Auto News for Oct. 29

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The day after Dodge, Ram, Jeep, and Fiat filled the bottom four places in Consumer Reports reliability study, Chrysler announced that its head of quality in North America has left the company. It said Doug Betts left to pursue other interests. The automaker named a VP, Matthew Liddane, as its new quality chief.

October could turn out to be a banner month for car dealers. Three separate forecasts predict sales will be the best we have seen since October of 2004. Kelley Blue Book, TrueCar, and LMC Automotive said lower gas prices nationwide will spark higher demand for SUV’s. We will get the official word next week.

Triple A is calling for “a thorough review of NHTSA’s ability to manage and respond to vehicle recalls. It said a review of the National Highway Transportation Administration is “overdue given the repeated breakdowns in the recall process that have been on display this year.” The auto club cited the agency’s broken website, incorrect lists of impacted vehicles and its slow reaction to recalls. And it said the president “must demand immediate action to fix a system that clearly remains broken.”

Saw a press release this morning from a firm with an interesting name: “Quick Quack Car Wash” located, of course, in California.



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