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A 'Go-To' Team for GM Tech (12/21/12)

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  1. General Motors0:25
  2. GM0:40
  3. Berry Gordy2:32
  4. Automotive News3:13
  5. Chrysler 3002:34
  6. Motown2:30, 2:36, 3:07
  7. link systems0:48
  8. Smartphones0:32
  9. summer solstice3:57
  10. gasoline powered2:03

Fri, 21 Dec 2012|

Squad helps buyers get connected; Chrysler brings tablets to service lane, rolls out Motown salute; Lapham on Toyota's timing.


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Getting our -- god. We'll show you how free auto makers are using technology. And people to make life easier for customers. That's that. This December 21 edition of auditors now. Let's talk technology today and we'll begin with General Motors. The automaker has hired 2520. Somethings to help car owners. Connect their computers Smartphones and tablets to infotainment systems in GM's vehicles. The specialists will be deployed to GM stores nationwide. That's where they'll -- -- dealership employees. How to use them smiling. Q and in -- link systems. Store staffers in turn can pass along that knowledge to customers who need to. Yeah. It's important to have this certified technical experts. First it's really good to have a go to person at the dealerships and they can make sure that the information I'm receiving is always the same. Meantime Chrysler is providing factory connected tablet technology in its dealership service place. The automaker says the new -- advisor enables customers to cruise through the lanes much faster. A small wireless device plugs into the vehicle's onboard diagnostic port. In quickly gives service personnel all information specific to that customer and there -- Why advisor is now available across Chrysler's US dealer network and there are also plans for global implementation. -- drivers who are tired of tangled phone charging -- might like this. Toyota affiliated supplier dead and so leading the way in creating an integrated in the vehicle wireless phone charger. Folks with compatible phones can place them on the charging surface inside the center console. The technology debuts. In the gasoline powered and hybrid versions. Of the 2013. Avalon limited so there. Detroit is all about the sound. And the trial. Chrysler is out of -- -- saluting not just the motor city but it's signatures now. -- -- -- -- It stars Motown records founder Berry Gordy in also showcases the Chrysler 300 Motown addition. According journeys from Detroit to Broadway where motel on the musical opens in March in the had. Well it has a somewhat familiar ending. Great toppled. This before. The motor city. And so. The special additions 300 by the way. It's pre loaded with 100 tracks from Motown artists. It is Friday and for the last time in 2012. We present to you Automotive News executive editor Edward left. So the mayans got it wrong and today is not the end of the world as we know. But around here it is the first day of winter and the shortest day of the year. Of course for our viewers in the Southern Hemisphere it's the first day of summer and the longest day of the year. You know a lot of goofy stuff seems to happen right around -- time that the seasons change. I mean how else can you explain Toyota being fine for the fourth time since 2010. For failing to properly report safety defect information. And oh by the way Toyota reported the defects in June which just happens to be the month when the summer solstice -- round. Look toilet does a lot of things better than anybody else in the world. And there may have been some initial confusion because -- is well part of the federal bureaucracy. But what the heck. In two years he ought to be able to figure out how and when to report safety defects. About floor mats. I'm Edward lapels and that's how IC. They said in a quick programming note we're off Monday and Tuesday to celebrate the holidays but Jennifer -- and I will be back here on Wednesday. For the first of three specials looking jacket here. Quality well. Have a great holiday week and every one. We hope to see us.

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