GM to Double Production of OnStar-equipped Vehicles
General Motors said in a news release that it would raise production of 2006 model year vehicles equipped with the OnStar in-vehicle safety and communications system to three million. Currently, GM plans to equip about 1.4 million vehicles with OnStar in 2004, and 2.2 million in the 2005 model years.
"In response to the growing importance consumers place on safety and security features, GM is increasing OnStar's availability," said Gary Cowger, president of General Motors North America. "More and more consumers are telling us that air bag notification, emergency assistance, remote door unlock, stolen vehicle location assistance and remote vehicle diagnostics are key to their purchase decisions, and GM is the only automotive company offering a full range of vehicles providing continuous safety protection before, during and after vehicle collisions."
OnStar is factory-installed and currently available on more than 50 GM models — ranging from small sedans starting with an MSRP around $16,000 through crossovers, light trucks and SUVs, and luxury sedans.
Nissan Posts Pricing for 2005 Quest Minivan
For 2005, Nissan said in a news release that it is adding a base Quest 3.5 model at a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $23,350, which places it $990 below the MY04 entry-level model.
Additionally, the model now comes equipped with standard power sliding right-hand door, power liftgate, power quarter-rear windows and rear sonar system, all with a "minimal price increase" of $210. MSRP for the 2005 Quest 3.5 S is $24,550.
The Quest 3.5 SL model has been updated for 2005 with standard 5-speed automatic transmission (versus the previous 4-speed automatic) and has an MSRP of $26,250, a price reduction of $490 from the 2004 model.
The top-of-the-line Quest 3.5 SE receives a $10 increase, bringing the MSRP to $32,250.
GM Gears Up For [Model] Year-End Sale
General Motors will significantly expand its interest-free loan deals later this month during a three-day sale to clear inventories of 2004 model-year vehicles, Reuters reported.
The Sept. 28-30 sale will include interest-free loans for up to six years for 2004 model-year GM vehicles in the Buick, , GMC, Oldsmobile and Pontiac brands, Reuters said, citing GM dealers.
GM has previously kept most of its interest-free loans to periods of up to five years, except for once last year when GM offered six-year interest-free loans on its midsize SUVs, a GM spokeswoman said.
NHTSA Investigates GM Minivans
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said it is conducting a preliminary evaluation of more than 1.1 million General Motors minivans to see if passengers could hurt their arms or wrists when opening a power sliding door.
NHTSA said its probe will focus on vehicles from the 1998-2004 model years and include the Chevrolet Venture, Oldsmobile Silhouette and Montana minivans.
The agency has received 21 complaints from consumers, including 19 cases of arm or wrist injuries. These include 13 cases of broken bones requiring a cast or surgery.