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2024 CNCDA Media Hits

2024 TRACKED HITS: 142 YTD (2023 HITS: 178 total)

MAY – (30 hits)

60,000 vehicles in Sacramento reportedly have deadly airbags: OTS says
https://fox40.com/news/local-news/sacramento/60000-vehicles-in-sacramento-reportedly-have-deadly-airbags-ots-says

Are Californians Falling Out Of Love With Tesla? New registration data shows two quarters of decline for Tesla, but the overall picture is more complex.
https://www.autoweek.com/news/a60717531/tesla-registrations-decline-california

California Auto Market Shows Resilience Despite Tesla’s Decline in Market Share – Brian Maas | CNCDA – CBT News Interview
https://www.cbtnews.com/california-auto-market-shows-resilience-despite-teslas-decline-in-market-share-brain-maas-cncda/

Californians appear to be losing enthusiasm for Tesla
https://uk.news.yahoo.com/californians-appear-losing-enthusiasm-tesla-140932280.html?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbS8&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAKLr0bpbgKomlc4s9NQVVX3AeIl5TjMlDSaiVo_EGBwo70477JDptWTDITgkJvX9TxTmFkWAVqRJRvYtguwGxfSrAjx-7OTSEo5UTTY-XhStahpn68EV49WWoWwdvj42jw6_dfML8IxjSKqC4wxdA_4JhdaAZDFahDiGgZ010CHk

Californians appear to be losing enthusiasm for Tesla
https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.businessinsider.com/teslas-registrations-fall-in-california-market-share-sales-2024-4&ct=ga&cd=CAEYAioTNzY1MTQyMjUzMTM0MzMyNTY3NzIaNDhiMGEyOTE1NDQ3ZjkwMzpjb206ZW46VVM&usg=AOvVaw2U8FA-TT1aa4FykROM5No7

California EV sales kick off strong this year despite recent slump, Tesla fatigue
https://www.sacbee.com/news/california/article288150190.html

California EV sales kick off strong this year despite recent slump, Tesla fatigue
https://www.aol.com/california-ev-sales-kick-off-180629195.html

California EV sales kick off strong this year despite recent slump, Tesla fatigue
https://ca.news.yahoo.com/california-ev-sales-kick-off-180629751.html

Californian drivers appear to be losing some enthusiasm for Tesla.
https://africa.businessinsider.com/transportation/californians-appear-to-be-losing-enthusiasm-for-tesla/qdqs4jj

Californians Urged to Fix Urgent Vehicle Safety Recalls
https://scvnews.com/check-to-protect-state-federal-agencies-encourage-california-residents-to-fix-urgent-vehicle-safety-recalls/

Check to Protect’ campaign launched in California to aid Takata air bag replacements
https://www.repairerdrivennews.com/2024/05/17/check-to-protect-campaign-launched-in-california-to-aid-takata-air-bag-replacements/

Check to Protect: State, Federal Agencies Encourage California Residents to Fix Urgent Vehicle Safety Recalls. FREE Recall Repairs Available at Any Dealership
https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20240514458662/en/Check-to-Protect-State-Federal-Agencies-Encourage-California-Residents-to-Fix-Urgent-Vehicle-Safety-Recalls

Check to Protect: State, Federal Agencies Encourage California Residents to Fix Urgent Vehicle Safety Recalls
https://finance.yahoo.com/news/check-protect-state-federal-agencies-173000523.html

CNCDA report shows dip in Tesla registrations in California; drop in BEV market share; hybrids up
https://www.greencarcongress.com/2024/05/20240504-cncda.html

Ford’s $120,000 Loss Per Vehicle Shows California EV Goals Are Impossible
https://www.zerohedge.com/political/fords-120000-loss-vehicle-shows-california-ev-goals-are-impossible

Editorial | New, cheaper, Chinese EVs could change the market and climate change goals
https://www.santacruzsentinel.com/2024/05/15/editorial-new-cheaper-chinese-evs-could-change-the-market-and-climate-change-goals/

Elon Musk’s California bashing is costing Tesla sales. “Californians’ love affair” with Tesla may have peaked, a local dealers’ association said.
https://qz.com/tesla-ev-sales-decline-elon-musk-california-criticism-1851445535

Elon Musk Pulls Plug on Tesla’s Charging Department. Electric car mogul announced ‘hardcore’ layoffs of workers in its Supercharger network.
https://www.cspdailynews.com/technologyservices/elon-musk-pulls-plug-teslas-charging-department

EV market share sags in California, though EV sales are up
https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1143034_ev-market-share-sags-in-california-though-ev-sales-are-up

EV Sales Are Growing But Hybrid Sales Are Exploding
https://www.theautopian.com/ev-sales-are-growing-but-hybrid-sales-are-exploding/

The EV Sales Seesaw Continues — Tesla Down In California, Volkswagen Up In China
https://cleantechnica.com/2024/05/01/the-ev-sales-seesaw-continues-tesla-down-in-california-volkswagen-up-in-china

New Vehicle Registrations in California Rose, While Tesla Registrations Dropped Again
https://www.claimsjournal.com/news/national/2024/05/01/323303.htm

ROSEVILLE — Barbara Rooney, director of Office of Traffic Safety; Brian Maas, president of the New Car Dealers Assn.; others; discuss “Airbag Recall Awareness” to “inform drivers that all vehicle recalls can be repaired for free at authorized dealers, regardless of where the vehicle was purchased.” 10 a.m., 700 Automall Dr. Contact: Tim Weisberg, timothy.weisberg@ots.ca.gov. Also listed: Lonny Haschel, National Safety Council.

