GM sues CARB over EVs
LOS ANGELES - General Motors and several of its dealers filed suit Friday, Feb. 23, in California Superior Court in a last-ditch effort to overturn the California Air Resources Board zero-emissions-vehicle mandate.
After its Jan. 25 decision that would force automakers to build thousands of electric vehicles starting in 2003, CARB denied a GM appeal for a hearing to voice consumer and technical issues that hinder automakers' ability to meet the mandate.
In its suit, GM contends that CARB has not considered other alternatives for cleaning automotive pollution nor weighed the minimal demand for EVs as seen in their first offering in the late '90s. GM executives expressed worry that the CARB mandate would be picked up by three Northeast states, thus affecting nearly 20 percent of the U.S. light-vehicle market.
Study: Shoppers do better offline
BANDON, Ore. - Consumers who shop for their cars through a bricks-and-mortar dealership tend to negotiate lower prices than shoppers who buy their new vehicles through an online auto broker or buying service, a new study says.
Online prices for various types of vehicles were 4.6 percent higher than prices mystery shoppers were able to negotiate from conventional dealers, according to a study released Feb. 22 by CNW Marketing Research. In dollars, the difference between the online price and the offline price averaged almost $1,400, the study says.
Carfax, AAA team up
Carfax Inc. and the American Automobile Association will provide AAA members with used-car histories online at a discount.
Scott Fredericks, Carfax vice president of marketing, said Friday, Feb. 23, that the agreement makes Carfax vehicle histories available to 44 million AAA members at a discount of up to 25 percent. The service normally costs $19.95.
Carfax has a database of 1.3 billion vehicle records that are used to help buyers spot potential problems such as frame and flood damage and odometer fraud. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.