DETROIT-After only seven months in operation, General Motors Corp. has redesigned its Internet Web site, and expects more changes as it adapts to new applications and uses for the technology. The carmaker said changes include making the site more user-friendly; giving each of GM's 8,500 dealers a ``home page''; creating a calculator so shoppers can price vehicles themselves; and providing an express credit application.
In a General Motors Acceptance Corp. (GMAC) survey, 94 percent of those polled said they were interested in applying for credit online.
More than 60 percent of visitors to GMAC's Web site used the calculator to price vehicles.
A GMAC executive said the company wants Web site visitors to be able to choose a dealer and apply for financing directly from the calculator, rather than going back to the GM home page to select a dealer, as they must do now.
Pennzoil Products Co. announced that FRIGC' FR-12' refrigerant has been approved for use in the State of California's vehicle fleet as a replacement for R-12, known as Freon'. The product is made by InterCool Energy Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of Intermagnetics General Corp., and is distributed by Pennzoil.
The Automotive Service Association (ASA) has added to its Internet Web site an Employment Classified section for both employers and job seekers. It can be accessed at: http://www.asashop.org.
BWD Automotive has introduced a new toll-free product information helpline-(800) 566-8334-to provide jobbers, counter people and installers with answers to questions about its products.
Snap-on Tools Co.'s latest advertisements saluting automotive technicians will run in the September and October issues of Sports Illustrated.