GM picks S. Korea's LG Chem to make Volt batteries

DETROIT (AP) - General Motors Corp. says it has picked LG Chem of South Korea as the battery cell supplier for its Chevrolet Volt rechargeable electric vehicle.

GM says the battery cells will be made in Korea, but the cells will be assembled into battery modules and packs at a factory in Michigan.

The automaker says the Volt will plug into a standard wall outlet and will be able to travel 40 miles on battery power alone.

After that, a small internal combustion engine will kick in to generate power for the car.

Volt vehicle line director Tony Posawatz said Monday that GM also will open a new battery lab at its Warren technical center.

He did not say how many workers the battery factory would employ.

Ford's Lincoln unveils small, luxury concept car

DETROIT (AP) - Ford Motor Co.'s luxury Lincoln line is debuting a new concept car, the Lincoln C.

In a switch for Lincoln, the C is a small car designed to attract customers in urban centers, who are looking for luxury in a compact package.

The Lincoln C sports a 1.6 liter EcoBoost engine, and combined with a dual-clutch six-speed transmission, the car averages 43
miles per gallon on the highway.

The concept car shown off Monday morning at the North American International Show in Detroit also is embedded with cutting-edge
technologies, such as a human machine interface. Using an avatar, the Lincoln C's HMI can communicate with the driver and interact
with Ford's Sync connectivity network to play music, make appointments, check e-mail and read Web sites.

Michelin introduces tire designed to help save gas

DETROIT (AP) - Michelin is offering drivers a new tire that's designed to improve fuel economy and safety.

The company announced Monday at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit that the Michelin Energy Saver All-Season tire will go on sale this summer.