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Former NADA Chairman Dale Willey dies at 79

Dale Willey, who was chairman of the Countrywide Automobile Sellers Affiliation in 2007, died Aug....

Dale Willey, who was chairman of the Countrywide Automobile Sellers Affiliation in 2007, died Aug. 14. He was 79.

Willey began his automotive retail vocation at his father’s Chevrolet-Oldsmobile dealership in Lee’s Summit, Mo., in 1961. Soon after his father’s demise in 1965, his spouse and children marketed the retailer and Willey went to perform as a salesperson for Dave Cross Motors. In 1970, he procured his first retailer, a Pontiac-Cadillac dealership in Lawrence, Kan.

Currently, Dale Willey Automotive represents Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, Cadillac, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram and Honda models throughout three dealerships.

Willey once was president of the Kansas Automobile Sellers Affiliation and represented the point out on NADA’s board.

During his 2007 NADA chairmanship, Willey leveraged Capitol Hill connections to rally guidance at the rear of the Hill-Terry bill on gasoline economic system specifications. Below the bill, sponsored by Republican Rep. Lee Terry of Nebraska and Democrat Baron Hill of Indiana, vehicles and gentle vehicles would have independent gasoline economic system specifications. At the time, the bill was deemed a milder different to a lot more stringent gasoline economic system actions.

It was supported by the Alliance of Automobile Brands, the UAW and other marketplace allies. Congress ultimately passed a a lot more strong provision that December, making the first modifications to U.S. gasoline economic system policies in practically twenty yrs. The bill raised the company typical gasoline economic system specifications for vehicles, SUVs and pickups by about forty percent, to 35 mpg by 2020.

His advocacy for sellers was a regular throughout his vocation. When speak started in 2008 about automakers needing to get rid of as a lot of as just one-third of their U.S. dealerships in the course of the fiscal disaster, Willey advised Automotive Information that he was incensed.

“It was the dealer’s decision to get in,” Willey stated. “And when he did, the manufacturer welcomed him. It must be the dealer’s decision to get out.”