Roseville event reminds drivers to check their airbags. CNCDA President, Brian Maas, was featured on the TV aired version of this online story as he spoke at the event and with the media.
https://www.kcra.com/article/roseville-airbag-recall-event/60781936

Sales of zero-emission vehicles in California up slightly
https://www.dailyitem.com/wire/business/sales-of-zero-emission-vehicles-in-california-up-slightly/article_94863a05-cd91-5f68-98c1-a5f7ccbda296.html

Tesla’s Popularity Plummets Amidst Musk’s Controversies!
https://www.reformaustin.org/tech/teslas-popularity-plummets-amidst-musks-controversies

This was the best-selling car in California in 2023 — and it’s not even close
https://www.kron4.com/news/california/this-was-the-best-selling-car-in-california-in-2023-and-its-not-even-close

This was the best-selling car in California in 2023 — and it’s not even close
https://finance.yahoo.com/news/best-selling-car-california-2023-213020999.html

APRIL —  (30 hits)

As Biden calls for massive increase in EVs, California’s experience predicts a rocky road
https://nypost.com/2024/04/06/opinion/californias-ev-experience-maps-a-rocky-road-for-other-states

Biden’s Push For A Huge Boost In EVs Suggests A Challenging Path Ahead, Mirroring California’s Experience
https://www.theartistree.fm/journal/339291/bidens-push-for-a-huge-boost-in-evs-suggests-a-challenging-path-ahead-mirroring-californias-experience

Bloom Is Off The Rose For Ford F-150 Lightning – MediaPost
https://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/393417/bloom-is-off-the-rose-for-ford-f-150-lightning.html?edition=

California doesn’t need Elon Musk (except when it does)
https://www.politico.com/newsletters/california-climate/2024/04/29/california-doesnt-need-elon-musk-except-when-it-does-00155051

California Love Fadin’ For Tesla? EV Giant’s Registrations Plummet As Rivian, Mercedes And BMW Gain Ground
https://www.benzinga.com/news/24/04/38516918/california-love-fadin-for-tesla-ev-giants-registrations-plummet-as-rivian-mercedes-and-bmw-gain-grou

California New Car Dealers Association says Tesla sales ‘may have peaked’
https://www.tipranks.com/news/the-fly/california-new-car-dealers-association-says-tesla-sales-may-have-peaked

California’s Plug-In Car Sales Continued To Increase In Q1 2024
https://www.msn.com/en-sg/news/other/california-s-plug-in-car-sales-continued-to-increase-in-q1-2024/ar-AA1nWiyY?apiversion=v2&noservercache=1&domshim=1&renderwebcomponents=1&wcseo=1&batchservertelemetry=1&noservertelemetry=1

California’s Plug-In Car Sales Continued To Increase In Q1 2024. The volume exceeded 105,000, but the growth rate was alarmingly slow.
https://insideevs.com/news/717907/california-plugin-car-sales-2024q1

Capitol Morning Report – 4/30/24 — California New Car Dealers Assn. releases “California Auto Outlook ” for the first quarter of 2024, finds that new vehicle sales increased .7% with 431,638 sales posted, which marks the state’s “sixth consecutive quarterly increase” in new registrations; also finds “combined sales of battery electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids, hybrids, and fuel cell vehicles” accounted “for 37.5% of the market share last quarter, up from just 11.6% in 2018.” Contact: Autumn Heacox, aheacox@cncda.org

Elon Musk publicly dumped California for Texas—now Golden State customers are getting revenge, dumping Tesla in droves
https://fortune.com/2024/04/29/elon-musk-tesla-model-3-california-customers-revenge-toyota-honda

Elon Musk’s California bashing is costing Tesla sales. “Californians’ love affair” with Tesla may have peaked, a local dealers’ association said.
https://qz.com/tesla-ev-sales-decline-elon-musk-california-criticism-1851445535

Elon Musk publicly dumped California for Texas—now Golden State customers are getting revenge, dumping Tesla in droves
https://www.aol.com/elon-musk-publicly-dumped-california-210135431.html?ref=biztoc.com

EV Makers Hitting Empty
https://labusinessjournal.com/featured/ev-3

Has California reached peak Tesla? Sales dip for second straight quarter in key EV market.
https://www.bostonglobe.com/2024/04/29/business/has-california-reached-peak-tesla-sales-dip-second-straight-quarter-key-ev-market

NADA Headlines – 4/30/24 – Tesla Sales Have Peaked in California, Industry Group Predicts
https://www.nada.org/?utm_term=www.nada.org&utm_campaign=Mercedes%20Earnings%20Drop%20on%20Model%20Changeovers%25252C%20EV%20Slump&utm_content=email&utm_source=Act-On+Software&utm_medium=email

Robotaxi regulators say Tesla hasn’t contacted them about plans teased by Musk. Elon Musk said this month he plans to unveil a Tesla robotaxi this summer, but Arizona, California and Nevada regulators said Tesla hasn’t applied for permits it would need.
https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/innovation/robotaxi-regulators-say-tesla-hasnt-contacted-plans-rcna147456

Social Media Commentary – 4/30/24 — EnergyPoint Research’s Post
https://www.linkedin.com/posts/energypoint-research-inc%2E_evs-automakers-mobility-activity-7191103641943003137-19AQ?utm_source=share&utm_medium=member_desktop

Social Media Commentary – 4/30/24 – Doug Sheridan’s Post
https://www.linkedin.com/posts/sheridandoug_evs-automakers-mobility-activity-7191109607597989888-nnLT?utm_source=share&utm_medium=member_desktop

Tesla’s California registrations down second quarter in a row, dealer data shows

https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/teslas-california-registrations-down-second-190357202.html?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbS8&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAITWtMKrWCOYn5a7m8H5bWCcVPVQMgPHclOg5tZTLGS7jvA-Eg4nKn2pI1F_HEnog00klv9oR4bm6lwMvfZU9JozV9Gu5b5sMuYHgO-Ut1bDqaP1DeUIfO2UoEt3BEqPu1yavy_5xIvgnV4oOkiYpFaVqJv-I45guRh8ADSaqy5V

Tesla’s California registrations down second quarter in a row, dealer data shows
https://www.reuters.com/business/autos-transportation/teslas-california-registrations-down-second-quarter-row-dealer-data-shows-2024-04-29

Tesla’s California registrations down second quarter in a row, dealer data shows
https://www.msn.com/en-ca/money/topstories/tesla-s-california-registrations-down-second-quarter-in-a-row-dealer-datashows/arAA1nSxYJ?apiversion=v2&noservercache=1&domshim=1&renderwebcomponents=1&wcseo=1&batchservertelemetry=1&noservertelemetry=1

Tesla Falls Behind Toyota and Honda in California Market
https://www.thestockdork.com/tesla-falls-behind-toyota-and-honda-in-california-market

