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GM Offers Buyout To Skilled Trade Workers

On: Thu, Dec 16, 2010 at 12:06PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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The United Auto Workers Union (UAW) and General Motors officials announced on December 13th  that the company will be offering a onetime $60,000 payment to entice skilled trade workers into retirement, or to encourage workers to leave the company. The offer is being made to workers presently employed at one of the 13 plants where GM plans to trim its workforce.

The buyout will be on the table until it expires on March 1st, 2011. This announcement comes just days after GM CEO Dan Akerson made it clear that he wants to boost certain key executive salaries to keep them from taking better paying positions with competitors.


Hyundai Has A Great November, Audi Celebrates The Entire Year

On: Thu, Dec 16, 2010 at 11:57AM | By: John Welch


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. . . The financial reports keep flowing in. In a time when companies aren't hiring, money isn't being passed around, the rich are getting richer while the poor are becoming more poor (sic), how in the hell have we managed to buy 93,507 freaking Audis this year? Eclipsing the old Audi of North America sales record of 93,506, 2010 has been an excellent year for the brand from Ingolstadt. Seriously, Audis are not cheap; how did America manage to purchase so many of them in this, the year of corporate excuse making? Please, upper-crust America, try not to tell me that you can't afford to rehire laid-off workers from your iPhone at the em-effing Audi dealership. I might not have your booze-soaked University of Phoenix business degree, but I'm not stupid. There isn't anything wrong with your two-year-old A6, it isn't our fault you were too ignorant to get the S6 when you had the chance.

A more sensible collection of Americans (the lucky few who got to keep their jobs, albeit with a significant cut in salary and benefits) have made November the best month ever for Hyundai's North American arm. 40,723 transactions, up 45% over Nov. 2009, show that the Koreans are major players in the US market. They should not be taken lightly. With the introduction of the new Elantra and Equus, Hyundai will probably stay strong through the historically weak months of December and January. Who knows, maybe if I were to see more executives driving the Equus I might shelve my daily penchant to drag one of these greedy Birkenstock wearing thieves out of their car and forcefully point their beady eyes at the turn arrow they are ignoring in favor of their phone. You might not have to be anywhere on time, Pig Dog, but I'm late for work. The AutoShopper is way more important than your mobile phone-based bank robbery . . . maybe I should just find a new route in the morning . . .


New Ferrari 599 Model Spied (with Video)

On: Wed, Dec 15, 2010 at 5:29PM | By: Chris Weiss


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As detailed by Fiat over the summer, Ferrari will be in ongoing development, releasing six new models over the next three years. Perhaps the most interesting of those new models is a long-awaited Enzo successor. But another exciting model is a 599 GTB replacement, which is codenamed F152. That model is expected by 2012.

A recent clip captured by a Ferrari fan/spy shows a possible test version of the next-gen 599 in action on Ferrari's Fiorano test track. Details remain scarce, but you can see and hear what the model has to offer after the jump.


Chevy Planning A Volt Crossover For Detroit

On: Wed, Dec 15, 2010 at 4:09PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Chevy has barely gotten its first batch of Volts out of its Hamtramck plant in Michigan, but word is that it will be giving the world a glimpse of its next range-extending model next month at the North American International Auto Show. Reportedly called the Chevy Amp, the new vehicle will be a 5-person MPV or crossover based upon the range-extending powertrain of the Volt.


 

Automaker's Reputation on Google is Now Made Public

On: Wed, Dec 15, 2010 at 3:56PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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Google’s policies and procedures have a significant impact on commerce-related advertising, so the recent changes pertaining to the way Google lists automotive dealers online is causing auto retailers to adjust their online marketing strategies in order to effectively keep up with competitors. With regard to automotive listings, Google previously inserted a few random reviews from other websites, such as “DealerRater.com,” next to a local automotive dealer listing. 

Now Google reveals to surfers who are searching online for dealerships, the actual number of reviews that a dealership has received, then goes as far as to post the average customer ratings taken from all reviews, right next to the dealership listing. All potential customers can now evaluate previous consumers' experiences before ever visiting the dealership. 

The ratings that now appear next to each dealer’s listing on Google are exhibited as a 1 to 5 star rating.


Jaguar Determined To Give the C-X75 A Chance

On: Wed, Dec 15, 2010 at 1:08PM | By: Chris Weiss


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Jaguar absolutely stole the show at the Paris Motor Show in the fall, capturing our hearts with a cutting-edge supercar concept called the C-X75. Not only was the car a technological marvel, with its jet turbine/electric powertrain and incredible performance figures, it represented the first supercar that Jaguar has built since the venerable XJ220 from the early 1990s, a car that once held the production car world speed record.

What wasn't clear during Paris was whether Jaguar was serious about reentering the supercar market. The C-X75 was highly conceptual, and things hadn't exactly gone well for Jaguar on the business end of the XJ220, so the C-X75's future was (and is) very questionable. Some reports from Paris indicated Jaguar was using the concept to preview a possible production model, while others indicated the C-X75 was concept and nothing but concept.

A new report from Autocar this week indicates Jaguar is serious about building a new supercar. Top company players state a desire to see a supercar through to production.


Update: Ram Recall Now Includes 2010 And 2011 Models

On: Wed, Dec 15, 2010 at 12:50PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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Chrysler Group has announced a recent recall of approximately 76,000 Dodge Ram pickup trucks, with diesel engines, for a glitch in the braking system that could cause braking problems resulting in a significant safety issue for drivers.

The Dodge Ram pickup models involved in the recall are model years 2010 and 2011. The trucks were built in Saltillo, Mexico, between March 2009 and October 2010, then shipped to the U.S.


Nissan Delivers First Production Leaf

On: Wed, Dec 15, 2010 at 10:56AM | By: Chris Weiss


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The mass-produced electric vehicle era is officially underway! Nissan has delivered its very first Leaf to a customer in northern California, marking the completion of the sale of the very first mass-produced EV. The Nissan Leaf is now an official market reality.


Chrysler's New Jeep Compass

On: Wed, Dec 15, 2010 at 10:53AM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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There are some sure signs that the holidays are upon us; in the automotive world that means that many new autos will be unveiled in showrooms across the country. There is no denying the fact that this is the time of the year when new models begin rolling out, some of which may end up with jumbo red ribbons sitting in driveways on Christmas morning. Chrysler is getting into the spirit by unwrapping their new, revamped Jeep Compass. One glance and you’ll see why this car is going to make it on to a lot of wish lists.


Honda Previews Next-Gen Civic With Detroit Concept

On: Wed, Dec 15, 2010 at 10:24AM | By: Chris Weiss


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Honda is hard at work developing the next generation Civic, a model that will debut for the 2012 model year. It plans to preview the model in concept form at the 2011 North American International Auto Show (Detroit) next month, and released a single teaser rendering of the concept this week, providing a sneak preview of what the next Civic will look like.


Analysts Project Auto Sales Could Reach 14 Million for 2011

On: Tue, Dec 14, 2010 at 3:19PM | By: Sherry Christiansen


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A number of analysts, who were recently polled, projected a rise of around 10% in U.S. auto sales for next year. That would amount to around 11.5 million cars being sold. However, at least one analyst predicted a sales volume that was much higher. More importantly, there is evidence to back up this rather optimistic perspective.

“Morgan Stanley says consumer creditworthiness is improving so rapidly that lenders are about to loosen credit dramatically—and that will rocket the market to 14 million units in 2011,” as reported on autonews.com.