Automakers today announced EcoDriving™ (www.EcoDrivingUSA****), a comprehensive, nationwide effort to save consumers money at the gas pump, reduce fuel use and cut carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. The industry also applauded California and Colorado for being the first states to support this consumer awareness program. The Environmental Defense Fund also participated in the launch of the EcoDriving initiative.
"You can save money and save the environment by driving green," said Dave McCurdy, president and CEO of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers. "Through EcoDriving, 10 top automakers and the states of California and Colorado have found we share an important commitment, and we commend Governor Schwarzenegger and Governor Ritter for their leadership in engaging consumers in green driving. Drivers don't have to wait to buy a new, fuel-efficient vehicle to start reducing fuel costs and CO2...though I do encourage everyone to buy one of our new fuel-efficient vehicles immediately."
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The Big 3 US automakers are back on Capitol Hill to ask for money, NATO is warming to Russia again... slowly, and more than 100 nations sign a ban on cluster bombs. Marta Costello hosts the gnooze (the g is silent) - today's top stories in about 3 minutes.
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New J.D. Power and Associates Study Shows No Difference in Quality
The newly released annual J.D. Power and Associates Automotive Initial Quality Survey shows a closing gap between foreign and domestic cars. Over the last two decades, foreign automakers have developed a reputation for producing better cars than their North American competitors - often outranking them in overall value.
But despite years of struggling to compete with their overseas competitors, this year's survey shows General Motors equal to Toyota and Honda in quality and going head-to-head with most other brands. In fact, according to J.D. Power, the only category imports still have a lead over the domestic manufacturers is in Crossovers; but that may soon come to an end as well, as Chevrolet, Ford, Lincoln and Cadillac all roll out new and redesigned Crossovers in the coming months.
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The Nation's Largest Automaker Takes it's Oldest Brand to a New Level
After a year of record losses and massive re-structuring, the auto industry is poising itself for a come-back. As part of their reorganization, General Motors, the nation's largest automaker, decided to focus on just four of their eight American brands.
When it came to the selection process, Chevrolet, Cadillac and GMC were obvious choices due to their large market shares. But with only one hit stateside and an overall lack of popularity, Buick was a somewhat controversial choice. However, as the company looks to build strength globally, their oldest brand will play a key role.
In fact, already popular in China, the latest LaCrosse was designed collaboratively in Detroit and Shanghai. In addition, the new midsize Regal, introduced to America at the LA Auto Show, is a hot seller abroad. And in Europe, the Opel Insignia, based on the Regal, was named the 2009 European Car of the Year.
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WORLD DEBUTS AND CHINESE AUTOMAKERS LEAD PLANS FOR 2009 NAIAS
The North American International Auto Show will open its doors in less than 30 days and plans continue to build excitement and anticipation for this flagship event in the automotive industry. On Jan 11th global eyes will turn to Detroit as the press days open the show with 44 product unveilings, up from 41 at this date in 2008.
"Detroit will soon be welcoming more than 6,000 national and international media to the 2009 NAIAS," said Joe Serra, co-chair for the 2009 NAIAS. "While the automotive industry is in the midst of an obvious time of adjustment, the interest in the future of cars has only increased. What better place to see the future of automotive then in Detroit."
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Automakers Support Single, Sustainable, National Program for Fuel Economy and Greenhouse Gas Emissions.
Calling the upcoming series of federal decisions on carbon dioxide regulations an important part of the auto industry's transformation, automakers today called for a single approach for fuel economy and greenhouse gas standards. Automakers said the adoption of an Obama national program administered by the federal government is the most effective way to bridge the concerns of all stakeholders and hopefully signal the beginning of a new era. The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers released the comments as the administration is poised to change the industry's landscape with sweeping proposals.
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From automobiles to condos, assurance plans are making it easier for consumers to make big purchases in a tough economy. The latest, General Motors' Total Confidence Plan, promises to protect a customer's paycheck, investment, vehicle and family.
The new plan protects customers in case of job loss by providing up to $500 a month for payments, for up to nine months. The package also protects the resale value of the car, after half the payments have been made, should it become worth less than the balance of the loan. As an added safety bonus, buyers will also receive one year of OnStar standard and fully backed, 5 year/100,000 mile limited powertrain warranty with roadside assistance and courtesy transportation.
Automakers are hoping packages like this one, on top of other incentives like rebates and APR, will bring consumers back into the showroom. For more on more information on the Total Confidence Plan, visit gmconfidence****.
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This year, one of the biggest trends to come out of the Los Angeles Auto Show was downsizing. With the U.S. debut of several new compact cars, American automakers are showing bigger isn't always better. Both Ford and Chevrolet rolled out North American debuts of economy cars that are already popular in overseas markets. While Ford re-introduced its Fiesta stateside, Chevrolet unveiled the new 2010 Cruze. In fact, in addition to being economical and green, the compact Cruze comes with ten airbags and aims to hit 40 miles per gallon on the highway.
Chevrolet Picks up Surprise Design Win in Kelley Blue Book Annual Brand Image Awards
In the competitive automotive market, how a car looks plays a key role in consumer choice. Despite the latest technologies, cool gadgets and improved fuel economy, drivers still have an emotional connection to the vehicle they buy. And with many surveys showing that quality differences among automakers is virtually non-existent, design becomes the biggest differentiator.
To acknowledge individual brand achievements, Kelley Blue Book announced their annual Brand Image awards. They compiled the elite list by surveying 12,000 people on attributes about every vehicle on the road. And in a surprise win, Chevrolet picked up the award for Best Non-Luxury Exterior Design, which GM design chief, Ed Welburn attributes to the brands athletic stance and cohesive look across all models.
General Motors Prepares for Volt to take the Road
These days, saving money and going green without making too many lifestyle sacrifices, is key for consumers. To keep up with the growing demands of economic and environmental trends, automakers are re-inventing themselves and the cars they build.
With the upcoming launch of Chevy’s 2011 Volt at the end of this year, electric cars are quickly becoming a reality. And although they may look and feel like “regular gas-powered cars” and give drivers the comfort they are used to, under the hood lays the car of the 21st century. Using millions of computer simulations that allow more testing in less time, General Motors was able to build this electric car in less than five years.
If fact, the powerful lithium-ion batteries that power the Volt, are running non-stop at a state-of-the-art lab, to simulate a 10-year lifespan. This advanced technology has accelerated the development process and moved us one step closer to the age of the electric car.
Conventional marketing wisdom tells us that mentioning the “other guy” is like giving away free advertising. But in the hyper-competitive automotive industry those rules are being broken. Until recently American built full size pick-up trucks have gone virtually unchallenged and taken top in their class; proving to be a very lucrative part of the auto industry. Now Japanese manufacturers have begun building full size pickups and are proving to be a worthy opponent. So instead of ignoring the competition, the American owned General Motors, invited them in.
Automotive critics from throughout the U.S. were invited to test all of the competitors side by side in the controlled confines of General Motors 4,000-acre Michigan Proving Grounds. They were given the opportunity to tow, brake, accelerate and literally put the trucks through their paces side-by-side under the same conditions and over the same roads. All trucks were spec’d as closely as possible to recreate the same comparison the consumer would face in the marketplace. Tests included traction control, ride and handling, and especially important for pickup trucks, towing and trailering. The new head-to-head advertising trend forces competitors to prove their merit on a level playing field and allows consumers to view several competing brands at once.
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Dismal auto sales and all-time stock lows may obliterate the Big Three. So the automobile lobby is back on Capitol Hill warming up to some of their best friends - Democrats - to secure $25 billion in loans. The question is: what will the money be used for and will there be strings attached to make better, greener cars.