Tesla Sales Have Peaked in California, Industry Group Predicts. Carmaker lost 6.4 points of EV market share in first quarter. Musk-led company is under pressure from new competitors.
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2024-04-29/tesla-sales-peak-called-by-california-dealers-after-another-drop?srnd=undefined&sref=SPAOGrl1&leadSource=uverify%20wall&embedded-checkout=true

Tesla Sales Peak Called by California Dealers After Another Drop
https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/tesla-sales-peak-called-by-california-dealers-after-another-drop-1.2066596

Tesla Sales Peak Called by California Dealers After Another Drop
https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/tesla-sales-peak-called-by-california-dealers-after-another-drop-1.2066596?prefer_reader_view=1&prefer_safari=1

Tesla Takes a Hit in California as Customers Retaliate Against Elon Musk’s Relocation to Texas
https://www.msn.com/en-us/autos/news/tesla-takes-a-hit-in-california-as-customers-retaliate-against-elon-musk-s-relocation-to-texas/ss-AA1nV0iZ

Tesla’s Q1 sales fall 7.8% in California
https://breakingthenews.net/Article/Tesla%27s-Q1-sales-fall-7.8-in-California/61948980

There Are No EV Chargers At The US Capitol Wtih Hilary Haron
https://www.linkedin.com/posts/hilaryharon_there-are-no-ev-chargers-at-the-us-capitol-activity-7183157435518394368-Em1T?utm_source=share&utm_medium=member_desktop

Toyota vs. Tesla: Hybrids surge as EVs cool in bellwether California market, Q1 data shows. Q1 hybrid registrations in California rose 53% while full EVs gained 2.8%
https://www.autonews.com/retail/toyota-beats-tesla-hybrids-surge-california-registrations?utm_source=dontmiss&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20240430&utm_content=hero-headline

Q1 2024 CA Auto Outlook: Tesla registrations drop; Sales slip 7.8% YTD
https://www.ivpressonline.com/news/local/q1-2024-ca-auto-outlook-tesla-registrations-drop-sales-slip-7-8-ytd/article_eec31f4a-066a-11ef-ab42-af91544ceaa3.html

MARCH – (14 hits)

EVs Are at a Turning Point, It May Not Be What You Think
https://blog.ucsusa.org/don-anair/evs-are-at-a-turning-point-it-may-not-be-what-you-think

Capitol Morning Report – March 5 — KEEPING UP — The California New Car Dealers Assn. reports having hired Jamie Cowden as administrative assistant for events and operations. In the position, Cowden “will assist with the planning and executing compliance webinars and seminars, Dealer Day, and the association’s annual convention, as well as help manage the CNCDA Showroom (a free event space in Sacramento).” Prior to joining the association, Cowden worked at Sacramento Regional Builders Exchange’s Construction Industry Education Foundation for one year and at the Associated General Contractors of California for two years. Cowden succeeds Stacy Barawed who is now executive assistant to CNCDA Pres. Brian Maas. Contact: Autumn Heacox, aheacox@cncda.org.

Capitol Morning Report – March 20 — “Dealer Day 2024” sponsored by the California New Car Dealers Assn., members discuss “the future of the automotive industry” and “pending new laws relevant to California’s retail automotive industry;” $199. 9 a.m., Kimpton Sawyer Hotel, 500 J St. Contact: Autumn Heacox, aheacox@cncda.org. Registration closed. Followed by 4 p.m. legislative reception at Revival, Kimpton Sawyer Hotel.

DCH Subaru of Riverside [in Riverside, Calif.] recently joined forces with Operation Warm and the Salvation Army Riverside Corps to donate more than 280 new coats during an event for local children.
Volunteers at the Feb. 22 event helped fit children for the new clothing items. 
Source: Press Enterprise

Resurfaced study claims EV tires cause 1,850 times more partiuclate pollution than gasoline exhausts – and California is being slammed for ‘trying to conceal’ it. Who’s right?
https://www.aol.com/finance/resurfaced-study-claims-ev-tires-114400582.html

Resurfaced study claims EV tires cause 1,850 times more partiuclate pollution than gasoline exhausts – and California is being slammed for ‘trying to conceal’ it. Who’s right?
https://moneywise.com/news/investing/resurfaced-study-claims-evs-emit-particulate-pollution

Tesla, Toyota, Ford or Chevy: Which EVs and Hybrids Are the Best Buy for the Money?
https://au.finance.yahoo.com/news/tesla-toyota-ford-chevy-evs-172704380.html?prefer_reader_view=1&prefer_safari=1&guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbS8&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAKLr0bpbgKomlc4s9NQVVX3AeIl5TjMlDSaiVo_EGBwo70477JDptWTDITgkJvX9TxTmFkWAVqRJRvYtguwGxfSrAjx-7OTSEo5UTTY-XhStahpn68EV49WWoWwdvj42jw6_dfML8IxjSKqC4wxdA_4JhdaAZDFahDiGgZ010CHk

Why California home sales tumble as car purchases rise
https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/business/story/2024-03-17/why-california-home-sales-tumble-as-car-purchases-rise

Why California home sales tumble as car purchases rise. These 2 purchases often dance to different economic drums.
https://www.presstelegram.com/2024/03/07/why-california-home-sales-tumble-as-car-purchases-rise

Why California home sales tumble as car purchases rise. These 2 purchases often dance to different economic drums.
https://www.dailynews.com/2024/03/07/why-california-home-sales-tumble-as-car-purchases-rise

Why California home sales tumble as car purchases rise. – Orange County Register
https://www.ocregister.com/2024/03/07/why-california-home-sales-tumble-as-car-purchases-rise

Wilson Automotive in Orange reached a new achievement on March 16 when the dealership group founded by Dave Wilson sold its 1.5 millionth vehicle.
https://www.ocregister.com

Without Tesla, U.S. is only 3% of the way to DC fast-charger targets. The number of fast chargers being installed ‘is increasing, but also it’s not as fast as it should be. It’s not enough.
https://www.autonews.com/mobility-report/without-tesla-us-way-behind-dc-fast-charger-targets

