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2011 Chevrolet VOLT is Automobile of the Year

2011 Chevrolet VOLT is Automobile of the year, announced by AUTOMOBILE Magazine. The award will be presented to Joel Ewanick, GM U.S. Marketing Vice President, on Wednesday at the Los Angeles International Auto Show.

2011 Chevrolet VOLT is Automobile of the year

2011 Chevrolet VOLT is Automobile of the year

The Chevrolet VOLT was named Automobile of the Year for many reasons, one of which was being the first mass-produced electric vehicle with an extended range. AUTOMOBILE Magazine editors wrote, “This is the most sophisticated, most important vehicle on the road today. It won’t just change what we drive, but also how we drive. Owners will plug in at night, heat or cool their cabin before they leave the garage, and adopt new driving styles to maximize their electric range. Then, when the battery is depleted, they’ll mindlessly motor on; free of the limitations that accompanies pure electric vehicles.”

2011 Chevrolet VOLT is Automobile of the year

2011 Chevrolet VOLT is Automobile of the year

Bob Maguire Chevrolet is extremely proud that the 2011 Chevrolet VOLT is Automobile of the Year. In the second quarter of 2011, Bob Maguire Chevrolet will be receiving its first VOLT model. So, ifyou have been interested in the VOLT and want to take it for a test drive, stop by Bob Maguire Chevrolet to take the VOLT for a spin or speak with a sales consultant about the vehicle, today, before it arrives!

2011 Chevrolet VOLT is Automobile of the year

2011 Chevrolet VOLT is Automobile of the year

“We are very grateful for this prestigious recognition from AUTOMOBILE Magazine,” said Ewanick, who drove a Volt 2,394 miles from Detroit to Los Angeles for the show. “Automobile of the Year is a testament to the pioneering technology of the Volt, as well as the talent, intelligence and hard work of everyone at GM who made it a reality.”

2011 Chevrolet VOLT is Automobile of the year 🙂

GM wants to restore more ‘good dealers’ :

General Motors Company Chairman Ed Whitacre said today that he want “a lot more” rejected dealerships to be restored only if they are good dealers. Talking to the Detroit Auto Show, Whitacre went beyond remarks he made last week, expressing his preferences and hinting at how General Motors will proceed in upcoming arbitration.

Last week, Whitacre said that “a large number” of dealerships will be restored in arbitration for more than 100. In a statement later posted on its website, GM said it is difficult to say how many dealerships will be restored. It could be some one hundred and more than one hundred. Dealer attorney Leonard Bellavia said last week he suspected that GM wants to restore rejected  dealerships to try to increase sales. While asking about this, Whitacre said: “I want them to be restored if they’re good dealers.” Good dealers will increase sales. If they are good dealers, we’ll take a lot more.

Under the arbitration process outlined in a law signed by President Barack Obama last month, rejected dealerships have until Jan. 25 to give notice that they intend to file for neutral arbitration. Arbitrators have until June to hand down decisions on any dealer appeals that are submitted. GM has the discretion to influence the process by calibrating how staunchly it opposes any dealer appeal. By not submitting a response to arbitrators or by expressing lukewarm opposition, the company could signal that it doesn’t object to reinstatement of a particular dealer.

Whitacre said last week that GM used a “pretty arbitrary” cutoff point in choosing the 1,350 dealerships it rejected and probably made mistakes by cutting some good dealerships and leaving some bad ones. “The bad thing would be if they’re a lousy dealer that has a lousy storefront and through some process they’re put back in arbitrarily,” he said. “If they’re a good dealer and would really push GM in a classy manner, like we want it done, then it would be really good.”

GM: Hundreds of dealerships could be restored :

Some of the  General  Motor  dealers were happy. Hundreds of the 1,350 General Motors Company dealers  who lost their  franchises  in  last year could see them restored in a congressionally mandated arbitration process that begins later this month, the company’s interim CEO  said  Wednesday.  CEO  and Chairman Ed Whitacre Jr. also said that new Chief Financial Officer Chris Liddell is a candidate for the CEO post. And Whitacre said he’s not confident about selling the Swedish Saab brand.

Talking with reporters at GM’s Detroit headquarters, Whitacre also predicted that GM would be profitable  this  year,  although he said that was dependent on the economy and other factors. Congress passed legislation late last year that forces GM and Chrysler Group LLC, which shed 789 dealers last year, to give  dealers a chance to appeal closure decisions. Both companies went through bankruptcy protection earlier this year and are receiving government aid.

Restoring some dealerships could be good for the company because they would sell more cars for General Motors. When the franchises were revoked last summer, General Motor officials said dealers were judged on whether they met sales goals, customer service scores, the condition of their buildings and other criteria. They were allowed to stay open through October of this year to sell their inventories. Under pressure from dealer groups and lawmakers, GM and Chrysler put out  proposals that  would  have allowed dealers to  challenge closures in arbitration.

