June 27, 2007
Volume #1, Issue #26

  DEALER NEWS

     - Denver Auto Outlook

     - CDOT Director Supports
       Mass Transit for Mountains

     - Detroit, Get on Board
       with Fuel Standards

     - Toyota Planning to Launch
       New Hybrid Automobile in 2009

     - Chrysler Commits to New
       Hybrids, Better Mileage

     - Google Searches for Hybrids

     - Save the Date: Management
       and Leadership Summit

 

  LEGISLATIVE STATUS REPORTS
     - Fuel Debate Put to a Vote

  

  REGULATORY & LEGAL UPDATES
    -
Dealer Full Use Plates - Loaner

      and Courtesy Vehicles
    - MSEC - Official Language for
      Federal Posters Not Yet Issued 


  UPCOMING SEMINARS
    - Title Processing Training

    - Peak Performance in Warranty
      Operations

    - Creating a Super Controller

  CALENDAR OF EVENTS
    - 
Upcoming Events
    - CADA Regional Member Briefings

  DEALER MILESTONES,
     HIGHLIGHTS & TRANSITIONS

    - Vidmar Honored for 30th

      Anniversary as Honda Dealership

    - Let Us Know About YOUR
      Accomplishments



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DENVER AUTO OUTLOOK
 

CDOT DIRECTOR SUPPORTS MASS TRANSIT FOR MOUNTAINS

Rocky Mountain News, June 23, 2007


GLENWOOD SPRINGS -- The new director of the Colorado Department of Transportation says the state can't solve the Interstate 70 mountain problem with pavement.


Russell George, a former House speaker and executive director of the Colorado Division
of Wildlife, said an ongoing transportation study to deal with ski and summer vacation traffic must include a rail component.

 

CLICK HERE to read the entire article.

 

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DETROIT, GET ON BOARD WITH FUEL STANDARDS

Rocky Mountain News, Opinion column by Rob Reuteman, June 23, 2007

 

Just about the time you start to garner sympathy for the plight of U.S. automakers, they
make you realize they probably deserve whatever's happened.

 

Over the dead bodies of auto dealers and industry execs, the U.S. Senate on Thursday
night passed an energy bill that contains the first congressional rewrite of fuel-economy standards since the oil shocks of the mid-1970s.

 

CLICK HERE to read the entire article.

 

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TOYOTA PLANNING TO LAUNCH NEW HYBRID AUTOMOBILE IN 2009

The Detroit News, June 24, 2007

 

TOKYO -- Japan's Toyota Motor Corp. plans to begin selling a second dedicated brand of hybrid automobiles in 2009, following up on its
market-dominating Prius hybrid, a news report said Sunday.
 

Japan's No. 1 auto maker plans to sell around 100,000 of the as-yet-unnamed hybrid annually around the world at the outset, Japan's business daily The Nikkei said in an unsourced story.

 

CLICK HERE to read the entire article.

 

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CHRYSLER COMMITS TO NEW HYBRIDS, BETTER MILEAGE

Automotive News, June 21, 2007

 

CHELSEA, Mich. (Reuters) -- Chrysler group said today that it would roll out new hybrid vehicles, streamline its cars and
trucks and introduce more diesel engines in a bid to improve fuel economy in the face
of high gas prices and tougher federal regulations.

Chrysler, which is being acquired by Cerberus Capital Management in a $7.4 billion deal,
has trailed other major, competing automakers in key indicators of fuel economy.

"Chrysler group is focused directly on improving fuel efficiency across our vehicle lineup," product development chief Frank Klegon said in a statement.

"We don't think there is one silver bullet. We have to fight these battles on many fronts,"
he said.
 

CLICK HERE to read the entire article.

 

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GOOGLE SEARCHES FOR HYBRIDS

Automotive News, June 19, 2007

 

In its short life, Google has become the search engine, a Wall Street phenomenon and
even a verb. And now it's throwing its hat in the hybrid automotive ring.

