Detroit, MI -
General Motors has issued a recall for 2003-2004 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vans. The recall is due to road salt may cause corrosion on the fuel pipe said a GM spokesperson. U.S. safety regulators added the affected vans are at a greater risk of a fire as a result of the corrosion.
In all, 10,315 vehicles are included in this recall, and only covers the affected vans that are in cold weather states in the U.S. and Canada, vans sold in areas that do not get regular snow are not included in the recall.
June sales saw a big jump at the nations auto manufacturers, with all 3, GM, Ford, Chrysler all posting large gains.
GM posted a 16% gain with Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac all reporting double-digit increases. Sales of crossovers were up 30% compared to last year.
Ford saw a 7% increase in sales compared to last year with its redesigned Ford Escape up 28% and its Fusion also posting very well. The F series pick up truck, the nations best selling vehicle, 11% as gas prices began to moderate, with other 50,000 sold in June.
GM has decided to cancel its advertising on the popular social media website Facebook calling its $10 million a year campaign "ineffective."
Marketing executives from GM met with Facebook to discuss what GM has called poor results and said that Facebook has failed to convince them to continue advertising on Facebook.
News of this major cancellation has caused concerns for Facebook's IPO.
Orlando, Fla. -
Disney World has announced that the popular "Test Track" ride at its Epcot park will close Monday to undergo a complete makeover of the ride, its first major overhaul since it opened in 1999. The ride is sponsored by General Motors, GM.
The Test Track takes users on an adventurous ride simulating the various testing phases GM cars go through while being designed and built and and then into a high speed run around the outer ring reaching speeds up to 65mph in the high bank.
Detroit, MI -
General Motors has said that it is making changes to the battery compartment and cooling system of the Chevy Volt to prevent the battery from catching fire. There have been several cases of the battery catching fire a few weeks after an accident.
To make the changes necessary, GM is reinforcing the battery compartment and improving the liquid cooling system on the Volt. It is believed that after an accident there is a problem with the car's electronics causing a build up of heat in the battery area or the battery itself.