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Auto News Digest

DETROIT - Chrysler group and Union Pacific Corp. have formed a company that will use the Internet to track vehicle shipments from Chrysler assembly plants to dealers in order to reduce vehicle delivery time.

The company, Insight Network Logistics, will be a wholly owned subsidiary of Union Pacific, parent company of Union Pacific Railroad.

Chrysler group wants to save about $280 million over the next six years and seeks a 25 percent reduction in vehicle delivery time within 12 months.

Vehicle delivery time averages 12 days from assembly plant to dealership.

Web software gets 3 versions

DETROIT - E-commerce software provider Synapz has launched three versions of Eclipz, its Web materials procurement and fulfillment system.

An automotive supplier can use Eclipz to manage the flow of data between its own suppliers by allowing it to receive orders, confirm shipments and send orders via the Internet. New features include a redesigned user interface allowing for quicker and easier navigation.

2 to develop voice products

DETROIT - Visteon Corp. of Dearborn, Mich., and SpeechWorks International Inc. of Boston have an agreement to jointly license and develop voice-enabled products for the automotive market.

The two companies will attempt to improve technologies in personal digital assistants, cable set-top boxes, and mobile telephone handsets.

They hope to bring to market speech-enabled products and services for telematics, multimedia, information services, personal productivity, banking, finance and other applications.

Terms were not disclosed.

Service speeds remarketing

SEATTLE - MotorPlace Auto Exchange, a division of Cobalt Group, has launched a version of its online wholesale used-vehicle service.

MotorPlace Auto Exchange matches buyers and sellers of wholesale used vehicles to reduce costs. It is reached through Cobalt's automotive portal, MotorPlace.com.

As with other exchanges, sellers can begin remarketing vehicles when they take possession and leverage the time that historically has been lost while vehicles are being transported to and prepared for auction.

Vehicles that do not sell online within a number of days then are offered at auction.

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