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Chrysler, Ford, GM Sales Numbers Climb in June
Fiat Weighs Boosting Car Exports to U.S.
FTC Conducts Study to Help Advertisers Avoid the Use of Misleading 'Up To' Advertising Claims
New Safety Technology Yielding Mixed Results, Research Group Says
Alcohol-Sensing Technology Could Become Standard in All Cars
Design Firm Boss Sergio Pininfarina Dies after Long Illness
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Chrysler, Ford, GM Sales Numbers Climb in June

Chrysler said today its sales of cars and trucks in the U.S. increased 20% in June compared with the same month last year as pent-up-demand, credit availability and a gradually improving economy continued to help the automotive industry record sales gains. General Motors, meanwhile, said its sales increased 15.5% in June, nearly double analyst expectations. Ford said its sales increased 7% in part because of strong sales of its SUVs.
Source: Detroit Free Press

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Fiat Weighs Boosting Car Exports to U.S.

CEO Marchionne Floats Plan to Utilize Excess Capacity and Give Italian Firm's U.S. Dealers More Models, Brands to Sell

Fiat SpA may produce more vehicles in Italy for export to the U.S., helping the auto maker ease its excess domestic production while aiding Fiat dealers struggling with too few models and the brand's rocky return to the U.S. auto market. Fiat's return to the U.S. market in late 2010 after a 27-year absence has been a singular disappointment for [Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne,] who turned Chrysler into a profitable and expanding auto maker. The Fiat 500 has yet to meet its sales targets, and the brand remains well below its goal for U.S. dealerships. Bill Golling, who has two Detroit area dealerships selling Fiats, said he is expecting to sell almost 375 Fiats this year, surpassing his internal targets. Fiat showrooms are drawing younger and older customers, which he would have missed without the franchise. "The brand has been strong," he said. "It just takes time and many dealers knew that when they got into it. As far as new product, I would rather it be delayed and that they get it right."
Source: The Wall Street Journal

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FTC Conducts Study to Help Advertisers Avoid the Use of Misleading 'Up To' Advertising Claims

The Federal Trade Commission released an FTC-commissioned study indicating that when marketers use the phrase "up to" in claims about their products, many consumers are likely to believe that they will achieve the maximum "up to" results. The FTC believes the report will help guide advertisers to avoid the use of misleading "up to" claims. It reinforces the FTC's view that advertisers using these claims should be able to substantiate that consumers are likely to achieve the maximum results promised under normal circumstances. The study is part of the agency's efforts to ensure that environmental marketing is truthful and based on scientific evidence.
Source: NADA Regulatory Affairs

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New Safety Technology Yielding Mixed Results, Research Group Says

Forward-collision-avoidance systems migrating into light vehicles save lives, but it is unclear whether other emerging safety technologies, such as lane-departure warning and park assist, make any difference, new data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows.
Source: WardsAuto

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Alcohol-Sensing Technology Could Become Standard in All Cars

The long-term transportation funding bill just approved by Congress includes funds for researching alcohol-detection technology that could eventually be standard equipment in all new cars. Since 2008, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the nation's automakers have been researching technology that can non-invasively measure a driver's blood-alcohol content and prevent a vehicle from starting if the driver is legally drunk. The national research effort is the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety.
Source: USA Today

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Design Firm Boss Sergio Pininfarina Dies after Long Illness

Sergio Pininfarina, who ran the famous Italian automotive design company of the same name for 40 years, has died after a long illness. He was 85. The executive had the last word on the company's design projects for almost 50 years. During his time leading the design house, Pininfarina created some of the most famous production cars and concepts of the second half of the 20th century.
Source: Automotive News

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"There are many signs out there that the U.S. economy is doing OK and it is a lot better than what it was three years ago."

   
--  Reid Bigland, head of U.S. Sales at Chrysler Group LLC, Detroit Free Press, July 3




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