In California on Monday, June 18, Google and utility giant Pacific Gas & Electric Co. showed off an experimental fleet
of plug-in hybrids that they say has averaged 74 mpg in tests.

In addition, www.Google.org, Google's philanthropic organization, announced it will invest $10 million to help speed the commercialization of plug-ins -- fully electric cars.
 

CLICK HERE to read the entire article.

 

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SAVE THE DATE: DEALER MANAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIP SUMMIT
 

Colorado Dealer Management and Leadership Summit

Wednesday, August 15

Marriott Denver South – Park Meadows Drive

Presenters:  Jim Ziegler, Rob Cohen, Bill Walters, others yet to be named
More details to come soon! 

 

 

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to inform members of current events. These in no way reflect the views, opinions,
and/or positions of CADA or its member dealers. They are sent for informational
and educational purposes only.


fuel debate put to a vote

 

After several weeks of highly contested debate within the U.S. Senate, some finality was resolved by a vote on late Thursday. So late in fact that many senators had to be summoned back to Capitol Hill in order to cast the necessary votes to overcome a proposed filibuster
from pro-auto senators.

 

In its current form, the Senate bill has three major components.

 

CLICK HERE to read this article by CAR lobbyist Jeremy Cottrell. 
 

 


DEALER FULL USE PLATES - LOANER AND COURTESY VEHICLES

 

In last week’s issue of Open Road, the current regulations and statutes covering Full
Use and Demo Plates were recapped. 
CLICK HERE to review that article. As further clarification regarding Full Use Plates, please note that full-use dealer plates may be
used for both courtesy vehicles that dealership employees may drive, and for loaners
that customers may be allowed to drive when their vehicles are being serviced
; provided

of course the other requirements are met. 

 

While there was some disagreement in the past couple of years regarding prior
interpretation and long-standing practice, the
Auto Industry Division has indicated these
are allowable uses until such time as there is a statutory change, or until there is formal rulemaking to address the issue. Subject to the restrictions noted in last week’s article,
full-use plates generally may be used “in lieu of, in the same manner as, and to the same
extent as number plates issued pursuant to section 42-3-113” [42-3-113 covers the
standard registration, taxation and licensing of motor vehicles
].


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MSEC - OFFICIAL LANGUAGE FOR FEDERAL POSTER NOT YET ISSUED

Mountain States Employers Council (MSEC) indicates the revised, federal language to update Federal posters to reflect the new, federal minimum wage
is still unavailable. CADA had received calls from dealers who are being solicited by various vendors selling “revised” posters and indicating they have the “new” language. The federal Department of Labor has not yet issued the final language, so no vendor can yet have these ready.  MSEC is taking pre-orders for the posters—they will
be printed and mailed as quickly as possible once the final language is released
.      

 

CADA members interested in pre-ordering revised posters can view product information
at http://www.msec.org/references/employment_posters.asp  

 

MSEC's all-in-one federal employment law poster includes:  

  • Fair Labor Standards Act - including minimum wage and child labor laws

  • Employee Polygraph Protection Act

  • Equal Employment Opportunity

  • Occupational Safety and Health Act

  • Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA)

  • Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA; employers with 50 or more employees*)

Place pre-orders (to obtain the member-price) by sending an email to:

Pat Windholtz at pwindholtz@msec.org and provide the following:

  • Membership# = “CADA Member/Auto Dealer” (provide this in lieu of a member#)

  • # of Federal Posters Needed:  _____

  • Note if you have 50 or more employees OR less than 50 employees

  • (*posters vary for FMLA)

  • Provide your contact information: 

              - Contact name

              - Dealership name

              - Mailing address

              - Phone/Email (in case there are any problems or questions & for mailing
         the poster)

 

NOTE: As an additional reminder, the current state employment poster should reference Minimum Wage Order #23; it was revised effective April 1, 2007. MSEC also provides
all-in-one state posters
at the web site included above.

 

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Or e-mail questions to regulatory@cadaonline.org to reach both.
 

