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  1. GM2:09, 4:14
  2. 20/200:48, 1:04
  3. Automotive News3:25, 4:12
  4. IMF's0:51
  5. Chevrolet Malibu1:32
  6. Dan Akerson2:10
  7. Times Square4:31
  8. spending cuts2:30
  9. auto makers0:07, 1:27

Thu, 6 Dec 2012|

Ford, Chrysler part of 'micro hybrid' trend; Akerson on 'fiscal cliff'; GM pickup glut; plus, a city where Hyundai never sleeps.


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It sent a portable fuel saving technology. It's -- start. Dennis -- With the auto makers under the gun to boost miles per gallon it may be time to get accustomed to the sound of silence. That's that. Thanks so much for looking in on this Thursday. I'm Tom -- -- For years they've been a mainstay in Asia and Europe. Shouldn't -- Voyage to do indeed -- a tough tough question each and globally micro hybrid featuring stop start technology. Will outnumber full hybrids and -- until at least 20/20 two Sosa's IMF's research in the UK. IMF says if you lump of micro hybrids full hybrids in the beast together. Micro hybrids will account for being 9%. Of the total in 20/20 two. Compared to 77%. In twenties. And kill us. Is this is working right now. Stop start hopes the engine when the car is at a standstill. In restarts it when the driver releases the brake pedal. It's common in full hybrids but US auto makers have been slow to edit to mass market models. The 2013 Chevrolet Malibu eco in ram 15100 pick up are among the latest. Ford has -- stop start version of the 2013. Fusion a 295. Dollar option. Ford -- our program manager bear gets organ from his early feedback from consumers. Has been positive. And they tell us when that engine turns they know there's savings peel off. And they know they're doing the right thing for the environment. The fusion also available in a full hybrid. Now the final installment in our exclusive interview with -- GM CEO Dan Akerson. As our Leslie Allen reports there's a big wildcard in GM's future. No this time it's not Europe or China. It's Washington DC. I think it is serious. Bad actors to view on the so called fiscal -- A series of automatic spending cuts and tax hikes that could soon take effect. That is unless congress and the president agree on a way to cut the deficit. -- that -- get the country's fiscal house in order. That'll provide certainty that I think people. Possibly sustain this. Recovery. He says the big risk if a drop in discretionary spending translation. Less money for people to buy cars. While some experts predict sales will hit 151000000. And 2013. Actress -- -- they mark conservative fourteen to fourteen point five million. That all presupposes that we don't fall off the cliff. I think I do think that could disrupt among third quarter -- not careful what you ask for more on actress and be sure to catch our talk from the top feature and Monday's print edition up Automotive News. For Auburn is now. I'm Leslie Allen. Leslie thank you. The back on Tuesday in part one of our series with Packers and we reported GM's CEO is eager to get new versions of this Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks on the market next year. Pick ups among the company's most profitable vehicles. However GM's day's supply of pick -- in November of stood at 139. That's up from 110. In October. The ideal number is about sixty. Researcher Alan -- telling Bloomberg quote if they continue to have these high inventories. In and bring out the new product. That's going to hurt the launch. Automotive News reported in August that GM was starting to -- picked up production. Analysts expect that trend to continue. In the first quarter of next year. Finally today say cheese. Hyundai is connected cameras to its main outdoor billboard in New York's Times Square at some folks can capture images of themselves. And have them projected lie on the billboard. -- -- -- -- -- On the sports. We'll have the camera -- at lap one tomorrow for his weekly commentary. We'll see that.

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    Eight polling that Tug of war what heavy duty YouTube has poured threatening to life. You're watching auto news now. Good to see you on this Monday. I'm Tom back for Ford and Chrysler the stakes couldn't be higher. According to true cart dot com heavy duty pickups represent 23%. Of all pick up sales in the US. In one of the main reasons to buy a big truck. Towing capability. a battle is raging between Ford and Chrysler's ram Brad. Over who can claim best in class Ford is threatening legal action if keeps claiming its pickups have besting class We're talking so called fifth wheel or goose neck trailer is connected in the pick up that. So here's the issue. Ford says 2015. F 454. By four crew cab can 31200. House. That's about 12100 pounds more than the highest capacity 3500. Which is rated at 30000. Pounds. But rim says the trucks are not even in the same class. It's is the F 450 is a class four pick up in fact the only class four pick up on the market. says the 3500. Actually competes against the F 350. In GM's 3500. Heavy duties. Reporter Larry tells us Ford does something no other automaker does when setting its maximum payload for the F series. It removes items like the radio. The spare tire the Jack. In the center console in order to produced the maximum number for its payload that's a questionable practice because a component truck over. Into another class. Larry says under the system used by other auto makers the F 450 would be considered class war. For more story in today's print and digital editions of Automotive News. Ford is raising prices on the new one in fifteen aluminum body F 150 pick up. Like 340 dollars to 3385. Bucks. The king ranch sees the biggest price increase over the 2014 model. Ford however has upped the standard equipment in all models of the truck for example to information screens are standard. Our Richard true it is also reporting the auto maker is trimming the number of F 150 models from eleven to five. With the new truck arrives this fall popular name plates such as the raptor in limited will be gone. Dealers started ordering the pick ups today. More business may be on the way to service based in GM dealerships. That's because the auto maker is offering buyers of its 2015 models for monthly vehicle diagnostic reports through OnStar. The move also allows customers to sign up to receive maintenance notifications from their stores. Both services will be offered at no charge for five years under a plan named OnStar basic. Previously. They were available only to paying OnStar subscribers. GM says that customers who are emailed me notifications from their dealerships. Come in for two additional service visits a year on average. Compared with customers who don't receive that. Cash for clunkers a phrase that was all the rage five years ago this month. Officially known as the car allowance rebate system clunkers was a lifeline at a desperate time in the US auto industry. US sales in June of 2009 dropped 28%. wasn't so lawful because every other month that your have been worse. But thanks to clunkers which provided consumers as much as 4500 bucks to trade in an old gas guzzler for a more fuel efficient new vehicle. July 2009 sales were off just 12%. In August sales that year were up 1%. In the end nearly 700000. Vehicles were traded in through the two point 85 billion dollar federal program. Have a great day everyone. We'll see you back here tomorrow.

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