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(DETROIT) -- Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix officials have teamed up with the College for Creative Studies, based in Detroit's Midtown District, and Autoweek to host a poster design competition featuring CCS Illustration students. Through the competition, one student was selected to create the official commemorative poster that represents the fastest weekend of the summer0the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, May 31-June 2, 2013. This year's winner is Nick Shoremaner. The poster design will be produced, showcased and sold in the weeks leading up to the return of the world-class auto racing event in the Motor City.

The top three entries were awarded cash prizes provided by Autoweek, the Detroit-based automotive publication that has an established working relationship with CCS and the Grand Prix. The 5-judge panel included Bud Denker, CCS graduate and renowned Detroit artist Camilo Pardo, Autoweek creative director Ken Ross, Craig Sass, Corvette Stingray Interior Design Manager, and WXYZ-TV Channel 7 Sports Direct Tom Leyden.

Story and Photo Submitted by Robert Benko

PICTURED: Grand Prix Commemorative Poster Winner Nick Shoremaner.

(DETROIT) -- The Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix and COmerica Bank has announced the return of a Grand Prix tradition in Detroit--Free Prix Day.

"We would like to thank Comerica Bank for giving us the opportunity to continue the tradition of Free Prix Day," said Bud Denker, Chairman of the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix. "It's fitting that one of Detroit's most notable and well-respected businesses has joined in hosting such an exciting and memorable event."

The Grand Prix will feature Comerica Bank Free Prix Day on Friday, May 31. Helping Comerica announce its sponsorship of Free Prix Day at a media lunch Tuesday, April 23 was IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe and students from the only all-girls Detroit Public School-Detroit International Academy. Comerica is sending the students, who are members of the academy's robotics team and pre-college engineering program, to Free Prix Day. While at the race track. students will have an opportunity to see the different ways in which engineering technology is applied during a race and will meet the people who have put those skills to work in the racing industry.

The Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix is a 501(c)3 organization and a subsidiary of the Downtown Detroit Partnership. Held May 31-June 2, 2013, the event will include the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans featuring the cars of the IZOD IndyCar Series, the Chevrolet GRAND-AM 200 at Belle Isle presented by the Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers with the sports cars of the GRAND-AM Rolex Series and the Cadillac V-Series Challenge presented by the Metro Detroit Cadillac Dealers featuring the cars of the Pirelli World Challenge Championship Series. Partners for the 2013 Grand Prix include General Motors, Quicken Loans, and the MotorCity Casino Hotel.

Story and Photo Submitted by Robert Benko

PICTURED: IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe with students from the only all-girls Detroit Public School, the Detroit International Academy. They are members of the academy's robotics team and pre-college engineering program.

(DETROIT) -- Chairman and CEO of U.S. Steel Corporation, John Surma spoke at the Automotive Press Association Luncheon held at the Detroit Athletic Club Thursday, April 11. Surma discussed how steel uniquely offers the complete package automakers seek in their safety and lightweighting initiatives, as well as a new steel industry project to meet future automotive industry needs. Surma touched on how new steel grades will play a critical role in evolving automotive designs to meet the 2025 54.5 mpg mandate. According to Surma, steel's continued growth and development is due to its wide range of properties that allow it to satisfy increasing vehicle safety and performance requirements while generating significantly lower greenhouse gas emissions compared to other materials, all at a competitive cost. Surma cited multiple examples to support steel's "complete package" message, including the successful FutureSteelVehicle program that demonstrates how new steels and design methods can reduce body-in-white mass by 39-percent compared to traditional steel bodies, while also reducing life cycle emissions by nearly 70-percent without a cost increase. He also cited a project in which a front lower control arm made from an alternative material was replaced with an AHSS part of the same weight at 30-percent lower cost.

G.B.V.

(DETROIT) -- U.S. auto sales of light vehicles in March 2013 indicated increases by most of the U.S. automobile companies.

GM sold 245,950 with an increase of 6.4% from 2012
Ford sold 235,643 with an increase of 5.7% from 2012
Toyota sold 205,342 with an increase of 1% from 2012
Honda sold 136,038 with an increase of 7.1% from 2012
Chrysler sold 171,606 with an increase of 5% from 2012
Hyundai sold 68,306 with a decrease of 2% from 2012
Nissan sold 137,726 with an increase of 1% from 2012

The Detroit Big Three had 44.9% of all car sales in March 2013. The prediction for 2013 is an increase for all domestic automakers for a total of 15.4 million vehicles.
G.B.V & J.B.