Wilson Automotive in Orange reached a new achievement on March 16 when the dealership group founded by Dave Wilson sold its 1.5 millionth vehicle. Just seven years ago, Wilson Automotive celebrated its millionth vehicle sale on March 11, 2017. Founded in 1985, the company employs at least 2,100 and generates annual revenues of $3 billion.
https://www.ocregister.com/2024/03/25/status-update-tiddlywinks-in-old-towne-orange-reopens-in-neighboring-store

FEBRUARY- (38 hits)

Are recent declines in electric vehicle sales in California just a blip? Or a long-term trend?
https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/business/story/2024-02-25/are-recent-declines-in-electric-vehicle-sales-in-california-just-a-blip-or-a-long-term-trend

Bloom is off the rose for Ford F-150 lightning
https://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/393417/bloom-is-off-the-rose-for-ford-f-150-lightning.html?edition=133267

Californians bought a record number of electric cars in 2023. Can charging keep up?
https://sfstandard.com/2024/02/01/tesla-electric-cars-california-sales

Californians bought record numbers of electric cars as industry eyes slowdown
https://www.kpbs.org/news/environment/2024/02/01/californians-bought-record-numbers-of-electric-cars-as-industry-eyes-slowdown

Californians bought record numbers of electric cars as industry eyes slowdown
https://www.davisenterprise.com/news/californians-bought-record-numbers-of-electric-cars-as-industry-eyes-slowdown/article_9a83174c-c550-11ee-9850-ab1fda879a4e.html

Californians bought record numbers of electric cars as industry eyes slowdown. Some automakers are reducing production of electric cars and Tesla sales have dropped. Can California sustain its record pace and meet the state mandate?
https://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/news/californians-bought-record-numbers-of-electric-cars-as-industry-eyes-slowdo/?ref=recent

California Rises to 21.4% BEV Market Share, 33.8% of US BEV Market
https://cleantechnica.com/2024/02/22/california-rises-to-21-4-bev-market-share-33-8-of-us-bev-market

California’s electric vehicle sales declined in Q4, report says
https://spectrumnews1.com/ca/la-west/transportation/2024/01/31/california-s-electric-vehicle-sales-declined-in-q4–report-says

California EV Sales Decline For First Time In A Decade As State Continues Green Push
https://dailycaller.com/2024/02/15/california-ev-sales-decline-first-time-decade-green-push

California EV Sales Go On The Decline – Has The State Run Out Of Buyers Willing To Believe The Dream?
https://www.autospies.com/news/index.aspx?submissionid=119971

California EV sales see first decline in a decade: report. Tesla sales fell by 10.2% in the fourth quarter of 2023
https://www.foxnews.com/media/california-ev-sales-see-first-decline-decade-report

California EV Sales Slow Down Amid Government Ramp Up
https://www.itechpost.com/articles/121096/20240216/california-ev-sales-slow-down-amid-government-ramp-up.htm

California EV sales are falling. Is it just temporary, or a threat to state climate goals?
https://www.latimes.com/environment/story/2024-02-15/falling-ev-sales-raise-worries-over-california-climate-plan

California made up a third of all U.S. BEV sales in 2023
https://www.teslarati.com/california-bev-sales-2023

California leads the charge: A third of U.S. BEV sales sparked by Golden State in 2023
https://www.my-electricvehicle.com/california-leads-the-charge-a-third-of-u-s-bev-sales-sparked-by-golden-state-in-2023

Connected Episode – CNCDA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FBDs8OvgBPg

Current Climate: Crypto And AI Have Emerged As Major Energy Hogs
https://www.forbes.com/sites/alanohnsman/2024/02/05/current-climate-crypto-and-ai-have-emerged-as-major-energy-hogs/?sh=27801efe16d6

Dave Cantin Group and Kaiser Associates’ Market Outlook Report Highlights Seven Key Themes, Forecasts Auto Industry Settling into Post-Covid Groove

https://www.streetinsider.com/Globe+Newswire/Dave+Cantin+Group+and+Kaiser+Associates%E2%80%99+Market+Outlook+Report%C2%A0Highlights+Seven+Key+Themes%2C+Forecasts+Auto+Industry+Settling+into+Post-Covid+Groove/22700763.html

Engineering a smart and robust protective body armor
https://www.sandiegometro.com/2024/02/daily-business-report-february-2-2024

EV Sales Decline In California For First Time In A Decade As State Continues Green Push
https://www.tampafp.com/ev-sales-decline-in-california-for-first-time-in-a-decade-as-state-continues-green-push/#google_vignette

How Ford’s F-150 Lightning, Once in Hot Demand, Lost Its Luster. Some buyers said the electric Lightning did not meet expectations, and Ford has slashed its production plans for the pickup because sales are lagging.
https://www.nytimes.com/2024/02/07/business/fords-f150-lightning-electric-pickup-trucks.html

New vehicle sales expected to increase in 2024 | John Lindt
https://hanfordsentinel.com/business/new-vehicle-sales-expected-to-increase-in-2024-john-lindt/article_2433f20e-0c4f-5f28-adc1-e354d162ca88.html

LABJ Insider: Car Culture Continues
https://labusinessjournal.com/commentary/columns/labj-insider-car-culture-continues

Mercedes eSprinter review, Aptera funding, Tesla California sales, EV crash course: Today’s Car News
https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1142208_mercedes-esprinter-review-aptera-funding-tesla-california-sales-ev-crash-course-today-s-car-news

More than a third of US EVs are sold in California
https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1142197_more-than-a-third-of-us-evs-are-sold-in-california

NADA aims to turn car dealers experts in 90 minutes
https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1142199_nada-aims-to-turn-car-dealers-into-ev-experts-in-90-minutes

NEW REPORT REVEALS EXCEPTIONAL TREND AMONG ONE STATE’S DRIVERS — AND TESLA IS REAPING THE BENEFITS. It’s been a banner year for the company.
https://www.thecooldown.com/green-business/california-ev-vehicle-sales-years

PAGA Critics Seek Possible Legislative Alternative to November Ballot Measure. Brian Maas, a leader in the campaign to repeal California’s Private Attorneys General Act, said that while initiative backers are confident they can win in November, they’d like the Legislature to “weigh in” on the labor law.
https://www.law.com/therecorder/2024/02/21/paga-critics-seek-possible-legislative-alternative-to-november-ballot-measure/?slreturn=20240121182038

