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UB MBAs to Take GM’s Newest Cars for a Spin

Release date
Feb-20-2012

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Jacqueline Molik Ghosen
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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Alternative fuels—battery, diesel, electric and fuel cell—will be in the spotlight when UB MBAs test-drive GM’s newest cars from 9 a.m. to noon, Feb. 24, at UB’s Center for Tomorrow.

The School of Management and representatives from GM are partnering in a semester-long project that enables MBAs enrolled in the school’s marketing management course to apply their skills to a real-world business scenario—developing a marketing strategy for the U.S. commercial launch of GM’s new hydrogen fuel cell car, which is scheduled for mass production in 2015.

The test drives will include a range of vehicles, including alternative-fuel versions of the Buick Regal, Cadillac CTS and Chevrolet Equinox, Volt, Sonic and Cruze.

“This is a great opportunity for our students to see what is offered on existing models and how GM is changing,” says Arun Jain, Samuel P. Capen Professor of Marketing Research.

In addition to the test drives and presentations by GM executives, the MBAs will visit advertising agencies and other successful local companies to learn more about branding, marketing and communication strategies for launching new products.

“It’s much more meaningful for students to learn marketing concepts using real-world examples, especially when those examples are interesting and provocative,” Jain says. “Past projects have demonstrated that the companies we partner with come away with a few ideas, as well.”

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