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    Report: Tesla's gains on the dealership status quo are freaking people out
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    Tesla took two more steps towards being allowed to sell its vehicles as it chooses (that is, direct to customers) this week. Legislative efforts in New Jersey and New York both gave the California automaker legal permission (or near permission) to operate its stores. It's gotten so bad – or ...

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    Opinion: Why dealerships should embrace Tesla's direct sales competition
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    National and regional dealership associations have it in for Tesla Motors. For the past few years the organizations have been pushing lawmakers – to whom, it bears mentioning, they have made generous financial contributions – for legislation that would make it difficult for the ...

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    Report: Judge says Tesla mall store can go forward, for now
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    We'll let Tesla Motors founder Elon Musk write the lede on this one: "Mass. judge denies auto dealers' demand to kill our little Tesla store," Musk said in a tweet on Tuesday. "Yay, justice prevails." Indeed, a Massachusetts judge has denied a request among auto dealers to restrict the ...

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    Report: NADA asking to meet with Tesla over retail store legal questions
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    In this case, NADA certainly doesn't mean "nothing." The National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA), which represents 16,000 new-vehicle dealers, is looking to meet with executives at Tesla Motors over the company's decision to have only company-owned dealerships and no franchised sales, ...

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    Report: Nissan Leaf holds value better than Chevy Volt, Toyota Prius
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    If you drive a Nissan Leaf and aren't completely satisfied with it, now'd be a pretty good time to sell. That's the conclusion of the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA), whose most recent guide indicated that the battery-electric Leaf holds 95 percent of its value after a year, ...

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    Report: Values of small used cars fall in lockstep with gas prices
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    The Detroit News reports used small-car prices are plummeting right along with fuel prices. The news comes courtesy of a National Automobile Dealers Association study, which says gas prices have dropped an average of 3.5 percent compared to last year. In yet another shocking reminder of just how ...

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    Report: NADA: 7 million car buyers to be pushed out of the market by fuel economy rules
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    If the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration makes its proposed 2025 fuel economy standards official, cars are going to be more expensive, and that's going to shut millions of buyers out, argues the National Automobile Dealers Association. "If the price of a vehicle goes up by the ...

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    Dealers flunk the EPA: NADA not happy with proposed fuel economy letter grades
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    Last week the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published its proposals for new fuel economy labels and the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) has responded with a thumbs down. Specifically, NADA is unhappy with the proposed letter grades that would indicate where the labeled ...

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    NADA supports Senator Murkowski's effort to block the EPA from regulating greenhouse gases
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    The debate over the EPA's endangerment finding that declared greenhouse gases (GHGs) threaten the public health continues with battle lines being drawn around the "disapproval resolution" introduced by Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski (R) that wants to prevent the EPA from actually carrying out any ...

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    Long-Term Thinking: "Cost to Own" mindset grabs hold
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    2011 Chevy Volt - Click above for high-res image gallery
    So many things are changing in the new automotive reality, it's hard to know where to start. Everything from the kind of hose we connect to our cars (liquid filled? electric?) to the sounds the vehicles make is different now than it used to ...

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    Obama looks to change California's EPA waiver status; big changes could follow
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    Photo by BohPhoto. Licensed under Creative Commons license 2.0.
    Big news on the emissions regulation front today. For years, California has been in the driver's seat (or at least the co-pilot's chair) when it comes to American emissions regulations thanks to the grandfathered ability of the state ...

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    Video and pics of running Zap Alias prototype in New Orleans
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    Click above for a gallery of the Zap Alias
    Say what you want about Zap (and we have), at the very least the company has brought a rolling prototype of the Alias three-wheeled electric vehicle to New Orleans. Zap will be unveiling this vehicle and a new low-speed Shuttle van at the NADA expo there ...

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    Zap will bring red Alias prototype to New Orleans
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    Click above for a high-res gallery of the Zap Alias
    We mentioned earlier today that Zap will be showing off a new low-speed Shuttle van at the NADA expo this weekend in New Orleans. That post included a note that the Alias, which was a part of the ill-fated Kentucky plant groundbreaking, would ...

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    NADA members offering new Green Checkup to customers
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    In some ways, doctors and mechanics do similar work: they keep a system running as best they can, and most people only visit their doctor/mechanic when there's a problem. There are good reasons to go before you have a problem, though, and both mechanics and doctors use the same words to describe ...

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    NADA: Dealers support national fuel economy standard
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    Now that the NHTSA has outlined plans which would require the fleet of cars to reach 35.7 miles per gallon on average and light trucks to hit 28.6, we've heard many opinions regarding the regulations. The automakers seem content with the plans, just so long as the regulations are nationwide, not ...

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    Dealers respond to GM's call to oppose individual state emissions rules
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    As mentioned, General Motors' CEO Rick Wagoner has urged his dealers to oppose states which want to set their own greenhouse gas emissions regulations, which would go above and beyond what U.S. government regulations already require. "We need to work together to educate policymakers at the state ...

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    GM CEO asks car dealerships to lobby state, local government against regulating tailpipe emissions
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    Say hello to the newest government lobbying group: car salesmen! The AP is reporting that GM CEO Rick Wagoner asked car dealerships to lobby their state and local governments to not regulate tailpipe emissions. Here is exactly what Rick said in a speech at the National Automobile Dealers ...

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