DISCLAIMER: CADA is not authorized to dispense legal advice. The Information contained in this weekly email is intended to provide important updates and reminders regarding statutes, litigation, and regulations. CADA always advises that dealers
should consult legal counsel on the specifics of any laws or regulations to ensure proper compliance.

 

 




  Upcoming Training Seminars

Topic

City

Date/Time

Location

Title Processing Training

By various county trainers/staff
Lakewood

Thurs., July 19

 

9:30 am to 2:30 pm (time is tentative)
 

lunch included

Sheraton Denver West Hotel

360 Union Boulevard, 80228

Phone:  303.987.2000

 

CLICK HERE for seminar flyer and to fax or mail your registration.

        CLICK HERE to register online.

Peak Performance In Warranty Operations

 

By Rob Campbell
Montrose

Wednesday,
July 25
 

11 am to 2 pm

 

lunch included

Holiday Inn Express-Montrose
1391 S. Townsend Avenue, 81401

Phone: 970.240.1800

CLICK HERE for seminar flyer and to fax or mail your registration.  

        CLICK HERE to register online.

Peak Performance In Warranty Operations

 

By Rob Campbell
Loveland

Thursday, July 26
 

7:30 to 10:30 am

 

breakfast included

Johnson’s Corner Restaurant
2842 SE Frontage Road, 80534
(Johnstown exit, #254 from I-25) 
Phone: 970.667.2069

CLICK HERE for seminar flyer and to fax or mail your registration.

        CLICK HERE to register online.

Secrets to Creating A Super Controller

By Sandi Jerome

Denver

Thursday, July 26
 

8 to 11 am

 

breakfast
included

William D. Barrow Building
(CADA headquarters)
290 E. Speer Blvd,  80203
(SW Corner of Grant/Speer)

CLICK HERE for seminar flyer and to fax or mail your registration.    

       
CLICK HERE to register online.

Peak Performance In Warranty Operations

 

By Rob Campbell
Denver

Thursday, July 26
 

12 to 3 pm

 

lunch included
William D. Barrow Building
(CADA headquarters)
290 E. Speer Blvd,  80203
(SW Corner of Grant/Speer)


CLICK HERE for seminar flyer and to fax or mail your registration.

        CLICK HERE to register online.
Secrets to Creating A Super Controller

By Sandi Jerome

Grand
Junction

Friday, July 27
 

8 to 11 am

 

breakfast
included

Doubletree Hotel
743 Horizon Drive, 81506
970.241.8888

CLICK HERE for seminar flyer and to fax or mail your registration.  

     
  CLICK HERE to register online.

Peak Performance In Warranty Operations

 

By Rob Campbell

Colorado Springs

Friday, July 27
 

9 am to 12 Noon

 

lunch included

Antlers Hilton Hotel
Learning Center Training Room
4 South Cascade Avenue,  80903
Phone: 719.955.5600

Colorado Springs dealers should register through CSADA; Phone: 719.473.1465

CLICK HERE for seminar flyer and to fax or mail your registration.

Title Processing Training

By various county trainers/staff
Denver

Wed., Aug. 22
 

9:30 am to
2:30 pm
(time is tentative)

 

lunch included

William D. Barrow Building
(CADA Headquarters)
290 E. Speer Blvd
,  80203
(SW Corner of Grant/Speer)
Phone: 303.831.1722

CLICK HERE for seminar flyer and to fax or mail your registration.

        CLICK HERE to register online.

Title Processing Training

By various county trainers/staff
Denver

Tues., Sept. 11

9:30 am to
2:30 pm
(time is tentative)

 

lunch included

Marriott Denver Tech Center Hotel
4900 S. Syracuse St., 80237
Phone:  303.779.1100

CLICK HERE for seminar flyer and to fax or mail your registration.

        CLICK HERE to register online.

