Dealers anxiously await off-lease vehicles

For several years, Yegor Malinovskii found it difficult to find quality used vehicles at reasonable prices.

The market president of Berlin City Auto Group in Portland, Maine, searched everywhere. He tried the service drives of his eight dealerships in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, and cold-calling people who had listed their vehicles for sale on Craigslist.

But relief is on the way for Malinovskii and other dealers who are in a similar circumstance. The spigot of off-lease and other used vehicles is getting ready to open, big time.

At a time when new-vehicle sales may be growing more slowly, dealerships hoping to turn more to used-car sales will find plenty of supply. But dealers will need skill to successfully take advantage of the increased supply.

“I’m saying “yes’!” said Malinovskii, at the prospect of a more plentiful pool of used vehicles. “If we get an influx of vehicles from the

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Volkswagen Dieselgate update: Dealers confront VW execs, FTC sues, sales hit the skids

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The Volkswagen Dieselgate scandal began making headlines over six months ago, so you might think that the worst of it would be over by now.

You would be wrong.

In recent days, VW’s U.S. dealers and its German executives have met at the National Automobile Dealers Association convention in Las Vegas; the Federal Trade Commission has filed a lawsuit against Volkswagen, submitting several well-known commercials as evidence against the automaker; and

... read more at: http://www.thecarconnection.com/news/1103227_volkswagen-dieselgate-update-dealers-confront-vw-execs-ftc-sues-sales-hit-the-skids

New Study Names Portland, Oregon, As Most EV-Friendly City In US

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Oregon Adopts A 50% Renewable Portfolio Standard

Another Milestone For US Wave Energy. #ThanksObama!

Oregon Votes To Accelerate Transportation Electrification

Oregon’s legislature has just adopted a bill to get the state off coal and onto renewables, and to use that renewable electricity to power the state’s cars, trucks, and buses. As my colleague, Noah Long, explains in a blog co-authored with Angus Duncan who chairs Oregon’s Global Warming Commission, this is a remarkable milestone.

Focusing here on the provisions of the bill designed to increase access to charging stations for electric vehicles, the bill instructs Oregon’s Public Utilities Commission to order electric utilities to propose programs and investments to “accelerate transportation electrification” by the end of this year.

This bipartisan vote builds upon the consensus in support of similar legislation in California and the recent approval of two widely supported proposals by San Diego Gas Electric and Southern California Edison to deploy charging stations for electric vehicles in a manner that helps soak up solar and wind

... read more at: http://cleantechnica.com/2016/03/03/oregon-votes-to-accelerate-transportation-electrification/

Cadillac will import CT6 plug-in from China

General Motors will begin importing a second model from China, the plug-in hybrid version of the Cadillac CT6 after the gasoline engine CT6 goes on sale later this year.

The gasoline engine CT6 goes into production next month at GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck plant, where workers assemble the Chevrolet Volt extended-range plug-in electric car, the Chevrolet Impala, the 2017 Buick LaCrosse and the Cadillac ELR.

On Sunday, Buick unveiled its Envision midsize crossover, which will go on sale in the U.S. this summer. Workers at one of GM’s joint venture factories in Yantai, China, produce the Envision.

Despite protests from the UAW, Envision is being imported because it’s been sold in China for more than a year and it fills

... read more at: http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/story/news/local/2016/01/16/cadillac-will-import-ct-plug-china/78895726/