November 28, 2007
Volume #1, Issue #48

Automotive News at a Glance



     - Support El Paso County's

       Senator Cadman 

     - Support Those Who Support

       Our Industry 

     - Industry Concerns to be Discussed

       with U.S. Congressman Udall


     - Hazmat Employees Must Be Trained

     - IRS Issues Guidance on

       Tool Reimbursement Plans

     - NADA Regulatory Review

       Available Online


     - Upcoming Events


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Listed here are several articles pertaining to the auto industry that appeared recently in newspapers and other media outlets across the nation

  • Program aims to cut CO2
    The Fort Collins Coloradoan, Nov. 27
    While environmentalists are pushing the adoption of tighter emissions control on new cars to reach Gov. Ritter's air quality objectives, auto dealers are saying the plan does not take the dirtiest cars off the road.

  • Slow auto sales predicted for 2008
    The Detroit News, Nov. 23

    U.S. auto sales are likely to remain sluggish and may fall again next year due to a deepening slump in the housing market that is eroding consumer confidence, say automakers, consulting and investment firms.

  • Bush should step up on warming
    The Denver Post, Nov. 23
    The science is in. A Nobel prize-winning panel of 2,500 of the world's leading climate researchers last week spoke with one voice in describing the devastation that will be caused if the world continues to spew greenhouse gases into the atmosphere at the current rate.

  • Op Ed: Consequences
    The Pueblo Chieftain, Nov. 20

    Russell George, executive director of the Colorado Department of Transportation, instituted better lines of communication within the department in order to make things work more efficiently and to save taxpayer dollars.

    He did this without any prodding from Gov. Bill Ritter. Rather, it started out with a request from workers to discuss a faulty new computer system installed during the previous administration.

  • FUEL RULE FOCAL POINT: It's Ann Arbor lab's job to develop tougher standards
    Detroit Free Press, Nov. 25

    Along Plymouth Road, down the street from Pfizer's emptying Ann Arbor drug research center, a laboratory plays a key role in the debate over new standards for vehicle emissions and fuel economy.

    Scores of scientists, researchers and economists at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's vehicle testing lab have been working since May to help develop new rules aimed at reducing gasoline use.


  • Smart car has huge hurdles
    Detroit Free Press, Nov. 22

    SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Linda Moudakas drives a Mercedes-Benz sedan with 140,000 miles on the odometer. For her next car, she's thinking of downsizing. Really downsizing.

    She's in line to buy something that looks like a glorified golf cart, a car so short it can theoretically be legally parked head first along a curb. No hood. No trunk.

    Behold, the Smart car.

  • Auto dealer helps soldiers come home for Christmas
    The Daily Republic, Nov. 22

    SIOUX FALLS -- A Sioux Falls auto dealer is helping 185 National Guard soldiers come home to South Dakota for the holidays.

CADA forwards news articles and opinion columns of interest through Open Road
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.


support el paso county's Senator cadman

Plan to attend the swearing-in reception and fundraiser for Rep. (soon to be Senator) Bill Cadman. The event will take place at CADA Headquarters on Dec. 11 at 5:30 p.m. Sen. Cadman will now represent Senate District 10 in El Paso County. We hope that you will be able to join us and show the industry’s support for someone who has in the past, supported our industryCLICK HERE  to see the invitation.


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Support those who support our industry

Take part in a special fundraiser for Rep. Spencer Swalm
of House District 37

State Rep. Swalm has been an avid supporter of our industry and we need you to come and show your support! The event will take place just after the adjournment of the Dec. 11 Legislative Policy Committee meeting at 9 a.m. at CADA headquarters at 290 E Speer Blvd. If you cannot attend, please consider making a contribution to “Citizens for Spencer Swalm.” RSVP to Nancy Burke at or by calling 303.457.5115.


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Industry concerns to be discussed with u.s. congressman udall


CADA has scheduled a meeting with Congressmen Mark Udall (D) CD-2, to discuss our concerns and subsequent challenges that our industry faces with the possibility of higher emissions standards at the federal level as a component of the energy bill. The meeting is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 17, 2007, from 4 - 4:30 p.m. at CADA Headquarters 290 E. Speer Blvd., Denver, CO 80203. 


