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GM Taps Batey as Head of U.S. Sales in Shakeup
GM Adds 200 Jobs at Chevy Volt Plant
Toyota to Expand Production of V6 Engines in Ala.
Ford Opens Orders for C-Max Hybrid, Its Prius V Rival
As European Car Sales Slide, the Industry Gets Desperate
High-Tech Interiors Drive Future Vehicles
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GM Taps Batey as Head of U.S. Sales in Shakeup

General Motors said [Thursday] that it is shaking up its U.S. executive ranks, including moving Chevrolet sales boss Alan Batey into a newly created position as GM’s vice president of sales and service. The move makes Batey, a 49-year-old Brit who has been Chevy’s vice president of sales and service since spring of 2010, GM’s top U.S. sales executive. He’ll report to Mark Reuss, GM’s president of North America.
Source: Automotive News

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GM Adds 200 Jobs at Chevy Volt Plant

General Motors is adding about 200 workers at its Detroit-Hamtramck Chevy Volt factory in anticipation of increasing its production rate in July when the plant adds the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu, people familiar with the situation said.
Source: Detroit Free Press

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Toyota to Expand Production of V6 Engines in Ala.

Toyota Motor Corp. said [Thursday] it would invest about $80 million to expand its Huntsville, Ala., engine plant to produce more V6 engines for the U.S. market.
Source: Automotive News

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Ford Opens Orders for C-Max Hybrid, Its Prius V Rival

Ford dealers began taking orders [Thursday] for what Dearborn hopes will be its Prius V fighter -- the C-Max hybrid that will roll out this fall, with a plug-in hybrid version to follow this year.
Source: USA Today

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As European Car Sales Slide, the Industry Gets Desperate
By Douglas A. McIntyre

The European Automobile Manufacturers Association announced that April sales of cars and light trucks in the region were “6.9% less than in the same month of 2011.” The car industry in Europe does look like the one in the U.S. did several years ago. There is an essential difference, though. The American economy recovered from a recession, and people began to replace their cars or become first time buyers. Much of Europe is headed back into recession. The car markets in the area will be troubled for a long time, and there will be violent battles to settle whether manufacturers in Europe can run financially viable operations.
Source: 24/7 Wall St

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High-Tech Interiors Drive Future Vehicles

The interior of your next vehicle will be driven by technology and entertainment systems, and in the next few years, could include "augmented reality" technology that spreads across your windshield, showing you roadway lines and exits, automakers and suppliers say.
Source: The Detroit News

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-- Mark Reuss, GM’s president of North America, referring to the changes in the automaker's executive ranks, Automotive News, May 17


 

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