Report shows California’s 2023 auto registrations are the highest since 2020, with an 11.9% increase in new vehicles

Tesla California registrations fall for the first time since the pandemic. Read more at:
https://auto.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/passenger-vehicle/tesla-california-registrations-fall-for-the-first-time-since-the-pandemic/107296403

Tesla Dominates California New Vehicle Sales In 2023: Here’s How The EV Carmaker Compares To GM, Ford, Toyota
https://www.benzinga.com/news/24/02/37247746/tesla-dominates-california-new-vehicle-sales-in-2023-heres-how-the-ev-carmaker-compares-to-gm-ford-t

Tesla Sales In California Down 10% In 4th Quarter
https://cleantechnica.com/2024/02/05/tesla-sales-in-california-down-10-percent-in-fourth-quarter

Tesla Suffers A 10% Decline In Registrations
https://techstory.in/tesla-suffers-a-10-decline-in-registrations

The Electric Vehicle Craze May Have Already Peaked
https://amac.us/newsline/society/the-electric-vehicle-craze-may-have-already-peaked

TurnOnGreen Partners with Foxen Vineyard and Winery to Provide Electric Vehicle Charging for Guests and Employees
https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20240222080039/en/TurnOnGreen-Partners-with-Foxen-Vineyard-and-Winery-to-Provide-Electric-Vehicle-Charging-for-Guests-and-Employees

U.S. Car Dealers Vow To ‘Take On’ EPA Rules Leading To More Evs. “The team is working tirelessly to curb the implementation of the flawed and unachievable standards,” the National Automobile Dealers Association’s new chairman said.
https://insideevs.com/news/707390/ev-dealer-critical-materials

Why Electric Car Sales Are Falling In Europe And California, Places That Theoretically Love EVs
https://www.theautopian.com/why-electric-car-sales-are-falling-in-europe-and-california-places-that-theoretically-love-evs

Will U.S. follow California EV sales decline?
https://www.autonews.com/mobility-report-newsletter/will-us-follow-california-ev-sales-decline

JANUARY- (30 hits)

Bay Area secures $30M in federal grants to build more EV charging stations – CNCDA mentioned
https://www.panasiabiz.com/81907/bay-area-secures-30m-in-federal-grants-to-build-more-ev-charging-stations/

Bloomberg  – Tesla Market Share Dropping in CA – CNCDA Cited

Tesla still dominates California’s electric-vehicle market, though rivals chipped away at the company’s share. The Austin-based carmaker accounted for 60.5% of EV sales in the state last year, down from 71% in 2022, according to the California New Car Dealers Association. While Tesla’s sales jumped about 25%, brands including Mercedes-Benz and BMW registered bigger gains from much lower bases.

California’s electric vehicle sales declined in Q4, report says
https://spectrumnews1.com/ca/la-west/transportation/2024/01/31/california-s-electric-vehicle-sales-declined-in-q4–report-says

California EV Sales Go On The Decline – Has The State Run Out Of Buyers Willing To Believe The Dream?
https://www.autospies.com/news/index.aspx?submissionid=119971

California’s 2023 Auto Registrations Highest Since 2020; New Vehicles Up 11.9%
https://www.insurancejournal.com/news/west/2024/02/01/758533.htm

California’s Plug-In Car Sales Almost Reached 25% Market Share In 2023. Roughly 440,000 rechargeable cars were registered last year, including 380,000 all-electric.

https://insideevs.com/news/706642/california-plugin-car-sales-2023q4

Dave Cantin Group and Kaiser Associates’ Market Outlook Report Highlights Seven Key Themes, Forecasts Auto Industry Settling into Post-Covid Groove
https://www.streetinsider.com/Globe+Newswire/Dave+Cantin+Group+and+Kaiser+Associates%E2%80%99+Market+Outlook+Report%C2%A0Highlights+Seven+Key+Themes%2C+Forecasts+Auto+Industry+Settling+into+Post-Covid+Groove/22700763.html

EV advocates urge EPA to grant California’s Clean Air Act waiver; opposition persists

Under California’s regulation, automakers would need to sell increasing percentages of zero-emission vehicles.
https://www.autonews.com/regulation-safety/california-urges-epa-approve-clean-air-act-waiver

EV sales start to fall in California, an industry bellwether
https://www.autonews.com/retail/ev-bellwether-sales-start-drop-california

EV sales start to fall in California, an industry bellwether. Consecutive quarters of falling EV sales could derail state’s zero-emission vehicle transition target.
https://www.autonews.com/retail/ev-bellwether-sales-start-drop-california

FTC Pumps Brakes on CARS Rule, At Least For Now.
https://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/ftc-pumps-brakes-on-cars-rule-at-least-6539903

Got a lead foot? California weighs law that would limit cars’ ability to speed. Law would limit cars to 10 mph over speed limits
https://www.mercurynews.com/2024/01/25/got-a-lead-foot-california-weighs-law-that-would-limit-cars-ability-to-speed/?utm_email=944254DDF421F4919553D4E05D&lctg=944254DDF421F4919553D4E05D&active=no&utm_source=listrak&utm_medium=email&utm_term=https%3a%2f%2fwww.mercurynews.com%2f2024%2f01%2f25%2fgot-a-lead-foot-california-weighs-law-that-would-limit-cars-ability-to-speed%2f&utm_campaign=bang-mult-nl-morning-report-nl&utm_content=manual

Got a lead foot? California weighs law that would limit cars’ ability to speed. Law would limit cars to 10 mph over speed limits.
https://www.times-standard.com/2024/01/26/got-a-lead-foot-california-weighs-law-that-would-limit-cars-ability-to-speed

Hydrogen-powered vehicle sales rose in California in 2023, but still less than 1% of zero-emission cars. Less than 100 FCEVs were sold per month in Q4 amid fuel supply crisis. – CNCDA mentioned.
https://www.hydrogeninsight.com/transport/hydrogen-powered-vehicle-sales-rose-in-california-in-2023-but-still-less-than-1-of-zero-emission-cars/2-1-1590256