Talking points that support the Hill-Terry legislation include:

Our industry supports the Hill-Terry bill (H.R. 2927) to reform the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) program and to improve the fuel economy of passenger cars and light trucks. The Hill-Terry bill will require substantial increases in fuel economy while protecting the jobs and benefits of active and retired auto workers. It will improve fuel economy by as much as 40 percent. By establishing reasonable fuel economy standards that are economically and technologically feasible, H.R. 2927 ensures that financially troubled automakers will be able to afford the retooling costs, and will not be forced to close more plants or slash health care benefits for active and retired workers. Furthermore, by maintaining the distinction in the CAFE program between passenger cars and light trucks, the Hill-Terry bill ensures that consumers will still be able to choose a vehicle that is right for them.

Please oppose the more extreme measure introduced by Rep. Markey (H.R. 1506). This proposal is not economically feasible for the auto companies, and would threaten the jobs and benefits of active and retired workers in the auto industry. By mandating a 35-mpg standard for the combined passenger car and light truck fleets by 2018, the Markey bill would force GM, Ford and Chrysler to curtail production of pickup trucks, SUVs and minivans, resulting in more plant closings and jobs loss.

If you look at what we are supporting today, it's an increase in CAFE of almost 40 percent, and that's unprecedented. Please protect the jobs and benefits of active and retired auto workers. Support the sensible Hill-Terry bill (H.R. 2927).

If you are interested in sharing our industry’s concerns with Congressman Udall, please contact Nancy Burke at or by calling 303.457.5115.





Dealership parts, service and body shops often receive and/or ship hazardous materials, including air bags, seat belt pretensioners, chemicals, solvents, oils, wastes, and batteries (this includes lithium batteries found in remote, keyless-entry devices, tire pressure monitors, and other equipment). Dealership employees who receive, ship, or transport hazmat must be trained every three years regarding the Department of Transportation’s packaging, labeling, and shipping rules. Dealerships that fail to handle their hazmat properly have often faced fines. 


Compliance assistance is available through NADA’s A Dealer Guide to the Federal Hazmat Transportation Regulations, L37 as well as in the “Hazmat” section on the Regulatory Affairs page of (member login required). Dealers may also call the DOT Hazardous Material Information Center at 800.467.4922, and visit the Portable Rechargeable Battery Association at for specific battery related information. 


Additionally, contact KPA, CADA’s endorsed provider for comprehensive, dealership-specific compliance services covering environmental regulations, OSHA, Department of Transportation handling requirements, employee safety, and hazardous materials handling. 

 ţ CADA Endorsed Provider

Contact:  KPA , Scot Corn

303.228.8772, 303.875.5634 (cell),

1380 Forest Park Circle, Suite 140, Lafayette CO 80026


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IRS Issues guidance on tool reimbursement plans

The Office of General Counsel of the Internal Revenue Service issued an advisory memorandum addressing when and whether “purported reimbursements” under a tool plan may be excluded from wages for employment tax purposes. If you have or are considering a tool reimbursement program, you and your tax professional should consult this memorandum. It can be accessed at  


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NADA Regulatory Review Available Online

Regulatory Review, which is published quarterly by the NADA Public and Legal Affairs Groups, contains the latest federal regulatory developments that affect franchised new-vehicle dealers. Regulatory Review is now available on NADA's Web site at, under "Publications” (member login required). 




If you have questions on any legal or regulatory topics, please contact:

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.


Event Description Date/Time Location
Legislative Policy Committee (LPC) Meeting Tuesday, Dec. 11
7:30 a.m.
William D. Barrow Building
(CADA Headquarters)
290 E. Speer Blvd, 80203
(SW Corner of Grant/Speer)
Fundraiser for
Rep. Spencer Swalm
Tuesday, Dec. 11
9 a.m. (immediately following LPC Meeting)
William D. Barrow Building
(CADA Headquarters)
290 E. Speer Blvd, 80203
(SW Corner of Grant/Speer)
Rep. Bill Cadman
Tuesday, Dec. 11
5:30 p.m.
William D. Barrow Building
(CADA Headquarters)
290 E. Speer Blvd, 80203
(SW Corner of Grant/Speer)
CLICK HERE  to view the RSVP form.
NADA 91st Annual Convention & Expo Feb.9-12, 2008 Moscone Center,
San Francisco, CA
Denver International
Auto Show
March 26-30, 2008 Colorado Convention Center, Denver
CADA Golf Event

Monday, Sept. 8, 2008

Columbine Country Club
17 Fairway Lane
Columbine Valley, 80123



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