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AutoLine: Episode 181 - GM May Change Logo, Hyundai LPG Hybrid, Pontiac Solstice Coupe


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General Motors is considering changing the color of its logo from blue to green, once it emerges from bankruptcy. Hyundai launched its first-ever hybrid vehicle in South Korea, that runs on liquefied petroleum-gas. All that and more, plus a test drive of the Pontiac Solstice coupe.

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Here are today’s top headlines. GM could turn its logo from blue to green. Hyundai launches an LPG hybrid. And a test drive of the Pontiac Solstice coupe.

Up next, we’ll be back with the news behind the headlines.

This is Autoline Daily for Thursday, July 9, 2009. And now, the news.

GM could emerge from bankruptcy far sooner than most people thought possible. But once it does, the Associated Press reports that more cuts could be on the way. Another 4,000 white collar employees could be let go, including one out of three of the top 1,300 executives in the company. GM is also considering changing the logo of the company, and may even change the color of its logo from blue to green.

When Chrysler was in chapter 11 the court determined it would not have to face liability claims for products sold before it filed bankruptcy. Now, consumer advocacy groups are sounding the alarm. According to Automotive News, five organizations want to put warning labels on used Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep vehicles alerting consumers they will not be able to sue the company if there’s something wrong with the car.

Hyundai launched its first-ever hybrid (subscription required) vehicle in South Korea. Ward’s reports that the Elantra LPI runs on liquefied petroleum-gas, and features lithium-ion polymer batteries. Fuel economy is rated at 41.9 mpg, or 5.6 L/100 km. Starting price is about $16,000.

Yesterday billionaire oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens scrapped his ambitious plans for a wind farm in the Texas panhandle. But on the same day he also unveiled a bill with several U.S. Senators to help sell natural gas vehicles. According to the Detroit News, the proposal would increase tax credits for buying natural gas vehicles to $12,500, increase grants for creating natural gas stations and also boost grants for light- and heavy-duty engine development.

Volvo introduced six hybrid double-decker busses in London. The strong diesel hybrids busses are expected to reduce fuel consumption by over a third and cut CO2 emissions nearly in half.

Coming up next, a look at the Pontiac Solstice Coupe, we’ll be back right after this.

I just got a chance to test drive the Pontiac Solstice Coupe, take a look at what this car is all about.

The Solstice coupe has a base price of just over $30,000. The one I got to test drive was priced at just over $33,000. Like I said, they’re only going to build about 1,000 of them, meaning that thing is going to be an instant collector’s item.

And that’s it for today’s top news in the global automotive industry. But don’t forget, join us tonight for Autoline After Hours, the only live webcast that discusses everything and anything about cars and the industry that makes them. Again, the show goes live tonight at 7 p.m. Eastern, or 2300 GMT on our website. Don’t miss it.

Anyway, that’s it for now. We’ll see you tonight.

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