More than a quarter-million EVs qualify for stricter tax credit — or already on them — meet the federal government’s stricter requirements for customer tax credits in the opening days of this year, the Treasury Department said Friday. That number is expected to grow as some automakers realign their supply chains. Meanwhile, tax officials are working out the kinks on a new system that allows car buyers to get the tax credit, worth up to $7,500, at the point of sale rather than at tax time. Automakers have received approval to offer the credit on 272,000 specific vehicles that have already been made or soon will be, according to Energy Department and Treasury officials on a call with journalists Friday. That figure equates to roughly a fifth of the 1.4 million EVs and plug-in hybrids sold last year. Fewer models have qualified for the tax credit this year, including electric pickups from Ford and Rivian, the Chevy Bolt, and a smattering of models from Tesla. The tax credit is a closely watched barometer of consumers’ embrace of EVs.
https://subscriber.politicopro.com/article/eenews/2024/01/05/more-than-a-quarter-million-evs-qualify-for-stricter-tax-credit-00134034

Report shows California’s 2023 auto registrations are the highest since 2020, with an 11.9% increase in new vehicles

Sales of hydrogen-powered vehicles increase in California in 2023, but zero-emission car sales still account for less than 1% – CNCDA mentioned.
https://nationworldnews.com/sales-of-hydrogen-powered-vehicles-increase-in-california-in-2023-but-zero-emission-car-sales-still-account-for-less-than-1

Some automakers are reducing production of electric cars and Tesla sales have dropped. Can California sustain its record pace and meet the state mandate?
https://calmatters.org/environment/2024/02/california-electric-cars-industry-slowdown

Tesla California EV market as Model Y registrations surge 52% in 2023
https://driveteslacanada.ca/news/tesla-leads-california-ev-market-as-model-y-registrations-surge-52-in-2023

Tesla California registrations fall for the first time since the pandemic
https://www.reuters.com/business/autos-transportation/tesla-california-registrations-fall-first-time-since-pandemic-2024-01-30

Tesla’s California Registrations Fell 10% in 4th Quarter, But it Remains New Vehicle Sales Leader
https://timesofsandiego.com/business/2024/01/30/teslas-california-registrations-fell-10-in-4th-quarter-but-it-remains-new-vehicle-sales-leader/#google_vignette

Tesla California registrations fall for the first time since the pandemic. A total of 47,592 Tesla vehicles were registered in California in the fourth quarter
https://auto.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/passenger-vehicle/tesla-california-registrations-fall-for-the-first-time-since-the-pandemic/107296403

Tesla’s Dominance in California Is Fading as Competitors Roll In – CNCDA mentioned.
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2024-01-29/tesla-s-dominance-in-california-is-fading-as-competitors-roll-in

Tesla Takes Hit But Model Y Still Rules In California In 2023
https://www.forbes.com/sites/brookecrothers/2024/01/30/jeep-wrangler-4xe-tops-toyota-tesla-model-y-tops-everyone-in-california-ev-sales-in-2023/?sh=11c511810ab8

Tesla sold one out of every 8 cars in California in 2023, 21.4% EV share
https://electrek.co/2024/01/30/one-out-of-every-8-cars-sold-in-california-in-2023-was-a-tesla-21-4-ev-share

Tesla EV share falls in booming California market as rivals make gains. The California New Car Dealers Association said Tesla’s 2023 share of the electric market fell to 60.5 percent from 71 percent a year earlier. Mercedes-Benz and BMW showed the biggest share gains.
https://www.autonews.com/retail/tesla-share-booming-california-market-slips-rivals-gain

Tesla Model Y Best-Selling Vehicle In California For 2023, But Rivian Registrations Witness Largest Bump
https://www.benzinga.com/news/24/01/36837737/tesla-model-y-best-selling-vehicle-in-california-for-2023-but-rivian-registrations-witnesses-the-lar

Toyota Dominates California With Combustion Engine Models — But It Faces A Growing EV Onslaught
https://uk.investing.com/news/stock-market-news/toyota-dominates-california-with-combustion-engine-models–but-it-faces-a-growing-ev-onslaught-3315741

Visalia Hyundai dealership will be built off Plaza Drive, not far from proposed Carmax – CNCDA mentioned.
https://www.visaliatimesdelta.com/story/news/2024/01/10/visalia-hyundai-dealership-will-be-built-off-plaza-drive/72164189007

Why Electric Car Sales Are Falling In Europe And California, Places That Theoretically Love Evs
https://www.theautopian.com/why-electric-car-sales-are-falling-in-europe-and-california-places-that-theoretically-love-evs

Alert: Recent Court Decision Makes CPRA Effective Immediately

A recent decision by the California Court of Appeal has overturned a previous ruling that delayed the California Privacy Rights Act (CPRA) until March 29, 2024. As a result, the CPRA is effective immediately. For detailed information, register for our upcoming webinar, California Court of Appeal: CPRA Regulations Effective Immediately. hosted by CNCDA and ComplyAuto.

Despite being in a holding pattern for about a year, the California Privacy Protection Agency (CPPA) is now poised to enforce the CPRA without further delay. Michael Macko, deputy director for enforcement for the CPPA, emphasized their readiness to begin enforcement, stating, “We are pleased that the court has restored our full enforcement authority, and our enforcement team stands ready to take it from here.”

Here is a short excerpt of some of the CPRA’s most salient points. We will discuss these issues, and others, at length in a future article.

  • “Sharing” included in all “selling” requirements regarding personal information: “Sharing” occurs when a consumer’s personal information is disclosed to a third party for cross-context behavioral advertising whether or not for money or valuable consideration. The right to opt-out now includes “sharing.”
  • Consumer correction of inaccurate information: Consumers now have the right to request that a dealer correct inaccurate information about them. Not only will the dealer have to do this, but they will have to notify all downstream Service Providers of any corrections.
  • Foreign language translations of privacy policies and DSAR: All CCPA/CPRA disclosures must be translated into foreign languages commonly used at the dealership. This includes online components, including cookie banners, privacy policies, and data subject access request (DSAR) portals.
  • Standardized opt-out signals: Dealers must now honor all standardized opt-out signals in addition to Global Privacy Controls (GPC), such as “Do Not Track” signals. New disclosures must notify the consumer that the various signals have been honored.
  • Opt-out of specific use of “sensitive information”: Consumers now have the right to opt-out of the use and disclosure of certain categories of “sensitive information” for the purpose of inferring characteristics about consumers. For example, geo-targeting and geofencing can give precise geolocation data that businesses can use to infer whether someone has shopped at a competitor or where they live.
  • Addendum with all “third parties” AND “service providers”: Dealers must now have both third parties AND service providers complete an addendum that outlines how they use the personal information that they collect.”
  • “Dark pattern” designs prohibited: “Dark patterns” are instances where functionality is designed to trick or manipulate the user either to encourage or discourage certain behavior. In an effort to curb “dark patterns” as it relates to sharing personal data, the CPRA puts in place design parameters around the cookie banner and DSAR portal to make it clearer for consumers to exercise their rights. A prime example are symmetrical “accept” and “decline” buttons for opt-out purposes.
  • Alternative Opt-Out Link: In lieu of a “Do Not Sell or Share My Personal Information” link, dealers may now use an alternative opt-out link. The link must be titled “Your Privacy Choices” or “Your California Privacy Choices” and include the following icon:

Questions?

While this may seem like grim news, the great news is that ComplyAuto has you covered. All of the changes listed above have been part of our tools for some time now, keeping our dealers a step ahead of the regulators. Please stay tuned, OR register for our upcoming webinar, California Court of Appeal: CPRA Regulations Effective Immediately. hosted by CNCDA and ComplyAuto. For more information, email info@complyauto.com.

Note that this alert is intended for educational purposes only and is not legal advice. If you require legal advice, contact competent counsel. If you have more questions, please call CNCDA’s Legal Hotline at (916) 441-2599.

New Employment Policies and Documents for 2024

Downloadable at the link above is a PDF that includes various items related to the topics discussed in the California New Car Dealers New Laws Seminars for 2024. 

The following documents include the following new/updated policies: 

  • Paid Sick Leave/PTO (combined plan to replace existing Paid Sick Leave and Paid Vacation policies) 
  • Alcohol and Drug Policy 
  • Reproductive Loss Leave 
  • Off the Clock Work Prohibited 
  • Uniforms and Laundry 
  • Confidentiality Agreement for New Hires 
  • Confidentiality Policy for Employee Handbook 

Because these are sample policies, you should always seek the advice of competent employment lawyers in the auto industry to make sure your particular operation meets the requirements to use the policies attached hereto as written, as sometimes we find that dealerships have different approaches to certain human resources issues. Aa a result some modifications must be made to these policies and those changes should be identified and drafted by competent legal counsel. 

Dealer Alert: SB 55 FAQs- Catalytic Converter Marking Compliance

COMPLYING WITH SB 55- FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS- 12.18.23

What options do I have to comply with SB 55? 

At the highest level, dealers have two options to comply with SB 55:

Option 1: The dealer marks the VIN on the catalytic converter prior to the sale and advertises the price of the vehicle, including any cost for the marking. In this option, catalytic converter marking would be treated in the same manner as any other additional pre-sale dealer-installed equipment (such as a tow hitch). 

If the vehicle is new, the dealer should use the supplemental/ addendum price sticker to notate any adjustment of the price of the vehicle above MSRP. (For an in-depth discussion of the use of Supplemental Stickers, see Chapter 50 of CNCDA’s F&I Compliance Manual.)

Option 2: The dealer offers catalytic converter VIN marking as an optional product to the customer. The marking would be disclosed as a “theft deterrent device” in the Precontract Disclosure Statement, and the customer would sign the statement if they elect to purchase the option. (See Chapter 22 of CNCDA’s F&I Compliance Manual for a discussion of the Precontract Disclosure Statement.

In either a cash or finance sale, a dealer should obtain the customer’s signed acknowledgment in the event the customer declines the catalytic converter marking. CNCDA’s 2023 Legislative Summary discusses this requirement in greater detail, and a question below discusses how a dealer can obtain the customer’s declination using a new form from Reynolds & Reynolds.

May I select different options (options 1 and 2, above) for different vehicles on my lot?

Yes. A dealer could choose to mark certain vehicles prior to sale and offer catalytic converter marking as an optional product for other vehicles. For example, a dealer may find that it is relatively easy to mark many new vehicles during the PDI process and choose option 1 (see above) for those vehicles. A dealer could select option 2 (see above) for vehicles where marking is more complex or difficult and identify a reasonable price for the optional product that reflects the complexity of the task.

Can I mark a unique identification number instead of the VIN?

No. The law requires dealers to mark the VIN. VIN marking was important for supporters of SB 55, as the VIN can be accessed more directly by law enforcement. 

I’m offering catalytic converter marking as an optional product. Is there a form available to record a customer’s declination when they don’t want the vehicle marked? Yes. Available now from Reynolds & Reynolds, the LAWCA-CAT-DCL and LAWCA-CAT-DCLF forms allow a dealer to record the buyer’s declination. Both forms comply with California law, but the “DCLF” version of the form includes a field for the dealer to include the offered price of the marking of the catalytic converter. California law does not expressly require dealers to include the price in the form, but it is seen by some dealer counsel as a best practice.

I’m offering catalytic converter marking as an optional product. Can I bundle the catalytic converter marking with a warranty product that covers the theft of the catalytic converter? 

CNCDA recommends against bundling any warranty products with the marking of catalytic converters unless you consult competent counsel before doing so. There are several reasons for this. First, it’s unclear if a dealer would be excused from its obligation to mark a catalytic converter if the customer declines the marking of a product that is bundled with a warranty. 

Second, the sale of a warranty on a catalytic converter may constitute the sale of insurance under California law, which triggers licensure requirements and regulation by the California Department of Insurance. As such, dealers are strongly encouraged to contact competent counsel before offering warranties on catalytic converters. 

I’m offering catalytic converter marking as an optional product. If a customer selects the option to purchase catalytic converter marking, can I deliver the vehicle to the customer and create a ‘due bill’ that instructs the customer to return later to have the catalytic converter marked?  

If a customer does not decline the option to mark the catalytic converter, SB 55 requires the dealer to mark the catalytic converter prior to sale. If a customer wants immediate delivery of the vehicle and wants the catalytic converter marked, and the dealer is unable to mark the catalytic converter immediately, the customer could opt-out of the marking at the time of sale and return the vehicle later to have it marked. In this situation, the customer would sign the declination form indicating that they don’t want the vehicle marked at the time of sale, and any cost for the catalytic converter marking would not be included in the sales contract and instead be noted in a separate invoice at the time the customer returns to have the catalytic converter marked.

