Edmunds 10 Notable New Cars List for 2019 Includes Ram, Volvo, Subaru

First Up 09/07/18

Beltway Talk Podcast: Q&A with Kia's Christopher Wenk
On the latest episode of AIADA’s Beltway Talk podcast, Christopher Wenk, Vice President of Government Affairs at Kia’s Washington, D.C., office sits down with Hannah Oliver to discuss his role, some of the challenges he sees facing dealers today, and the positive impact Kia has on the communities it touches. He explains why the trade and tariff issues are especially important to dealers and international brand manufacturers like Kia this year, as well as what Kia dealers can do to stay involved on issues that affect their businesses. Listen in and subscribe to the Beltway Talk podcast here.

U.S.-Canada Talks Grind On, But 'Final' Issues Unresolved
Reuters reports that U.S. and Canadian negotiators pushed ahead in grinding talks to rescue the North American Free Trade Agreement on Thursday, but a few stubborn issues stood in the way of a deal, including dairy quotas, protection for Canadian media companies, and how to resolve future trade disputes. A U.S. source familiar with the discussions in Washington said it was still unclear whether the two sides could bridge the gaps or whether President Donald Trump will opt for a Mexico-only bilateral trade deal. Trump has set a deadline for a deal this week, prompting aides to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland to work well into the evening on Thursday to find ways to move forward. Read more here. 

Manley Will Announce New FCA Management Team by End of Sept.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' new CEO, Mike Manley, will announce his management team by the end of September, the company's chairman said at a shareholder meeting called to vote on his appointment. According to Automotive News, Manley took the helm at FCA on July 21, four days before the death of former CEO Sergio Marchionne. FCA Chairman John Elkann said Manley was the only candidate to succeed Marchionne. Manley has been the largest single contributor to FCA's success, having led Jeep, Ram and the Asia Pacific region, which is FCA's biggest growth opportunity, Elkann said. The decision to appoint Manley was based on succession plans the board were working on with Marchionne for his planned departure in 2019, he said. A minute's silence was held before the start of FCA's extraordinary shareholders meeting in Amsterdam on Friday. Read more here. 

Edmunds 10 Notable New Cars List for 2019 Includes Ram, Volvo, Subaru
The 2019 model year vehicles are hitting dealerships right now, reports USA Today. Trucks are a big deal, and new and improved full-size pickups from General Motors and Ram will offer buyers a bumper crop of choices. But the 2019 model year will also debut new and innovative sedans, hybrids, and electric vehicles. Although there isn't enough room here for a comprehensive list, USA Today is featuring a list of 10 vehicles that highlight the best of what consumers can expect at dealerships now or in the near future. Vehicles include the 2019 BMW 8 Series. The BMW 8 Series coupe returns after a 20-plus-year hiatus. The new version will come in just one trim level to start, the M850i xDrive. It features a 523-horsepower turbocharged V8 and all-wheel drive. Read more here.

Ford Recalls 2 Million Trucks After Reports of Seat Belt Malfunction
Ford Motor Co. is recalling about two million pickup trucks after it received reports of a seat-belt equipment malfunction that could cause smoke or fire, marking a setback for its top-selling F-Series product line that generates the bulk of its profit. According to The Wall Street Journal, the Michigan-based automaker said Thursday the recall is for F-150 vehicles between the model years 2015 through 2018. The vehicles were built at plants in Missouri and Michigan. Ford said devices that automatically tighten passenger seat belts, known as pretensioners, “can generate excessive sparks when they deploy” and that it knows of 23 total reports of smoke or fire in North America, the bulk of which took place in the U.S. Some seat-belt pretensioners use an explosive charge when the car’s sensors detect a sudden deceleration from an accident. That triggers a mechanism to immediately retract the belt and lock it into place, removing slack and helping to pull a front-seat occupant’s body back just before the impact, reducing injury risk. Read more here. 

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