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Political Ads Push Dealerships Out of TV, Radio
Spyker Sues GM for $3 Billion Over Saab Bankruptcy
Ford Expects Single-Operating System to Cut Costs, Boost Production
Supplier Pinch Point: Small Players Not Up to Speed
Why Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communications Will Improve Driver Safety
Chrysler Eyeing Young Drivers With Telematics Development
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Top Stories
Political Ads Push Dealerships Out of TV, Radio

The presidential election will push many dealerships off the airwaves this fall. With political campaigns snapping up prime TV and radio air time early -- and driving up prices for those spots -- auto retailers such as Asbury Automotive Group are shifting advertising spending to other media. The money will go to online advertising, search engine marketing and local promotions and events.
Source: Automotive News

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Spyker Sues GM for $3 Billion Over Saab Bankruptcy

Spyker NV, the Dutch owner of the Saab brand of cars, sued General Motors Co. in the U.S. for $3 billion over claims it sought to drive the company into bankruptcy by avoiding competition in the Chinese market. GM’s actions had the “direct and intended objective” of forcing Saab into bankruptcy in December, Spyker said in a statement yesterday.
Source: Bloomberg

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Ford Expects Single-Operating System to Cut Costs, Boost Production

By building vehicles the same way in every plant around the world, Ford expects to reduce its manufacturing investment costs by 8% a year while boosting by 25% the number and types of vehicles that can be produced per facility by mid-decade.
Source: Detroit Free Press

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Supplier Pinch Point: Small Players Not Up to Speed

Some manufacturing executives fear that many North American Tier 2 suppliers will be unable to keep up with the anticipated growth to 15 million U.S. sales a year, up from about 14 million now. The reason? They lack the efficient operating systems that automakers and their Tier 1 suppliers have been embracing in recent years to get the most out of their factories and workers.
Source: Automotive News

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Why Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communications Will Improve Driver Safety

Automakers and suppliers believe vehicle-to-vehicle communications systems someday will radically reduce the frequency of accidents.
Source: Automotive News

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Chrysler Eyeing Young Drivers With Telematics Development

Young drivers and their preferences will guide infotainment systems in future product, a top Chrysler executive says. Speaking at the Center for Automotive Research’s Management Briefing Seminars, the auto maker’s head of connectivity and infotainment says his company is tailoring its Uconnect system for the next generation of car buyers.
Source: WardsAuto

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Quotable
"Our future drivers are expecting a lot – that’s why we like to call them the ‘screenagers,’ because they don’t like life without screens.”

   
-- Marios Zenios, Chrysler's head of connectivity and infotainment, referring to the automaker's plan to tailor its Uconnect system for the next generation of car buyers, WardsAuto, August 6


 




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