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GM Launches Web Site To Sell Autos

March 10, 1999

DETROIT (AP) _ You can’t kick the tires, but you can take a virtual tour of a General Motors Corp. showroom on the automaker’s new Web site, which was launched Wednesday.

Prospective buyers can go on line to get details about every GM make and model, independent third party competitive comparisons and access to the new vehicle inventories of nearly 6,000 dealerships.

Consumers also can apply online for financing, send electronic messages to a dealer to get the best purchase price on the exact vehicle they want, and schedule a test drive.

GM introduced its GM BuyPower service in October 1997 in California, Oregon, Washington and Idaho and expanded it to the entire country Wednesday.

``GM BuyPower puts consumers in control of the car buying process. It was obvious to us this one-of-a-kind service should be made available to all consumers searching for a more convenient way to shop and buy at their own pace,″ said Ann Noel Blakney, BuyPower’s national director.

Several rival automakers, including Ford Motor Co., BMW and Nissan, already quote car prices on their Web pages.

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GM BuyPower services are available on the Internet at www.gmbuypower.com.

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