GM boosts Olds rebates
DETROIT - General Motors has discontinued the incentives on its 2000 cars and light trucks and increased the rebates on several 2001 models, principally Oldsmobiles.
Also dying on Jan. 2 were the year-end bonuses of $250 to $1,500 on 19 car and light-truck nameplates.
The current rebates on 2001 Oldsmobiles are $2,000 on the Alero, Intrigue, Aurora and Silhouette and $3,000 on the Bravada. Previously, the givebacks were $1,000 on the Silhouette and Bravada and $750 on the Alero and Intrigue.
All except the Alero also have a $1,500 Olds Owner Loyalty payment. It is offered to owners/lessees of 1996-2001 Oldsmobiles and can be used toward the purchase of a 2000-2002 Olds. The new incentives expire April 2.
Delphi workers face layoffs
More than 3,300 workers at Delphi Automotive Systems Corp. plants in Michigan, Ohio and New York will be laid off this week because of declining car and truck sales.
A Delphi official said more than 800 workers at its Saginaw Steering Division in Saginaw, Mich., are expected to be among those laid off. In Ohio, 1,400 workers are affected, including 300 at the company's Warren electrical-systems plant. An unknown number of the layoffs will be permanent.
Spokeswoman Claudia Piccinin said Delphi is responding to its customer's production schedules. Delphi of Troy, Mich., employs 54,000 in the United States.
General Motors, Delphi's largest customer, said Friday, Jan. 5, that it would idle 11 plants and about 25,000 workers in North America.
Pepsi exec accepts GM challenge
General Motors named CJ Fraleigh to a new position of executive director of corporate advertising and marketing. Starting today, Jan. 8, he will report to John Middlebrook, GM's general manager of vehicle brand marketing and corporate advertising.
Fraleigh, 37, had been vice president of marketing colas for the Pepsi-Cola Co. in Purchase, N.Y.
In his 12 years with Pepsi, he was known for the reincarnation of the 'Pepsi Challenge' and for marketing Pepsi One.
'He's got such a strong background in bringing together national and regional promotional activities, which is something we're doing more of,' said GM spokeswoman Peg Holmes.
Fraleigh also will oversee GM's media planning and buying operations and the GM Card.
ChoiceParts sues Big 3
ChoiceParts LLC last week filed a federal antitrust lawsuit against the Big 3, which last month announced the creation of an online parts portal.
ChoiceParts is an electronic marketplace for dealers and body shops to locate, buy, sell and swap auto parts.
ChoiceParts is asking the federal district court in Chicago to require Ford Motor Co., General Motors and DaimlerChrysler to cease 'anticompetitive efforts' aimed at blocking ChoiceParts from providing its electronic parts locator/transaction system to dealers and repair shops nationwide.
A DaimlerChrysler spokesman said the lawsuit is without merit.
The lawsuit contends the Big 3 attempted to jointly purchase ChoiceParts in late 2000 to secure its patent-pending technology for use in their own joint venture.
The automakers collectively denied access to critical data that they customarily make available about the parts used in their respective vehicles, according to the lawsuit.