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We Hear: High Customer Loyalty Means Higher Bonuses for GM Employees

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General Motors has been tweaking its compensation and bonus packages since emerging from bankruptcy in 2009. The latest addition? GM employees are being encouraged by a company-wide bonus to create more loyal customers. According to Automotive News, GM North American president Mark Reuss wants the General’s customers to keep coming back for more. The better the overall ...

Consumer Reports Dings Ford and Chrysler, While GM and Audi Improve

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DETROIT – Ford and Lincoln quality ratings plummeted on the introduction of new models, continuing problems with Focus and Fiesta Powershift dual-clutch automatics, and consumer dissatisfaction with MyFordTouch/MyLincoln Touch, Consumer Reports announced to the Automotive Press Association here Monday. The non-profit magazine’s annual report on predicted reliability ranked Lincoln, number 26, and Ford, number 27, ...

Watch a Real Car-to-Robot Transformer in Action

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Only in Japan – the land of Astro Boy and Asimo – a Japanese engineer has developed a fully functioning real transformer robot. Conceived and built by engineer and confessed robot fanatic Kenji Ishida, this real-world “Transformer-robot-car” transforms in around four seconds from a sports car to robot and has 22 servo motors. Ishida will only make ...

GM, Porsche Designer Anatole Lapine Dies at Age 81

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Long-time automotive designer Anatole Lapine, whose long included time as chief designer for Porsche and designer for General Motors, died April 30 in Germany at the age of 81. Born in 1930 in Latvia, Lapine joined Daimler-Benz as an engineering apprentice after World War II, before joining GM in the U.S. in 1952. There he worked ...