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Car manufacturers speed ahead online

Big automakers Ford, Toyota and General Motors are wheeling and dealing their way onto the Net, looking to reach more customers and streamline their businesses between suppliers and dealers.

 

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Big automakers Ford, Toyota and General Motors are wheeling and dealing their way onto the Net, looking to reach more customers and streamline their businesses between suppliers and dealers.

"The Internet is fueling the need for cost savings (and) it is providing the tools enabling businesses to cut costs."

- Chris Denove, director of consulting operations, J.D. Power and Associates

 


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