1120 that better defines performance standards automakers require of their dealers’ franchisees. The legislation now goes over to the Maryland Senate where it must also pass to go forward to the governor for his signature into law. [FULL BULLETIN]


Dealers in Washington to oppose Border Adjustment Tax
American International Auto Dealer’s Fly-In brought dealers from across the U.S. to Washington last week to tell members of Congress why they should oppose the Border Adjustment Tax (BAT) legislation before the House Ways and Means Committee. The effort, supported by NADA and U.S. state and metro dealer associations, raised a large industry crowd, as AIADA cited a study by the Center for Automotive Research saying that a 20 percent BAT would add $2,000 on average to the price of all new vehicles. [FULL BULLETIN]


WANADA’s Centennial Gala marks the dealer organization’s 100th anniversary at Mayflower Hotel in DC, Apr. 1
The more things change the more they stay the same. The historic Mayflower Hotel in downtown Washington was as grand a venue when WANADA first started using it for dealer member events in the 1920s and through out the 20th Century as it is today, which makes it the ideal venue for WANADA’s upcoming Centennial Gala, Saturday night, April 1, 2017. This elegant black tie evening, commencing with a reception and dinner, complemented with rich entertainment, will celebrate Washington area auto dealers and their legacy to the industry and the community they’ve served for a 100 years. The evening, indeed, promises to be memorable for all WANADA dealers and Kindred-line members, who have all been invited under separate cover. A commemoration of WANADA’s last 100 years, the evening will also include a comedy show by popular funny man Frank Caliendo, who in turn, will be joined by Satisfaction The International Rolling Stones Show for the dinner dance segment. [FULL BULLETIN]


Dealers wage all-out assault on Border Adjustment Tax
Dealers from NADA, AIADA (American International Automobile Dealers Association) and NAMAD (National Association of Minority Automobile Dealers) are organizing a major grass-roots effort to defeat a Border Adjustment Tax (BAT) proposed in the House Tax Reform Blueprint in December. [FULL BULLETIN]


Consumer turnout for Auto Show ranks 2017 among top five in Washington’s history
The 10 day run of the 2017 Washington Auto Show (WAS) -- Jan. 27 – Feb. 5-- earned it the distinction of being the 5th “best attended show” in WANADA’s 100 year history. WANADA, which has produced 75 auto shows in Washington since its founding in 1917, has logged strong attendance, year over year, in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center (WEWCC) since its opening in 2004. [FULL BULLETIN]


NADA returns to New Orleans and celebrates its centennial
The NADA Convention in New Orleans marked the start of the 100th anniversary celebration of America’s franchised new-car dealer organization. [FULL BULLETIN]


2017 Washington Auto Show expands MobilityTalks, extending Industry/Media Days, Jan. 24-26
Thanks to a lot of hard work and intensive planning, the 2017 Washington Auto Show rolled out two days of panels, breakout sessions, technical demonstrations and ride-drives on Tuesday, Jan. 24 and Wednesday, Jan. 25 as MobilityTalks International preceded Media Day on Thursday, Jan 26. Audience reviews were positive and the assembled panelists and assorted commentators were knowledgeable and enthusiastic about their respective parts of the global automotive conversation. [FULL BULLETIN]


2017 Washington Auto Show is ready to go!
Final preparations for the 2017 Washington Auto Show are in full swing, with a packed schedule for several days before the Show opens to the public on Jan. 27. This year will see expanded MobilityTalks all day Tuesday, Jan. 24, and a half-day on Wednesday, Jan. 25. [FULL BULLETIN]


Detroit sets pace for 2017 with world class auto show
To be expected, the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) drew scores of operatives from automotive and journalist sectors from across the globe at the staging of NAIAS Industry/Media Days this week in Detroit. Washington Auto Show representatives from WANADA, who were delighted to be among the notables from everywhere, were impressed with the omnipresent, wide array of high technology on display, not just from automotive, but from the electronics realm as well, which has been the ever growing components part of new cars and trucks in recent years. [FULL BULLETIN]


Washington Auto Show passes are on the way!
Complimentary admission and VIP passes to The Washington Auto Show are being sent via U.S. mail to all WANADA members this week. Please email Kathy Teich, kt@wanada.org, if you have not received your mailing by Friday, Jan. 13. Note that Comp passes are designed for admission during Consumer Days of the Auto Show, Jan. 27- Feb. 5, 2017. Members who will be attending Industry/Media Days preceding Public Days, Jan. 24, 25, and 26 -to include the Sneak Peek Preview- need to register with Joe Koch, (202) 237-7200, jk@wanada.org. [FULL BULLETIN]


VIP tours, “Ask the Expert” offered at Washington Auto Show
The Washington Auto Show will again offer an array of automotive experts to answer consumer showgoers’ questions and offer indepth tours during this year’s show. [FULL BULLETIN]


Connected car technology leader to keynote 2017 Washington Auto Show
Dinesh Paliwal, chairman, president and CEO of HARMAN, the global connected car technology leader, will deliver the annual industry keynote address at the 2017 Washington Auto Show’s Public Policy and Media Day, Thursday, Jan. 26, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. [FULL BULLETIN]


Bobby Ourisman wins Northwood Dealer Education Award
Longtime Washington-area dealer Robert Ourisman of the Ourisman Automotive Group in Rockville has been named for theNorthwood University Dealer Education Award after being nominated by WANADA. The award is a high honor, awarded to only a small number of dealers from the U.S. and Europe every year at the NADA Convention. It will be presented at a breakfast at the convention in New Orleans, at 8 a.m. Saturday, January 28, 2017 at the New Orleans Marriott Convention Center. [FULL BULLETIN]


ADEI luncheon January 11 at MC to preview Auto Tech Development Program
Service directors, mentors and students are invited to a luncheon sponsored by the Automobile Dealer Education Institute (ADEI) to preview the spring semester of WANADA’s award-winning Auto Technician Development Program. The luncheon is set for Wednesday, January 11, at 11:30 a.m. at the Rockville campus of Montgomery College. It will be in the shop area of the Homer S. Gudelsky Building, North Campus Drive and Hungerford Drive (MD 355), in Rockville. [FULL BULLETIN]


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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