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New GM option that might sell vehicles and help pay for them



If you read our recent article on Fiat’s move to install an on-board espresso maker into the 500L, you might be thinking that automakers have run out of A-List ideas of vehicle options to improve sales. Well, we’re happy to announce that GM has not moved to the B-List yet.

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Topics: Automotive, Vehicle Equipment


Google 2011 consumer research study


We found an interesting study this morning published by Google which describes consumer automotive shopping behavior in 2011. Some highlights below here as well as a link to Google direct for the full presentation.

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Topics: Auto Portals, Fuel Economy, Automotive Data, Vehicle, Marketing, Safety, Vehicle Equipment, Dealers


GM's OnStar offers proprietary API to Developers


Developers will receive access to Manufacturer General Motor's OnStar API which is called ATOMS (advanced telematics operating system) sometime in the first half of 2012. OnStar president Linda Marshall described the consumer benefits in terms of functionality comparable to computers, smartphones and tablets as a response to the growth in the mobile applications market for Android and iOS platforms.

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Topics: Automotive Data, Auto Manufacturers, Automotive, Vehicle Equipment


10 Vehicle Details You Should Expect from a VIN Decoder



It is not uncommon for some of the people that express interest in our VIN data to have little experience with automotive data in the past.  They may be new to the company, position or they may be looking to apply an existing business model in a new way that requires a VIN decoder or vehicle data. Many times these people are not quite sure what to expect to get in return from decoding 17 digit VINs. Below are a list of 10 things that you can expect to be returned when decoding US Passenger and Light-Duty Vehicle Identification Numbers.

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Topics: Logistics, Automotive Data, Vehicle, VIN, Auto Manufacturers, Vehicle Equipment