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Fri, 19 Oct 2012|

A for engaged workers | Lapham: Easy on ABCs | Lincoln's new studio

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The bottom line is that according to your employees you -- as employers 95%. Why that number represents new bragging rights for some of the best auto dealerships in the US. That's next. Welcome on this Friday. I'm -- Snyder and for Tom -- back. A question for you dealers out there ever wonder what employers are saying about your when your not around how engaged are they really. Apparently. Quite a bit. While national engagement studies have revealed that only 41%. Of employees are considered gates. That percentage for you the group of winners is 95%. Yes. Peter Burke is president and co-founder of the research firm best companies group. Over the past year and a half Automotive News has worked with best companies to identify which dealerships are the best to work for. On Wednesday the top 100 stores were saluted at the Ritz Carlton in Chicago. That honor is mostly based on a lengthy survey of employees. And the conclusion. Dealers are doing better than their peers in other industries. This group of the top 100. Is a really really strong group of employers in fact we managed forty -- so these programs around the country. And the engagement scores for the top 100 best dealerships to work for it is the strongest group. Best places to work that we had. The survey covers topics like corporate culture communications trust and getting along with the boss. And then it really gets interest. Employees willingness to give extra effort on behalf of the organization or how long they've played this day with the organization. -- those types of questions we're really couldn't drill down and find out how connected these employees are there players. But wire dealers scoring so high. I'm not really sure why I think beat the employers in this particular industry have really focused. Creating environments. Where trust him. And respect permeate the culture. And he says there were so many applicants some excellent work places didn't even make the list that top 100 really the cream of the crop and it. Do you have a theory send us a direct message on Twitter at auto news TV. Auto supply giant magna says infinity is chosen handle some -- of a future premium compact car itself. In May Canada's magna and Infiniti announced a deal to have magna assemble the car in Austria. Consumer reports has a new auto testing director. Former GM engineer Jake Fisher replaces David Champion who left in August to rejoin Nissan. And Lincoln. Formerly opening its new design studio in Dearborn Michigan the brand's first dedicated designs that are in four decades. And speaking of the world of MK's season MK US's. Here's Automotive News executive editor -- -- Do you ever get the feeling that the auto industry is turning into a great big cattle alphabet soup. For one thing more and more vehicle lanes there alphanumeric contractions or worse yet just a handful letters. I'm with the judges for the North American car and truck of the year and this year are shortlist includes. The Cadillac ATF's. The Lincoln and Khazei. -- on FRS Subaru BRZ. Acura RD XB MWX one. Infiniti JX 35. And Mazda CX five. For another thing it's all the rage for corporate titles to get shorthand designations like. CEO for Chief Executive Officer and see all all for chief operating officer. Now we have see them all for chief marketing officer. C all for chief information officer CT all for chief technology officer and -- at all for chief financial officer. Look I understand the allure of being CF fault instead of just had been counter. But when it comes to alphabet soup. Too many chiefs. Spoiled -- I'm Edward lap and that's IC. Thanks dead. And that's our time for today. Comes back on Monday have a great weekend we'll see you all back here. Then.

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    Eight polling that Tug of war what heavy duty YouTube has poured threatening to life. You're watching auto news now. Good to see you on this Monday. I'm Tom back for Ford and Chrysler the stakes couldn't be higher. According to true cart dot com heavy duty pickups represent 23%. Of all pick up sales in the US. In one of the main reasons to buy a big truck. Towing capability. a battle is raging between Ford and Chrysler's ram Brad. Over who can claim best in class Ford is threatening legal action if keeps claiming its pickups have besting class We're talking so called fifth wheel or goose neck trailer is connected in the pick up that. So here's the issue. Ford says 2015. F 454. By four crew cab can 31200. House. That's about 12100 pounds more than the highest capacity 3500. Which is rated at 30000. Pounds. But rim says the trucks are not even in the same class. It's is the F 450 is a class four pick up in fact the only class four pick up on the market. says the 3500. Actually competes against the F 350. In GM's 3500. Heavy duties. Reporter Larry tells us Ford does something no other automaker does when setting its maximum payload for the F series. It removes items like the radio. The spare tire the Jack. In the center console in order to produced the maximum number for its payload that's a questionable practice because a component truck over. Into another class. Larry says under the system used by other auto makers the F 450 would be considered class war. For more story in today's print and digital editions of Automotive News. Ford is raising prices on the new one in fifteen aluminum body F 150 pick up. Like 340 dollars to 3385. Bucks. The king ranch sees the biggest price increase over the 2014 model. Ford however has upped the standard equipment in all models of the truck for example to information screens are standard. Our Richard true it is also reporting the auto maker is trimming the number of F 150 models from eleven to five. With the new truck arrives this fall popular name plates such as the raptor in limited will be gone. Dealers started ordering the pick ups today. More business may be on the way to service based in GM dealerships. That's because the auto maker is offering buyers of its 2015 models for monthly vehicle diagnostic reports through OnStar. The move also allows customers to sign up to receive maintenance notifications from their stores. Both services will be offered at no charge for five years under a plan named OnStar basic. Previously. They were available only to paying OnStar subscribers. GM says that customers who are emailed me notifications from their dealerships. Come in for two additional service visits a year on average. Compared with customers who don't receive that. Cash for clunkers a phrase that was all the rage five years ago this month. Officially known as the car allowance rebate system clunkers was a lifeline at a desperate time in the US auto industry. US sales in June of 2009 dropped 28%. wasn't so lawful because every other month that your have been worse. But thanks to clunkers which provided consumers as much as 4500 bucks to trade in an old gas guzzler for a more fuel efficient new vehicle. July 2009 sales were off just 12%. In August sales that year were up 1%. In the end nearly 700000. Vehicles were traded in through the two point 85 billion dollar federal program. Have a great day everyone. We'll see you back here tomorrow.

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