Daily News Briefs: May 22, 2012

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In other news:

  • On the heels of GM announcing it won’t advertise in next year’s Super Bowl, Hyundai announced it would be back, Automotive News reports.
  • Market research firm Millward Brown’s annual ranking of most-valuable global brands has BMW topping Toyota, Mercedes-Benz and Honda among the top 10 automotive brands.
  • Tesla announced its first Model S deliveries will take place on June 22. It’s a month ahead of the original schedule, thanks to quicker federal approval than anticipated.
  • Even as highway deaths decline, motorcycle deaths will likely remain at 2010 levels once all 2011 figures come in, the Governors Highway Safety Association said. Only 19 states require helmets, and nearly a third of motorcyclist deaths involved higher-than-legal levels of alcohol — “the highest of all motorists,” GHSA said.
  • GM began a $380 million expansion Monday at its Wentzville, Mo., plant, which is just west of St. Louis, to build its next-generation midsize pickups, The Detroit News reports.

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