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Tuesday, 25 June 2013 14:53

J.D. Power Announces Winners

(DETROIT) -- General Motors for the first time, ranked atop a closely watched survey measuring new-vehicle quality. GM placed two brands-GMC and Chevrolet-in top five of J.D. Power and Associates' Initial Quality Study released June 19th. The annual survey, redesigned for its 27th year, measures the number of problems on 2013 cars and light trucks that buyers report after 90 days of ownership. Volkswagen AG's Porsche unit topped all brands, followed by GMC, Lexus, Infiniti, and Chevrolet.

"GM has the best quality of any corporation in the study, the first times it's been on top," said David Sargent, Vice President of the global automotive practice at J.D. Power and the study's author. "And GMC and Chevrolet have never finished in the top five before."

Almost two-thirds of problems reported on 2013 models were related to design rather than manufacturing defects-things drivers considered not broken but still difficult to understand or operate, Power said.

"The manufacturers have gotten really, really good at building high-quality products," Sargent said. "Quality now is not just 'Does it work?' It's a matter of how it works and is it simple and enjoyable to operate."

Results of the study were released at an Automotive Press Association luncheon in Detroit. GM's four brands averaged 98 problems per 100 vehicles, and it was the only automaker with fewer than one problem per new car, passing Toyota Motor Corporation and Honda Motor Company, which tied for second among automakers with 103 problems per 100 models surveyed.

Top Problem Areas on 2013 New Models
1. Built-in voice recognition frequently doesn't recognize or misinterprets commands
2. Built-in Bluetooth mobile phone/device frequent pairing/connectivity issues
3. Excessive wind noise
4. Materials scuff and/or soil easily
5. Navigation system is difficult to use or poorly located
(Source: J.D. Power and Associates)

G.B.V.

(GROSSE PTE. PARK) -- A media preview for the 26th Annual EyesOn Design Automotive Design Exhibition was held Tuesday, June 11 at the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan. More than a dozen vehicles were on display on the grounds of the 88-acre Ford Estate. The theme of this year's event is Revolution Over Evolution--highlighting revolutionary changes in auto design. Exhibits for 2013 include Classics, Hot Rods, Thunderbirds, European Exotics, Chris-Craft wooden pleasure boats, pedal cars and a special Pure Michigan display featuring the cars of Jackson.

 

 

An eye catching 1963 Plymouth Station Wagon was on display. The car was restored as a Detroit Police Department Scout Car by George Park, a former Wayne State University Police Officer (1978-1985) and Ann Arbor Police Officer (1985-2005). The 1963 Plymouth Station Wagon Patrol Car took top honors as the best restored law enforcement vehicle at the 2010 Woodward Dream Cruise. Every detail of that era was recreated, down to the siren, the roof light, the hand-held spotlight and the period-perfect interior.

 

By the mid-1920's, Chris-Craft became the world's largest producer of mahogany pleasure boats. The boats were built in Algonac, located on the St. Clair River in southeastern Michigan. As pleasure boating became more popular and affordable, so did the compeition in the pleasure boat building business. During the war, Cris-Craft produced thousands of military patrol boats and troop carriers. On display was the 1954 Chris-Craft "Knota Screw Loose," an 18' Utility owned by Theresa and Mark Tucker of Brighton Michigan.

A benefit for the Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology, EyesOn Design is a major source of revenue for the DIO's research, education and support group programs for the visually impaired.

The EyesOn Design Car Show will take place on Father's Day-Sunday, June 16 from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tickets are $20. Active duty military members may attend for free with an ID and children 12 and under get in free with an adult.

PHOTOS & STORY SUBMITTED BY ROBERT BENKO
PICTURED ABOVE: (L) Bob Grosscup, EOD General Chairman 2013 and (R) Werner Meier, Vehicle Selection Committee Chairman

(DETROIT) -- The Automotive Press Association hosted a luncheon at the Detroit Athletic Club and heard from Edmunds President & COO Seth Berkowitz. He explained that Edmunds began publishing printed car price guides in the 1960's and launched the car industry's first Internet site in 1994. The company has a long history of innovating ways to empower and support car shoppers. Some of their innovations over the years include True Market Value, True Cost to Own, and EdmundsLive Advice--the only free advice line and chat service for car shoppers provided by a company with nothing to sell. President and COO Seth Berkowitz announced the newest offering from Edmunds--Price Promise, which will transform the car shopping experience and make it easier for shoppers to buy and for dealers to sell.

PICTURED: Edmunds President & COO Seth Berkowitz addressing members of the Automotive Press Association

SUBMITTED BY ROBERT BENKO & G.B.V.

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

GM sold 252,894 with an increase of 3.1% from 2012
Ford sold 246,019 with an increase of 14.1% from 2012
Toyota sold 207,952 with an increase of 2.5% from 2012
Honda sold 140,013 with an increase of 4.5% from 2012
Chrysler sold 166,596 with an increase of 11% from 2012
Hyundai sold 68,358 with an increase of 2.0% from 2012
Nissan sold 114,457 with an increase of 24.7% from 2012

The Detroit Big Three had 46% of all car sales in May 2013. Compared total for 2013 with 2012-total sale for 127 days in 2013 is 438,102 more vehicles sold. The prediction for 2013 is an increase for all domestic auto makers for a total of 15.4 million vehicles.

G.B.V & J.B.

DETROIT, Mich. (June 4, 2013) - Following an action-packed weekend that showcased some incredible racing, the beauty of Belle Isle Park and the Detroit and Windsor riverfronts, the early numbers reveal a successful 2013 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix.

The exciting on-track action featured the first-ever IZOD IndyCar Series doubleheader at the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans, 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 Series.

An estimated crowd of more than 100,000 fans over the three-day weekend witnessed the return of world-class auto racing to the Motor City with roughly 25,000 fans on Friday at Comerica Bank Free Prix Day, just under 30,000 on Saturday and over 45,000 on Sunday.

The television ratings for the Chevy Indy Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans was also very positive and represented impressive growth from last season. Overnight national ratings on ABC revealed that the race broadcast from Saturday, June 1 drew .7 rating while the Sunday, June 2 race posted a .8 rating. The Sunday number represented a 14% increase over last year's IndyCar Series race on Belle Isle, also aired live on ABC. Both broadcasts were the highest-rated IndyCar races this season, outside of the Indianapolis 500, and only one other race in 2013 saw an increase in ratings from 2012 with the Belle Isle race carrying the largest jump from one year to the next.

In addition to the strong numbers at the gate and on TV, the 2013 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix also enjoyed tremendous sponsorship support. The event included 54 sponsor partners, including those that purchased the premiere hospitality chalets in and around the venue. Overall, corporate sponsorship increased by about 5% from 2012 to 2013.

On social media, the Grand Prix also experienced tremendous growth. Mentions of the race increased nearly 600% on Twitter with more than 18,000 mentions over the course of the weekend. The event's official hashtag #DetroitGP was a top-10 trending topic on Saturday/Sunday, with the peak coming on Sunday during the second Dual in Detroit race when it was the second-highest trending topic in the U.S.

"We are very proud of the success of the 2013 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix," said Grand Prix Chairman Bud Denker. "We have to thank the fans, the sponsors, the competitors and our dedicated group of over 1,200 volunteers for making this event so special. It was very rewarding to see so many people enjoying themselves on Belle Isle this past weekend and the beautiful shots of the Detroit and Windsor riverfronts just looked spectacular on television for the world to see. We will continue to improve the event with some changes already in the works and we can't wait to welcome everyone back to Belle Isle in 2014."