News of September 14, 1999
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|Buick To Reward
Park Avenue Buyers With Luxurious Incentive
|DETROIT, September 9, 1999 - Delivering on its promise of "Luxury.
Pure and Simple," Buick has formed an exclusive coterie from the finest names in home
merchandise to reward new Park Avenue purchasers.
Aptly named "Luxury
Rewards," the program offers items valued up to $1,500 and runs Sept. 1 through Oct.
1998 Buick Park Avenue Ultra
|With Luxury Rewards, purchasers choose one reward from a
selection of high-end name brand merchandise categorized by Park
Power (Taylor Made golf clubs),
Taste (Ducane gas grill),
Comfort (Scandia Down king or queen collection) and
Style (Hartmann luggage collection).
In addition to the rewards listed above, customers who purchase the up-level Park
Avenue Ultra will receive a Minolta Vectis S-1 camera kit.
"With Luxury Rewards, Buick dealers have a competitive advantage that no one can
match," said Katherine J. Benoit, Park Avenue brand manager. "This program
breaks through the competition's incentive clutter and - since each Luxury Reward links
back to Park Avenue - reinforces our brand equity." Luxury Rewards can be combined
with other purchase incentives, and the program will be supported by national magazine
advertising, direct mail and dealer point of sale displays. A Web site has been
established (www.parkavenuerewards.buick.com) along with links to and from each of the
program's partners, the Buick site (www.buick.com) and the General Motors site
(www.gm.com).Customers must take retail delivery from participating dealer stock by Oct.
Park Avenue and Park Avenue Ultra, Buick's full-size luxury sedans, are refined for
2000 with enhancements to a body style that has been a major success in the market. The
new generation of Park Avenue is designed to make an elegant and tasteful statement,
according to Benoit. "Park Avenue gives you the classic elegance you expect in a
luxury car," she said. "More important, every feature has been selected to
satisfy a functional need for the driver and passengers. So you might say we add 'reason'
The primary customers for Park Avenue include professionals, entrepreneurs and
executives who want luxury, style, smooth power, roominess and exceptional value. For
2000, StabiliTrak, an advanced system that helps the driver maintain control of the
vehicle especially in slippery conditions, is newly standard on the luxury Park Avenue
Ultra and optional on Park Avenue. Additionally, all Park Avenues have seat-mounted side
air bags for the driver and right front passenger and rear-seat child seat tether anchors.
Toyota Painting System Easy on Environment - Metallic Water-based Paint Key to
Revolutionary Technique -
September 3, 1999-- TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION (TMC) announced today that it has developed a
new automobile painting technology for use with water-based paints, which have little
negative environmental impact. TMC began introducing this revolutionary system to its
painting lines in August.
The new technology incorporates a robotic paint sprayer
equipped with a cartridge-type tank that enables water-based paints to be used in
electrostatic painting, which is recognized for its exceptional covering efficiency and
high productivity. This new spraying equipment also allows frequent and quick changes in
paint colors. Moreover, the amount of paint thinner needed to clean the inside of the
equipment during color changes is only one tenth of that used in conventional painting
Standard automobile metallic body painting is comprised of four coats: an undercoat, or
primer; a middle coat, or surfacer; a base coat; and a clear coat. For many years, organic
solvents were the most commonly used solvent media for paints in paint sprayers, except in
the case of the primer. This is because it is easy to maintain a degree of freedom in the
control of an organic solvent's viscosity, and to obtain the electrostatic charge required
for the painting process.
The use of such solvents, however, creates vapor and wastewater that can have negative
impact on the environment. TMC, therefore, has been making determined efforts to improve
the efficiency of paint applications and to retrieve thinner used for cleaning, lowering
the volume of solvent discharge VOC* on painting lines to 64g/m2. The introduction of the
new water-based paint technologies, however, has slashed that figure nearly in half.
Viscosity control of water-based paints is inherently more difficult, and can produce
inconsistent paint quality due to changes in the application environment, such as in
temperature and humidity. Also, electrostatic painting using conventional water-based
paints does not improve productivity. TMC has resolved these issues by developing a
metallic water-based paint with a much higher level of productivity than those in the
past, and which is not easily affected by the working environment.
Furthermore, by using this paint in a small, cartridge-type paint tank attached to a
robot paint sprayer, it is now possible to generate an electrostatic charge directly in
the paint itself for optimum covering efficiency. Using the new system for applying the
base coat, which has the largest volume of solvent discharge, the VOC in painting
processes at TMC's Takaoka Plant has been reduced to 35g/m2, resulting in one of the
world's most environmentally-sound painting lines. TMC plans to gradually expand
application of this technology to other plants and is further developing it for
application of the surfacer coat and, using powder-type paints, the clear coat, in order
to fully integrate the low-environmental-impact technology and to further protect the
* volatile organic compounds: a blanket term for volatile organic compounds and organic
solvents. (As solvent discharge, VOCs are measured in units of weight per 1m2 of paint
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