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GM’s Windows of Opportunity Project Turns Car Windows Into Interactive Displays

Posted: February 12th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Auto News, Favorite New Thought | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on GM’s Windows of Opportunity Project Turns Car Windows Into Interactive Displays

GM's Windows of Opportunity Project Turns Car Windows Into Interactive DisplaysIn-car DVD players and handheld game consoles have proven a godsend to parents looking to avoid the regular cries of “are we there yet?” from kids in the back seat. Similar to Toyota’s “Window to the World” concept, GM’s “Windows of Opportunity” (WOO) project looks to advance back seat entertainment even further. The project saw the automaker giving researchers and students from the FUTURE LAB at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Israel free reign to design applications that rear seat passengers would interact with through their side windows, which act as interactive displays.

To inspire the students and let their creative juices run free when creating their applications, GM made it clear that it didn’t have any immediate plans to put interactive display windows into production vehicles. However, the company said if they were to be put into production, they would likely use electronically charged “smart glass” technology, which can reflect projected images and is capable of variable translucence and transparency.

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AUSTRALIA: The Cost of Keeping Auto Makers Local

Posted: January 12th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Auto Maker, Auto News, Ford, General Motors, Grilled, Holden | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on AUSTRALIA: The Cost of Keeping Auto Makers Local

Sales of the Australian made large cars – Holden Commodore and Ford Falcon – have dropped alarmingly in recent years. The Commodore’s 15-year run as Australia’s best-selling vehicle was ended abruptly in 2011 by the Japanese manufactured Mazda3, while Ford Falcon sales plummeted to fewer than 19,000 units in 2011.

AUSTRALIA: The Cost of Keeping Auto Makers Local - Cruze Hatch Production

So Exactly How Much Does it Cost to Keep Auto Makers in Australia? Between $100 and $200 Million!?

Holden says it is getting closer to announcing co-investment from the Federal Government and parent company General Motors as it looks to secure the local manufacturing of the Cruze and Commodore beyond 2018. Ford has announced a fresh $103 million investment for it’s Falcon range of large car and Territory SUV, though the future of the Australian-built vehicles is still guaranteed only until the end of 2016. Read the full article »»»»

GM Up For Profit 2010

Posted: January 12th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Auto News, gm | Tags: , , | Comments Off on GM Up For Profit 2010

DETROIT: General Motors’ interim chief executive, Edward Whitacre, says he expects the government-owned automaker to be profitable in 2010 but that profits aren’t a prerequisite for a public stock offering, possibly before the end of the year.

In a Press Conference, Whitacre said GM is working to restore its reputation in Washington, acknowledging that last year’s $50 billion government bailout “left not a good taste in some people’s mouths.” The carmaker will also take another look at its advertising as it struggles to convince consumers to consider its core brands (Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick and GMC). Read the full article »»»»

Brand China Expands to Autos

Posted: December 29th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Auto News, China | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on Brand China Expands to Autos
Chinese manufacturers know how to squeeze, they have the ability to produce low-cost versions of goods for mass markets. But they haven’t been able to Value-Add or catch the premium that comes with being a top brand.
News that Ford Motor has agreed to terms with Zhejiang Geely for the Chinese carmaker to acquire its Volvo Cars division is the latest example of the next wave of Chinese foreign investment. Manufacturers, mostly privately owned, not state enterprises are increasingly looking for brands and technology to use as the foundation of a new generation of innovative and branded Chinese products for both domestic and global markets.
The first wave of Chinese foreign investment was led by the country’s huge state-owned enterprises, which aimed to secure critical natural resources such as oil and minerals and bought into basic industries that are capital intensive and need scale, such as steelmaking, shipbuilding, construction and telecom infrastructure.
Chinese companies say that their motivation for foreign direct investment is market access or a pre-emptive securing of access against potential protectionist barriers. Computer maker Lenovo and white-goods manufacturer Haier have made inroads into the markets of the developed world following acquisitions, most notably Lenovo’s of IBM’s PC business :: Read the full article »»»»

GM Australia Good Shape

Posted: June 1st, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Auto News, Auto News, gm, Grilled | Tags: , , | Comments Off on GM Australia Good Shape

It seems the Australian subsidiary of GM (Holden) has managed to hitch a ride with New GM and is not being left behind like SAAB and Hummer, or sold like Opel in Germany and Vauxhall in the UK.

Whether this is good or bad remains to be seen. The Opel example is not great – the plan for it to be taken over by Canadian parts maker, Magna, with government support, is already turning messy and may yet fall apart in the German parliament.
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