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GM Seen Holding U.S. Share After Slipping to 88-Year Low
NHTSA Proposals Would Raise Volume on Quiet Cars
Automakers Touting More In-Vehicle Technologies
Toyota Pursues 'Co-Pilot' Car Over Self-Driving Vehicle
FTC To Study 'Data Broker' Industry
Ford, GM Rev Up Rivalry With Apps
Remember, Trucks Make the Bucks
Destination Detroit
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GM Seen Holding U.S. Share After Slipping to 88-Year Low

General Motors Co. likely will maintain its position in the U.S. after its market share plunged to the lowest since Alfred P. Sloan's first full year running the company. GM may end this year with 17.9 percent U.S. market share, in line with where it finished 2012, according to a Bloomberg survey of five analysts. The Detroit-based carmaker's share ended last year at the lowest point since 1924.
Source: Bloomberg

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NHTSA Proposals Would Raise Volume on Quiet Cars

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is proposing new rules to require minimum sound levels from electric vehicles, hybrids and other quiet cars to warn pedestrians. NHTSA's proposal, mandated in 2010 by Congress, sets minimum sound levels for hybrid and electric vehicles to help make pedestrians, especially visually impaired people, aware of approaching vehicles. Electric and hybrid vehicles do not rely on traditional engines and at low speeds can be hard to hear. NHTSA plans to phase in the new rules over three years, starting with 2016 models. It expects the proposal will cost the auto industry about $23 million the first year, and estimates the additional per-vehicle cost at $35.
Source: The Detroit News

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Automakers Touting More In-Vehicle Technologies

Many of the world's largest automakers are showing off new in-vehicle technologies at the annual consumer electronic show [in Las Vegas], as drivers demand to stay connected behind the wheel and cars get smarter to help avoid crashes. Amid 3,000 companies showing off nearly every conceivable electronic gadget, a record number of automakers are exhibiting at the 2013 International CES or holding press events, said the Consumer Electronics Association. In total, seven of the 10 largest manufacturers are showing technologies on the show floor including General Motors Co., Ford Motor Co., Chrysler Group LLC, Volkswagen AG's Audi unit, Hyundai Motor Corp and its Kia unit, and Subaru of America. CEA predicts sales of factory-installed vehicle technologies will increase by 11.3 percent in 2013 to $8.7 billion.
Source: The Detroit News

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Toyota Pursues 'Co-Pilot' Car Over Self-Driving Vehicle

Toyota Motor Corp. is developing autonomous safety technologies to create a virtual “co-pilot” in vehicles that helps drivers avoid accidents rather than self-driving cars and trucks. The carmaker unveiled research it's doing in Japan with a modified Lexus LS sedan fitted with advanced safety equipment at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas yesterday. The car on display this week in Las Vegas has sensors and automated systems to observe, process and respond to its surroundings.
Source: Bloomberg

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FTC To Study 'Data Broker' Industry

The FTC recently announced that it is studying the “Data Broker” industry's practices regarding collection and use of consumer data. The FTC issued orders to nine data brokerage companies: 1) Acxiom, 2) Corelogic, 3) Datalogix, 4) eBureau, 5) ID Analytics, 6) Intelius, 7) Peekyou, 8) Rapleaf and 9) Recorded Future. The FTC is seeking details about: the nature and sources of the consumer information the data brokers collect; how they use, maintain and disseminate the information; and the extent to which the data brokers allow consumers to access and correct their information or to opt out of having their personal information sold. NADA recently issued a memorandum to dealers entitled, “DEALER ALERT: Are You In Control of Your Data?” reminding dealers that it's critical that they (i) determine who within the dealership is authorized to grant access to dealership data, and (ii) conduct periodic audits of their operations to determine who can access their electronic data, what data they have access to and what they can do with it.
Source: NADA Regulatory Affairs

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Ford, GM Rev Up Rivalry With Apps

Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Co., longtime rivals for control of the road, are now beginning a battle to find the right "app." Both auto makers announced Monday they are inviting anyone from software geeks to the everyday driver to develop applications that can be used in their respective vehicles. There are no plans between the two auto makers to share.
Source: The Wall Street Journal

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Remember, Trucks Make the Bucks

Car sales rose 18 percent in 2012, twice the gain of light trucks. But trucks are where the money is. Toyota Motor Corp. can feel good about the 73 percent rise in Prius sales, but good feelings don't pay the dividends. Sales of the full-sized Toyota Tundra pickup -- made in the United States and therefore much less exposed to dollar-yen swings -- jumped 23 percent in 2012. Its share of the pickup segment, including both full-sized and compacts, rose 0.7 point to 5.3 percent. Sales of Chrysler Group's Ram pickup rose at a slightly slower pace, 20 percent, but from a larger base. The Ram's pickup market share climbed 1.7 points to 15.4 percent. That's huge. The other big pickup gainer was Ford Motor Co.'s F series, up 10 percent, which added 1.2 points of share, to 33.9 percent. Cha-ching.
Source: Automotive News

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Destination Detroit

Cars are getting smaller and smarter, but sharp styling still turns heads

Cars and light trucks are shrinking and shedding weight to save fuel, but automakers aren't neglecting good looks and speed. For instance, at the North American International Auto Show next week Audi is showing the RS7, a high-performance version of the A7. And Chevrolet will unveil a redesigned Corvette. BMW has redesigned the 3-series coupe and has given it a new name, the 4 series. And expect a high-performance SRT version of the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Click here for a roundup of world production and concept debuts along with other offerings planned for the show.
Source: Automotive News

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"We don't ever see a vehicle without a driver attached, but we can improve the skills of the driver by layering all of the technologies."

   
-- Bob Carter, senior vice president of automotive operations for Toyota Motor Sales USA, prediciting that drivers will still play a role in futuristic cars, The Detroit News, Jan. 8
 


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