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The U.S. auto industry is on pace to sell 1.5 million more vehicles this year than in 2012, or 16 million, and full-size pickup trucks are a factor, with those sales up 20%. Crossover utility vehicles are also more popular, Joann Muller writes, while the Toyota Camry is expected to be the best-selling passenger vehicle. Forbes (11/11)
In-vehicle technologies designed to entertain, inform and assist drivers are getting negative reviews from multiple sources, Alex Davies writes. While self-driving cars will be an improvement, today’s cars are too often providing driver distractions while keeping the responsibility of driving on humans, Davies argues. Business Insider (11/11)
Nominations are being accepted for AAIA’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee. Individuals interested in being considered for nomination or nominating others are encouraged to do so by Nov. 15. Nominees for the three-year Board terms (beginning July 1) of office must have served on an AAIA committee or segment committee for a minimum of one year and be employed by an AAIA member company in good standing. Candidates for the one-year Executive Committee terms (beginning July 1) of office must have served on the AAIA Board of Directors for a minimum of one year. If you are interested in submitting a name for consideration, please complete the appropriate form and e-mail it with an updated bio and photo to Meg Lewis. Go here for the Executive Committee form and go here for the Board of Directors form. All nominations must be received no later than Nov. 15 to be eligible for consideration. If you require additional information, contact Meg Lewis via e-mail or call 240-333-1020. The AAIA Nominating Committee will meet on Dec. 18 in Bethesda, Md., to review qualified nominations.
Car Care Council News
The Car Care Council Women’s Board is pleased to announce the winners of the 2013 Automotive Communications Awards. The recipients were honoured during the 16th annual Women’s Board reception, which took place Tuesday, Nov. 5, at the Sands Expo Centre during the Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo in Las Vegas. The Automotive Communications Awards are sponsored by the Women’s Board and supported by the Automotive Communication Council. The awards applaud companies/agencies that provide automotive information through outstanding advertising, marketing and public relations efforts. Go online for a full list of winners, including best in show.
When employees want a promotion you don’t think they’re ready for, it’s up to you to handle things sensitively, writes Karin Hurt. That doesn’t mean sugar-coating; rather, it means giving clear feedback and concrete, actionable tips for improving. “Nurturing self-awareness is a gift. Help others to see themselves as others see them,” Hurt advises. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (11/7)
If you have to work with someone who is rude or overly aggressive, don’t let their attitude affect your professionalism, executive coach Lisa Parker writes. Calmly let the offender know that you don’t appreciate their behaviour, and seek help from HR if the situation doesn’t improve. “Provide specific examples of the offending behaviour and the steps you took to address the situation,” Parker writes. TrainingMag.com (11/4)
Marketing experts can help close the gap between marketing and sales by identifying critical customer insights, writes George de los Reyes. The marketing team should get sales representatives involved as it works to create buyer personas, analyse the purchasing process used by customers and listen to feedback on social media, he writes. Sales Benchmark Index/Sales & Marketing Effectiveness Blog (11/10)
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