GM offering loyalty discount
General Motors is rewarding repeat customers with new-vehicle discounts of $500 to $1,000, depending on the model chosen. The 'Loyalty First' discount coupons can be used along with other incentives.
The program began April 10, and applies to new 1997-99 GM vehicles, except for Saturn, EV1 and employee-purchase vehicles.
To be eligible, the customer must have purchased or leased a new 1986-98 GM vehicle and still have it. Owners can transfer the coupon to immediate family members in their household.
Hyundai: Some jobs to be cut
SEOUL - Hyundai Motor Co., South Korea's largest carmaker, denied news reports last week that it will slash 9,000 jobs - 20 percent of its work force. But it said falling sales make some cuts unavoidable.
Hyundai built 1.24 million cars last year, but slashed production 60 percent this year and sent thousands of workers home on paid leave because of a huge inventory.
Before last year's financial crisis, Korean workers were guaranteed lifetime employment, and layoffs were virtually impossible without the approval of unions or a court.
Tough tailpipe rules urged
WASHINGTON - Air-quality officials from about 40 states and several dozen metro areas have voted to urge the EPA to adopt tough, uniform emission standards for cars and trucks nationwide.
The votes, disclosed late last week, are a prelude to publication soon of an EPA report laying groundwork for new emission regulations to be implemented in 2004.