July 25, 2024

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Former NADA Chairman Dale Willey dies at 79

Dale Willey, who was chairman of the Nationwide Automobile Dealers Affiliation in 2007, died Aug. fourteen. He was 79.

Willey started his automotive retail vocation at his father’s Chevrolet-Oldsmobile dealership in Lee’s Summit, Mo., in 1961. Right after his father’s demise in 1965, his spouse and children offered the store and Willey went to operate as a salesperson for Dave Cross Motors. In 1970, he acquired his initially store, a Pontiac-Cadillac dealership in Lawrence, Kan.

Today, Dale Willey Automotive represents Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, Cadillac, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram and Honda manufacturers across 3 dealerships.

Willey the moment was president of the Kansas Automobile Dealers Affiliation and represented the condition on NADA’s board.

Throughout his 2007 NADA chairmanship, Willey leveraged Capitol Hill connections to rally help behind the Hill-Terry invoice on fuel financial system benchmarks. Less than the invoice, sponsored by Republican Rep. Lee Terry of Nebraska and Democrat Baron Hill of Indiana, cars and mild trucks would have independent fuel financial system benchmarks. At the time, the invoice was regarded a milder alternate to additional stringent fuel financial system actions.

It was supported by the Alliance of Automobile Suppliers, the UAW and other industry allies. Congress finally handed a additional robust provision that December, producing the initially improvements to U.S. fuel financial system policies in virtually 20 several years. The invoice elevated the corporate common fuel financial system benchmarks for cars, SUVs and pickups by about 40 {7e488363c11ee5ef50445c8c4fa770b6e6e4f99e57faea264a05ac52abb3ffe0}, to 35 mpg by 2020.

His advocacy for dealers was a regular all over his vocation. When speak commenced in 2008 about automakers needing to shed as quite a few as one particular-3rd of their U.S. dealerships throughout the money disaster, Willey informed Automotive News that he was incensed.

“It was the dealer’s preference to get in,” Willey stated. “And when he did, the company welcomed him. It should be the dealer’s preference to get out.”