News Briefs: Jan. 24, 2012

Welcome to's News Briefs, a snapshot of what we have our eye on each morning. We’ll post some top stories circling the auto industry, with links to the original content. Keep an eye out later in the day, as we may cover a particular story in more detail. Today’s headlines:

  • The Detroit auto show’s public days closed Sunday, attracting 770,932 attendees over nine days. That’s far more than expected, and the best attendance since 2005, the Detroit News reports.
  • New studies illuminate the risks of teens driving with friends. The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and State Farm surveyed 198 teen drivers and analyzed nearly 700 crashes involving teens behind the wheel. The results? Teens drive more aggressively with friends in the car and 71 percent of males were "distracted directly" by passengers before a crash.
  • Following in the footsteps of other luxury brands, Cadillac wants to improve the quality of its dealers’ advertisements and weed out those all-caps screamers in your local paper or blaring sale-sale-sale radio ads. The new standards begin to roll out in February, Automotive News reports.
  • Most automakers assembled more cars in North America last year, with the largest percentage increases coming from Hyundai-Kia and Chrysler, Automotive News reports. Toyota and Honda bucked the trend, falling 14% apiece.
  • Pre-owned vehicles wired for satellite radio at participating Chrysler Group dealerships will get three months’ free service, SiriusXM announced yesterday. They don’t even have to be CG vehicles.
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