Some of my vehicles have more than one catalytic converter. Do they all need to be marked?

Yes. CNCDA recommends that all catalytic converters be marked unless the marking is offered as an optional product and the customer opts out.

Some of my vehicles require substantial disassembly to mark the catalytic converter(s). Do I still need to mark the vehicle?

Yes (unless you are offering the marking as an optional product and the customer declines the marking). That said, the law does not limit your ability to adjust the price of the product based on the complexity of the operation. In other words, if it is time-consuming or expensive for you to mark a hard-to-access converter, nothing prevents a dealer from passing along that higher cost to the customer.

Does SB 55 apply to wholesale transactions?

Generally, SB 55 applies to wholesale transactions that do not occur through an auction. In other words, dealers need to either mark catalytic converters prior to non-auction wholesale transactions or offer catalytic converter marking to wholesale customers and obtain their declination.

More specifically, SB 55 contains an exception for wholesale transactions that occur “by or through a wholesale motor vehicle auction” where the dealer that is conducting the auction does not take ownership of the vehicle and the vehicle is sold to a nonretail buyer for resale. This should cover typical wholesales that occur through an auction, but dealers that have concerns about specific transactions should contact the relevant auction company or competent counsel.

Where should I mark the catalytic converter? May I mark the heat shield instead of the converter itself?

SB 55 requires the marking to be on the catalytic converter, not a related component like the heat shield. Beyond requiring placement on the catalytic converter, SB 55 does not specify where the marking should be placed. Dealers should use their best judgment in the placement of the marking to reliability and permanently mark the entire VIN on the catalytic converter.

Does SB 55 limit the ability of a dealer to price catalytic converter marking?

The bill does not address how a dealer may price the product, beyond requiring catalytic converter marking to be disclosed as a “theft deterrent device” in the event the dealer offers the service as an optional product. The legislature anticipated that dealers would likely pass this cost onto consumers, and that the price of the marking would vary based on the difficulty to mark a vehicle. Moreover, the legislature contemplated that the price of catalytic converter marking for difficult-to-mark vehicles may deter customers from purchasing catalytic converter marking for such vehicles. The Senate Rules Committee analysis on SB 55 notes: “By allowing dealers to either etch a converter or offer consumers the option to reject etching, this bill promotes converter etching for easy-to-access converters and allows consumers to decide if the cost of etching hard-to-access converters is worth the theft prevention and prosecution aid VIN etching may provide.”

Note that this alert is intended for educational purposes only and is not legal advice. If you require legal advice, contact competent counsel. If you have more questions, please call CNCDA’s Legal Hotline at (916) 441-2599.

Memo on Credit Card Surcharges

Over the past couple of years, we’ve received an increasing number of inquiries from dealers about whether they can impose credit card surcharges at their stores. To aid your dealership in developing an appropriate policy, CNCDA is providing our members a detailed legal memorandum on credit card surcharges, which is available on CNCDA Comply. 

The memo, which was written by attorneys at Arent Fox Schiff, makes the following findings:

  • Fixed ops (service/parts sales) – credit card surcharges may be imposed, provided that they are clearly and conspicuously disclosed to the consumer on the receipt/invoice and by signage displayed at the cash register.
  • Installment sales/lease contracts – credit card surcharges occupy a legal grey area, and dealers should closely review the memo’s findings with their counsel to implement an appropriate policy.
  • Cash sales – credit card surcharges may be imposed, provided that such surcharges are clearly and conspicuously disclosed.

The memo is available on CNCDA Comply by clicking on the link above.

2022 Economic Impact Report

Click on the image below to view the full report.

Federal EV Tax Credit Forms

The new clean vehicle tax credit applies to clean vehicles placed in service after January 1, 2023, and acquired by a taxpayer for original use. To qualify for the credit, the vehicle and the consumer must meet certain requirements. To view those requirements and a list of qualifying vehicles, click here. The site will be updated as more vehicles are added to the list. Importantly, the seller of a new clean vehicle must provide a report containing taxpayer and vehicle information to the taxpayer and to the IRS for the consumer to receive the credit. These reports will need to be compiled and filed with the IRS by January 15, 2024. Click here for more details about the form. NADA has created a model sellers report form for this purpose, linked below.

In addition to the new clean vehicle tax credit, there is a previously owned clean vehicle tax credit available. Click here to view eligibility details. Dealers must also provide a report to taxpayers/purchasers upon sale of a previously owned vehicle potentially eligible for the Section 25E Previously Owned Clean Vehicle Tax Credit. NADA has created a model sellers report form for the 2023 IRC Section 25E previously owned clean vehicle tax credit, linked below.

On December 30, the U.S. Department of Treasury, in conjunction with the IRS, released preliminary guidance indicating consumer leases qualify for the commercial clean vehicle credit under 26 USCS § 45W. Effectively, this guidance removes much of the vehicle sourcing and income requirements from consumer lease transactions. However, these vehicles will still be subject to the commercial clean vehicle credit requirements, and it is important to note that retail vehicle sales are still subject to the § 30D requirements. Click here to view the guidance fact sheet. 

While Treasury and the IRS often allow taxpayers to rely on proposed guidance in the interim between notice and issuance of regulations, it is important to note that this guidance is not regulatory action, and dealers should stay tuned as CNCDA and NADA follow this developing body of law. We also encourage dealers to access and review the materials prepared by NADA, available here.

Voluntary Protection Products Policy – Template for California Dealerships

The Voluntary Protection Products Policy is designed for use at California dealerships to implement a California-compliant policy on the sale of voluntary protection products. Dealers that are interested in implementing such a policy should also refer to NADA’s Driven Guide called “Voluntary Protection Products: A Model Dealership Policy.”

2023 Pay Scale Tool

Sample Employment Arbitration Agreement

This sample employment arbitration agreement (available in English and Spanish language) has been developed by Fine, Boggs, & Perkins for CNCDA members. It is current as of May 9, 2022. Consult competent counsel prior to implementing any changes to your dealership’s employment policies or practices.

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