 


Upcoming events

 

Event Description

Date/Time

Location

TIME Magazine Quality
Dealer
Award Nominations
DUE: Thursday, July 26 Nominations are now being accepted for Colorado's TIME Magazine Quality Dealer Award (TMQDA) for 2008. Official nomination forms were mailed to members in May. For more information please contact CADA at 303.831.1722.
CADA Management & Leadership Summit Wednesday, Aug. 15
(time to be announced)
Registration form and more details to be available soon.

CADA Annual Golf Event

Monday, Aug.27


-Sponsor Welcome
11:30 a.m.
 

-Noon shotgun start

Valley Country Club

14601 Country Club Dr.

Aurora, 80016

 

CLICK HERE for more details on Valley Country Club.

  CLICK HERE for a reminder flyer to save the date.

CADA Regional Member Briefings

 

Ten meetings
for dealers
across Colorado

CLICK HERE for a
full list of meeting locations, dates and times and to register online.

Attendees can register through
CADA via phone, fax or email .
P: 303.831.1722, F: 303.831.9100
or E-mail: rsvp@cadaonline.org
 

*
Please note different RSVP
for Colorado Springs and
Pueblo meetings. 

MDADA Annual
Membership Meeting

Tuesday, Nov. 27

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

lunch included

Cherry Hills Country Club
4125 S. University Blvd.
Cherry Hills Village, 80113

Attendees can register through
CADA via phone, fax or email .
P: 303.831.1722, F: 303.831.9100

or E-mail: rsvp@cadaonline.org


VIDMAR HONORED FOR 30TH ANNIVERSARY AS HONDA DEALERSHIP

Vidmar Motor Co. celebrated 30 years as a Honda dealer on Friday, June 22, with a
ceremony and presentation of a plaque by American Honda executives to management
of the Pueblo dealership.

Founded in August 1945, Vidmar Motor Co. was one of the first auto dealerships in Colorado to represent Honda. Last year the company strengthened its Honda presence by moving the Honda dealership
to a larger building at 600 N. Albany Ave., next to its Volkswagen store
and across the street from its Chrysler/Jeep dealership.

Vidmar has invested more than $1.2 million in remodeling the sales and service facility,
and it now dovetails with the Honda corporation’s most recent building retail image. A
grand opening will be celebrated in October, in conjunction with the launch of the all-new,
2008 Honda Accord.

The 30-year anniversary marks another significant step in the evolution of Vidmar Motor Co.
After opening the dealership to sell Oldsmobiles, the late Jake Vidmar added Jeep in 1963,
and then Honda. Jake’s son William began working at the dealership after graduating from Colorado State University. In 1986, Bill and his wife Barbara directed construction of a new Honda facility across the street from Jake Vidmar’s original building, and Barb took the reins
as the Honda store’s general manager.

Their son Derek began working at the dealership in 1999, and was named general manager in 2004 after graduating from the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) dealer candidate school and shortly after Bill
and Barb retired.

 

Daughter Shawn headed the information technology program when she started with the dealership in 1999, and then became fixed operations director after also graduating from the NADA dealer candidate school. She continues to help with
fixed operations while serving as a teacher at Colorado State University-Pueblo and Pueblo Community College.

Members of the Vidmar family have long served their industry in a number of key regional and national posts with automobile dealership organizations.

Jake was a member of the board of directors for the Colorado Automobile Dealers Association (CADA), and a member of Oldsmobile’s Dealer Advisory Board.

Bill also served on the CADA board, and was director for Colorado for NADA. He was also a member of the dealer advisory boards for Chrysler and Oldsmobile.
 
Barb was a board member of the American International Automobile Dealers Association (AIADA), and served as its chairwoman in 2000. She has served on the board of the NADA Charitable Foundation for almost 20 years, and is a district director on CADA’s board. In 2000, Automotive News named her one of the top 100 women in the North American auto industry.   

Having stepped away from day-to-day management at Vidmar Motor Co., Barbara ran for and was elected to the Pueblo city council in 2006, and is now its vice president.
   
For more information on Vidmar Honda products and services, call 719.544.5844, or toll-free
at 800.453.8688. The dealership’s email address is sales@vidmarmotor.com.
 

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