Whitacre added reporters that he would consider Chris Liddell, the CFO hired from the same post at Microsoft Corp., in the search for a new CEO. Liddell, 51, announced before GM hired him that he would leave Microsoft to pursue a higher-ranking position. At Microsoft, Liddell developed a reputation for holding down costs while building  up cash. He instituted a plan to cut $3 billion from the technology company last year that  included  its first mass layoff, wage freezes and cuts in travel and other expenses. GM is majority owned by the federal government and Liddell was granted an exemption from government imposed pay caps to take his post. He will be paid $750,000 this year, but will get up to another $5.45 million in stock starting in 2012 if GM successfully sells its shares to the public.

GM received $52 billion in U.S. government aid and has begun repaying $6.7 billion of that as a loan. The rest would be repaid through the stock sale. Whitacre also said he is not optimistic for a deal to sell its Swedish Saab brand, but he expects the sale of Hummer to a Chineseheavy equipment maker to close on Jan. 31. GM is phasing out Saab and expects to start closing plants this week.

”Hundreds” of GM dealerships could be reinstated :

General Motors Chairman expects at least 100 GM dealerships will be restored in the arbitration process mandated by a new federal law. It’s a large number of dealerships will get reinstated,” he said today in a meeting with reporters. The reinstatement largely comes thanks to a new law signed by President Barack Obama that calls for rejected dealers to appeal the termination through an independent arbitrator. If a dealer decides to move forward, it must submit notice by January 25. The arbitration process may be somewhat expedited, as judgments will be rendered by June 15. In bankruptcy last year, Dealers not reinstated likely will be closed by the end of the year.

GM used a “pretty arbitrary” cut-off point in choosing which dealers to reject and probably made some mistakes by cutting some good dealers and  leaving some bad ones, Whitacre added. “The way it came out, if you fell above or below a line, you were removed,” he said. “But you had to do it that way. You can’t just go around flipping coins, so you had to have a process.” Arbitration could restore good and bad dealerships, Whitacre said.

Some good dealers would really push GM in a classy manner, likewise we want it done, then it would be really good.” Restoring dealers won’t increase GM’s profits, Whitacre said, but He thinks GM will be profitable in 2010. Chairman Whitacre gave Automotive News, some choice nuggets of quote today. Addressing almost everything except his firm’s stagnant sales, Whitacre took on some of GM’s most staggering challenges in the most… folksy tone imaginable.

Mr. Whitacre said he has little hope of finding a buyer for Saab. “It’s really easy,” he added. “Just show up with the money and you can have it, and nobody’s showing up with the money.” Mr. Whitacre said he didn’t see how GM could have tried any harder to sell the brand. The auto maker said earlier that it will continue to wind down Saab as it entertains bids.

Chevrolet Jumps from Number 17 to Number 2 on the 2008 Automotive eShopper Experience Study

Great car deals are plentiful, but sometimes that isn’t enough. Many buyers want a dealer who is responsive to the consumers’ needs and questions. As more auto shoppers research their cars and request prices on the internet, a dealer’s response could mean the difference between a happy buyer and one that doesn’t buy at all. The comprehensive survey, the 2008 Automotive eShopper Experience Study, complied data based on The Cobalt Group’s online inquires to dealerships representing thirty brands. The study ranked the brands based on responsiveness, follow-through, and 13 quality measures. Those factors were used to calculate the “Automotive eShopper Index or ASI” that rates each brand’s responsiveness. Brands with a higher ASI score will have dealers who will typically treat consumers better if they’re using the internet to research their next vehicle.

 

The biggest news in this study was that Chevrolet leaped to 2nd from its 2007 ranking of 15th. Chevrolet delivered major improvements in response rate and response quality. Chevrolet did not only respond quickly, but were also thorough in answering the shopper’s questions, explaining the value of doing business at their dealerships, and offering good reasons to buy a new Chevrolet.  

Chevrolet Jumps from Number 17 to Number 2 on the 2008 Automotive eShopper Experience Study

Great car deals are plentiful, but sometimes that isn’t enough. Many buyers want a dealer who is responsive to the consumers’ needs and questions. As more auto shoppers research their cars and request prices on the internet, a dealer’s response could mean the difference between a happy buyer and one that doesn’t buy at all. The comprehensive survey, the 2008 Automotive eShopper Experience Study, complied data based on The Cobalt Group’s online inquires to dealerships representing thirty brands. The study ranked the brands based on responsiveness, follow-through, and 13 quality measures. Those factors were used to calculate the “Automotive eShopper Index or ASI” that rates each brand’s responsiveness. Brands with a higher ASI score will have dealers who will typically treat consumers better if they’re using the internet to research their next vehicle.

 

The biggest news in this study was that Chevrolet leaped to 2nd from its 2007 ranking of 15th. Chevrolet delivered major improvements in response rate and response quality. Chevrolet did not only respond quickly, but were also thorough in answering the shopper’s questions, explaining the value of doing business at their dealerships, and offering good reasons to buy a new Chevrolet.  

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