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The Bedford Report

January 18, 2011 08:46 ET

Detroit's Big Three Impress in the New Year

The Bedford Report Provides Analyst Research on General Motors & Ford

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - January 18, 2011) - January typically marks the so-called "auto show season" and this year in particular Michigan's automakers are optimistic. Sales are steadily growing while credit is becoming more available. Additionally, economists are forecasting considerable rises in gasoline prices, leading analysts to argue that high-mileage vehicles such as electric hybrid cars will be increasingly compelling to buyers. The Bedford Report examines the outlook for companies in the Major Auto Manufacturers industry and provides research reports on General Motors Corporation (NYSE: GM) and Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F). Access to the full company reports can be found at:

www.bedfordreport.com/2011-01-GM

www.bedfordreport.com/2011-01-F

This year most analysts are forecasting sales of 12.5 million to 13 million cars and trucks. While this is far from the 17.4 million vehicles sold in the United States in 2000, drastic cost cutting measures by automakers have allowed them to return to profitability. Cost cutting measures have included trimming employment and health expenses, and rewriting union contracts. Additionally, automakers continue to shift their production facilities from high-cost regions such as North America and the European Union to lower-cost regions such as China and South America.

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The North American International Auto Show showed new directions being taken by Detroit's "Big 3". Ford used the occasion to show 10 new fuel-efficient cars, including its new Focus Electric (Ford's first full-electric passenger car), the Ford C-Max Energi, the company's first plug-in hybrid electric; and the new Ford C-Max Hybrid.

GM saw its Chevy Volt named the Car of the Year at the North American International Auto Show. Gm predicts that the plug-in electric hybrid will have sales of 10,000 in 2011 and between 35,000 and 45,000 in 2012. The Volt has a base sticker price of $40,280.

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