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Mar 3, 2013

AUTOMAKERS NEWS * USA

* Michigan - 2014 Stingray convertible unveiled in photos ahead of Geneva Motor Show

(Image from Chevrolet: The ragtop Corvette is expected to use the same powertrain as the coupe)
Detroit,MICH,USA -The Detroit News, by John McCormick -March 3, 2013: -- Two photographs of the highly anticipated new 2014 Corvette Stingray convertible have been released before the car's official debut at the Geneva Motor Show on Tuesday... The drop-top model builds on the excitement generated by the unveiling of the all-new seventh-generation coupe at January's Detroit auto show... The photos show the convertible shares the same dramatic body styling of the coupe, but with a folding fabric top. Underneath its skin, the ragtop Corvette is expected to use the same powertrain as the coupe, which means Chevy's new LT1 6.2-liter V-8 with 450-hp and 450 lb ft of torque... There is no word yet on pricing or availability, although the coupe model is due to go on sale this fall...

* Michigan  - Fiat beats Mini in boost to Marchionne's U.S. strategy

(Photo: 2013 Fiat 500L Images)
Auburns Hills,MICH,USA -Bloomberg News/The Detroit News, by Mark Clothier and Tommaso Ebhardt -March 4, 2013: ... The growing acceptance of the $16,000 Fiat 500 subcompact, even among large-living Texans, helped it outsell Bayerische Motoren Werke AG's rival Mini in January and February, and four of the last seven months... In U.S. sales surge to 43,772 cars last year from 19,769 a year earlier, helping beat an internal sales goal for North America by more than 25 percent and narrowing the gap to Mini, which sold 66,123 vehicles to U.S. drivers in 2012, including the Countryman crossover... BMW introduced the retro-styled Mini in 2001 as an upscale compact to appeal to urban drivers. The car starts at $20,400 in the U.S. for the entry-level hatchback and runs as high as $36,400 for the John Cooper Works performance version of the roadster. The Fiat 500 tops out at $26,000 for the sporty Abarth convertible... Both Fiat and BMW are benefitting from growing demand for small cars. U.S. deliveries of subcompacts and smaller cars are expected to rise to 1.02 million this year, a 37 percent increase from 2011, according to IHS...


* Maryland - Workplaces offer electric car charging for employees

(Photo by Kenneth K. Lam/Baltimore Sun/MCT - The GM transmission plant in White Marsh, Maryland, has installed eight solar-powered charging stations for recharging company or employees' electric vehicles)
White Marsh,MD,USA -Baltimore Sun/The Detroit News, by LORRAINE MIRABELLA -3 March 2013: -- Employees at General Motors' plant in White Marsh, Md., have an unusual workplace benefit: Anyone who drives an electric car can plug it in to charge while they work. At the plant, which produces transmissions and electric motors, workers can park their electric vehicles — or EVs — in any of eight spaces under two solar-powered canopies in the employee lot...   It's not surprising that an automaker that makes plug-in electric vehicles is emerging as a leader in working to expand charging stations for consumers, starting with its own workers at company facilities in Maryland and elsewhere. But now other large employers are joining efforts to boost workplace EV charging, including Verizon, Google, 3M, General Electric and Eli Lilly and Co....

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