February 12, 2009

Auto Briefs

Peek in the presidential limo; predicting auto sales growth for China

Presidential limo

Take a peek inside the presidential limo
Wondering about the features in President Obama's Cadillac Presidential Limousine? Cadillac touts the executive compartment filled with mobile office gear and the high-tech LED spotlights that illuminate the American flag at night. But the safety features are most impressive. ABC News reports that the limo will have armor plating at least 5 inches thick, bulletproof windows, run-flat tires and a sealed interior to protect the president in case of chemical attack.
-- NWautos staff

General Motors

Sales slow in the U.S.? Try China
General Motors Corp.'s top executive in its Asia-Pacific region is predicting sales growth in China during the second half of the year. Nick Reilly says growth has slowed in the fast-growing and second-largest auto market in the world, but the full year should be at least as strong as 2008, when the market was 9.5 million vehicles. China could overtake the U.S. as the world's No. 1 auto sales market as soon as 2014 or 2015 if the U.S. market remains slow, Reilly said.
-- Associated Press


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